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More chapters from Apress. Here are the additional chapters Chapters 2 and 3 - Expert C# Business ObjectsChapters 2 and 3 - Professional .NET Network ProgrammingChapters 1 and 2 - Beginning C# Objects: From Concept to Code Also, let me know what other books you would like to preview and I will see if I can get some content for you ...
Well the book club isn't going off as planned, but I will keep trying. This idea is definitely hard to complete, because it is asking a lot out of the members. Even though reading books is part of our profession, it is hard to get developers to read. It is too much of a chore for most of us. How can we change that? What would make a group like this better? I hear a lot of people complaining about time. I have no time, blah blah blah. I don't know how many people I have seen from the lab portion of ...
Ok, finally I got off my back and fine tuned clear type fonts on my system, offf, I can'nt tell you what I was missing all this while, I kept reading about ClearType put never used it myself. Will have to tell you guys, I am loving it. Ok where did this start, I was reading Channel 9's forum and was reading a thread created by my friend Robert Scoble titled “Bill Hill - Do you think anyone is going to read a book on the screen? “. Thanks to Robert as he linked to the Microsoft Website ...
BookCrossing.com is a very interesting concept, I liked it too much. I had an encounter with a book today in my own suburb while I was shopping. I found book lying on one corner of a shop. I book had a bookmark of Bookcrossing.com and had a small blurb of what Bookcrossing.com is and how it works. I came home browsed their website and indeed I was impressed. One another form of sharing that can take place and can give people much in return. I will write down my few minutes on Bookcrossing.com website ...
Tim O'Reilly posts on State of Computer Book Market , O'Reilly research along with one another company is doing market research on quantifiable metrics about the state of technology adoption. His posts shows some data on how the book buying trend is going on and what OS book sell the most. Quite an interesting graph, I was not thinking that MAC OS X will have such a huge share!! Also what I will be interested is a graph or some figures that shows how many people are reading ebooks, subscribe to services ...
Well, I finally got around to getting this thing setup, thanks Jeff. As for the obligatory intro post, here goes: My name is Jay Glynn. I currently am employed by a large financial services company as an Architect/Analyst/Developer. I also have several books that I have co-authored on .NET and C#. The latest being Professional C# from Wrox (Wiley). This edition is supposed to be on the shelves the week of TechEd. Most of what I will be posting will be about architecting application both big and small. ...

Hello All,

I'm in need of a good reference for debugging issues in COM+. I'm not so interested in writing the objects but I do need to support and test a product that relies heavily on COM.

Does anyone out there have any good suggestions on books that will give me good in depth information?

