Codeguru Update eNewsletter - September 23rd, 2008

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Tuesday September 23, 2008

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Comments from the Editor

In my local town, a couple of the technical user groups are putting on an all day event in a few weeks. More and more, it seems that technologist are no longer just helping each other online, but they are also helping each other face-to-face in their local communities. This is an interesting trend that seems to be worldwide.

In my local .NET group there are over 2300 members. Over 100 of them get together each month to talk about .NET technologies and trends. It is like visiting the Codeguru forums; only you actually get to see the people you are talking to!

Chances are there is a similar group meeting near you. For .NET groups, you can check out www.INETA.org to find .NET groups anywhere in the world. If you don't find a group, then you can easily start your own. INETA.org will even provide a few tips and tricks.

For the all day event, I'll be presenting as part of the keynote as well as presenting a casual session during lunch. My lunch session was actually fun to pull together. I'm doing a jeopardy game so it will be all about programming trivia. Most of my trivia relates to .NET and Microsoft. Once the event is over, I'll consider posting my slides. Here are a couple of the question (thus the answers since this is jeopardy):

  • Under the category "Code Words" the question is: What is Zermatt?
  • The easy answer under "Computer Math" is:
    Console.WriteLine("{0}", ( 01 + 010 ));
  • In the category of "Television" the hard answer is: Bill Gate's shoe size.
That is a small sample of what is in the game. Do you know those answers? Feel free to show your knowledge in the Feedback forum on Codeguru!

Until next week...

Brad!
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Bradley L. Jones

Recently Published Books

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.

Pro Oracle Application Express
By John Scott and Scott Spendolini for Apress
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Xcode 3 Unleashed
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560 pages for $44.99

New & Updated Articles on CodeGuru

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 here.

.NET Tip: Take a Byte out of Strings
By Jay Miller
Convert a string to an array of bytes and back again.

Deadlock: the Problem and a Solution
By Anthony Williams
Deadlocks can certainly put a damper on your day. Learn the ways to circumvent a deadlock in your systems.

Using ASP.NET Master Pages for Consistent Site Design
By Jacob J. Sanford
Wrox author Jacob J. Sanford walks through the essentials of creating ASP.NET master pages to consistently format the design of your pages around your different dynamic content placeholders.

OP-ED: What Kind of Boss...
By Paul Kimmel
Wisdom is figuring out whether every time you encounter a pointy-headed manager you are going to roll over and save your sanity (and possibly your job) or stand up, be counted, and risk greatness or the guillotine. There is a temporary sense of safety in staying with the herd, but all herd-roads lead to the butcher.

'Four Major Pushes' With Visual Studio 10
The successor to its popular developer tool is already in the works and will combine all of Microsoft's wide array of platforms.

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Working With Design Patterns: Odds and Ends
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The design patterns book lists 23 design patterns, but that's just the beginning! Many more patterns exist, including the specification pattern, lazy initialization, object pools, and the utility class pattern.

Math for Java Game Programmers, Our First 3D Game Program
By Richard G. Baldwin
Learn how to write your first interactive 3D game using the game-math library. You will also see how to write a Java program that simulates flocking behavior such as that exhibited by birds and fish and how to incorporate that behavior in a game.

Planning WebLogic Portal Security
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The WebLogic Portal provides a highly flexible and customizable security framework. Knowing your options will help you plan the security implementation that is usable, reliable and maintainable.



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