May 1, 2007
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–> Recently Published
–> New on CodeGuru:
==> C++ Shell and
– An Introduction To PowerShell
==> Visual Basic GDI
– Creating Your Own Drawing Application in Visual Basic.NET, Part
==> Visual Basic
– Better Entities with Nullable
==> C Sharp .NET
– Connecting to Oracle or Access from ASP.NET 2.0
–> Highlighted new articles on
Proccessing XML in Ruby
The First Steps
3. Introduction to
today for the IBM Rational Software Development Conference
2007 and save!
Join the 2,500-plus great minds from around the world
and join in the
conversation: “”What Keeps Me Rational?”” This year’s
program promises over
285 technical sessions, hands-on workshops,
certification testing, inspiring
and informative keynotes, technology
demonstrations and a multitude of
June 10-14, 2007 at the Walt Disney World Swan and
Dolphin in Orlando,
Florida. Agenda and more information available online.
2007 is crusing by quickly. It is hard to believe that it is already May.
Last week, I mentioned a number of products that were in beta or soon to be
released. Since then, even more products have released. One interesting
announcement was that Adobe is releasing their dynamic web product as Open
Source. It should be no surprise that this is happening at the same time that
Microsoft is making headlines with Silverlight.
It will be interesting to watch the battle between Flex/Apollo versus
WPF/Silverlight. I have a feeling it is going to get brutal. The nice thing
about such fights though — the users of the products are usually the winners.
There is nothing better to improve products than a bit of fierce
Until next week,
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:
–> Professional WPF
By Andrade, Livermore,
Meyers, and Van Vliet for WROX
450 pages for
–> Essential Windows Presentation
By Chris Anderson for
480 pages for
& Updated Articles on
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
This week’s CodeGuru posts:
==> C++ Shell and Related
– An Introduction To
By Josh Fitzgerald
PowerShell replaces the outdated batch files and Windows Scripting Host with a
brand new object-oriented shell and scripting language. In this article, you
will learn how to retrieve directory and filenames from a specific drive.
==> Visual Basic GDI Graphics
– Creating Your Own Drawing Application in
Visual Basic.NET, Part 3
Hannes du Preez
With Part 3, we add shapes like hearts, rounded rectangles,
spirals, stars. We also experiment with different brushes to fill our shapes
==> Visual Basic Database
– Better Entities with Nullable
By Paul Kimmel
Tired of checking
database entries for null values? This month, Paul illustrates how you can use
Nullable types to make fields and properties accept nulls.
==> C Sharp .NET Data
– Connecting to Oracle or Access from ASP.NET
By Devin Rader and Bill Evjen
to use the ASP.NET 2.0 SqlDataSource and AccessDataSource Controls to work with
Oracle and Access data from Wrox Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition
authors Bill Evjen and Devin Rader.
Below are some of the new articles that have been posted to Developer.com (http://www.developer.com).
1. REXML: Proccessing XML in
By Dominic Da Silva –
Take a look
at the REXML library and see how you can use it to process XML within your Ruby
or Rails application. REXML makes adding XML support to your application a
breeze, with a quick learning curve.
2. Wicket: The First Steps
Karthik Gurumurthy –
Learn how to set up Wicket, Eclipse, and the Jetty
Launcher Plug-in for Wicket-based web development.
3. Introduction to Alice
By Richard G. Baldwin –
Baldwin reviews a major 3D interactive graphics Java program named
Alice that is used to teach beginners how to program.