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CodeGuru Newsletter
September 19, 2006
http://www.CodeGuru.com

This newsletter is part of the Developer.com, EarthWeb, and internet.com networks.
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TOPICS:

--> Editorial
--> Recently Published Books

--> New on CodeGuru: 
   - Articles

        ==> Database
                - IBM DB2 Application Development with Visual Studio .NET
        ==> Files
                - ASP.NET 2.0 FileUpload Server Control
        ==> Graphics
                - ImageStone
        ==> Master Pages
                - ASP.NET Tip: Using Nested Master Pages
        ==> Master Pages
                - ASP.NET Tip: Selecting a Master Page at Runtime
        ==> Misc.
                - [Updated] Customize an IE Context Menu to Add CodeGuru Favorites
        ==> News
                - "Atlas" is no more....

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
        - Template Issues (C++)
        - Best way to store a password (C++)
        - Page Source (C++/VC++)

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com
        1. IBM DB2 Application Development with Visual Studio .NET
        2. BREW uiOne for the Masses
        3. BEA Weblogic Portal 8.x Tips & Tricks

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Comments from the Editor
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... Atlas, VSTO, and Zune

This past week I posted a couple of announcements to the site. If you messed them, check out:

VSTO 2005 SE Beta Now Available
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,g5hh,iflh,jorm,i5r0

"Atlas" is no more...
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,hjzq,iig2,jorm,i5r0

Of course these events are greatly overshadowed by the Zune news. Zune has been the topic of discussion for many months, but this week Microsoft brought the news to a peak by officially announcing the Zune technology and its specifications. Will this new device be an iPod killer? Time will tell. In the first release it is doubtful; however, with enough time and  money (something Microsoft seems to have both of), the possibility is there.

The Zune will differ from the iPod video players in that it will have a slightly larger screen (3 inches instead of 2.5).  More importantly, it will have wireless communications and an FM tuner built in. This gives the Zune a tad bit more versatility than the iPod. If you run into someone else with a Zune and want to listen to the same song they are, they can simply wirelessly transmit it to you. Of course, there will be some DRM restrictions,  but that is to be expected.

Will that be enough? Time will tell. Cost of a Zune is predicted to be slightly less than an iPod.

In my opinion, I see one issue that could keep the Zune from taking over the iPod. The marketing for iPod has been fantastically simple for the most part. If Microsoft tries to oversell and over 'marketize' the product packaging and advertising, then they could truly miss the mark. We'll see how this goes between now and Christmas!

... Product of the Year ...

Over at Developer.com, you can still nominate your favorite products at

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,fkrt,je20,jorm,i5r0

There are categories for Technology, Framework, Development Tool, Web Service Product, Database, Java, .NET Tool, Open Source tools, and more.

Until next week...

Brad!
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Bradley L. Jones
www.CodeGuru.com
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Recently Published Books
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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

--> MCSA/MCSE 70-294 Exam Cram: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining
      a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
      (2nd Edition)
      By Will Willis & David Watts for Que
      456 pages for $34.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0789736209

--> Mastering Regular Expressions
      By Jeffrey Friedl for O'Reilly
      516 pages for $44.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0596528124

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New & Updated Articles on CodeGuru
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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

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's CodeGuru posts:

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==== Articles ====
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==> Database

- IBM DB2 Application Development with Visual Studio .NET
    By Anil Mahadev
Thanks to the DB2 Development Add-In for Visual Studio .NET, you can develop DB2 database applications using Visual C#.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,45zr,atc0,jorm,i5r0

==> Files

- ASP.NET 2.0 FileUpload Server Control
    By Bill Evjen
Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition author Bill Evjen shows you how to use the File Upload Server Control and how to upload multiple files from the same page.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,m3cj,6bai,jorm,i5r0

==> Graphics

- ImageStone
    By crazybit
ImageStone is a powerful C++ class library for image manipulation. It is written in pure C++ and is easily portable. Its features include load/save (supports BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, ICO, TGA, PCX, PSD...), display, histogram, undo/redo, and image transformation with over 100 predefined effects.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,1bjw,65x8,jorm,i5r0

==> Master Pages

- ASP.NET Tip: Using Nested Master Pages
    By Eric Smith
The nested master page is a great way to manage the layout of your Web site without duplicating content on every page.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,5os2,71p,jorm,i5r0

==> Master Pages

- ASP.NET Tip: Selecting a Master Page at Runtime
    By Eric Smith
Enable your Web application to select a master page dynamically at runtime based on whatever criteria you choose.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,jifm,d5c7,jorm,i5r0

==> Misc.

- [Updated] 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.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,7xhx,7lrn,jorm,i5r0

==> News

- "Atlas" is no more....
    By Bradley L. Jones
"Atlas" is gone. Scott Guthrie has revealed the new names for Microsoft's AJAX technologies.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,hjzq,iig2,jorm,i5r0

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Discussion Groups
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Check out the CodeGuru discussion forums at:

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,bcr8,cx5j,jorm,i5r0

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

... HOT THREADS ...

Some of the current threads with the most activity are:

==> Template Issues (C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,6ukx,hs9d,jorm,i5r0

==> Best way to store a password (C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,7as6,c7w3,jorm,i5r0

==> Page Source (C++/VC++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,dmsh,lqck,jorm,i5r0

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

1. IBM DB2 Application Development with Visual Studio .NET
    By Anil Mahadev -
Thanks to the DB2 Development Add-In for Visual Studio .NET, you can develop DB2 database applications using Visual C#.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,98cp,3xvz,jorm,i5r0

2. BREW uiOne for the Masses
    By Ray Rischpater -
Available for over a year to handset manufacturers and a few select developers, QUALCOMM BREW uiOne was released to the public developer community just after the BREW 2006 Developer Conference. See what all the excitement's all about.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,3bsn,kcvl,jorm,i5r0

3. BEA Weblogic Portal 8.x Tips & Tricks
    By Scott Nelson -
Get the most out of Weblogic with these development tips and tricks.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2qa3,1,33xn,ga56,jorm,i5r0

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