August 17, 2004
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–> Editorial –
… Beta 1
of Visual Studio 2005
… The SP2 Saga Begins.
–> New Articles on CodeGuru:
– Themes and Skins
in ASP.NET 2.0
Splitter with the Ability to Save/Restore Its Position
– You Might be
Suffocating in a Constipated Bureaucracy If…
Prime Programming Proficiency, Part 3: Lines-of-Code
– Update Tables
in WISE Using VBScript
“Thin Templates” to Reduce Application Size
VB and Office
Creating Excel Spreadsheets and Charts from VB
–> Highlighted new articles on
1. The Buzz Over at
Learn to Program using Python: Valid Keys, Key Lists,
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Thanks for taking time to read the CodeGuru newsletter. Each week I pull
together articles and information I believe you will find interesting. If you
have suggestions for this newsletter or for the site, feel free to drop me an
email or send a private message on the discussion forum. There is also the
public feedback forum where lots of great suggestions are often made. I can’t
promise we will implement every suggestion; however, we do take every suggestion
and comment seriously.
… Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2005
Recently Beta 1 of Visual Studio released. If you weren’t aware of this
occurrence, then the books that are starting to appear would help signal the
arrival of this beta. There have been three recent books on the ASP.NET 2.0 beta
This week we posted a sample chapter from one of these books.
This is Bill Evjen’s book from WROX, ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview. The
sample chapter is available at:
… The SP2 Saga Begins
I believe that Windows. XP Service Pack 2 is important, or I wouldn’t keep
mentioning it. I am also aware that it can cause issues, which is why I keep
bringing the topic to your attention. This week Microsoft has listed a
number of programs (around 50) that have problems with the update.
Some are games, such as:
- Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2
- Unreal Tournament 2003
- Unreal Tournament Game of the Year Addition
- Star Trek StarFleet Command III 1.0
Others are your more standard programs such as:
- Visual Studio .Net (yes, their own programs)
- SQL (Microsoft’s)
- Ghost Server Corporate Edition 7.5
- Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.0 & 9.0
- SMS 2003 Server (yes, also Microsoft’s)
- AutoCAD 2000, 2002, and 2004
- ColdFusion MX Server Edition 6
These are just a few of the programs that you could have an issue with when
installing SP2. For the list, you can go to the following page on Microsoft
As mentioned before, SP2 is a very big change. As such, problems can be
expected. The end results; however, are expected to be a more secure system. As
such, the end results should be worth any pains.
Time will tell.
Until next week!
… 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 guidelines at:
–> ASP.NET 2.0 Beta
By Bill Evjen for
460 pages $39.99
We’ve posted a sample chapter,
“Themes and Skins in ASP.NET 2.0,” on CodeGuru at
–> Expert Service-Oriented Architecture in
“Using the Web Services
By Jeffrey Hasan
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& 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 posted CodeGuru articles:
==> ASP.NET 2.0
– Themes and Skins in ASP.NET
By Bill Evjen
program skins and themes for ASP.NET 2.0.
– CSSplitter: Splitter with the Ability to
Save/Restore Its Position
Learn about a splitter control derived from CStatic for
dialog controls and not only within a restricted splitter pane.
– You Might be Suffocating in a Constipated
If every project you work on has a schedule before it has
a plan, you might be suffocating in a constipated bureaucracy. That’s just one
of the 36 workplace quips you’ll find as Paul Kimmel does for programmers what Jeff Foxworthy did for rednecks.
– Prime Programming Proficiency, Part 3:
You can track the number of projects, files, and lines of
code in any given solution implemented with VS.NET. Just invoke a built-in,
lines-of-code counter in VS.NET and implement it as a macro that other teams can share.
– Update Tables in WISE Using
Learn how change a Property value (in the Property table) in Wise using a VBScript.
– Blocking Brute-Force
common threat Web developers face is a password-guessing attack known as a
brute-force attack. A brute-force attack is an attempt to discover a password by
systematically trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and
symbols until you discover the one correct combination that works. If your Web
site requires user authentication, you are a good target for a brute-force attack.
– Using “Thin Templates” to Reduce Application
By Gregor Petrov
“Thin Templates” technique allows you to use templates with minimum application size penalties.
==> VB and Office
– Creating Excel
Spreadsheets and Charts from VB
Learn how to fill in a work sheet, create new
worksheets, and also create a chart based on details of your sheets.
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Check out the CodeGuru discussion forums at:
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Below are some of the new articles that have been posted
to Developer.com (http://www.developer.com ).
1. The Buzz Over at Sybase
By Developer.com Staff –
Sybase. PowerBuilder. 10 has been announced;
however, this is only one of the many things coming out of Sybase this
month. Get the details on all the buzz at Sybase!
2. Building VoiceXML Dialogs
By Jeff Kusnitz & Dr. Bruce Lucas –
Discover how to build conversational applications with
menus and form elements using VoiceXML.
3. Learn to Program using Python: Valid Keys,
Key Lists, Iteration
By Richard Baldwin –
Moving deeper into dictionaries, learn the details
on valid keys, key lists, and iteration on key lists.
4. Grid Computing
By Jim Minatel –
Should You Build Your Own SuperComputer from Spare PCs
using Grid Computing?
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