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December 6, 2005

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--> Editorial -

--> Recently Published Books

--> New Articles on CodeGuru:

       ==> ADO.NET
              - The TransactionScope Object Makes ADO.NET Transactions Easy
       ==> Database
              - Using the SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Class Library
       ==> Graphics
              - [Updated] Color Take
       ==> Internet
              - Customize an IE Context Menu to Add CodeGuru Favorites
       ==> XML
              - RSS, So Simple with Visual Basic 2005

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
       - Program to delete itself
       - Can Microsoft Paint be automated?
       - Edit textbox control array

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
       1. Top Ten Reasons AJAX is Here to Stay
       2. Succeeding with Struts: Dynamically Allocated Forms
       3. A New Look at the Linux+ Certification

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Comments from the Editor

December is here and things are cooling down. Over at Sun, however, they have turned the heat up.

Three weeks ago, I mentioned that Sun had changed the pricing on their Java Enterprise System. The product was going to be free going forward. This was a reduction from the prior price of around $1895. In addition to the Java Enterprise System, Sun has, or will be, releasing a number of products. These include:

    - The open sourced Solaris 10 Operating System
    - PostgreSQL database (part of Solaris)
    - The Sun Java Enterprise System infrastructure software platform
    - Sun Java Identity Management Suite
    - Sun Java Integration Suite
    - Sun Java Communications Suite
    - Sun Java Application Platform Suite
    - Sun Java Availability Suite
    - Sun Java Web Infrastructure Suite
    - The N1 Management Software
    - Sun Studio 11 (for C, C++, & Java)
    - Sun Java Studio Enterprise
    - Sun Java Studio Creator
    - Sun Secure Global Desktop software
    - And more

Combine the free software with services to help you learn and use their products, and you begin to get the picture that Sun is really turning the heat up!

If you are wondering how Sun will make money, don't fret. The software needs good servers. Additionally, if you need support, then Sun will be glad to help. Consulting and services are where a lot of money is currently being made by many companies that support free software as well as open sourced software.

Regardless of the reasons for making the software free, it is a great boon for developers. At no cost, there is no reason to avoid picking up some of these products and giving them a shake down.

Until next week!

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 at: http://www.codeguru.com/review-guidelines.php

--> Programming Microsoft Windows Forms: 2005 Edition
      A Streamlined approach using C#
      By Charles Petzold for Microsoft Press
      400 pages for $39.99

--> Pro .NET 2.0 Graphics Programming
      By Eric White for Apress
      430 pages for $49.99

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:


- The TransactionScope Object Makes ADO.NET Transactions Easy
   By Paul Kimmel
Learn how the TransactionScope object enables you to auto-enlist database operations in your ADO.NET transactions.


==> Database

- Using the SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Class Library
   By Jeffrey Juday
Learn how to extend SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS), the new ETL tool that ships with SQL Server 2005, to perform operations that aren't already bundled with the product.


==> Graphics

- [Updated] Color Take
   By Roger65
Get pixels from the desktop.


==> Internet

- Customize an IE Context Menu to Add CodeGuru Favorites
   By kirants
Discover the development of a Browser Helper Object to customize Internet Explorer context menu to add CodeGuru Favorites items.


==> XML

- RSS, So Simple with Visual Basic 2005
   By Josh Fitzgerald
Displaying RSS feeds or channels is very easy using Visual Basic 2005. In no time, you can build a simple RSS viewer that takes a user-entered RSS feed URL and retrieves the title, description, and link for that channel.


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:

==> Program to delete itself

==> Can Microsoft Paint be automated?

==> Edit textbox control array

New Articles on Developer.com

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

1. Top Ten Reasons AJAX is Here to Stay
    By Andre Charland -
   This topic may not make the Letterman show but it is on the mind of many developers these days...


2. Succeeding with Struts: Dynamically Allocated Forms
    By James Turner -
   Sometimes you need to create a form that could have one item in it, or 1000 items. By using the common example of a shopping cart, learn how to create this kind of dynamically sized forms in Struts.


3. A New Look at the Linux+ Certification
    By Steve Rowe -
   Here is your chance to build and certify your foundational Linux knowledge within a vendor-neutral framework.



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Bradley L. Jones



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