CodeGuru Update eNewsletter - February 7th, 2006

Wednesday Feb 8th 2006 by Bradley L. Jones
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Hear about Office Live, TFS releasing soon, postage due, and other news happening around the developer world. More importantly, check out the latest articles and hottest threads at Codeguru!

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CodeGuru Newsletter
February 7, 2006

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--> Recently Published Books

--> New Articles on CodeGuru:
        ==> ASP.NET
                - An In-Depth Coverage of ASP.NET 2.0's Master Pages: Part 2 of 3
        ==> BizTalk
                - BizTalk 2004 Adapter Alternatives for Handling Web Services
        ==> Game Development
                - Creating an Interactive 3D World in C#.NET
        ==> Language
                - Comparison Between VB 6.0 and VB .NET Objects (Part 2)
        ==> News
                - It's The End of Windows 98 and Windows Me
        ==> Security
                - Understanding Access Modifiers in VB 2005
        ==> STL Security
                - Secure C++: Checked Iterators for Safer STL Coding

--> Discussion Groups -- HOT Threads
        - MFC: Make a bitmap with a transparent color (C++)
        - Temporaries calling non-const member function (C++)
        - Getting drive name (C#)

--> Highlighted new articles on Developer.com 
        1. Roles Within The Development Community
        2. Making Mistakes with XML
        3. Adaptive Identification and Inverse Filtering using Java

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Comments from the Editor
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There has been a number of things in the news recently. This includes the announcement that support for Windows 98 and Windows Me will be ending effectively June 30 of this year. You might take this to mean that you can drop those from your testing plans if you want, however, just because support ends doesn't mean people will stop using them!

Also announced by Microsoft was the statement that the Team Foundation Server is set for a Community Technical Preview. The official launch of the product is now set for March of this year. If you are doing team development with Visual Studio 2005, then the release of this product should come as good new (although a Go Live! license is available for the betas).

Microsoft Office is also making splashes in the news with Office Live! Microsoft Office Live is described as "your all-in-one Web solution for small business, providing a Web site, domain name, and company-branded e-mail at no charge." What this really means is yet to be determined, but if you are in the United States, you can register for the beta that will be launched sometime early this year. For more information and to register, go to:

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Outside of Microsoft a lot is happening as well. The most interesting item to catch my attention was the news from The New York Times that Yahoo and America Online may start charging a postage fee to allow emails to avoid the junk mail/spam filters. Companies taking advantage of this service would have to agree to only send to people who have agreed to receive there messages. It looks to me like a cheap way for spammers to get around filters, and an easy dollar to be made by Yahoo and AOL. Time will tell.

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Until next week...

Brad!
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Bradley L. Jones
www.CodeGuru.com
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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

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      680 pages for 49.99
      http://books.internet.com/books/0735621810

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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=1,27kv,1,fka1,909i,jorm,i5r0

This week's posted CodeGuru articles:

==> ASP.NET

- An In-Depth Coverage of ASP.NET 2.0's Master Pages: Part 2 of 3
   By Manoj Agarwal
More on ASP.NET 2.0's master pages: Here you see the various ways of specifying the master page to use and ways to work with master pages programmatically.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,bcgx,1imz,jorm,i5r0

==> BizTalk

- BizTalk 2004 Adapter Alternatives for Handling Web Services
   By Jeffrey Juday
Combine BizTalk 2004 with the .NET Framework to overcome some of BizTalk's limitations in handling Web services.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,km05,b2dm,jorm,i5r0

==> Game Development

- Creating an Interactive 3D World in C#.NET
   By Fatima Ahmed
The advent of new features in DirectX have given a boost to the way 3D applications are coded. See how easy it is to create a 3D scene with DirectX 9.0 API and a 3D Engine.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,3y4f,9vz5,jorm,i5r0

==> Language

- Comparison Between VB 6.0 and VB .NET Objects (Part 2)
   By HanneSThEGreaT
Compare the most obvious and common features between the VB 6.0 and VB.NET Toolboxes, based on four aspects.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,h4bj,5md1,jorm,i5r0311/

==> News

- It's The End of Windows 98 and Windows Me
   By Bradley L. Jones
It is official. Support for Windows 98 and Windows Me will be ending.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,elmg,9xp7,jorm,i5r0

==> Security

- Understanding Access Modifiers in VB 2005
   By Paul Kimmel
With access modifiers, you can determine who has access to certain information in your code and who doesn't. Learn some simple rules that will help you quickly determine which modifier to use and when.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,eang,huxq,jorm,i5r0

==> STL Security

- Secure C++: Checked Iterators for Safer STL Coding
   By Nick Wienholt
The security issues with Standard C++ aren't as severe as those of C and the CRT, but a few exploits are possible if you misuse STL and iterators.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,y71,jn7,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=1,27kv,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:

==> MFC: Make a bitmap with a transparent color (C++)
       http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,ehds,kosj,jorm,i5r0

==> Temporaries calling non-const member function (C++)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,i93a,105w,jorm,i5r0

==> Getting drive name (C#)
        http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,iq2a,cgc3,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. Roles Within The Development Community
     By Robert Bogue -
This series of articles will help you understand where various positions and skill sets fit within the development industry. Each article describes a specific role, defines the skills that position uses, and outlines what to expect from the position: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,e43b,27uo,jorm,i5r0

2. Making Mistakes with XML
     By Sean Kelly -
XML is indeed a powerful tool. But, it's just as easy to misuse and abuse XML as it is to get it right. Learn here what mistakes to avoid.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,lbhi,9whz,jorm,i5r0

3. Adaptive Identification and Inverse Filtering using Java
     By Richard G. Baldwin -
Learn how to write a Java program that illustrates adaptive identification filtering and adaptive inverse filtering. Exercise the program for different scenarios.

http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,27kv,1,6t1z,fpr8,jorm,i5r0

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