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First Review of Professional XML
At least this is the first review of the Professional XML book that I have seen - there may be others. But Tech-Unity did a review and got some of the purposes of the book right on the button - "This isn't a book about learning XML. This is a book about integrating XML into advanced programming and development. As the blurb on the back goes, "Wrox Professional Guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals". If that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:55 AM

New Book - Professional VB 2005 with .NET 3.0!
Another book! I and some friends just finished a new release of our Visual Basic book. This is another book I wrote with the wonderful Kent Sharkey! :) We really cleaned up this version of the book. This book came together quite well and shows not only the core of .NET 2.0 in depth - but it also covers the new ground of .NET 3.0. The .NET Framework 3.0 includes the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). The table ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2007 10:03 PM

My Latest Book - Professional XML
This week marked the release of my latest book - Professional XML. I wrote this with friend Kent Sharkey and some other authors including Michael Kay (editor of the XSLT specification and other things). This book came out really nice and after quickly covering XML - goes straight into covering all the major technologies that are based upon XML. The Amazon site doesn't seem to provide the table of contents at the moment, so here it is: 1. XML Syntax 2. XML Editors 3. XHTML and CSS 4. XFL-FO 5. Document ......

Posted On Friday, March 30, 2007 10:52 AM

Scott Guthrie Gives Short Review of Professional ASP.NET 2.0 SE

It was nice to see "Mr. ASP.NET" himself (Scott Guthrie) give a nice review of the latest version of my ASP.NET 2.0 book on Amazon just recently!

Posted On Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:05 PM

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition
Oh yeah .... Scott Hanselman beat me to the punch, but Mission “Build Biggest Book Possible” has been completed! Our Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book from Wrox just had to get bigger with all the cool stuff we wanted to add. 300 new pages! So big, that we could only offer the book in hardback because they don't make bindings big enough to handle all the pages (~1,700). Its called, Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition (because it is just so special). :) And as was stated by others: Here's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:07 PM

WROX Booth at TechEd 2006

Well, the Wrox booth has some goods to give out this year including the WROX BOX T-Shirt and the Wrox hat! I love freebies.

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 7:35 AM

This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:43 PM

Uploading Files In ASP.NET 2.0

I just noticed when looking at the ASP.NET Developer Portal on MSDN that my new article on uploading files in ASP.NET 2.0 has come out. You can read the article here:


Posted On Friday, January 6, 2006 5:55 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0 FOR SALE!
Today, the book Scott Hanselman & Devin Rader & I put together (Professional ASP.NET 2.0), is for sale on Amazon. You can really tell that people are excited about ASP.NET 2.0 since the book is ranked 404 on the Amazon book list (as of 8am this morning) and is ranked #8 on the technology book list! ScottGu and team did an excellent job giving us one of the more outstanding technologies out there to put into production today! Cheers to the ASP.NET team ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 6:29 AM

Random Notes on Halloween
Wow, looking at my editors site, there he is holding one of my latest books. Wow! Nice to see it on paper ... can't wait to get my copy!!!! :) I have worked on three books in the last year and a half and they are all coming out this week and next. I can't tell you how good this feels! IT'S HALLOWEEN (just in case you didn't know). My kids were so excited, that they woke up at 4am! No kidding. So, what are the costumes this year? My daughter (7) is a ballerina, my youngest son (6mon) is a clown, and ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 6:12 AM

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Primer
Friend and former co-worker, Laurence Moroney, has put out an article this month on the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:40 AM

John Wiley & Pearson Sue Google
John Wiley, Pearson, and some other publishers have come together to sue Google over Google Print - a service that is putting books online. The publishers are stating that this is a copyright infringement. As an author, I would tend to agree with the publishers here. You write all this content to be packaged as a book or sold as an e-book - not for Google to take and provide to the world for free. I really hope the publishers are successful in their endeavors ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:46 AM

Second Article of the ASP.NET Jumpstart Series Out

My second article on the Media Share Library Starter Kit is out:

ASP.NET Jumpstart: Building the Data Tier of the Media Share Library Starter Kit

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:30 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0
This is an exciting month for me as my book, Professional ASP.NET 2.0, will finally make it out. I started working on this book at the beginning of 2004 ... yes, that is right ... 2004! This lead to a release of the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview book which was based upon Beta 1 code. Since then, I re-worked the table of contents so that it would fit nicely in the 1000+ page Professional model that makes a Wrox book so good and asked some good ASP.NET authors out there to help me finish the project. The ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 10:58 AM

Time Tracker Starter Kit MSDN Articles
From Kent's plethora of new content list, I noticed that my Time Tracker Starter Kit articles have made it online at MSDN: Introduction to the Time Tracker Starter KitExtending the Time Tracker Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:51 AM

The Language Books - Professional VB 2005 and Professional C# 2005
Whew! In addition to the Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book I have coming out this month, I also co-authored two other books coming out this month: Professional C# 2005 & Professional VB 2005 Both these books were reworked for the lastest release of both of these languages. The table of contents for the Professional C# 2005 is as follows: PART I: THE C# LANGUAGE.1. .NET Architecture. 2. C# Basics. 3. Objects and Types. 4. Inheritance. 5. Operators and Casts. 6. Delegates and Events. 7. Memory Management ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:19 AM

Incredible Book Sale on
I just noticed that Bookpool is offering all Wrox/Wiley books for 50% off! You can get the new Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book for only $25 bucks. Not bad!

