CodeGuru Update eNewsletter - November 15th, 2005

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CodeGuru Newsletter
November 15, 2005
http://www.CodeGuru.com

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TOPICS:

--> Editorial -

--> Recently Published Books

--> New Articles on CodeGuru: 
       ==> Design
              - Top 10 Must-Have Features in O/R Mapping Tools
       ==> Embedded Script
              - Add Embedded Scripting to Your C++ Application
       ==> Networking
              - Reliably Retrieve MAC Address(es) with VB
       ==> System
              - Setting a System Environment Variable
       ==> Visual Studio 2005
              - [Updated] What to Know About Visual Studio 2005 -- The Products
       ==> XML
              - Browsing XML/XSLT with HTA/Scripting Runtime

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
       - PHP Installation Requirements
       - Activating a form brings all other forms to front
       - COMServer Client Sample

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
       1. Keeping Up With The Ajax Trend
       2. The Best Things In Life Are Free: Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8.0 
       3. Embedding Apache Pluto

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Comments from the Editor
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The holidays are coming fast. It is hard to believe that it is only about 40 days until Christmas and less than two weeks until the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

Coming even quicker is the fact that it is only a week away from the launch of the new XBox 360. That is the item that tops my Christmas list for this year. It will be interesting to watch the sales to see if they hit the projected 3 million units in the first 90 days. It will also be interesting to see how quickly the hacks arrive to turn this console into a full fledged computer at a very cheap price. I'd be willing to bet that the hacks happen quicker than the 3 million unit milestone!

On a more serious note, we were recently discussing what topics were most important today to developers. I'd be interested in hearing what topics you consider the most important. This can include topics like SOA and AJAX or it can be lower-level topics such as double-bunking and bug caps. Drop me an email if you have an opinion on what topics are important today for developers. I'd be interested in your opinion.

Finally, I thought one tidbit of news from the past week was worth  mentioning. Sun announced that their Java Studio Enterprise 8.0 product would be reduced in price. Version 7 retailed for around $1895. The new version will be free - yes, free. I think I can safely speculate that the profit margin on the new version will not be very good. I could also speculate on why such a move is being made (Eclipse), but that would be unfounded (Eclipse). Regardless, it would be great to seem similar price reductions on other IDEs!

That, however, is unlikely at this time.

Until next week!

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

--> Programming Microsoft Web Forms
      By Douglas J. Reilly for Microsoft Press
      320 pages for $39.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735621799

--> Expert ASP.NET 2.0 Advanced Application Design
      By Selly, Troelsen, and Barnaby for Apress
      480 pages, hardbound for $59.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/159059522X

--> Professional WinFX Beta:
      By David, Ryan, DeSerranno, and Young for WROX
      250 pages for $29.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/076457874X
      Covers "Avalon" Windows Presentation Foundation and "Indigo" Windows Communication Foundation

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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=1,218g,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's posted CodeGuru articles:

==> Design

- Top 10 Must-Have Features in O/R Mapping Tools
   By Iqbal2004
Learn about 10 things your O/R mapping tools must have to be more efficient.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,bt0l,60mg,jorm,i5r0

==> Embedded Script

- Add Embedded Scripting to Your C++ Application
   By Victor Volkman
Nearly every application can benefit from a scriptable interface. Learn how to use C/C++ interpreters to plug a scripting language into your applications.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,avh,ff1e,jorm,i5r0

==> Networking

- Reliably Retrieve MAC Address(es) with VB
   By Manni HV
Learn how to retrieve the MAC address using an alternative to NetBIOS calls that do not function reliably or are written in C++/C#.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,9fxa,lrcb,jorm,i5r0

==> System

- Setting a System Environment Variable
   By Darka
A free tool (with source code) that demonstrates how to programatically set System Environment Variables.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,jmsa,f53g,jorm,i5r0

==> Visual Studio 2005

- [Updated] What to Know About Visual Studio 2005 -- The Products
   By Bradley Jones
Visual Studio 2005 ("Whidbey") has released. Get a first look at answers to some up-front questions you might have. Start by simply understanding the multitude of editions that entail the Visual Studio 2005 product line. After all, how many different editions can one product have?

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,jnxb,2xjs,jorm,i5r0

==> XML

- Browsing XML/XSLT with HTA/Scripting Runtime
   By Freelancer
Learn about a simplistic example of using a Scripting Runtime Library.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,all2,35vr,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=1,218g,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!

... HOT THREADS ...

Some of the current threads with the most activity are:

==> PHP Installation Requirements
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,k9j8,hs7k,jorm,i5r0

==> Activating a form brings all other forms to front
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,ct5u,cmqd,jorm,i5r0

==> COMServer Client Sample
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,i56y,1pl8,jorm,i5r0

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

1. Keeping Up With The Ajax Trend
   By Jordan Frank -
What tools and languages do web developers need to be an expert at? Does AJAX mean the evolution of a new developer - a combination frontend and serverside developer?

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,4qy1,4k6g,jorm,i5r0

2. The Best Things In Life Are Free: Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8.0
   By Dick Wall -
Sun announced the release of Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8.0 at JavaOne Tokyo. Here you can find out the details and what they mean to developers.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,md0x,bo90,jorm,i5r0

3. Embedding Apache Pluto
   By David DeWolf -
Apache Pluto provides a lightweight container environment for leveraging the Portlet Specification within Web and portal applications. You can embedded the Pluto container within a Web application to support external integration with third parties or within a portal to provide standard portlet application support.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,1nh4,500a,jorm,i5r0

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