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   -WELCOME- to the Newsletter - Issue #18
			November 2000

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         CONTENTS November 2000:
                * Welcome & Apology
                * New on iDR
                      Articles - new and updated
                      Free Tools	
                      Sample Chapters
                * Call for Authors
                * Developments at iDR
		* Ask the Gurus
                * Competition & Birthday Celebrations


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First things first. Welcome to all the new subscribers, many of
whom joined when we were voted Resource of the Month on 
CodeGuru.  (Thanks to all at Codeguru for their continued
support.) is a community resource and we look 
forward to contributions from all our new community members.

On December 1st it will be a year since we launched - a year 
which has seen competitions sponsored by Microsoft, a number of 
renowned articles, huge growth in the discussion groups, and 
plenty more for us to celebrate next month.

Apologies to all our loyal subscribers and contributors who 
have seen a hiatus in activity in the site over the summer, but 
it hasn't stopped the site's popularity or continued growth. 
The site is run by a small team of developers who also have to 
eat! is not sponsored nor funded except by 
ourselves and to date it has cost a considerable amount of 
money to get this far.  But, we're back and we intend to 
celebrate our first birthday on 1st December in style! 
Funds are still somewhat low as none of us have time to sell 
ads etc so all support - fiscal or contribution of new 
content - will be gratefully appreciated - especially some 
dosh to finally get the iGang t-shirts printed!

Advertising rates are extremely reasonable considering the 
niche audience we now have - traffic figures continue to rise 
with over 1000 unique visitors every day - and banners on the 
site show a consistent clickthrough of 3.6%+. Rates etc can
be found at
Sponsorship deals are available, as well as newsletter 
advertising, developer catalogue listings, plus you can buy 
your books through our site - bookstore recently updated. 

All articles will shortly be available in e-book format for a 
piffling amount each to help us run a shared revenue program 
with our valued contributors (and keep them fed too ;o) 

We have some great ideas for the future (check out the 
developments further down) and are just looking to find the
funds to finish them.  Please support us - that is one big 
community out there of IDR folk from some of the biggest names.
If you or your company would like to help iDR keep going 
into the future, just let us know.                                                   

And now on to the meat and bones of the issue!


N E W  O N  i D R

<> Articles

Our authors have been busy again, and of course Dr Richard 
Grimes never stops!  We thrive on contributions from our 
subscribers and visitors and have a great edit and review team, 
so get writing!
Check out

§§	'Learning C#'
	Richard Grimes' article - don't miss this, best on the 
	Net, in our humble opinion!!
	C# is for developing applications on .NET.  This article 
	goes through the basics and explains how you use it 
        to write efficient platform neutral apps.  

§§  	'Virtual Functions and their Implementation in C'
	Shivesh Viswanathan has a new article on the site giving a
	brief introduction to virtual functions and then several 

	Also by Shivesh 'ATL: Architecture & Internals'

§§     'Safe Arrays'
	Abdul Azeez is our newest author and he introduces Safe 
	Arrays, one of the most commonly used COM data types.  
	His article is aimed at COM beginners.

§§  	'Altering Resources'
	Richard Grimes shows you how to access resources using the 
	Win32 API. Win32 also allows you to change the resources in 
	another file and Richard goes on to show you how to use 
	these APIs and explains some of the problems that you need 
	to overcome.

	There are plenty of other articles by Richard on the site -
	just check out the COM, COM+, ATL and WTL sections!  

§§	'COM+ - the backbone of Windows DNA'
	Mahesh Bhide writes as part of our COM+ Series.  
	Articles still wanted to complete the series. 
	Contact mailto:[email protected] if you want to write

<> Updated Articles
§§	'Login page to your website using ASP'
	Sendhil Arunagiri's article has been updated and further
	code added
§§	'Creating your first COM+ Application'
	This article, written by one of the $1000 dollar winners,
	Martin Lapierre, in our COM+ competition, has been 
	updated and new code added to the Download file
Coming soon: ASP COM, .NET, more COM+....

<> Catalogue

	All products and training courses have been updated in the
	catalogue. Please support iDR by checking out the catalogue
	and either buying the products listed, or adding your own!