There are few of us who at one time or another have not been admonished to "mind our P's and Q's," or in other words, to behave our best. Oddly enough, "mind your P's and Q's" had nautical beginnings as a method of keeping books on the waterfront. In the days of sail when Sailors were paid a pittance, seamen drank their ale in taverns whose keepers were willing to extend credit until payday. Since many salts were illiterate, keepers kept a tally of pints and quarts consumed by each Sailor on a chalkboard ...
The past couple nights I have been working on some custom modules for the book club site. Well tonight I successfully build one! It will rotate the current books and display them with a like to purchase with the discount. Pretty cool! Kind of a pain in the ass to do because of the lack of 2.0 custom module documentation. The best resource to have was the samples and Reflector. Now I have to finish the admin screens and a few more modules before release. It will probably be a little later before I ...
I’ve always been somewhat of a book packrat, but recently I’ve decided all these books I’ve got in boxes and boxes in my garage are just silly and taking up space. Better to get them into the hands of people who might enjoy them. So I’ve been going through the boxes and sorting them. I’ve got mostly science fiction, lots of old favorites. It’s really hard to get rid of some of these. Also a lot of books from college; remember I was a Creative Writing major so I’ve ...
.NET Book Club now has an affiliation with SAMS and Addison Wesley Publishing to get the selected books of the month and reviewed books at 30% to members. First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0 (30% off)SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (30% off) ...
We all know Jeff is amazing, but he got this site up and running in something like 3 days with content from some of us in the publishing world and everything. The .NET Book Club promises to be a great place for discussion of various books and even a place to catch a cool preview of new books. I gave Jeff a couple of raw format chapters from Alex Homer's upcoming ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions. They are up there and Alex is also a member of the book club and I am sure would love to here your feedback. ...
Sign up now at dotnetbookclub.org and you can preview chapters from Alex Homer's book ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions, due out in June, in its raw format. There are discussions attached to each chapter for you to give your feedback of the work. Thanks to Amy and SAMS publishing for providing the content. One of the issues I have heard from people and the idea of having a "Book Club" is the lack of time to actually read the books, or the lack of interest in the books themselves. Well the "Book of the ...
Ok I am taking the liberty on putting some thoughts & rules for the 'Book club' idea that appreared in Kent Tegels post yesterday and this was my dream project for a long time. To have anything like this going for a long time and to make is successful there have to be some simple and basic rules. I am just putting these thoughts as they come in my mind and is my perception on the topic. Any suggestions are most welcome. Here is what I think:- All these thoughts are based on the fact that we are ...
INETA is sending in community kits from today… I was pleasingly surprised to be treated with 80 points which I get to spend for DNUG ordering cool ms press books and gadgets like webcams and USB drives… Thankyou so much INETA. I wish MSDN Quarterly Kits could start coming in again too. I only got one last May 2003 and never heard from the staff responsible for the kits again. Secondly I found this item very interesting… Have a look: "What's the point of Mono and dotGNU?"(http://developers.... ...
Google along with being great search engine for the "good guys" it can also be the best of friends for the "bad guys". I have read many articles (both open to public and private) and have seen some chapters dedicated in books on "Google searching" as well which makes us aware of how Google can be used maliciously. If one trials out and optimises the way search is done on Google than one can find passwords, copy of database files, classified documents (not anymore), budget spread sheets, presentations ...
Because it has been requested and seems to be a popular topic right now...here is a bit on my orkut experience. It is interesting to see who is out there, who ends up finding you and all that. I actually found my old friend Mitch out there and got caught up with him and his new e-mail address. So that made it worth it. Other than that for now it is sort of a plaxo with photos and a bit of personal information. Unless you are looking for love - then it is a good networking way to find a date. It does ...
We just launched the new website for Exam Cram books - http://www.examcram.com.  You can find all kinds of great certification resources there. 
Register your blog and help your city win! The DevDays Bloggers site has put a bit of extra incentive together for blogging about the events! I promise the prize is cool - the content we are going to make available as part of the prize is great stuff from some new books and the coupon can't be beat! 50% off of anything you want to buy off the Sams site and free shipping. Plus, bragging rights for your city - and I know that is worth something in this community! Make sure you are counted ...
Now that metadata is the buzzword du-jour we have to exploit it and make it the most used word all around the globe. It all started when Cameron Reilly sparked an idea about sharing music playlists among peers in order to know who has the same taste for music. Great idea. I suggested him about using XML and defining some vocabulary for consistency in the future exchange. Now that everybody is talking about metadata and WinFS, what if we could also share info about pictures, videos, books and games ...
Some days I get to feel really good about what I do. Today is one of those days. I received an e-mail this morning from a volunteer for Books For Soldiers. She explained: I am a member of the Books for Soldiers program, a web-based volunteer group that matches up soldiers who request books and other media with folks who have paperbacks, CDs, and DVDs at home to pass along. Due to present circumstances, a large number of the current requests come from US soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, ...
Today, the hype is all around social software, new more fluid approaches to workflow, and collaboration. Making ourselves as groups and organizations more efficient. The information workers, as we call them now, are not islands. They are linked with each other in vast human communication networks. How are we doing it? By simplifying the interfaces we have with each other to increase the number and effectiveness of our links. I see some similarities between this approach to human collaboration an
Now, I am not suggesting a calendar or anything boys! I am just saying that I have been very lucky this week to get to visit with lots of the men of INETA. On Monday when I went to Chicago for the ASP.NET Exposed tour (and got to see Rob), I got to visit with Keith Franklin. It sounds like Chicago is planning some cool stuff with local colleges and universities. Then on Wednesday, Brad Jones from the Indy group came to talk to me about lots of stuff the Indy group is planning for 2004. The group ...
Amy, how do you want your Barbecue?  I can deliver it at the end of Feb. on my way to Columbus, OH when I speak at Drew Robbin's User Group, or I can mail it.  The first would probably be the best, cause you could hook me up with some books to giveaway :D.  Oh well, it was a terrible day for our defense, or lack there of.
INETA Latam is putting on some great events in January and February in Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador. There will be some Sams books there! If you are interested, I am sure you can find out more information here. It also sounds like INETA Latam is continuing to grow at amazing rates ...
There has been a long thread of discussion on some of the lists regarding the quality of book reviews in the community. The discussion has commented specifically on some reviewers, reviews and styles. Here is what I have to say on the subject (many of you know I am the Public Relations Manager and sender of many review copies at Sams Publishing and Que Publishing). I appreciate reviews no matter what they say. Obviously, the reviews that get the publishers in a funk are those that are completely ...

