Codeguru Update eNewsletter - November 24th, 2009 Network
Tuesday November 24, 2009

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Comments from the Editor

I just received the November 16th issue of Computerworld magazine. I do still get a number of paper magazines. They are great to skim through when you don't have a computer with you, or don't feel like using your phone to dig through web sites.

In this issue of Computerworld, they have their 23rd annual Salary Survey results for 2009. There are a few tidbits pulled from the survey that you might find interesting:

  • Salaries increased by only 0.4% in 2009. Less than a half of a percentage point means that salaries were basically flat.
  • Bonuses dropped over 10% across the board with IT Staffers taking a 9% drop on average.
  • Experience doesn't pay. In 2009, people averaging 15 years or more of experience averaged a 0.7 percent or higher drop in pay. Those with less than five year saw an average 2% increase (hitting $57k).
  • Average salaries for various positions for 2009:
    • Webmaster: $62k
    • Web Developer: $64k
    • System Analyst: $71.5k
    • System Architect: $103k
    • Programmer/analyst: $73k
    • Software Developer: $81k
    • Project Manager: $104k

Of course, there are a lot of other stats in the salary survey report. Overall, the salary survey is an indicator that 2009 was not the year to complain about not getting a raise. Let's hope 2010 is a different story.

Until next week...

Bradley L. Jones
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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.

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
By Mike Cohn for Addison-Wesley
500 pages for $49.99 (Hardbound)

Learning Python
By Mark Lutz for O'Reilly
1200 pages for $54.99

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.

Autorun Menu Creator in VB.NET
By Hannes du Preez
Use Visual Basic .NET to create an Autorun menu, through the use of HTA, JavaScript and VBScript.

Installing SQL Server 2008
By Greg Larsen
Need your server and your site up and running quick? Let Greg Larsen show you what you need to know to get SQL Server running and configured.

BLOG: Public Betas Available Now: Silverlight 4, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and More
By Bradley L. Jonese
Public Betas Available Now: Silverlight 4, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and More.

Writing UDFs for Firebird Embedded SQL Server
By Apriorit Inc.
This article was written mainly for developers who use Firebird Embedded SQL Server in .Net framework applications and want to speed up or optimize DB queries. We will describe how to create your own native Firebird extension and show some approaches how to use it in managed code applications.

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Forms Processing with the Zend Framework
By Jason Gilmore
Processing user-supplied form data can be fraught with errors. Not so with the Zend Framework! This tutorial shows you how to use the Zend Framework's Zend_Validate component to easily and conveniently validate complex form data.

Installing SQL Server 2008
By Greg Larson
Need your server and your site up and running quick? Let Greg Larsen show you what you need to know to get SQL Server running and configured.

Service Provider Interface: Creating Extensible Java Applications
By Thribhuvan S Thakur
The ServiceLoader API (part of JDK 1.6) allows you to use the service provider interface (SPI) approach to creating extensible Java applications.

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