CodeGuru Update eNewsletter – April 25th, 2006

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CodeGuru Newsletter
April 25, 2006

http://www.CodeGuru.com



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TOPICS:



–> Editorial
– 
        … Changes at
Sun
        … Express
Editions
        … IE 7 Beta 2


–> Recently Published Books


–> New on CodeGuru:
   — Articles
— 
        ==>
Add-ins
               
– Extending Visual Studio 2005
       
==>
AJAX
               
– Ajax and the Yahoo! Connection
Manager
        ==> Controls
(C#)
               
– Use ASP.NET 2.0’s TreeView to Display Hierarchical
Data
        ==> Controls
(VB)
               
– Smart List Box with Formatting and In-Line
Buttons
        ==> Cross
Platform
               
– Working with INI Configuration Files Cross-Platform (Win32/Un*x,
MBCS/Unicode)
        ==> Office
Automation
               
– [Updated] Microsoft Excel Automation
Class
        ==> Sample
Chapter
               
– C# Generics Part 4/4: Delegates, Events, Reflection, Attributes, IL, Generics
in the BCL
        ==>
SQL
               
– [Updated] SQL Formatter Web
Service
        ==> Visual
Basic
               
– What Is New in Visual Basic 2005


–> Discussion Groups — HOT
Threads
        –
Compression/Decompression Wave File to MP3 and Vice Versa
(C++)
        – Inputbox with dual input
provision (VB 6)
        – Terrible
Trouble with Transparency (C++)



–> Highlighted new articles on
Developer.com 
        1.
Authentication in Applications
        2.
Capital Budgeting: IT Project Portfolio Optimization
Redux
        3. Oracle XE: It’s Not Your
Typical Oracle


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Comments
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… Changes at Sun


Talk around the office has focused on Sun today. The big question…. what
will change now that Scott McNealy has stepped aside and Jonathan Schwartz is
taking the leadership role for the company?


  – Does this mean big changes at Sun?
  – Will profits go up?

  – Will Java go open source?


Time will only tell, so tune in next quarter, same Bat-time;
Bat-channel….


… Express Editions


News that is a few days older, Last week Microsoft announced that the Express
Editions of Visual Studio 2005 would remain free. Initially they had stated that
the non-database products would only be free for a limited time.


(http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,g5os,3swp,jorm,i5r0)


… IE 7 Beta 2


Also happening this week was the release of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 to the
general public. While there have been “previews” of this beta, Microsoft has now
released it for anyone to download and review. You can find it at:
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,46d6,ggnj,jorm,i5r0


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


–> CSS Instant Results
     
By Richard York for WROX
      400 pages for $34.99
with CD
      http://books.internet.com/books/047175126X


–> Beginning ASP.NET 2.0
Databases
      From Novice to
Professional

      By Damien Foggon for
Apress
      620 pages for
$44.99 
      http://books.internet.com/books/1590595777


–> Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Step By
Step
      By Jacobson, Misner, and Hitachi
Consulting for Microsoft Press
      400 pages for
$39.99 with CD
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735621993


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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=1,2eef,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0


This week’s CodeGuru posts:


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===  Articles 
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==> Add-ins


– Extending Visual Studio 2005
    By
Vijay Mehta
Discover the fundamentals of the Visual Studio package and create
your first Visual Studio 2005 Add-in.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,j85n,3hb4,jorm,i5r0


==> AJAX


– Ajax and the Yahoo! Connection
Manager
    By Nicholas Zakas
Discover how to use
the new Yahoo! Connection Manager — one of the most popular new Ajax
libraries.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,9hn,lymw,jorm,i5r0


==> Controls (C#)


– Use ASP.NET 2.0’s TreeView to Display Hierarchical
Data
    By Bipin Joshi
Thanks to ASP.NET 2.0’s
built-in TreeView control, you can give your Web site a professional-looking
navigation system that displays hierarchical data — without having to write
lots of code and script.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,74ie,6ywi,jorm,i5r0


==> Controls (VB)


– Smart List Box with Formatting and In-Line
Buttons
    By DougBangkok
Learn about an OCX that
provides a list box with the ability to format cells, lines, and columns; has
headers and footers; and has command buttons on any line.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,i856,25kd,jorm,i5r0


==> Cross Platform


– Working with INI Configuration Files Cross-Platform
(Win32/Un*x, MBCS/Unicode)
    By
brofield
Win32 has a built-in INI file API, but writing cross-platform code
is difficult because these functions aren’t available on Linux.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,gkvq,l39a,jorm,i5r0


==> Office Automation


– [Updated] Microsoft Excel Automation
Class
    By Val Golovlev
Learn to implement and
OLE and IDispatch interface to access basic Excel functions from a C++
application.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,kglg,28i2,jorm,i5r0


==> Sample Chapter


– C# Generics Part 4/4: Delegates, Events, Reflection,
Attributes, IL, Generics in the
BCL
    By Patrick Smacchia
Read the final
installment of the sample chapter on Generics.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,cntv,u9n,jorm,i5r0


==> SQL


– [Updated] SQL Formatter Web Service
   By
tako.lee
Create an online SQL formatter based on the SQL Formatter Web
Service.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,7n38,amn0,jorm,i5r0


==> Visual Basic


– What Is New in Visual Basic 2005
    By
Shuja Ali
Learn about the new features found in Visual Basic 2005.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,f7i7,ccpe,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=1,2eef,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:


==> Compression/Decompression Wave File to MP3 and Vice Versa
(C++)
       http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,4n9q,fltk,jorm,i5r0


==> Inputbox with dual input provision (VB
6)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,cqlc,5yly,jorm,i5r0


==> Terrible Trouble with Transparency
(C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,kpch,6e34,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. Authentication in Applications
    By
Chad Cook –
Authentication is a critical component of many applications,
large and small. Choosing where authentication is needed, what type and how to
implement it safely can be a challenging task. Go through an overview of
authentication types, their usage, and various ways to add authentication to
your applications.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,iibo,c3bb,jorm,i5r0


2. Capital Budgeting: IT Project Portfolio Optimization
Redux
    By Marcia Gulesian –
Examine
decision-making methods for the selection or rejection of individual projects
throughout the project portfolio management process. These methods determine
whether or not a given project (either proposed or in process) should be
included in your next capital budget.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,79de,epru,jorm,i5r0


3. Oracle XE: It’s Not Your Typical
Oracle
    By Dick Wall – 
Dick Wall takes a
look at Oracle XE and is surprisingly please with what he finds for
developers.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,2eef,1,i7zk,j7mz,jorm,i5r0


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