Codeguru Update eNewsletter - October 8th, 2008

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Comments from the Editor

What's the news of the day? Kilimanjaro is on its way! Although SQL Server 2008 just released in August, Microsoft is ready to start talking about the next version, codenamed Kilimanjaro. This release is currently slated for the first half of 2010, which is actually coming upon us quickly.

What better way to get you to feel like you are behind the curve if you haven't updated to the "still new" 2008 version than to let you know that the 2010 version is on its way. You don't, after all, want to fall too far behind!

I had a discussion this weekend on the topic of version numbers. In many cases, it seems that companies have obfuscated the information around the version number of their current product. The most confused product number seems to be on Silverlight. Do you know the current version? Let me clarify the question, do you know the version number of the current, fully released version? Is it 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 or something else?

Remember that 1.1 is the release number that was being used late last year for the pre-releases. It was changed to 2.0 because the level of change deserved a full revision number. Version 2.0, however, is not yet fully released. There is a Go-Live license, but the product is not 'fully baked.' That makes version 1.0 the answer to the question!

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.

Microsoft Expression Web 2 Step by Step By Chris Leeds for Microsoft Press
380 pages for $29.99 w/ CD

Micrososft .NET Framework 3.5 - WCF Training Kit
By Bruce Johnson, et. al. for Microsoft Press
600 pages for $69.99 Hardbound w/ CD
Covers MCTS exam 70-503.

Web 2.0 Heroes: Interviews with 20 Web 2.0 Influencers
By Bradley L. Jones for Wiley
288 pages for $24.99 (Hardbound)
I am the author on this, so I thought I'd give it an additional plug even though it has been out a couple of months. This book actually has gotten a few good reviews from those that have read it!

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.

C++/CLI: Managed Development with C++
By Nick Wienholt
Replacing the cumbersome and confusing Managed Extensions for C++ that shipped with Visual C++ 2002 and 2003, C++/CLI is a standardized set of C++ language extensions that allows developers to write managed code that executes on top of the .NET Framework.

.NET Tip: Using a Nullable Value Type
By Jay Miller
Discover how to use nullable types when retrieving data from your database.

Deploying and Configuring SQL Server Integration Services Packages Without the Wizard
By Dee Quang
Ever get confused by or dislike using the SQL Server Integration Services deployment wizard? Learn how to manually deploy the packages to SQL Server 2005 and configure the packages in a multitude of ways as well.

Handling that Pesky Windows ControlBox
By Paul Kimmel
Some things that seem hard are actually quite easy, and some things that seem easy take a little work, like that little [X] on a Windows Form, the ControlBox. Learn how to know just when that little bugger is pressed.

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New Articles on Jupitermedia sites

Improving Portal Page Load Performance(Developer.com)
By Scott Nelson
Portals provide users with access to more applications from a single point of entry, but if it takes too long to get in,, they will go elsewhere. Learn specific techniques to improve page load time and track down what is slowing your pages down.

Editing .NET Configuration Files Programatically(15Seconds.com)
By John Peterson
These days, many .NET developers are taking advantage of the fact that you can easily store many of an application's settings in .NET configuration files instead of hard coding them into the application's code. Most developers don't even realize that in addition to making it easy to access the values stored in these files, the .NET Framework also makes it quite easy to manipulatevalues programatically.

SharePoint Applied: 10 Things You Wish They Had Told You.Part 2 (DevX.com)
By Sahil Malik
Part 1 of this two-part article covered five architecture- and management-focused topics you wish they had told you about SharePoint. This article follows up with five more topics targeted specifically toward SharePoint developers.



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