Codeguru Update eNewsletter - June 30th, 2009


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Tuesday June 30, 2009

This Week's Topics

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Summer is heating up and in the United States, this week will include Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July holiday. There are two things that are generally true about this week in the US. First, it is hot. Second, there are lots of bangs. Of course, the bangs are from fireworks that are set off all around the country. In my neighborhood they have already started and will continue through this coming week-end.

Of course, online there are a few bangs and a few misfires happening as well. A few of those bangs include the rolling out of Firefox 3.5 today. We'll see how much of a bang Firefox 3.5 makes. In the wet wick area, the Department of Justice has denied allowing Oracle and Sun to have a fast merger. We'll see if that lights back up quickly.

Some fireworks have long fuses. In the IT area, one of the longest burning items has been the release of the next version of PHP. Version 5.3 of PHP is coming soon. Of course, I thought 6 was on the horizon…

And no discussion of fizzling or sizzling fireworks would be complete without commenting on Microsoft Windows! Microsoft has commented now on pricing. Additionally, they are now offering free upgrades if you buy a new Windows machine today. The one issue where controversy seems to be brewing is the number of free upgrades you can get. Seem like this is limited to 25—which is better than the limit of 5 that was reported for Vista.

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.

Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 3
By Laurence Moroney for Microsoft Press
380 pages for $39.99
Based on Silverlight 3 beta.

Configuring Windows Server Virtualization Training Kit
By Nelson Ruest, Danielle Ruest, et al.for Microsoft Press
640 pages for $69.99

Covers MCTS exam 70-652.

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 the Task Parallel Library and PLINQ to Go Parallel
By Jani Järvinen
With more and more computers using a multi-core processor, the free lunch of increased clock speeds and the inherent performance gains are over. Software developers must instead make sure their applications take use of all the cores available in an efficient manner. New features in .NET 4.0 mean that managed code developers too can join the party.

VIDEO: Working with Property Grids
By Dan Rigsby
A peek at how to use a PropertyGrid in Windows Forms to quicklybuild a UI for a series of classes.

Using Team Build to Build Database Projects
By Jamil Azher for Manning Publications
Customize the Team Build project file to automatically deploy the database build script to a target database.

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New Articles on Developer.com

Performance Improvement: Understanding
The results you get out of any performance prediction exercise are bound to be wrong. The goal is to make them as least wrong as possible. Rob Bogue will help you understand how to avoid getting them too wrong.

Browser Compatibility Development Guide
Do you have defined practices to ensure your website renders and operates properly on your users preferred browsers? If not, do you realize you may be losing customers and partners as a result? This guide for browser compatibility development provides you with the information you need to start or enhance your browser compatibility development practice.

Java Internationalization Made Easy
Java internationalization is a simple concept, and when it is implemented correctly, long-term management requires only minimal or no code changes.

This article was originally published on June 30th, 2009

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