Codeguru Update eNewsletter - October 14th, 2008


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Tuesday October 14, 2008

This Week's Topics

Comments from the Editor

Microsoft's very own Scott Guthrie, along with Brian Goldfarb, announced the release of Silverlight 2 yesterday. Along with the release that should be available as of this morning is also the release of the Visual Studio tools for Silverlight that are supported in Visual Studio 2008 as well as the Visual Web Developer Express Edition. Expression Studio will also support Silverlight 2 by using a Service Pack that is also being released.

They also announced Microsoft support to fund a project with Soyatec, a member of the Eclipse foundation, to move advanced Silverlight capabilities into the Eclipse IDE. This is being released as a preview today under the Eclipse public license version 1.0 on SourceForge. This will start with Windows support, but the hope is that this will also migrate to the Mac and Linux platforms.

What was not announced was support for Visual Studio 2005 for the Visual Studio Silverlight tools. If you have Visual Studio 2005, you'll need to upgrade, or you'll need to use the freely available Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.

Scott and Brian made several other related announcements as well. See my complete write up on Codeguru in Silverlight 2.0 Releases Today - Prior to PDC.

Until next week...


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.

I'm out of the office this week, so you'll have to wait for a list of newly released books!

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.

Silverlight 2.0 Releases Today - Prior to PDC
By Brad Jones
Silverlight development on Eclipse, XAML language released for public use, no support for Silverlight 2.0 tools in Visual Studio 2005, and most importantly - the official release of Silverlight 2.0.

Declarative programming style
By Tomas Petricek
Learn about two properties of functional languages that together define the overall style of writing functional code.

Working with Device Contexts in MFC
By Marius Bancila
Acquire the core information that will allow you to do (at least) simple painting operations in MFC.

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New Articles on Developer.com

Embedding Apache Axis2 into Existing Applications
By Deepal Jayasinghe
Learn how to embed Apache Axis2 into your J2EE application to take full advantage of Web services. You also can provide a Web Service API for your application by using Axis2 and using it to interact with other Web services.

Managing Change Requests Using Lean Methods and a Kanban Board
By Eric Landes
See how a development group can increase productivity and customer satisfaction by using a Kanban board to manage the change management process. This agile method is gaining traction with many agile leaders as a next step in the agile evolution.

Reuse and the Portal Onion
By Jeffrey Ryan
Reuse is the Holy Grail that many IT shops search for to reap the benefits of lower development and maintenance costs. Read on and peel the layers of the portal onion, examining how each layer enables reuse of front-end components and infrastructure.

This article was originally published on October 22nd, 2008

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Bradley L. Jones


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