Codeguru Update eNewsletter - January 13th, 2009

by Bradley L. Jones

Are the "Oracles" decrying that 2009 will be a bad year for developers? Read what Brad has to say about what he's seen so far this year.


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Tuesday January 13, 2009

This Week's Topics

Comments from the Editor

It seems like there has been a bit of a damper on the developer community as a whole the past few weeks. While it has seemed near the end of 2008 that the economical issues had not greatly impacted the need for developers, these past few weeks has seen a bit of a damper as layoffs begin to hit deeper into areas of IT.

I am a director of our local .NET group that meets monthly. Our January meeting was the first one where the recruiters either didn't show up or where they stayed quietly out of the way. When recruiters don't show up to a gathering of over one hundred prime targets, you know something is happening in the industry that is not good.

At Codeguru and at Jupitermedia; however, 2009 is expected to be a banner year. In 2008 we continued to grow and ended December with numbers higher than the prior year. I expect the trend for growth to continue through 2009 as we work to bring even better focus on Codeguru.

Related to that, I'm also looking to get a few regular contributors on Codeguru. We are always looking for you to submit articles when you can, but short of that, we're looking for a few people who can commit to contributing a new article on a regular basis. Look for new stuff on the site regularly!

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.

Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK
By Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche for Apress
540 pages for $39.99

Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (2nd Edition)
By Stephen G. Kochan for Addison-Wesley
624 pages for $44.99

The iPhone Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the iPhone SDK
By Erica Sadun for Addison-Wesley
400 pages for $39.99

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.

Adding Standard Deviation to LINQ
By Chris Bennett
Learn how to implement a simple Standard Deviation function for LINQ (Language Integrated Query).

BLOG: Sample Source Code for Silverlight 2 Runtime and SDK Controls
By Bradley Jones
Microsoft releases source code under Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL).

Economic Downturn Not Necessarily Bad for Developers
From DevX
In a slowing economy, the value of automation increases.

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New Articles on Developer.com

A Pixel Editor Program in Java: Multimedia Programming with Java
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Examine a new program written entirely in Java that you can use to edit the pixels in your digital photos on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

Using DMAIC Methodology to Enhance Information Portals
By Arvind Muthukrishnan
Discover how to enhance your website's revenue and traffic from an end-to-end perspective by applying DMAIC (Six Sigma) methodology to your website. Learn about the key metrics, fundamentals of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Ad Words, and how to increase your site traffic all in one place.

Java Ordered Collections: Trees and Skip Lists
By Mark Grand
Explore Java collections framework classes that implement the SortedSet interface and how they keep a set of objects in a guaranteed order, independent of the order that they are added to the collection.

This article was originally published on Wednesday Jan 14th 2009
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