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 10:26 AM

Introducing the Media Share Library Starter Kit!
The first article in a series I am doing for MSDN just came online. The ASP.NET Jumpstart series will run an ASP.NET hobbyist through the creation of their own application/starter kit. This first article, Introduction to the Media Share Library Starter Kit, is an introduction to the starter kit and runs you through installing and configuring the starter kit. ALSO, at the top of the page, you will notice that you can download the starter kit yourself to install on your machine. To steal from myself, ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:27 AM

Club Web Site Starter Kit

Looks like my Club Web Site Starter Kit articles made it out and are now available on MSDN:

Introduction to the Club Web Site Starter Kit
Extending the Club Web Site Starter Kit


Posted On Friday, July 1, 2005 10:27 AM

Personal Web Site Starter Kit
For those that haven't seen it yet, the Personal Web Site Starter Kit based upon ASP.NET 2.0 is out and I have a couple of MSDN articles for you on how to work with it: Introduction to the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Extending the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:08 AM

Bookpool's 10 Best

I just noticed that Bookpool put out my list of 10 favorite tech books from the last 10 years.

What's your favorites?

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 2:24 PM

Book Webcast

This morning I am doing an author Webcast with my friends Jeff Julian and John Alexander!

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 7:25 AM

Help with Wrox's Professional Visual Basic book
Here's a question for you ... I am in the process of writing the next edition of WROX's Professional Visual Basic 2005 book (due out next summer) and the last appendix of the book is going to list the best resources out there for Visual Basic developers (online, offline, whatever). Of course we have the MSDN Visual Basic Developer Center .... but what else would you suggest should be included in the list? Thanks for your suggestions ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 9:56 AM

My ASP.NET 2.0 Book Just Released!
Wow, I came home from vacation and found a box with copies of my latest book in the mail - WROX's ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview. It is great to see it finally out and available for everyone. Hope you all enjoy it! ... can you believe I am ALREADY working on the next version of the same book? It never stops! ;) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:35 AM

Longhorn HD DVD Compatible and more ...

Interesting tech new today:

Microsoft's Longhorn to be HD DVD compatible

IBM Press to partner with Pearson

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 4:08 PM

From Information Week: A little about me and my job
Information Week's John Foley did a little write up in this week's issue about me and my job. If you want to learn a little bit of what I do at Reuters, then take a look. It is titled: Work/Life: At Reuters, Mr. How-To Hits The Road ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 4:26 AM

Wrox's ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview
I just finished doing all the writing, author review, second author review and the rest of the steps to get my latest book out the door! WHEW! (did you hear the big sigh!?!) This was an interesting book to do and rather difficult to write - only because the builds kept changing so much from one build to the next, that I would always have to go back and redo/hack portions of the book that I already completed. The final result was just finished this last weekend and I am VERY HAPPY with the results ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 5:13 AM

WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003 Released!
I just got a copy of my latest book, WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003, in the mail last week, so I am guessing the book is out and ready for sale even though Amazon at this moment says it hasn't been released yet. This was a fun book to work on and I got to write it with the likes of Billy Hollis and Rocky Lhotka - two icons in the VB world! Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 1:49 AM

Wrox's Professional C# 3rd Edition Coming Out at TechEd!
I understand that my book Professional C# 3rd Edition which I wrote with 5 other great guys is coming out when I am at TechEd! Outstanding. I guess that Jay Glynn and myself will be doing a book signing on Thursday in the Wiley/Wrox booth, so see you there! I am looking forward to this book coming out as it was a lot of work ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 3:41 AM

YEAH!!! Visual Basic 8.0 it is!
As a VB'er, I am SO happy that the name of Visual Basic (of which I am an MVP for) has changed from Visual Basic .NET to Visual Basic 8.0. This info comes according to Robert Green's Visual Basic Blog and Panopticon Central. I have posted about this in the past here and here. For me, as a writer, it was ALWAYS very annoying to write “Visual Basic .NET” over and over again. Then ... was it “VB .NET” or “VB.NET” ... geez. I am going to love writing “Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:23 AM

My Latest MSDN Article - The File Field Control
My latest article on MSDN just came out. It covers the File Field control. Enjoy.

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 5:31 AM

Lorem Ipsum - THE SITE!
Went to lunch with Devin Rader today and he told me about where to get the Lorem Ipsum text ... from the Lorem Ipsum site of course! (I need it for a screenshot in a book I am doing at the moment).

