June 29, 2004 CodeGuru Update Newsletter

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June 29, 2004
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TOPICS:

--> Editorial -

         ... New Editions of Visual C++, Visual C#, VB, and more.
         ... MSDE Replaced!
         ... Visual Studio 2005 Beta Release Announced.

--> New Articles on CodeGuru:

==> Algorithms
- A Compressed Bitset Class
==> C++
- Developing Nokia Series 60 Applications
==> Hashing
- Comparing Large Bodies of Text with Hash Codes
==> Internet
- [Updated] A C# FTP Server
==> Misc.
- Drinking Hemlock, or, Why Instant Gratification Is at Odds with Software Quality
- Go Virtual with Your Development
==> Mobile Development
- Exploring RapiDemo Initializations
==> PocketPC
- Mobile/PocketPC Development Jump Start
==> Remoting
- Wrapping MFC Objects For Use With .NET Remoting
==> Rich Edit Control / Database
- Saving Rich Edit Control Text to SQL Server (C#)
==> System
- Inside the Executable (VB)

--> Discussion Groups

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com

      1. Introduction to Role-Based Security in .NET
      2. Developing to the Java Portlet Specification
      3. Automated Unit Testing Frameworks
      4. TOGAF: Establishing Itself As the Definitive Method for Building Enterprise Architectures in the Commercial World

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Comments from the Editor
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Next week is the Independence Day holiday in the United States. While this holiday traditionally ends with lots of bangs in the  form of fireworks, today the bangs are coming from Amsterdam  where Microsoft has made a number of announcements.

... New Editions of Visual C++, Visual C#, VB, and more.

Microsoft announced a number of new development products today. These include:

- Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
- Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
- Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
- Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
- Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

Microsoft described these as "lightweight" software development  tools. In talking with the product managers last month, they told me that these were being aimed at the 'non traditional' people doing programmers. These are aimed at hobbyists, students, and non-developers who are writing programs. As such, there is an expectation that these people don't need the advanced features and don't need the extra clutter that traditional programmers do need. When you look at these tools, you will see that they are simplified versions of Visual Studio. Many of the menu items, dialogs, and settings that are in the standard Visual Studio product won't be found in these products.

These tools are also more focused towards platforms. The Visual Web Development Express Edition can be used for creating ASP 2.0 applications using C#, VB, or J#. The other four tools are focused on Windows development and thus don't do ASP. All of the tools use the 2.0 version of the .NET Framework. For more information, you can check out my overview article that will be posted to CodeGuru today. I'll also be posting a second article that is a very basic overview of what it took to install and create an application with the Visual C# Express Edition beta.

In addition to announcing these products, Microsoft is also releasing betas. You can get to them from links on the following page:

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,8xjk,2py,jorm,i5r0

Be aware: These are betas. I asked about issues installing these with previous versions of Visual Studio (2002 and 2003). It was indicated to me that you may not want to do that. As with any beta products, use them at your own risk! On the positive side, one of the features of these products is that they are small and thus relatively easy to download.

... MSDE Replaced!

In addition to the Express development products, Microsoft also released a beta for SQL Server Express Edition. This is a low-end version of SQL Server that can be used for small scale systems and such. This version of SQL Server replaces the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) that was previously made available to developers. Like MSDE, SQL Server Express Edition will be free for use and redistribution.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,e2qa,smt,jorm,i5r0

... Visual Studio 2005 Beta Release Announced.

What should be of more interest to you as a developer is the announcement regarding beta 1 for the Visual Studio 2005 product. The beta includes some of the components of Visual Studio Team System. See my article on Team System at

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,e9x2,fffk,jorm,i5r0

The beta will be available for download at:

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,eexq,kja6,jorm,i5r0

Until next week!

Brad!
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Brad Jones
www.CodeGuru.com
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... Recently Published Books

For those of you keeping up by reading books. The following are just a few of the new books that have been recently released. If you've read any of these, feel free to write a review to be posted on CodeGuru. See the submission guidelines at:

http://www.codeguru.com/review-guidelines.php

--> Threat Modeling
By Frank Swiderski and Window Snyder for Microsoft Press
920 pages $34.99
http://books.internet.com/books/0735619913
Threat Modeling is a structured approach for identifying, evaluating, and mitigating risks to system security.

