CodeGuru Update eNewsletter - April 25th, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
April 25, 2006

http://www.CodeGuru.com

This newsletter is part of the Developer.com, EarthWeb, and internet.com networks.
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TOPICS:

--> Editorial - 
        ... Changes at Sun
        ... Express Editions
        ... IE 7 Beta 2

--> Recently Published Books

--> New on CodeGuru:
   -- Articles -- 
        ==> Add-ins
                - Extending Visual Studio 2005
        ==> AJAX
                - Ajax and the Yahoo! Connection Manager
        ==> Controls (C#)
                - Use ASP.NET 2.0's TreeView to Display Hierarchical Data
        ==> Controls (VB)
                - Smart List Box with Formatting and In-Line Buttons
        ==> Cross Platform
                - Working with INI Configuration Files Cross-Platform (Win32/Un*x, MBCS/Unicode)
        ==> Office Automation
                - [Updated] Microsoft Excel Automation Class
        ==> Sample Chapter
                - C# Generics Part 4/4: Delegates, Events, Reflection, Attributes, IL, Generics in the BCL
        ==> SQL
                - [Updated] SQL Formatter Web Service
        ==> Visual Basic
                - What Is New in Visual Basic 2005

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
        - Compression/Decompression Wave File to MP3 and Vice Versa (C++)
        - Inputbox with dual input provision (VB 6)
        - Terrible Trouble with Transparency (C++)

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
        1. Authentication in Applications
        2. Capital Budgeting: IT Project Portfolio Optimization Redux
        3. Oracle XE: It's Not Your Typical Oracle

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Comments from the Editor
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... Changes at Sun

Talk around the office has focused on Sun today. The big question.... what will change now that Scott McNealy has stepped aside and Jonathan Schwartz is taking the leadership role for the company?

  - Does this mean big changes at Sun?
  - Will profits go up?
  - Will Java go open source?

Time will only tell, so tune in next quarter, same Bat-time; Bat-channel....

... Express Editions

News that is a few days older, Last week Microsoft announced that the Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 would remain free. Initially they had stated that the non-database products would only be free for a limited time.

(http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,g5os,3swp,jorm,i5r0)

... IE 7 Beta 2

Also happening this week was the release of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 to the general public. While there have been "previews" of this beta, Microsoft has now released it for anyone to download and review. You can find it at:
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,46d6,ggnj,jorm,i5r0

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

--> CSS Instant Results
      By Richard York for WROX
      400 pages for $34.99 with CD
      http://books.internet.com/books/047175126X

--> Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 Databases
      From Novice to Professional

      By Damien Foggon for Apress
      620 pages for $44.99 
      http://books.internet.com/books/1590595777

--> Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Step By Step
      By Jacobson, Misner, and Hitachi Consulting for Microsoft Press
      400 pages for $39.99 with CD
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735621993

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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=1,2eef,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's CodeGuru posts:

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===  Articles  ===
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==> Add-ins

- Extending Visual Studio 2005
    By Vijay Mehta
Discover the fundamentals of the Visual Studio package and create your first Visual Studio 2005 Add-in.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,j85n,3hb4,jorm,i5r0

==> AJAX

- Ajax and the Yahoo! Connection Manager
    By Nicholas Zakas
Discover how to use the new Yahoo! Connection Manager -- one of the most popular new Ajax libraries.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,9hn,lymw,jorm,i5r0

==> Controls (C#)

- Use ASP.NET 2.0's TreeView to Display Hierarchical Data
    By Bipin Joshi
Thanks to ASP.NET 2.0's built-in TreeView control, you can give your Web site a professional-looking navigation system that displays hierarchical data -- without having to write lots of code and script.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,74ie,6ywi,jorm,i5r0

==> Controls (VB)

- Smart List Box with Formatting and In-Line Buttons
    By DougBangkok
Learn about an OCX that provides a list box with the ability to format cells, lines, and columns; has headers and footers; and has command buttons on any line.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,i856,25kd,jorm,i5r0

==> Cross Platform

- Working with INI Configuration Files Cross-Platform (Win32/Un*x, MBCS/Unicode)
    By brofield
Win32 has a built-in INI file API, but writing cross-platform code is difficult because these functions aren't available on Linux.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,gkvq,l39a,jorm,i5r0

==> Office Automation

- [Updated] Microsoft Excel Automation Class
    By Val Golovlev
Learn to implement and OLE and IDispatch interface to access basic Excel functions from a C++ application.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,kglg,28i2,jorm,i5r0

==> Sample Chapter

- C# Generics Part 4/4: Delegates, Events, Reflection, Attributes, IL, Generics in the BCL
    By Patrick Smacchia
Read the final installment of the sample chapter on Generics.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,cntv,u9n,jorm,i5r0

==> SQL

- [Updated] SQL Formatter Web Service
   By tako.lee
Create an online SQL formatter based on the SQL Formatter Web Service.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,7n38,amn0,jorm,i5r0

==> Visual Basic

- What Is New in Visual Basic 2005
    By Shuja Ali
Learn about the new features found in Visual Basic 2005.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,f7i7,ccpe,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=1,2eef,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:

==> Compression/Decompression Wave File to MP3 and Vice Versa (C++)
       http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,4n9q,fltk,jorm,i5r0

==> Inputbox with dual input provision (VB 6)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,cqlc,5yly,jorm,i5r0

==> Terrible Trouble with Transparency (C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,kpch,6e34,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. Authentication in Applications
    By Chad Cook -
Authentication is a critical component of many applications, large and small. Choosing where authentication is needed, what type and how to implement it safely can be a challenging task. Go through an overview of authentication types, their usage, and various ways to add authentication to your applications.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,iibo,c3bb,jorm,i5r0

2. Capital Budgeting: IT Project Portfolio Optimization Redux
    By Marcia Gulesian -
Examine decision-making methods for the selection or rejection of individual projects throughout the project portfolio management process. These methods determine whether or not a given project (either proposed or in process) should be included in your next capital budget.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,79de,epru,jorm,i5r0

3. Oracle XE: It's Not Your Typical Oracle
    By Dick Wall - 
Dick Wall takes a look at Oracle XE and is surprisingly please with what he finds for developers.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,i7zk,j7mz,jorm,i5r0

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