Codeguru Update eNewsletter - February 3rd, 2009


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Tuesday February 3, 2009

This Week's Topics

Comments from the Editor

Codeguru is a part of Jupitermedia. As I write today's editorial, I'm sitting in a meeting with the Jupitermedia upper management, talking about many of the things that our company does. This ranges from doing technical stuff such as our web sites and forums (over one hundred), to our media connections with MediaBistro, to our job services with JustTechJobs, to our conferences.

The mention of some of our upcoming conferences made me wonder if you were even aware that we do conferences. You aren't going to see a VS Live!, Connections, or PDC from us because those are already effectively covered elsewhere. We tend to do conferences on topics that are a bit more focused. Focused doesn't mean uninteresting. Rather, we have a few that I wish even I could attend.

One that is coming up next week in San Jose is the User Generated Content Conference. This is the one I thought would be great to attend, but with it being in California, it was easier to send one of my editors from San Francisco. Being that you and other users at Codeguru generate most of the content on our site, it seems very applicable to Codeguru. It is also applicable for most people doing sites today, including companies that want to get their end users more involved. With speakers such as Craig Newmark (Craigslist) and Guy Kawasaki, there should be some interesting information.

Other upcoming conferences that are also interesting are the Web 3.0 Conference in New York in May. We've been covering the Semantic Web on DevX and on other sites for quite a while now. In my book, Web 2.0 Heroes, I ask a number of leaders of Web 2.0 sites what they think of the concept of the semantic web as well. The responses are interesting and it is a topic that any serious web developer should understand.

Of course, the next conference I'll be attending is the Microsoft MVP Summit in Seattle the first week of March. If you are planning to attend it, please let the other Codeguru members know. I know many of the Codeguru members like to meet up at the summit to speak face-to-face.

Of course, if you can't get to any of the conferences - and with budget cuts, that is understandable - you can always hang out at the Codeguru forums!

Until next week...

Bradley L. Jones
Twitter: BradleyLJones

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.

Live Lessons: C# 2008 Fundamentals I and II
By Paul J. Deitel for Prentice Hall
140 pages and DVD for $99.99
This is video instructions - not just a book.

Pro ADO.NET Data Services: Working with RESTful Data
By John Shaw and Simon Evans for Apress
340 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 here.

Exploring the New MSBuild Features for Visual C++ 2010
By Nick Wienholt
MSBuild is the build platform that Microsoft is using across all developer and related tools moving forward. Visual C++ is the last major compiler offering from Microsoft to move onto the MSBuild platform, with the Visual C++ 2010 release using MSBuild as its native project format. Explore the MSBuild basics from a C++ perspective, and see how it can improve your build process.

Building an FM Radio with RDS Support
By Tamir Khason
Build a simple FM radio player with RDS support by using WPF and the USBFM library.

BLOG: 10 Tips for Writing Consistently Popular Programming Articles
By Bradley Jones
I reference a blog post by Russell Jones at DevX. If you are writing articles, Russell has some tips for you.

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New Articles on Developer.com

XML Manipulation with Apache AXIOM
By Deepal Jayasinghe
Apache AXIOM (AXis2 Object Model) is a pull-based, XML Infoset-compliant object model that supports on-demand building of the object tree. Learn the basis of Axiom and how to use it.

Consider GlassFish ESB v2 for SOA Tooling
By Kelvin Meeks
Are you finding it hard to obtain funding to finish building out your Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technology stack? You may have heard about the Open Source GlassFish Java 5 EE Application Server, but did you know that there is a GlassFish ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) Project that integrates the Open ESB Project? See what it can do for you.

Java Hashed Collections
By Mark Grand
The Java collections framework contains classes you use to maintain collections of other objects. These collection classes have different performance and ordering properties. See how the HashMap and HashSet Classes allow objects to be added to a collection, removed from a collection, or found in roughly constant time. Discover how to use these classes and what to do to achieve good performance from them.

This article was originally published on February 4th, 2009

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