Codeguru Update eNewsletter - September 5th, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
September 5, 2006
http://www.CodeGuru.com

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TOPICS:

--> Editorial
--> Recently Published Books

--> New on CodeGuru: 
   - Articles
        ==> ASP.NET 
                - Using Master Pages
        ==> Documentation
                - Doxygen: A Breath of Fresh Air for API Documentation
        ==> Files
                - ASP.NET Tip: Control Access to a File Download
        ==> Game Development
                - XNA Game Studio Express Beta Now Available
        ==> RFID
                - RFID Programming Made Simple and Cheap
        ==> Windows Vista
                - The Price of Vista

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
        - Which one is faster -- C or C++? (C/C++)
        - new operator not thread-safe? (C/C++)
        - Copying a folder with subfolders (VC++)

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
        1. Eclipse Tip: How to Live on the Cutting Edge
        2. Play It Cool: Solving Thermal Problems
        3. Virtual Interfaces

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Comments from the Editor
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It is official, Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista is now out there! Of course, many people were yelling for a beta 3; however, that is obviously not going to happen. Actually, it is happening, it is just that the beta 3 is begin called a release candidate! Of course, that is just my opinion.Vista RC1 is going to be available on MSDN and Microsoft has stated that there will be a wide release of this pre-release software.

I've been working with Vista for a while now and I highly recommend that as a developer you take a look at it. You are going to find that there are some differences in how things are presented and how some dialogs work -- such as the "Save As" dialog. You'll also find that the way Microsoft uses toolbars and menus changes a little bit. In many cases menus are initially hidden in favor of toolbars. While a lot of this may not impact your coding at all, it will impact the look and feel of your applications. I always recommend knowing what is coming. Vista is coming -- like it or not.....

In case you missed it last week, Microsoft also announced the pricing for Vista. In fact, Amazon.com has posted prices and is now taking pre-orders. You can find more in my announcement on the Codeguru site:

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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

--> Pro Visual Studio 2005 Team System Application Development
      By Steve Shrimpton for Apress
      790 pages for $49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/159059682X

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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=1,2p3z,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's CodeGuru posts:

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===   Articles   ===
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==> ASP.NET

- Using Master Pages
    By Packt Publishing
Learn how to use ASP.NET 2.0 master pages, which allow developers to enforce common layout and behavior across pages within an application.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,kob9,cf5,jorm,i5r0

==> Documentation

- Doxygen: A Breath of Fresh Air for API Documentation
    By Victor Volkman
The Doxygen documentation system addresses the age-old dilemma of how to keep documentation consistent with actual use cases by extracting it directly from the source code.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,3nfa,jhh5,jorm,i5r0

==> Files

- ASP.NET Tip: Control Access to a File Download
    By Eric Smith
Learn a method for controlling how users download files from your ASP.NET applications.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,h1ph,53et,jorm,i5r0

==> Game Development

- XNA Game Studio Express Beta Now Available
    By Bradley L. Jones
The first step towards creating your own Xbox 360 games is now here.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,iqy5,9pdg,jorm,i5r0

==> RFID

- RFID Programming Made Simple and Cheap
    By Bradley Jones
Using RFID hardware and incorporating RFID tag information into your applications can really be quite simple. See what can be done with less than $100 and no more than a few dozen lines of code.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,kvzx,lky9,jorm,i5r0

==> Windows Vista

- The Price of Vista
    By Bradley Jones
If Amazon.com is taken as the authority, then the price and  release date of Microsoft Windows Vista are now public.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,j8vl,i96a,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=1,2p3z,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:

==> Which one is faster -- C or C++? (C/C++)
         http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,emfc,czo2,jorm,i5r0

==> new operator not thread-safe? (C/C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,19eu,a2a0,jorm,i5r0

==> Copying a folder with subfolders (VC++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,28ii,be4p,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. Eclipse Tip: How to Live on the Cutting Edge
   By Peter Nehrer -
See how to use the latest Eclipse milestone builds to develop applications based on the latest stable release.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,7u0j,l1na,jorm,i5r0

2. Play It Cool: Solving Thermal Problems
   By Steve Schafer -
Replace the aging and somewhat faulty Kermit temperature reading script and add an "on demand" hardware notification button.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,hwv7,j3ns,jorm,i5r0

3. Virtual Interfaces
    By Robert Bogue -
See the results you can expect when utilizing both non-virtual and virtual methods via an interface in .NET.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2p3z,1,46oc,7yf8,jorm,i5r0

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