Posted On Tuesday, February 24, 2004 6:12 PM

ASP.NET Pro Reviews my book

I just noticed that ASP.NET Pro magazine just reviewed my latest book - ASP.NET Professional Secrets. Nice!

Posted On Tuesday, February 24, 2004 5:03 PM

Wrox Professional VB.NET 4th Edition
4th, you say? What about the third? Well, I just finished author review on the 3rd Edition and then had to get the Table of Contents for the 4th edition in by tomorrow morning - so I spent some of the day on it. I think it is a great book and it will be exciting doing the 4th edition on Whidbey. If you would like to see something different in the 4th edition of the WROX Professional VB.NET book, then let me know here by commenting ......

Posted On Sunday, February 22, 2004 7:02 PM

My Latest MSDN Articles
I have two articles on the front page of the ASP.NET Developer Center on MSDN. The first: Using JavaScript Along with ASP.NET - I used to be a big JavaScript user during my ASP 3.0 days and I was one day thinking why I didn't use JavaScript as much with ASP.NET 1.0/1.1. I think for me, was that it wasn't as easy to use as it was with ASP 3.0 and I looked at how I would accomplish the same sorts of tasks I did in the past, but now with the use of server controls. The Forgotten Controls - HTML Server ......

Posted On Monday, February 9, 2004 12:21 PM

Interesting fact about the Visual Basic .NET Bible
Awhile ago, I wrote a book called the Visual Basic .NET Bible with Jason Beres. It was a fun book and it has been translated into something like more than eight languages already, which is cool. I like to look at the translations and see what they did - since they don't involve the original authors at all. The latest translated version of the Visual Basic .NET Bible that I found out there is the Spanish release. The interesting thing here is that the title of the book is just Microsoft Visual Basic ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 4, 2004 2:06 PM

Names used for special characters
As a writer, I sometimes find myself trying hard to figure out what is the official name of a special character is. For instance, what is the name used for “^”? (It is a circumflex.) Here is a site I usually go to for reference for these sorts of things.

Posted On Saturday, January 31, 2004 6:15 PM

Wrox's ASP.NET 2 Beta Preview
I have been typing like crazy for about a month now, working on WROX's ASP.NET 2 Beta Preview. I am excited about this book. I simply LOVE ASP.NET and so for me - it is an honor to do this book on the beta preview which is coming out sometime this year. I decided early on that this book should have examples in both C# and VB as I think developers (on average) appreciate that. It worked well for ASP.NET Professional Secrets which I put out at the end of last year. I have about 16 chapters planned, ......

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2004 11:22 AM

Latest Article on MSDN
My latest article just arrived on MSDN. This one is titled 'Validating ASP.NET Server Controls' and is meant to be a complete introduction to validation server controls as well as putting them to some practical uses. I also spend some time on custom validations and making them more secure by performing them client-side and server-side.

Posted On Tuesday, January 6, 2004 6:51 AM

New Book Project!
Well, I am starting a new book project (can't say what at this moment). But I am excited about this one. So, I am now in process of getting some machines ready, doing research, coding examples and building a hopefully good table of contents. This is one of the exciting times in the book writing cycle - at the beginning when the entire project is ahead of you and the possibilities are endless. Ask me in two months how I feel though!  ;)

Posted On Saturday, December 20, 2003 6:00 AM

Goodbye Sharon - all the best!

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?

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 11:00 AM

Finally in the book stores
I was working with some others on a book that came out about a month ago, 'ASP.NET Professional Secrets', and I am finally seeing it in the book stores. That is nice as book store sales are the largest that a book can make (Borders and Barnes & Noble). Now that the book is out and I went to PDC, I am already planning the ASP.NET 2.0 version of the book and have already started outlining it. Dang ... technology moves so fast! My biggest concern is how the heck I am going to possibly fit all ASP.NET ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 10:53 AM

Wrox is alive and well
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 ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 6:29 AM

I work too much: Just finished a cool MSDN article - Coming soon!
Whew! Another article done for MSDN. I am way late, but I should be able to pump them out now that I am done with the C# book. I just wrote a pretty cool article (at least I think it is cool) on effective uses of JavaScript in your ASP.NET pages and the best ways of employing JavaScript in ASP.NET. I used to use a lot of JavaScript when I was an ASP 3.0 programmer and I noticed that I pretty much abandoned it when I moved to ASP.NET thinking that - why bother - I can keep doing these postbacks. But, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 9, 2003 7:36 AM

Turned in my last chapter for my C# book!
I turned in my last chapter for WROX's Professional C# 3rd Edition. Whew! Now that the last chapter is in, it will get technically reviewed next and then I will receive what is called AR (author review) where I have to go through the chapters and address all the comments and concerns of all the reviewers. After that, the chapters go back to the editors and they review them again and then off to the printing. I understand that we won't see the book in print for another five months or so. The biggest ......

Posted On Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:40 AM

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