Codeguru Update eNewsletter – September 23rd, 2008 Network
Tuesday September 23, 2008

This Week’s Topics

Comments from the Editor

In my local town, a couple of the technical
user groups are putting on an all day event in a few weeks. More and more,
it seems that technologist are no longer just helping each other online,
but they are also helping each other face-to-face in their local
communities. This is an interesting trend that seems to be worldwide.

In my local .NET group there are over 2300 members. Over 100 of them
get together each month to talk about .NET technologies and trends. It is
like visiting the Codeguru forums; only you actually get to see the people
you are talking to!

Chances are there is a similar group meeting near you. For .NET groups,
you can check out to find .NET groups anywhere in the world.
If you don’t find a group, then you can easily start your own.
will even provide a few tips and tricks.

For the all day event, I’ll be presenting as part of the keynote as
well as presenting a casual session during lunch. My lunch session was
actually fun to pull together. I’m doing a jeopardy game so it will be all
about programming trivia. Most of my trivia relates to .NET and Microsoft.
Once the event is over, I’ll consider posting my slides. Here are a couple
of the question (thus the answers since this is jeopardy):

  • Under the category “Code Words” the question is: What is Zermatt?
  • The easy answer under “Computer Math” is:

    Console.WriteLine(“{0}”, ( 01 + 010 ));
  • In the category of “Television” the hard answer is: Bill Gate’s shoe
That is a small sample of what is in the game. Do you know
those answers? Feel free to show your knowledge in the Feedback forum on

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

Oracle Application Express

By John Scott and Scott Spendolini for Apress
700 pages for

3 Unleashed

Fritz Anderson for Sams Publishing
560 pages for $44.99

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.

Tip: Take a Byte out of Strings

By Jay Miller
Convert a string to an
array of bytes and back again.

the Problem and a Solution

By Anthony Williams
Deadlocks can certainly put a damper on your
day. Learn the ways to circumvent a deadlock in your systems.

ASP.NET Master Pages for Consistent Site Design

By Jacob J. Sanford
Wrox author Jacob J.
Sanford walks through the essentials of creating ASP.NET master pages to
consistently format the design of your pages around your different dynamic
content placeholders.

What Kind of Boss…

By Paul Kimmel
Wisdom is figuring out whether every time you
encounter a pointy-headed manager you are going to roll over and save your
sanity (and possibly your job) or stand up, be counted, and risk greatness
or the guillotine. There is a temporary sense of safety in staying with
the herd, but all herd-roads lead to the butcher.

Major Pushes’ With Visual Studio 10

The successor to its popular
developer tool is already in the works and will combine all of Microsoft’s
wide array of platforms.

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!


Error in Custom String class (C++)

Object Pointers… (C++)

to Long Conversion Issue (C++)

New Articles on

With Design Patterns: Odds and Ends

By Jeff Langr
The design patterns book
lists 23 design patterns, but that’s just the beginning! Many more
patterns exist, including the specification pattern, lazy initialization,
object pools, and the utility class pattern.

for Java Game Programmers, Our First 3D Game Program

By Richard G.
Learn how to write your first interactive 3D game using the
game-math library. You will also see how to write a Java program that
simulates flocking behavior such as that exhibited by birds and fish and
how to incorporate that behavior in a game.

WebLogic Portal Security

By Scott Nelson
The WebLogic Portal provides a highly flexible
and customizable security framework. Knowing your options will help you
plan the security implementation that is usable, reliable and

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