Codeguru Update eNewsletter - May 1st, 2007

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CodeGuru Newsletter
May 1, 2007

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:
        ==> C++ Shell and Related Programming
                - An Introduction To PowerShell
        ==> Visual Basic GDI Graphics
                - Creating Your Own Drawing Application in Visual Basic.NET, Part 3
        ==> Visual Basic Database
                - Better Entities with Nullable Types
        ==> C Sharp .NET Data
                - Connecting to Oracle or Access from ASP.NET 2.0

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
        1. REXML: Proccessing XML in Ruby
        2. Wicket: The First Steps
        3. Introduction to Alice Programming

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Comments from the Editor
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2007 is crusing by quickly. It is hard to believe that it is already May. Last week, I mentioned a number of products that were in beta or soon to be released. Since then, even more products have released. One interesting announcement was that Adobe is releasing their dynamic web product as Open Source. It should be no surprise that this is happening at the same time that Microsoft is making headlines with Silverlight.

It will be interesting to watch the battle between Flex/Apollo versus WPF/Silverlight. I have a feeling it is going to get brutal. The nice thing about such fights though -- the users of the products are usually the winners. There is nothing better to improve products than a bit of fierce competition!

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 WPF Programming
      By Andrade, Livermore, Meyers, and Van Vliet for WROX
      450 pages for $49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0470041802

--> Essential Windows Presentation Foundation
      By Chris Anderson for Addison-Wesley
      480 pages for $49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0321374479

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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=1,35gi,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's CodeGuru posts:

==> C++ Shell and Related Programming

- An Introduction To PowerShell
    By Josh Fitzgerald
Windows PowerShell replaces the outdated batch files and Windows Scripting Host with a brand new object-oriented shell and scripting language. In this article, you will learn how to retrieve directory and filenames from a specific drive.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,jfhn,8g4u,jorm,i5r0

==> Visual Basic GDI Graphics

- Creating Your Own Drawing Application in Visual Basic.NET, Part 3
    By Hannes du Preez
With Part 3, we add shapes like hearts, rounded rectangles, spirals, stars. We also experiment with different brushes to fill our shapes more nicely.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,dpoj,dnze,jorm,i5r0

==> Visual Basic Database

- Better Entities with Nullable Types
    By Paul Kimmel
Tired of checking database entries for null values? This month, Paul illustrates how you can use Nullable types to make fields and properties accept nulls.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,lk4g,kdl0,jorm,i5r0

==> C Sharp .NET Data

- Connecting to Oracle or Access from ASP.NET 2.0
    By Devin Rader and Bill Evjen
Discover how to use the ASP.NET 2.0 SqlDataSource and AccessDataSource Controls to work with Oracle and  Access data from Wrox Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition authors Bill Evjen and Devin Rader.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,c6ch,1xe3,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. REXML: Proccessing XML in Ruby
     By Dominic Da Silva -
Take a look at the REXML library and see how you can use it to process XML within your Ruby or Rails application. REXML makes adding XML support to your application a breeze, with a quick learning curve.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,bjzh,gjq7,jorm,i5r0

2. Wicket: The First Steps
     By Karthik Gurumurthy -
Learn how to set up Wicket, Eclipse, and the Jetty Launcher Plug-in for Wicket-based web development.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,egsj,82fb,jorm,i5r0

3. Introduction to Alice Programming
     By Richard G. Baldwin -
Baldwin reviews a major 3D interactive graphics Java program named Alice that is used to teach beginners how to program.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,35gi,1,7obp,9609,jorm,i5r0

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