Codeguru Update eNewsletter - December 9th, 2008

by Bradley L. Jones

The holidays are rapidly approaching! Find valuable information about new tech toys you can buy for loved ones—and hope to receive yourself!


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Tuesday December 9, 2008

This Week's Topics

Comments from the Editor

In the United States, "Black Friday" is the big shopping day after Thanksgiving. This year, the gaming console battles among Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft are once again in full swing. Nintendo Wiis continue to be in limited supply (and the Wii Fit is in even more limited supply). Of note, however, is that Microsoft's Xbox is surging. Microsoft had dropped the entry point for Xbox 360s to under $200 and the move seems to be paying off in sales. Sales are estimated to be up by 25 percent over 2007 for Black Friday. More importantly, sales seem to be 3-to-1 higher than PlayStation 3 consoles.

One of the interesting things about Xbox 360s is Microsoft's Content Creators club that allows anyone to create games for the Xbox by using Microsoft's XNA and the XNA Game Studio Express edition. In fact, you can download the game studio along with an Express version of Visual C# and be coding games for the Xbox 360 at no real cost. You'll need to pay a small fee to upload games to Microsoft and Xbox Live, but on the flip side, if your game is accepted, you might also make money from it.

Even more interesting about developing with XNA is that the games you create can also target the Zune player or the standard desktop. XNA is even supported on Microsoft's surface devices. With the wider platform support for XNA, you might find it worth looking at for multi-media projects that don't include games.

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 guidelines.

Pro Sync Framework
By Singh and Kanjilal for Apress
340 pages for $49.99

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Step by Step
By Mike Hotek for Microsoft Press
520 pages for $49.99 w/ CD

Programming Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
By Steger, Snyder, et. al. for Microsoft Press
608 pages for $59.99

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.

Exploring the Oslo Repository
By Jeffrey Juday
Walk through examples and see how existing Repository models are constructed using the M language, how the models are stored in a SQL database, and how to query the SQL database for model information.

SQLiteTbl, a C++ Class that Provides a CRecordSet-Like Interface to SQLite
By Brad Kremer
Explore a CRecordSet-like interface to a SQLite database table.

Using a Pair Class as Effecient Key Objects
By hankdane
Learn about a comparison that uses a class capturing individual primitive data types as against rendering the data in a String.

By Jani Jdrvinen
ASP.NET has its drawbacks, and to counter these, Microsoft is preparing a new technology called ASP.NET MVC.

Online Updates with VB.NET
By Richard Newcombe
With custom applications getting bigger and more involved, there is very often a need to supply updates for them. There is also a need to provide them as quickly as possible. Learn how to do this.

Discussion Groups

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New Articles on Developer.com

How Portal Standards Enable Reuse
By Jeffrey Ryan
As an IT professional, it is likely that you have heard portal buzz words including JSR 168 and WSRP. But if you are like many, you may not understand the differences or the benefits of these complementary portal standards.

Recovering from Disaster Through Project Management
By Michelle LaBrosse
When disaster strikes, don't leave home without Project Management. Explore seven Project Management rules to help you when you find yourself looking for a magic wand to turn disaster into recovery.

Cleaner Code with the PMD Eclipse Plug-In
By Scott Nelson
The Eclipse PMD plug-in finds code that isn't up to the standards you define, improving the code's consistency and preventing the avoidable production bugs

This article was originally published on Wednesday Dec 10th 2008
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