Codeguru Update eNewsletter - November 21st, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
November 21, 2006

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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
        ==> ASP.NET Tip 
                - Testing Web Sites with HttpWebRequest
        ==> Data Controls
                - Controls that Are Datasource Bound
        ==> Installation and Setup
                - [Updated] Deploy Your Applications and Components Using the Windows Installer
        ==> Multmedia.
                - Multimedia Audio SDK
        ==> Office Automation
                - Automating Excel by Using Windows INI Files
        ==> Postbacks
                - Maintain ASP.NET Tree Position on Postbacks

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads 
        - Config File? (C#)
        - Tokenizing text file (Java)
        - Template design question (C++)

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
        1. Software Quality Metrics
        2. Taking on Custom Ant Logging
        3. Eclipse Tip: Create Rich User Interfaces with the HTML Browser Widget

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Comments from the Editor
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...The console War is On.

In the United States, the second half of this week will include the Thanksgiving holiday. More importantly, this Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Of course, for many geeks, the biggest shopping days are already over this year.

And speaking of shopping days, the console war is now fully on. The lines had been drawn in the sand a year ago with the launch of the Xbox 360; however, the battle just heated up with the release of the Sony Playstation 3 and the Wii from Nintendo.

Don't bother going to your local tech store for the new PS3, chances are you won't find them. With the PS3, it was stated by Sony that there would only be 400,000. Speculation is that the number was more like 200,000. At $500 to $600 the PS3 is now the cheapest Blu-Ray DVD player on the market and is the newest high-end game console available. It is also one of the hottest items on eBay selling for over twice its original price.

Ironically, speculation is that Sony is losing as much money on each PS3 as it would cost to buy Nintendo's new unit - the Wii. The Wii is priced closer to $250 and is speculated to actually be profitable. I've not played a Wii; however, reports on it indicate that it might actually be the most fun of the consoles to play. With its innovative, new controllers, it will be interesting to see its impact.

If you stood in line for a console this past week or have heard some great stories, stop by the chit chat forum and share with the rest of us.

... Borland, err CodeGear...

If someone were to ask for a list of the companies that have  developed some of the greatest tools of their time, I'd include companies like Aston-Tate and Borland. Borland was the leader in the C++ developer tool market in the 1980s and early 90s.  Last year, Borland decided to divest itself of its developer tools. More recently, instead of selling the division, the developer tools were spun off. They are now within the company CodeGear. This past week, CodeGear has shown that it is continuing to move forward by releasing JBuilder 2007.

While Aston-Tate and DBase are only memories to many of us, Borland's tools continue to move along. We'll see if CodeGear gives them new life or if it is just another step along the path to becoming a memory like Aston-Tate and DBase. The release of JBuilder 2007 seems to be a step  in the right direction to keep the legacy going.

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

A bit out side the Developer focus, but technology books none-the-less:

--> Foundations of WF
      An Introduction to WIndows Workflow Foundation
      By Brian R. Myers for Apress
      250 pages for $34.99 
      http://books.internet.com/books/0590597814

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

This week's CodeGuru posts:

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==== Articles ====
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==> ASP.NET Tip

- Testing Web Sites with HttpWebRequest
    By Eric Smith
Web servers sometimes produce a Web page even if it has an error. To verify whether the server is actually running and not generating any Web errors, use the HttpWebRequest class to check the content of any ASP.NET page.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,fuwu,4hop,jorm,i5r0

==> Data Controls

- Controls that Are Datasource Bound
    By Xun Ding
Take a close look at the new features available in ASP .NET databound controls, such as BulletedList and GridView. Also, learn the simple steps to perform common database operations such as paging, sorting, and editing, as well as how to create master/detail page using the Gridview control.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,a9l0,4vb3,jorm,i5r0

==> Installation and Setup

- [Updated] Deploy Your Applications and Components Using the Windows Installer

    By Prabhakar Manikonda
Learn how to create setup programs without having the knowledge of setup scripts.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,dtjp,757f,jorm,i5r0

==> Multmedia.

- Multimedia Audio SDK
    By arnav
No amount of description of a tune can ever replace the experience of hearing it. But, playing a sound file synchronously or asynchronously, mixing sound, or excercising still finer control over it has been a pain in the neck. Audio API makes playing sound a very comfortable and enjoyable experience.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,jhq1,1mkw,jorm,i5r0

==> Office Automation

- Automating Excel by Using Windows INI Files
    By John Macomber
Save your Excel spreadsheet data and formatting information in Windows Initialization files.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,6h5y,4ihr,jorm,i5r0

==> Postbacks

- Maintain ASP.NET Tree Position on Postbacks
    By Paul Kimmel
Have you found ASP.NET lacking when it comes to keeping track of the last selected position between postbacks? You're not alone. Learn a JavaScript solution that does the trick.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,felp,lms2,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=1,2unt,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:

==> Config File? (C#)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,4kp7,d7zi,jorm,i5r0

==> Tokenizing text file (Java)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,a28i,8yfn,jorm,i5r0

==> Template design question (C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,452,c018,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. Software Quality Metrics
    By Bijay Jayaswal & Peter Patton -
Managing complexity and finding significant surrogate indicators of program complexity must go beyond merely estimating the number of lines of code the program is expected to require.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,eam4,l2e7,jorm,i5r0

2. Taking on Custom Ant Logging
    By Rob Lybarger -
When all else fails, read the logs! See how to take complete control over Ant's logging system by creating some custom Ant logger classes that put the log messages you want into the format you need.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,kxya,9rs5,jorm,i5r0

3. Eclipse Tip: Create Rich User Interfaces with the HTML Browser Widget
    By Peter Nehrer -
Discover how the SWT Browser widget allows you to embed HTML pages directly into your Eclipse application. Learn how to use it to create visually appealing user interfaces in Eclipse.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2unt,1,hemh,lowj,jorm,i5r0

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