CodeGuru Update eNewsletter - January 24th, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
January 24, 2006
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TOPICS:

--> Editorial -

--> Recently Published Books

--> New Articles on CodeGuru: 
       ==> ADO
              - [Updated] Data Replication Prototype Using ADO
       ==> Algorithms
              - TIP: Half Size Triangular Matrix
       ==> Graphics
              - Capturing Windows Regardless of Their Z-Order
       ==> IDE
              - Create and Share Your Own Code Snippets
       ==> Misc.
              - Tree Container Library
       ==> XML
              - My Feature in VS 2005: Storing Application and User Settings

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
       - Drawwing a line dynamically in VC++ MFC...
       - Thre ads and erratic behaviour...
       - Adding time to a string...

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
       1. JavaServer Faces Rises in Popularity
       2. 2006 Open Source Product of the Year
       3. Developer.com's Wireless/Mobile Community Celebrates A Winner

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Comments from the Editor
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It is 2006 and life continues to improve for most people. Computers are also improving. In the past I've stated that as developers we need to avoid assumptions about the interface that is being used to access our applications. I've pointed  out new screen sizes as well as various devices that could be used to access your application.

Recently, new device interfaces have been showing themselves. One such device interface is the Side Show that Microsoft has announced with Windows Vista. The Side Show is a small screen on the outside of a notebook computer that can be used to access some Side Show applications as well as tap into the power of the notebook computer without the need to open up or turn on the computer.

Side Show is one interface change that is coming. There is another very cool interface change that Bill Hatfield pointed out to me recently:

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The above page presents a keyboard. This keyboard differs from standard keyboards because each key is capped with a small LCD screen. This means that the keys on the keyboard can be used to give feedback to your users. Each key can have highlights or additional information posted to them. Additionally, a single keyboard can be remapped to various languages and the correct letters and symbols can be displayed on the keyboard.

This is just one additional innovation occurring. If this keyboard is widely adopted, then you can expect that your applications will have to adapt to presenting information to the keyboard as well.

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

--> Professional SQL Server 2005 XML
      By Scott Klein for WROX
      540 pages for $49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0764597922

 

--> Pro SQL Server 2005 Assemblies
      By Robin Dewson and Julian Skinner for Apress
      280 pages for 49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/1590595661

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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=1,26k1,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's posted CodeGuru articles:

==> ADO

- [Updated] Data Replication Prototype Using ADO
    By Aliaksei Sanko
Learn about a data replication prototype that uses ADO.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,bqs1,haas,jorm,i5r0

==> Algorithms

- TIP: Half Size Triangular Matrix
    By baxelrod
Learn about a technique that allows you to use half the data storage when you have a symmetric distance matrix or other similar triangular matrix.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,8yxq,d3ny,jorm,i5r0

==> Graphics

- Capturing Windows Regardless of Their Z-Order
    By Shahar Golan
Capture a window content to a BMP file, regardless of the z-order of the window.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,4bfp,57ts,jorm,i5r0

==> IDE

- Create and Share Your Own Code Snippets
    By Josh Fitzgerald
Explore the IntelliSense code snippet format, and then learn how to build your own snippets and package them for distribution.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,hzxc,ev80,jorm,i5r0

==> Misc.

- Tree Container Library
    By Mitchel Haas
The TCL consists of three templatized container classes, similar to those found in the STL.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,4fb2,25mk,jorm,i5r0

==> XML

- My Feature in VS 2005: Storing Application and User Settings

    By Paul Kimmel
Using XML to store configuration settings is a great idea, and thanks to the My feature, you don't have to learn XML to do so.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,l021,qyn,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=1,26k1,1,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:

==> Drawwing a line dynamically in VC++ MFC...
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,77uy,2528,jorm,i5r0

==> Threads and erratic behaviour...
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,14jj,j16u,jorm,i5r0

==> Adding time to a string...
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,cd4t,63cz,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 toDeveloper.com (http://www.developer.com).

1. JavaServer Faces Rises in Popularity
    By Vlad Kofman -
To keep up with the scale and complexities of software development, various frameworks have emerged. JavaServer Faces seems to be a very popular choice.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,36tw,8iq1,jorm,i5r0

2. 2006 Open Source Product of the Year
    By David DeWolf -
Open Source is a large category. This year the winner's spot produced a tie. Those products may not be what most developers think of first when Open Source development is mentioned.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,bw66,bk9d,jorm,i5r0

3. Developer.com's Wireless/Mobile Community Celebrates A Winner
    By Alex Gusev -
Get to know the most recent trends in wireless/mobile development tools.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,26k1,1,58hc,fkok,jorm,i5r0

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