“Free books are to developers what blood in the water is to sharks...feeding frenzy time!” - G. Andrew Duthie  a comment on Bill's post.

Rob Howard, PM on the ASP.NET team, came to St. Louis last night for the ASP.NET Roadshow. It was an outstanding event and the St. Louis .NET User Group along with Microsoft got around 450 people there for the event. The event covered ASP.NET Basics, ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, ASP.NET Security and ASP.NET Whidbey. Our meeting was about 3 1/2 hours long. Poor Rob - he got in a car wreck before the event here in St. Louis. He was squished between two cars (the perpetrator being a cab) - and complained ...
Here is a list of our books publishing in December from Sams Publishing that you may be interested in (no, I am not linking each of them - you can look them up by the ISBN): Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed by Rand Morimoto, ISBN: 0672325810, Price: $59.99 US Microsoft Visual C# .NET 2003 Developer's Cookbook by Mark Schmidt and Simon Robinson, ISBN: 0672325802, Price: $49.99 US Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2003, ISBN: 0672325500, Price: $59.99 US Microsoft Visual C++ ...

I have done six .NET books all with the same editor. Today was her last day as she has decided to move onto less-stressful pastures than book acquisitions. I used to always joke in my house and say that I had two ladies that would boss me around in my life - my wife and my editor. All the best Sharon .... what am I going to do now?

Rob Howard is bringing ASP.NET 2.0 to St. Louis via the ASP.NET Roadshow. We are excited and we are ready! We have around 300 people already signed up for the event and there is a bus of folks coming from Kansas City as well (4 hour drive). This will be our first meeting at St. Louis University and we have a ton of giveaways for the event. As I know it so far, we are giving away: 5 Pocket PCs MSPress books for everyone who fills out an evaluation T-Shirts Books from Sams Publishing Books from John ...
Doug Seven will be speaking at the .NET Developer's Association in Redmond. I am sure it will be a great talk from Doug - as we only expect the best from him - ASP.NET Security: Preventing Malicious Input. I know they will have some books to give away and it looks like an XBox too! More details ...
There seems to have been a lot of questions in the community about WROX - if they existed and what was going on. Let me report that Wrox is alive and well and is upgrading a lot of their most popular books at this moment. I worked on Professional C# 3rd Edition and the Wrox Professional VB.NET 3rd Edition. Both these books will be coming out in a couple of months time. Rob Howard and gang are working on the 3rd Edition of the Professional ASP.NET book. There are also some new books on the way. I ...
Many of my friends and members of INETA are authors, so I thought I'd point this out in case you were wondering or questioning your publisher as to why your book is or isn't part of this program. There has been much talk and media regarding the Look Inside the Book program on Amazon. Here is an interesting bit of info...NONE of Jeff Bezos' biographies or books are available to look inside as of today...maybe they wanted the attention or maybe they will change that real soon! Read here for more info ...
I was just sending some books to Nashville for Jason to give away on Thursday night. To get to our mailroom, you have to walk by the Brady offices. We are all jealous around here! Who wouldn't want a job where you are suppose to play video games. We know they all have to do a lot of the same stuff we do but still - they have a comfy couch and game counsels everywhere. And right now they are the at the top of their game. Maybe one of our books will make it there some day. On a coffee note: Don't try ...
Well, the last day of the trade show is definitely the big one. Many of the exhibitors are eager to get rid of their SWAG, just so they don't have to take it back. Oracle for example needed to get rid of their red PDC bean bags. I scored one in a drawing! My first win of the week! The Longhorn group was giving away the rest of their mini RC cars -- just had to fill out some survey. Finally, a couple bookstores were unloading all their books -- presumably to not have to carry/ship them home. All in ...
The key problem with the code in my first post is that it renders all strokes the same. Even if they are selected. If you can tolerate this (it doesn't look too bad as you still get the selection frame), then go ahead and use that code. Sadly, I'm a perfectionist. I searched long and hard for a built in way to get selected strokes drawn properly. Long story short: there isn't one. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a sample chapter from "Building Tablet PC Applications" which has a solution (talk about ...