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New & Updated Articles on CodeGuru
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Following are short descriptions of new articles on CodeGuru. If you are interested in submitting your own article for inclusion on the site, then you will find guidelines located at

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0  

This week's posted CodeGuru articles:

==> Algorithms

- A Compressed Bitset Class
By jema
If you are using the STL bitset class with large bitsets  that spend most their time in the sparse or mostly populated  range, this class may be the answer to what you need.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,4z8j,kj4v,jorm,i5r0

==> C++

- Developing Nokia Series 60 Applications
By Posted by CodeGuru
Learn the essentials of building, deploying, and running a Nokia Series 60 project using C++ on the Symbian OS.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,9yht,26vo,jorm,i5r0

==> Hashing

- Comparing Large Bodies of Text with Hash Codes
By Tom Archer -
While most people think of hash codes in relation to cryptography, Tom Archer illustrates how they can be used to quickly and easily compare text values of virtually any size.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,5ike,3zqh,jorm,i5r0

==> Internet

- [Updated] A C# FTP Server
By darwen
An example FTP server written in C#.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,i1bd,fswo,jorm,i5r0

==> Misc.

- Drinking Hemlock, or, Why Instant Gratification Is at Odds with Software Quality
By Paul Kimmel
Paul Kimmel says the software industry frequently chooses instant gratification over sound software design. He explains why this compulsion exists and how it causes a huge percentage of software projects to fail.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,6udu,ehjg,jorm,i5r0

- Go Virtual with Your Development
By Klaus Salchner
Learn you can use Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to reduce complexities and costs from your development and test cycles. This article shows how you can run multiple virtual machines on your physical machine, whether on your desktop or on your server.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,9mks,b77z,jorm,i5r0

==> Mobile Development

- Exploring RapiDemo Initializations
By Nancy Nicolaisen
See how to work with Property Sheet controls to give your  mobile applications the ability to do paging with dialogs..

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,7i3j,er0c,jorm,i5r0

==> PocketPC

- Mobile/PocketPC Development Jump Start
By Bradley Jones
Learn to start developing for the PocketPC and other mobile devices using Visual Studio .NET 2003.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,6xrf,k0lp,jorm,i5r0

==> Remoting
- Wrapping MFC Objects For Use With .NET Remoting
By Tom Archer
One drawback to using remoting in a mixed -- MFC/.NET -- environment is that MFC objects cannot be remoted. Explore this technique for overcoming this limitation.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,f856,clda,jorm,i5r0

==> Rich Edit Control / Database

- Saving Rich Edit Control Text to SQL Server (C#)
By Tom Archer
Allowing users to enter formatted text is a great addition to any user interface. In this article, Tom Archer shows you how to save the user's formatted text to a SQL Server database.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,lj5s,art3,jorm,i5r0

==> System

- Inside the Executable (VB)
By Clearcode
Learn how the internal structure of an executable or DLL is laid out.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,a9y7,4mz0,jorm,i5r0

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Discussion Groups
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Check out the CodeGuru discussion forums at:

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,bcr8,cx5j,jorm,i5r0

Forums include Visual C++, General C++, Visual Basic, Java, General Technology, C#, ASP.NET, XML, Help Wanted, and much, much, more!

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New Articles on Developer.com
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Below are some of the new articles that have been posted toDeveloper.com (http://www.developer.com).

1.     Introduction to Role-Based Security in .NET
          By Klaus Salchner
        Learn how role-based security in .NET works. The sample code shows how to implement a database-driven security model for enterprise applications.

        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,9117,c0i4,jorm,i5r0 

2.    Developing to the Java Portlet Specification
          By Michael Klaene - 
        Learn how to develop a simple portlet that adheres to the specification.

        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,9i4a,gzir,jorm,i5r0

3.     Automated Unit Testing Frameworks
          By Yasser EL-Manzalawy -
        Employ unit tests to get robust code quickly.

        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,83ra,7njm,jorm,i5r0

4.    TOGAF: Establishing Itself As the Definitive Method for Building Enterprise Architectures in the Commercial World
          By David Harrison and Lou Varveris -
        See why The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is quickly emerging as one of the most widely accepted methods for developing enterprise architecture.

        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,zel,1,1172,g58v,jorm,i5r0

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