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May 17, 2005


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--> Editorial - 
       ... Xbox 360
       ... Book Winners
       ... Recently Published Books

--> New Articles on CodeGuru: 
       ==> ADO.NET
              - What .NET 2.0 Has in Store for ADO.NET
       ==> Edit Control
              - Customizable Masked Edit Control
       ==> Mobile Development
              - News: "Magneto" Releases to Manufacturing
       ==> System
              - Keyboard Spy: Implementation and Counter Measures
       ==> Visual Studio 2005
              - Using Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2005
       ==> Web Services
              - Selecting the Best Approach for Designing an Interoperable Web Service
              - [Updated] Web Services Using JavaScript and .NET
       ==> XML
              - Reading XML Files with the XmlTextReader Class

--> Discussion Groups (including Hot threads)
       - Wrapper for String.h
       - What questions you'd ask in an Interview?
       - What is COM?

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
       1. Taking Advantage of PEAR
       2. Wiring Java Applications with Spring
       3. Anatomy of a Software Development Role: Solution Architect

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Comments from the Editor

While not a coding topic, many developers I know enjoy a good video game. As such, the official announcement last week of the next version of the Xbox, the Xbox 360, was welcomed news. I wrote a little bit about the new Xbox, which is estimated to be released by Christmas:


As I mentioned in the above article, the hardware specifications for the Xbox 360 are amazing. A three-core, PowerPC-based CPU with each core running at 3.2 GHz each, a separate ATI graphics processor, a teraflop of system-floating point performance, and more than 512 MB of 700Mhz memory. This spec is better than most of our development machines! It will be interesting to see what people do with this machine. With USB ports, it will also be interesting to see if a keyboard is released for it.

Sony also announced the PlayStation 3 this week. While I know it will use cell processor technology, all of the specific details on the hardware specifications have yet to materialize. Among the know detaisl -- It is expected that there will be bluetooth support for wireless devices and support for Sony's BD-ROMs, which store 54 GB.

It is interesting to note that JupiterResearch predicts that Xbox console sales will continue to grow at the expense of Sony's PlayStation.

... Book Winners ...

A little closer to home, we have new book winners. The following people were selected from those that published article last month to receive a free book!

- Jim Dunne
- Klaus Salchner

They have their choice of the following two books.

- CodeGuru.com Visual C++ Goodies

- Kate Gregory's Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kicks Start

Additionally, Bill Horst wins a copy of VB .NET 1.1 Databases published by Apress:

Until next week!

Brad Jones, Microsoft MVP

... 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 at:


--> Visual Basic 2005 : A Developer's Notebook
      By Matthew MacDonald for O'Reilly
      262 pages for $29.95 

--> Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
      Jonathan Hassell for Apress
      240 pages for $34.99

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 located at


This week's posted CodeGuru articles:


- What .NET 2.0 Has in Store for ADO.NET
   By Mark Strawmyer
Take a foray into ADO.NET to see what's in store for the next release. You'll find some very handy additions and enhancements.


==> Edit Control

- Customizable Masked Edit Control
   By Marius Bancila
Learn about an edit control with a masked input that prohibits pasting text with disallowed characters.


==> Mobile Development

- News: "Magneto" Releases to Manufacturing
By Bradley Jones
Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 released to manufacturing. Windows mobile features just improved!


==> System

- Keyboard Spy: Implementation and Counter Measures
   By Dor Alon
Learn to develop hook-based key loggers and hook-safe software.


==> Visual Studio 2005

- Using Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2005
   By Paul Kimmel
Think .NET code snippets are just about dragging and dropping some reusable code into the toolbox? Guess again. Code snippets in Visual Studio 2005 are far more useful. Find out why overlooking them would be a mistake.


==> Web Services

- Selecting the Best Approach for Designing an Interoperable Web Service
   By Nalaka Withanage and Martin Kropp
Learn about the different Web service design methodologies as defined by the Web Services Standardization Groups, clarify the terms, and highlight their differences.


==> Web Services

- [Updated] Web Services Using JavaScript and .NET
   By Prasad Kopanati
Learn how easy it is to consume Web services from your client-side applications!


==> XML

- Reading XML Files with the XmlTextReader Class
   By Tom Archer
Learn how to use the .NET XmlTextReader class to sequentially read through and parse the nodes of an XML document/file.


Discussion Groups

Check out the CodeGuru discussion forums at:


Forums include Visual C++, General C++, Visual Basic, Java, General Technology, C#, ASP.NET, XML, Help Wanted, and much, much, more!


Some of the current threads with the most activity are:

==> Wrapper for String.h

==> What questions you'd ask in an Interview?

==> What is COM?

New Articles on Developer.com

Below are some of the new articles that have been posted to Developer.com (http://www.developer.com).

1. Taking Advantage of PEAR
      By W. Jason Gilmore -
PHP users have a particularly useful trove of code at their disposal, made available through the PHP Extension and Application Repository, better known as PEAR. Containing over 400 packages categorized under 40 different topics, and growing all the time, taking advantage of this community-driven service will save you countless hours of programming time. See what it can do for you.


2. Wiring Java Applications with Spring
      By Michael Klaene -
Explore the popular open-source framework Spring and how it can be used to wire Java applications using Inversion of Control (IOC). This article introduces Spring, discusses the concept of Inversion of Control (sometimes known as Dependency Injection), and shows how Spring enables you to develop clean, robust Java applications.


3. Anatomy of a Software Development Role: Solution Architect
      By Robert Bogue -
Have you ever wondered what it meant to be a solution architect? Most people wonder but can't find good information on what it means to be a solution architect. Learn not only what it means to be a Solution Architect - but also how to become one.


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