CodeGuru Update eNewsletter - August 15th, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
August 15, 2006

http://www.CodeGuru.com

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

--> Editorial

--> Recently Published Books

--> New on CodeGuru:
  - Articles
        ==> AJAX
                - Creating an Ajax Search Widget
                - Offline Capable (Internet Explorer) AJAX Client
        ==> ASP.NET
                - ASP.NET Tip: Control the Layout of Your Input Forms
        ==> Controls
                - ListView Loading Images BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG, WMF, ICO, and EMF Files Natively (pure WINAPI)
        ==> Deployment
                - Simplify Application Deployment with Registration-Free COM
        ==> Exception Handling
                - Exception Handling Techniques in ASP.NET
        ==> Web Forms
                - Establishing ASP.NET 2.0 WebPart Communication
        ==> XML
                - XPath Support in Browsers

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
        - The Future Of VB
        - Difference between C# and C++ or Java
        - Increasing the stack size of a Thread

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
        1. Risk Management and QA for the Lone Wolf
        2. Adding New Transaction Engines to QUALCOMM BREW's IWeb
        3. Getting Started with wxPython

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Comments from the Editor
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My editorial this week has run long, so I've moved it to an article on the site. The hot news this week is that Microsoft is releasing an product called XNA Game Studio Express. It will be in beta August 30 and then widely available by Christmas. With the headline of "Microsoft Invites the World to Create Its Own Xbox 360 Console Games for the First Time," it is no surprise that everyone is now talking about XNA. Rather than make this email long, I've posted my entire editorial here:

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,22kt,7yt3,jorm,i5r0

Check it out and let me know what you think. I'm "chomping at the bit" for this, so you know I'll get the free tool and subscribe the Creator's Club. As such, if you develop anything really cool, I'll have paid my fee, so feel free to share it with me! Better yet, post it to Codeguru and share it with the world!

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

--> Beginning Visual Web Developer 2005 Express
      From Novice to Professional
      By Paul Sarknas for Apress
      330 pages for $34.95
      http://books.internet.com/books/1590594827

--> Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Applied Techniques Step by Step
      By Solid Quality Learning for Microsoft Press
      360 pages for $39.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735623163

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

This week's CodeGuru posts:

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==> AJAX

- Creating an Ajax Search Widget
   By Jeremy McPeak
See how easy it is to integrate a search widget on your site using Ajax with this detailed example from Professional Ajax author Nicholas C. Zakas.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,bhrt,21n4,jorm,i5r0

==> AJAX

- Offline Capable (Internet Explorer) AJAX Client
   By Ariel Yakobovich
Learn what makes a successful AJAX client, and how many AJAX applications lose sight of the enormous benefit of supporting offline mode operation.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,iwzl,5fru,jorm,i5r0

==> ASP.NET

- ASP.NET Tip: Control the Layout of Your Input Forms
   By Eric Smith
Sometimes you need to vary the number and configuration of your controls to control the layout of your input forms. Learn how to set various attributes on the controls.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,l7m0,j8tb,jorm,i5r0

==> Controls

- ListView Loading Images BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG, WMF, ICO, and EMF Files Natively (pure WINAPI)
   By Ali Imran
Learn about the possibilites and extra functionality that a simple ListView provides for loading images, either from an external image file, an Internet URL, application resources, and from external EXE, DLL, OCS, or CPL files.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,hyra,4vt0,jorm,i5r0

==> Deployment

- Simplify Application Deployment with Registration-Free COM
   By Nick Wienholt
In the days before .NET, COM's dependency on the Registry and its backward compatibility issues were the Achilles' heels of Win32 development. Learn a technique for deploying your existing COM components without the pain traditionally associated with the Registry.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,7yha,dbiz,jorm,i5r0

==> Exception Handling

- Exception Handling Techniques in ASP.NET
   By Rohit Kukreti
Discover the different exception-handling techniques in ASP.NET.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,54t3,k062,jorm,i5r0

==> Web Forms

- Establishing ASP.NET 2.0 WebPart Communication
    By Sahil Malik
As a Web application developer, you need a mechanism that allows various Web site widgets to communicate with each other. The ASP.NET 2.0 WebPart framework delivers.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,50dg,ecy8,jorm,i5r0

==> XML

- XPath Support in Browsers
    By Nicholas C. Zakas
Learn about XPath, a small language used specifically to locate a single node or multiple nodes that match a particular pattern.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,jdsh,foai,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=1,2npg,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:

==> The Future Of VB
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,kiwn,jjdl,jorm,i5r0

==> Difference between C# and C++ or Java
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,cjqr,16nd,jorm,i5r0

==> Increasing the stack size of a Thread
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,lgd1,6va1,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. Risk Management and QA for the Lone Wolf
    By Mike Gunderloy -
If you can keep the quality of your code high and the other risks to the project under control, you have a much better chance of delivering working software than the average developer using a random, chaotic process.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,eude,4cyl,jorm,i5r0

2. Adding New Transaction Engines to QUALCOMM BREW's IWeb
    By Ray Rischpater -
Considering using your own socket-based protocol without an interface? Do you need to extend BREW's IWeb to support your own protocol? Look no further!

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,5i3p,femi,jorm,i5r0

3. Getting Started with wxPython
    By Noel Rappin and Robin Dunn -
Looking for a new open source toolkit? Learn about the core features of wxPython, the GUI toolkit for the Python programming language.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2npg,1,4hwz,4qcl,jorm,i5r0

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