Codeguru Update eNewsletter – October 8th, 2008 Network
Tuesday October 7, 2008

This Week’s Topics

Comments from the Editor

What’s the news of the day? Kilimanjaro is
on its way! Although SQL Server 2008 just released in August, Microsoft is
ready to start talking about the next version, codenamed Kilimanjaro. This
release is currently slated for the first half of 2010, which is actually
coming upon us quickly.

What better way to get you to feel like you are behind the curve if you
haven’t updated to the “still new” 2008 version than to let you know that
the 2010 version is on its way. You don’t, after all, want to fall too far

I had a discussion this weekend on the topic of version numbers. In
many cases, it seems that companies have obfuscated the information around
the version number of their current product. The most confused product
number seems to be on Silverlight. Do you know the current version? Let me
clarify the question, do you know the version number of the current, fully
released version? Is it 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 or something else?

Remember that 1.1 is the release number that was being used late last
year for the pre-releases. It was changed to 2.0 because the level of
change deserved a full revision number. Version 2.0, however, is not yet
fully released. There is a Go-Live license, but the product is not ‘fully
baked.’ That makes version 1.0 the answer to the question!

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

Expression Web 2 Step by Step
By Chris Leeds for Microsoft Press
380 pages for $29.99 w/

.NET Framework 3.5 – WCF Training Kit

By Bruce Johnson, et. al. for Microsoft
600 pages for $69.99 Hardbound w/ CD
Covers MCTS exam

2.0 Heroes: Interviews with 20 Web 2.0 Influencers

By Bradley L. Jones for Wiley
288 pages
for $24.99 (Hardbound)
I am the author on this, so I thought I’d
give it an additional plug even though it has been out a couple of months.
This book actually has gotten a few good reviews from those that have read

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.

Managed Development with C++

By Nick Wienholt
Replacing the
cumbersome and confusing Managed Extensions for C++ that shipped with
Visual C++ 2002 and 2003, C++/CLI is a standardized set of C++ language
extensions that allows developers to write managed code that executes on
top of the .NET Framework.

Tip: Using a Nullable Value Type

By Jay Miller
Discover how to use
nullable types when retrieving data from your database.

and Configuring SQL Server Integration Services Packages Without the

By Dee
Ever get confused by or dislike using the SQL Server Integration
Services deployment wizard? Learn how to manually deploy the packages to
SQL Server 2005 and configure the packages in a multitude of ways as well.

that Pesky Windows ControlBox

By Paul Kimmel
Some things that seem
hard are actually quite easy, and some things that seem easy take a little
work, like that little [X] on a Windows Form, the ControlBox. Learn how to
know just when that little bugger is pressed.

Discussion Groups

out the CodeGuru discussion forums

Forums include Visual C++, General C++,
Visual Basic, Java, General Technology, C#, ASP.NET, XML, Help Wanted, and
much, much, more!


to close another program with C# (C#)


a method of a template T class (C++)

New Articles on Jupitermedia sites

Portal Page Load Performance

By Scott Nelson
Portals provide users
with access to more applications from a single point of entry, but if it
takes too long to get in,, they will go elsewhere. Learn specific
techniques to improve page load time and track down what is slowing your
pages down.

.NET Configuration Files Programatically

By John Peterson
These days, many .NET
developers are taking advantage of the fact that you can easily store many
of an application’s settings in .NET configuration files instead of hard
coding them into the application’s code. Most developers don’t even
realize that in addition to making it easy to access the values stored in
these files, the .NET Framework also makes it quite easy to
manipulatevalues programatically.

Applied: 10 Things You Wish They Had Told You.Part 2

By Sahil Malik
Part 1 of this two-part
article covered five architecture- and management-focused topics you wish
they had told you about SharePoint. This article follows up with five more
topics targeted specifically toward SharePoint developers.

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