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Prestwood IT Newsletter Jul 2009 Issue - Coder Edition

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  July 2009 - Coder Edition (2983 of 4,834 subscribers receive this group's content.) Year 11 Issue 7  
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Technical Writing topic:
Survey on SDK Documentation
by Peter Gruenbaum

A survey was sent to software developers and other software professionals to ask what was important in SDK documentation and where they would like to see improvement. The results indicated that the current state of typical SDK documentation is "Fair", which was the middle choice of five ("Excellent" to "Unusable"). The answers to multiple choice questions indicated that overviews, API references, sample code, and tutorials were all considered high importance, whereas blogs and forums were considered less important. When asked to write what they considered important, sample code was mentioned in 61% of the responses and overviews were mentioned in 30% of the responses. Also mentioned as important were help getting started, explanations of why something should be used, accuracy of information, and the ability to find information easily.

IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
Stamp Out Spam
by Vicki Nelson

How to fight back against spam and reclaim your inbox. As you may know, the volume of spam messages sent across the Internet has reached epidemic levels. Some industry experts estimate that three out of every five e-mail messages that are sent today are spam. The spam epidemic is costing companies, professionals, and individual users considerable amounts of time, money, and resources.

What is spam, and what can I do about it? Spam is generally defined as an unsolicited mailing, usually sent to many recipients. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send. Most of the costs are paid by the recipient or the carriers rather than the sender. Some effective methods for preventing your e-mail address from being captured, sold or abused by spammers in the full version of this article. Click the title to read more.






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General .Net Concepts topic (classic post):
Regex
by Bryan Valencia
Console application shows some common uses of Regular Expressions (REGEX) to match and recursively replace text in strings.

Borland Database Engine topic (classic post):
Installing BDE using Merge Modules
by Wes Peterson
The new and "approved" way to install the BDE is by way of mege modules. This is quite a bit different than the traditional ways of using a pre-made program, or incorporating BDE Cab files (from, say, your Delphi installation). Caveat: This is new news for me, and I don't claim to know or understand everything there is to know on this topic but I do have some helpful findings for you.

 Monthly Coder Lesson
General Coding Concepts Topic:
Definition of the Month: Array
A data type that is a collection of variables (much like a table is a collection of fields). There are two types: fixed and resizable. A fixed array has a predetermined--by the programmer--number of elements. A resizable does not; therefore you need to set its size before using it.

A data type that is a collection of variables (much like a table is a collection of fields). There are two types: fixed and resizable. A fixed array has a predetermined--by the programmer--number of elements. A resizable does not; therefore you need to set its size before using it.

General Info, Installation, etc. Topic:
Download of the Month: LLBLGen Pro
Object-Relation Mapping & Code-Generator Tool
General Coding Concepts Topic:
Tip of the Month

Most languages support a branching mechanism like if a..elseif b..elseif c. If a evaluates to true, b and c will not execute. The tip is to sort your branching conditions by most to lease used for faster code.



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