CodeGuru Update eNewsletter – November 15th, 2005

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CodeGuru Newsletter
November 15, 2005
http://www.CodeGuru.com


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TOPICS:



–> Editorial –



–> Recently Published Books


–> New Articles on
CodeGuru: 
       ==>
Design
             
– Top 10 Must-Have Features in O/R Mapping
Tools
       ==> Embedded
Script
             
– Add Embedded Scripting to Your C++
Application
       ==>
Networking
             
– Reliably Retrieve MAC Address(es) with
VB
       ==>
System
             
– Setting a System Environment Variable
      
==> Visual Studio
2005
             
– [Updated] What to Know About Visual Studio 2005 — The
Products
       ==>
XML
             
– Browsing XML/XSLT with HTA/Scripting Runtime


–> Discussion Groups — HOT
Threads
       – PHP Installation
Requirements
       – Activating a form brings
all other forms to front
       – COMServer
Client Sample


–> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com

       1. Keeping Up With The Ajax
Trend
       2. The Best Things In Life Are
Free: Sun Java Studio Enterprise
8.0 
       3. Embedding Apache Pluto


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Comments
from the
Editor
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The holidays are coming fast. It is hard to believe that it is only about 40
days until Christmas and less than two weeks until the Thanksgiving holiday in
the US.


Coming even quicker is the fact that it is only a week away from the
launch of the new XBox 360. That is the item that tops my Christmas list for
this year. It will be interesting to watch the sales to see if they hit the
projected 3 million units in the first 90 days. It will also be interesting to
see how quickly the hacks arrive to turn this console into a full fledged
computer at a very cheap price. I’d be willing to bet that the hacks happen
quicker than the 3 million unit milestone!


On a more serious note, we were recently discussing what topics were most
important today to developers. I’d be interested in hearing what topics you
consider the most important. This can include topics like SOA and AJAX or
it can be lower-level topics such as double-bunking and bug caps. Drop me an
email if you have an opinion on what topics are important today for developers.
I’d be interested in your opinion.


Finally, I thought one tidbit of news from the past week was worth 
mentioning. Sun announced that their Java Studio Enterprise 8.0 product
would be reduced in price. Version 7 retailed for around $1895. The new version
will be free – yes, free. I think I can safely speculate that the profit
margin on the new version will not be very good. I could also speculate on why
such a move is being made (Eclipse), but that would be unfounded (Eclipse).
Regardless, it would be great to seem similar price reductions on other IDEs!


That, however, is unlikely at this time.


Until next week!


Brad!
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Jones
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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


–> Programming Microsoft Web
Forms
      By Douglas J. Reilly for
Microsoft Press
      320 pages for
$39.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735621799


–> Expert ASP.NET 2.0 Advanced Application
Design
      By Selly, Troelsen, and
Barnaby for Apress
      480 pages, hardbound for
$59.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/159059522X


–> Professional WinFX Beta:

      By David, Ryan, DeSerranno, and
Young for WROX
      250 pages for
$29.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/076457874X
     
Covers “Avalon” Windows Presentation Foundation and “Indigo” Windows
Communication Foundation


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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=1,218g,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0


This week’s posted CodeGuru articles:


==> Design


– Top 10 Must-Have Features in O/R Mapping
Tools
   By Iqbal2004
Learn about 10 things your O/R
mapping tools must have to be more efficient.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,bt0l,60mg,jorm,i5r0


==> Embedded Script


– Add Embedded Scripting to Your C++
Application
   By Victor Volkman
Nearly every
application can benefit from a scriptable interface. Learn how to use C/C++
interpreters to plug a scripting language into your applications.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,avh,ff1e,jorm,i5r0


==> Networking


– Reliably Retrieve MAC Address(es) with VB
  
By Manni HV
Learn how to retrieve the MAC address using an alternative to
NetBIOS calls that do not function reliably or are written in C++/C#.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,9fxa,lrcb,jorm,i5r0


==> System


– Setting a System Environment Variable
   By
Darka
A free tool (with source code) that demonstrates how to programatically
set System Environment Variables.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,jmsa,f53g,jorm,i5r0


==> Visual Studio 2005


– [Updated] What to Know About Visual Studio 2005 —
The Products
   By Bradley
Jones
Visual Studio 2005 (“Whidbey”) has released. Get a first look at
answers to some up-front questions you might have. Start by simply understanding
the multitude of editions that entail the Visual Studio 2005 product line. After
all, how many different editions can one product have?



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,jnxb,2xjs,jorm,i5r0


==> XML


– Browsing XML/XSLT with HTA/Scripting
Runtime
   By Freelancer
Learn about a simplistic
example of using a Scripting Runtime Library.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,all2,35vr,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=1,218g,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:


==> PHP Installation
Requirements
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,k9j8,hs7k,jorm,i5r0


==> Activating a form brings all other forms to
front
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,ct5u,cmqd,jorm,i5r0


==> COMServer Client
Sample
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,i56y,1pl8,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. Keeping Up With The Ajax Trend
   By Jordan
Frank –
What tools and languages do web developers need to be an expert at?
Does AJAX mean the evolution of a new developer – a combination frontend and
serverside developer?



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,4qy1,4k6g,jorm,i5r0


2. The Best Things In Life Are Free: Sun Java Studio Enterprise
8.0
   By Dick Wall –
Sun announced the release of Sun
Java Studio Enterprise 8.0 at JavaOne Tokyo. Here you can find out the details
and what they mean to developers.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,md0x,bo90,jorm,i5r0


3. Embedding Apache Pluto
   By David DeWolf –

Apache Pluto provides a lightweight container environment for leveraging the
Portlet Specification within Web and portal applications. You can embedded the
Pluto container within a Web application to support external integration with
third parties or within a portal to provide standard portlet application
support.



http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,218g,1,1nh4,500a,jorm,i5r0


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