	You can also get subscriptions to a host of magazines here:

§§	New products:
	ASP Studio from software artisans - all the components in one

	ASP Email screen is a COM/ATL component that performs 
	real-time e-mail address validation on web forms.  
	Check it out!

	ASP Active Bundle - web developer suite of tools worth

	Dundas ASP Mail is a free commercial email tool to send 
	e-mail messages and post news articles.

	AppletFile - extend your web browser with this file transfer 

	ASP Lightning - a must have for any serious ASP developer

	Tidestone Formula 1 7.0 Javabeans component used for embedding
	spreadsheet info into servlets, applets and web apps.

	Inprise/Borland JBuilder 3.5 development tool

	All of the above can be found in the catalogue at:   

<> Free Tools

§§ 	KavaChart from is an extensive collection of chart 
	server utilities that can be used as COM objects, Java beans, 
	applets, or servlets. 

<> Sample Chapters
	Any publishers or authors who would like sample chapters 
	of their books featured on the site and in the newsletter,
	please contact us at
§§	Featured Book: Java Network Programming 
	Chapter 11 of this book from O'Reilly: Sockets for Servers  
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<>Call for Authors

	We are always looking for articles which are aimed at the 
	professional developer and which cover issues which are
	cutting-edge and/or undocumented elsewhere.  There is a 
	shortage of COM+ and COM documentation and judging by the
	mailing list there are still plenty of unanswered questions
	out there. We have funds available to pay for MSMQ articles, 
	sponsored by Microsoft.  There is a need for .NET articles, 
	ASP+, and C#, as well as more WTL articles.  If you can 
	write any of the above, please contact us at
	[email protected] or check out our Author Pack at Every author
	gets fame and glory through the Author Central area as well
	as a pile of other benefits too numerous to be listed here ;o)

	All articles which pass our stringent editorial team will be
	produced as e-books very shortly and we will be operating a 
	shared revenue scheme with the authors. This, we hope, will
	help to pay back the effort, support and expertise of our
	contributors, and we hope that the community will purchase
	the e-books knowing that the money is being well-spent and 

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i D R   D E V E L O P M E N T S, our careers and employment site is now just
	about completed, and should be up and running very shortly.
	We are hoping that the second phase of development will 
	include conversion of certain areas of the site to .NET to 
	show just what and our community are capable 
	of, as well as putting .NET technology to the test with a 
	real-life scenario.  

	We are still trying to develop our news WIRE sites - we own,, compluswire and several 
	others.  This would give many companies developing products, 
	offering training, upgrading software etc the chance to post 
	press releases, announcements etc on a site dedicated to that
	end.  However, we have run out of database developers who are 
	free to do the job.  Anyone interested in the work, or is 
	there a company out there who would like to sponsor one or 
	more of these sites?  Philanthropists also welcome!

	The main site will shortly undergo a change
	to the main Zones to keep up with developments such as Visual
	Studio etc.  We would welcome feedback and comments on the 
	site and the direction which you think it should go in.

mailto:[email protected]
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A S K  T H E  G U R U S

	You probably wouldn't believe how many Ask the Gurus questions
	we have received. There are still an awful lot of unanswered 
	questions as our gurus are too busy to do all of them so we're 
	looking for some help.  Most of the questions which have not 
	been answered are in the Ask the Gurus forum so you can just 
	stop by there and see if you can help some of these people
	find the answers they are looking for.
	We hope to be shortly implementing a system whereby those 
	asking the questions pay for the response, as at this level 
	there is no reason for those with the expertise not to be paid.
	Feedback on this idea would be appreciated.

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	To celebrate our first birthday we are running a competition.
	All you have to do is write an article of 1000+ words for the
	site.  The winner will receive a set of Dr Richard Grimes' 
	books signed by the man himself (something to do with him 
	needing the space on his bookshelf!).  Entries must be unique 
	content, not published elsewhere, and can be case studies,
	how to.. or what is... type articles, and aimed at our niche 
	audience - that is, professional developers. No basic stuff 
	please, as the edit and review team are very fussy!!

	Send articles to 
	mailto:[email protected]?subject=competition_dec during
	November and we'll announce the winner during December.

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