More of the Good Stuff

or many of you, this is crunch time. Whether you’re excited, mildly interested, or begrudgingly accepting, most Microsoft developers know that .NET is in their future.

So, chances are, you’ve got a lot to worry about just now. You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing now?keep the finished projects running smoothly, keep the current projects on schedule, solve a thousand problems a day?and in the meantime you’ve got to make decisions about future projects and you have to base those decisions on real knowledge of brand new, highly complex technologies. So you’re spending a good bit of time playing around with this .NET stuff, probably on your own free time, both because it’s interesting and because it’s what you need to do to.

We’re looking for one or more skilled “classic” VB developers to contribute how-to articles once a month or more. If you’ve got great ideas about how to do things better in VB6, we’d like to hear from you. Send an e-mail to Lori Piquet at [email protected] and include a few VB6 story ideas.

There’s a need and a corresponding demand for technical, direct, hands-on information about .NET and its related technologies and languages?at all levels of skill?and we want to bring you as much of it as we can. Which is why I’m pleased to announce today that content from Component Developer Magazine (aka CoDe Magazine), is now a part of the DevX network. CoDe Magazine began as a small quarterly publication and has succeeded wildly thanks to excellent, hard-hitting technical content by skilled developers. The magazine is currently bimonthly and is one of the few companies I know of these days that is enjoying spectacular growth. If you haven’t heard of CoDe Magazine before, it was only a matter of time before you would have. You’ll undoubtedly see familiar names and faces among the CoDe Magazineauthor pool.

A Look Inside CoDe Magazine
CoDe is really a magazine by and for Microsoft developers; but other perennial development topics crop up often. For example, in the current issue, you’ll get some great advice on how to manage source code in a team development group in the article Collaborative Development?Source Control.

There’s an ongoing series on how to use the many different diagrams in the Unified Modeling Language?this month, try out Sequence Diagrams. Another article, Providing User Assistancetells you how to simplify a complex application UI.

But .NET is the heavy focus. Here’s some more highlights from the
Table of Contents:

Top 10 .NET Framework Classes
The .NET Framework provides a rich set of classes, which can sometimes be overwhelming. This article seeks to uncover classes that will be immediately useful to .NET developers.

COM Interop in Visual Studio .NET
While .NET represents the future of Window applications development, COM will be around for many years to come. In this article, John Peterson explores how COM and the .NET Framework can work together.

20 Cool Visual Studio .NET IDE Features
Visual Studio .NET has a new and improved IDE. This article demonstrates 20 of the most useful and welcome improvements to the VS.NET IDE.

Testing SQL Server 2000: Inspecting Configuration Information
Every SQL Server installation contains a number of configuration settings and server properties that may differ from other installations. Differences in these settings and properties can lead to subtle changes in code behavior. Therefore, before beginning to code to a given SQL Server 2000 server, it’s wise to inspect the configuration. This article provides tools and techniques for extracting and analyzing configuration settings and server properties.

Understanding the Crypto API
Securing your data from prying eyes is important. This article discusses the basics of cryptography and introduces developers to the Crypto API.

Review: xCase 6.0
xCase (RESolution, Ltd.) is a desktop data-modeling software package that has developed into a very useful, yet cost-effective, tool for everyday database design and maintenance. The recently released “Professional Version 6.01” has much to recommend if you are doing database development in Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, Visual FoxPro, Jet, or many other database platforms.

And of course, please take time to meet the Editor-in-Chief of CoDe Magazine, Rod Paddock, who writes this month on Riding Waves of New Technology, and Associate Publisher David Stevenson, who is as excited as I am, to be announcing this new partnership between CoDe and DevX. I’ll be meeting both of them in person next week at Tech

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