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          Newsletter for developers and programmers
 Mar 24th 2000                                         Issue #10

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Welcome to the iDevResource newsletter for professional

First, a couple of apologies and thank you's.  This week 
saw the site moved to a new server due to the increase in 
traffic, and there were a couple of definite hiccups
in some of our home-grown ASP apps which feature on the site,
but a huge thanks goes to the ever-tolerant troubleshooter, 
Nigel, at the host company, Escape Velocity, who actually 
went back to work at the end of a very long day to sort out
the glitches in permissions etc.

Secondly, an apology for some errors in the article on COM 
Threading which have now been fully rectified thanks to 
feedback from Rich Blewett of

We welcome all feedback on the site so let us know what you 
think.  We endeavour to answer every email!

The deadline on the COM+ competition has been extended to 
April 30th, and we hope we will be announcing an increase 
in the prizes next week!

We are still looking for some ASP script to allow the 
community to vote on the articles and help decide the 
winners - can anyone help out? 

Don't forget to tell colleagues who are involved in COM+ 
development about this COM+ competition.  

This week we had a query: "Do you need to be a 
professional author to write for iDevResource?"  The 
answer is a resounding "No!" 

The point is that many magazines etc will not even
consider articles from unknown authors and it can be
extremely difficult to get published, despite your 
obvious knowledge on your subject.

We have a great tech review team, and can offer editing 
assistance if you feel your speeling and grandma ;o)
aren't too hot.  If you have a subject you are dying to 
write about because you have seen it poorly covered
elsewhere, or even incorrect code and explanations -
just apply your fingers to the keyboard and let us know!

What do you get in return?  Well, we've covered the fame
and glory bit ;o) in previous newsletters, but you also 
get your own site in Author Central, a mention here in 
the newsletter, links on the site in This Week and the 
appropriate channels, and we include details of articles 
in the promo material we send out to other sites and 

(Hot News: For some of you who have written for the COM
channel, watch for links to your articles on the ultimate 
COM site soon!)

Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish 
to write.  We're here to help.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions, please send them 
to mailto:[email protected]


You can keep up with all that is new on the site each day
by checking out This Week regularly.  Everything new on the 
site will also be featured there. 

The forums are rapidly gaining momentum and there are lots
of people in the community looking for answers, or with 
issues they wish to discuss.  If you have a question, or 
want to help out other developers, or just talk, feel free
to jump in and get involved.

There are many new threads in the Ask the Gurus forums
and we are always on the lookout for gurus to answer them.

Also job postings in the forums so if you are on the 
lookout for a new job don't forget to check there.

How do the software patents affect us developers?  This is a
question which was brought up by Tim O'Reilly in his
conversation with Jeff Bezos recently - there is a whole
new area on the O'Reilly site dedicated to this subject.

What do you think about all this furore?  Add your view to 
the poll on the bottom of the This Week page at

Only 12 people have voted so far which seems a bit odd 
considering the effect it could well have on development
of our favourite medium - the Internet - for businesses
and developers alike.  Imagine having to check all the new
patents before putting any new software into development?
Not a task we would relish!  



COM+ Object Pooling by Jeremiah Talkar
This is one of the entries for the COM+ Competition
and part of the COM+ Development Series.

COM Pipes by Richard Grimes
Another in the COM+ Development Series.

New authors are arriving at Author Central all the time so check 
out our contributors to date:

Richard Anderson

Richard Grimes

Frank Rem
(Frank has been playing around with DHTML!)

Simon Robinson

Gopalan Suresh Raj

David Sussman

Tony Toivonen

Karli Watson

Shivesh Viswanathar

We are still looking for XML and ASP articles and article ideas.

Download the author template and read the guidelines here

Any suggestions for the author chats?  There is a forum thread 
specifically for your suggestions at 

The first one will be with Richard Grimes shortly.  Topics for
discussion welcome.


Want to get your product or training course in front of our

List it in the catalogue.  We are now accepting bids for 
listings.  If you want to be #1 in any category you have to 
bid more than $50 or Ј30 for our UK developers.  Bids are
confidential between IDR and the bidder so you'll have to 
guess how much to bid to get that coveted top place!!!

The top listing in each category will be listed here each 
week so....

Top COM Developer Product:  Active DOM from Vivid Creations

Top ASP Developer Product: ASP Studio from Software Artisans

Get your bid in now and you can guarantee yourself the top 
spot for next week in training courses, XML Developer 
product, Java product, jobs etc.  Each listing in products
and training courses stays in the catalogue for 3 months.

Bids to [email protected]

Vivid Creations are pleased to announce the initial beta 
release of the ActiveSAX 2.0.0 and ActiveDOM 2.0.0 

This update includes support for the DOM level 2 core 
interfaces as well as SAX2.


Webrings are great traffic driving tools which unite sites 
with similar content.  If you have a developer related website,
join the Developers webring - it's free and painless!

Also growing slowly, but then that's because there is a 
scarcity of COM related website on the Net, is the COM
COM+ DCOM webring.  Join now and drive traffic to your site.

More information can be found at


Any ideas for a poll?  We currently have one running on 
software patents but would like some more. 

There is also a forum thread for discussion of this topic at 


Don't forget the COM+ Competition this month with $1000 in
prizes.  Deadline has been extended to April 30. Further 
prizes to be announced next week!!

The COM+ Development Series will be a comprehensive 
resource of COM+ articles, information on features and a 

There is considerable interest in this series already, 
and we know that many developers are struggling to find 
COM+ information currently.  Help them out by writing for the
series and take a pop at the $1000.

Full details at 

How did the Windows 2000 chicken cross the road?  And the XML
and ASP and Java chickens?  Check out the other technological
chickens at and send 
in some suggestions for other chucks!!  Prizes to the top
answers.........send your suggestions to 
[email protected]

And that's all for this week.  Feedback welcome as always!

Have a great weekend!

The Team

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