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APress Deal of the Day - 30/Sept/2011 - Beginning Perl
Today's $10 deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Perl "This is a book for those of us who believed that we didn't need to learn Perl, and now we know it is more ubiquitous than ever." For those unfamiliar with Perl it is the Practical Extraction and Report Language ......

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2011 3:55 PM

New version of Firefox installed!

I now have the new version of firefox installed and it does use less memory (about 50% less according to Task Manager!).

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2011 3:52 PM

New version of Firefox (7!)

Accordign to a post at http://www.macstories.net/news/firefox-7-officially-released/, Firefox 7 has been released. This may be be just a Mac version for now. I look forward to the Windows as it promises to require about 50% less memory.

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:13 PM

Free Programming Book - Practical Foundations for Programming Languages

At http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rwh/plbook/book.pdf there is a free programming book on "Practical Foundations for Programming Languages"

Enjoy!

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:08 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 29/Sep/2011 - Pro HTML5 Programming
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro HTML5 Programming. "In this book, developers will learn how to use the latest cutting-edge HTML5 web technology—available in the most recent versions of modern browsers—to build web applications with unparalleled functionality, speed, and responsiveness." ......

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:03 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 26/Sept/2011 - Pro SharePoint 2010 Solution Development Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... from APress is Pro SharePoint 2010 Solution Development Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2010 "This book takes a practical problem-solution approach to common business challenges. You'll not only encounter interesting code samples, but also see how to combine these examples with the Microsoft collaboration platform's services. " ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2011 7:13 AM

Find your name in e and pi!

At http://www.dr-mikes-maths.com/esearch.html  and http://www.dr-mikes-maths.com/pisearch.html you can find your name in e and pi expressed in base-27.

(It helps if you name is short!)

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2011 4:22 PM

Dot Net is not Dead!
I remember when Windows Framework Extensions (WinFX) came out there was ill-informed remarks that Microsoft had killed off the Dot Net Framework. The truth was that Microsoft had extended the framework. A similar problem seems to be arising with Windows RT and Windows 8 - the truth is that Microsoft is again extending the Dot Net Framework. I suggest that you read LHotka's article at http://www.lhotka.net/weblo... This article explains the tremendous extension to to the Dot Net Framework ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2011 1:48 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 23/Sept/2011 - Office and SharePoint 2010 User's Guide
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at is "Office and SharePoint 2010 User's Guide" "Together with SharePoint 2010, Office users can achieve goals like web sites with a consistent single view, improved collaboration within their organization, and better document management, and may even get one step closer to the paperless office we've been promised for years." ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2011 12:15 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 20/Sep/2011 - CLR via C#, Third Edition
Todays Deal of the Day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is CLR via C#, Third Edition at $23.99 "Dig deep and master the intricacies of the common language runtime (CLR) and the .NET Framework 4.0. Written by a highly regarded programming expert and consultant to the Microsoft® .NET team, this guide is ideal for developers building any kind of application-including Microsoft® ASP.NET, Windows® Forms, Microsoft® SQL Server®, Web services, and console applications. You'll ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 7:12 AM

New Versions of StyleCop have been released

New versions of StyleCop have been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/64494

One version is for Resharper 5.1, the other for ReSharper 6.

Posted On Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:03 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 17/Sept/2011 - Pro Windows Server AppFabric
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Windows Server AppFabric "This book will teach you all about Windows Server AppFabric (code-named "Dublin"), a set of extensions to Windows Server that allow it to function as a lightweight, application server. " ......

Posted On Saturday, September 17, 2011 2:47 PM

SourceMonitor V3.1.5.190‏ released
SourceMonitor V3.1.5.190has been released at http://www.campwoodsw.com/s... "The freeware program SourceMonitor lets you see inside your software source code to find out how much code you have and to identify the relative complexity of your modules." This program allows analysis results to be recorded to a file so that trends can be establised ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2011 10:47 PM

Freetool - KAXAML WPF editor

At http://www.kaxaml.com/ there is a freeware XAML editor. I suspect that it could be very useful to have a lightweight alternative to Expression/Visual Studio.

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2011 2:38 PM

O Reilly - 50% off ebooks and videos to Sept 28th
O Reilly are offering 50% off ebooks and videos to Sept 28 th. See http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... "Want to learn something new today, or polish a skill? O'Reilly ebooks and videos provide a path to mastery. Use discount code B2SDEAL in the shopping cart. Offer expires September 28th, and may not be combined with other offers." ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2011 9:50 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 15/Sept/2011 - Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010
Today's $10 Deal from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro LINQ Language Integrated Query in C# 2010 "Most books show the simplest examples of how to use a method, but they so rarely show how to use the more complex prototypes. This book is different. Demonstrating the overwhelming majority of LINQ operators and prototypes, it is a veritable treasury of LINQ examples." ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:19 AM

"Do Not Track" guide published.

At http://blog.mozilla.com/privacy/2011/09/08/mozilla-publishes-developer-guide-on-dnt-releases-dnt-adoption-numbers/, Mozilla have published a "Developer Guide on DNT"

Incidentally, I have now been Firefox's options and ticked the checkbox that indicates to web sites not to track me.

