Codeguru Update eNewsletter - December 2nd, 2008


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Tuesday December 2, 2008

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Next week, the plan is for members of the Microsoft Visual C++ team to visit the Codeguru discussion forum for a slow chat. This will be your chance to ask questions and interact with a few of the people who work directly with Visual C++ and the C++ language at Microsoft.

A slow chat is simply a special discussion forum with a very specific topic. In this case, the topic will focus on the next official version of C++ and the changes that are coming as a result. Additionally, a slow chat is a discussion with a guest. In this case, the guest is several of the members of the Visual C++ team. In general, it will be a back and forth dialog with them (in other words, a chat). Because this is a forum, the discussion will last all week. The Microsoft members will not be online 24 hours a day; this is why this will be a "slow" chat rather than one done in real-time. However, this also lets you take time to formulate your questions!

As stated, the focus will be on C++0x. There is actually a good interview with Bjarne Stroustroup on C++0x on DevX, titled The State of the Language: An Interview with Bjarne Stroustrup. There area several other good articles on C++0x as well. Regardless of what you already know about the next release of C++, you should be able to getgood information from the discussion. I know that the Microsoft folks will also be talking about the C++ language features they've been working on as well. I'm also sure there will be discussion on what is in the Visual Studio 2010 CTP release that was released at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC).

The discussion will be in the forum titled Slow Chat: C++0x. This will be unlocked before Monday so that the discussion can begin. As with previous slow chats, the forum will be closed after the end of the week, but will remain viewable. Also, like previous slow chats, your questions need to be on the topic being discussed or they will be moved to the regular forums.

On a different note, if you haven't voted for your favorite products on, you still have a few days to add your choices for the best products of the year. You'll find the Product of the Year voting form here.

Until next week...


Recently Published Books

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Microsoft .NET Framework - App Dev Foundation Training Kit, 2E
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800 pages for $69.99 (Hardbound)
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Step by Step
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Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition Step by Step
By Eric Griffin for Microsoft Press
300 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 here.

Using Windows Vista Built-In Double Buffering
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Learn how to fixing flickering issues when drawing graphics by using double buffering.

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Learn how to create your own Visual WebGui Silverlight theme that uses the default theme.

OP-ED: Software Development from Core to Cosmetics
By Paul Kimmel
Few projects end up having too much time. Successfully completing a project often depends on tackling core, significant, and risky aspects of any custom solution first—like the long hard march up hill—and finishing with the trim, or cosmetic work, last.

VIDEO: Debugging using Visual C++ 2008
By Kiran Thonse
In this video offering, Kiran Thonse covers basic debugging tasks like setting breakpoints, stepping through code and watching variables using the Visual Studio IDE.

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