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8:30 PM

ApplicationException - Should you derive from it?
Advice concerning ApplicationException is somewhat conflicting. If you look at the MSDN Framework 2.0 advice, it would appear that user defined exceptions should inherit from it, however for the current advice see the framework 4.0 advice at http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... In particular you should note the statement "If you are designing an application that needs to create its own exceptions, you are advised to derive custom exceptions from the ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2011 12:38 PM

21 Today! 21 Today! Never been 21 before!
Today New Horizons has reached 21 AU from the Sun. (1 AU is the average distance of the Earth from the Sun.) New Horizons is now so far from the Sun that it takes light 5hrs 54 minutes and 48 seconds to make the round trip from Earth. Please join me me in saluting Dr Alan Stern and the team at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who are running this multi-year fly-by mission to the planet Pluto and beyond. For more details on new Horizons current position, please see http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mis... ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2011 12:29 PM

Is Patch Tuesday coming early this month?

I have had a report that Patch Tuesday is coming early this month. I suggest that you run Windows Updates periodically this weekend.

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2011 6:36 PM

JavaScript Development and Resources

At  http://oreilly.com/javascript/index.html, O'Relly have put up a page of JavaScript Development and Resources. It includes many free book sample chapters.

 

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2011 6:58 AM

Least Priviledge Access to the Database
On SQL Server Central there is a very good article at http://www.sqlservercentral... on least priviledge access to a database. The only thing I can add to such an excellent article is that where there is a series of applications each with its own database on a common database server, there should never be a common account across all the databases that the applications use ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:27 PM

New version of Firefox (6.0.2)

Mozilla have issued a new version of Firefox (6.0.2) .

I suggest you install it, together with any update to Flash Player (but avoid installing the MacAfee Security can, unless you are a McAfee fan that is)

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 8:16 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 7/Sept/2011 - jQuery Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at is "jQuery Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach". "jQuery is one of today's most popular JavaScript web application development frameworks and libraries. jQuery Recipes can get you started with jQuery quickly and easily, and it will serve as a valuable long-term reference. " ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 7:15 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 6/Sept/2011 - SharePoint 2010 as a Development Platform
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is SharePoint 2010 as a Development Platform. "This book takes an in-depth, all-encompassing approach to programming concepts, the extensibility interfaces, and how to embrace SharePoint as a toolkit full of features available to web developers. " ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2011 7:47 AM

99 Bottles of Beer!
At http://99-bottles-of-beer.n... an old drinking song that printed out by an award-winning piece of code obfuscation cited in a Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... inspired a comparison of programs written in various languages to print this song. The Cobol (and to a lesser extent C#) programs were easy to understand whereas other languages such as J*** were not. There was even a highly obfuscated one in JavaScript! At http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alf... ......

Posted On Monday, September 5, 2011 10:18 PM

Visual Studio vNext Details - HTML Editor Smart Tasks and Event Handler Generation (ASP.NET vNext Series)
Scott Guthrie of Microsoft has blogged about "HTML Editor Smart Tasks and Event Handler Generation (ASP.NET vNext Series)" at http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... Well worth a read! Next version of Visual Studio looks to be keeping up the improvement in developer productivity ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2011 9:28 PM

Python Tools for Visual Studio

Python Tools for Visual Studio has now been released at http://pytools.codeplex.com/Wikipage?ProjectName=pytools

(You will also need Iron Python from http://ironpython.codeplex.com/)

 

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2011 9:08 PM

properties-or-public-fields
At http://csharperimage.jeremy... there is an interesting discussion on whether to use Prperties or to publicly expose fields. Whilst I will admit there be cases where every last CPU cycle must be conserved, I conclude that StyleCop's instruction to use Properties rather than publicly expose field must normally be followed. What do you think? Can't code withoutAdvanced XML support inMicrosoft Visual Studio XML editor ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2011 8:59 PM

More Cheat-Sheets (and some for SQL Injection Attack!)
At http://devcheatsheet.com/ there is a comprehensive list of cheat sheets. Of particular note are: http://devcheatsheet.com/ta... SQL Injection! http://devcheatsheet.com/ta... ReSharper Cheat Sheets https://www.owasp.org/index... OWASP's SQL Inject Sheet Can't code withoutThe best C# & VB.NET refactoring plugin for Visual Studio ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2011 5:50 PM

Another SQL Injection attack
At http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/t... there is a report on yet another SQL Injection attack. This time it is Nokiia's Developer network. How many other systems are vulnerable to such attack? If you run a Dot Net based web application, run FXCOP to check for vulnerabilities. Can't code withoutPowerful search and navigation in C#,VB, XML, ASP.NET, XAML and more ......

Posted On Saturday, September 3, 2011 10:06 PM

O Reilly - Deals of the day 3/Sept/2011
Today, O' Reilly are offering three book deals: 1) JavaScript Web Applications Use discount code: DD388 $13.99 (Save 50%) 2) Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Use discount code: DDGRM $23.99 (Save 50%) 3) Big Data Now: Current Perspectives from O'Reilly Radar Price: FREE! (this third book is not available as a PDF so download one of the following readers) http://www.mobipocket.com/e... https://addons.mozilla.org/... Can't code withoutIn-depth ......

Posted On Saturday, September 3, 2011 9:16 PM

30% saving on Learn Visual Studio subscription
Learn .NET, C#, VB, ASP NET and more! Click the link below to get started today on your path to learning .NET! Save 30% at LearnVisualStudio.NET Today http://www.learnvisualstudi... Can't code withoutThe best C# & VB.NET refactoring plugin for Visual Studio ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2011 3:01 PM

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