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  • Blog Post: It's still essential!

    I am pleased to announce that Essential C# 5.0 by Mark Michaelis, and, new for this edition, yours truly , is available for pre-order now . It will be in stores in early December. As long-time readers of this blog know, I was one of the technical editors for Essential C# 4.0 and Essential C# 3.0 . Mark...
  • Blog Post: GUID Guide, part one

    What is a GUID? The acronym stands for "globally unique identifier"; GUIDs are also called UUIDs, which stands for "universally unique identifier". (It is unclear to me why we need two nigh-identical names for the same thing, but there you have it.) A GUID is essentially a 128 bit integer, and when written...
  • Blog Post: A C# Reading List

    Just a couple of quick links today. First: One of the questions I get most frequently is " can you recommend some good books about learning to program better in C#? " The question is usually asked by a developer; the other day I was surprised to get that question from one of the editors of InformIT...
  • Blog Post: Big head, long tail

    Here's a graph of the population size of the one hundred largest urban areas in Canada : (Click on the graph for a larger version.) Notice how there is an enormous spiky "head" on this graph: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are quite large cities by any measure. Then there is an immediate sharp...
  • Blog Post: The Annotated Fourth Edition is available

    A brief digression from C# 5 to talk about C# 4: the annotated C# 4 specification is now available in book form from Addison-Wesley . It is of course handy to have a specification in book form, particularly if you're going to while away the hours with the book sitting by a warm fire. (It's hundreds of...
  • Blog Post: Teach Yourself C# In... how long?

    Earlier this year I was the technical editor of " Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours " by Scott Dorman, and I am pleased to announce that it is available in stores now. Scott has pretty much completely rewritten this from the previous edition to ensure that it is totally up-to-date for C# 4. If...
  • Blog Post: It's Essential!

    My copy of Essential C# 4.0 just arrived, and it looks great. I was one of the technical reviewers of this book. Some books are a pain to edit, but the Essential C# series is one of my favourites. It totally lives up to its name; it really does give you lots of essential information for developing high...
  • Blog Post: A Book By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

    As you might have gathered from my previous posts on the subject, I occasionally edit technical books as a hobby. It’s nice having a hobby that pays money instead of costing money. And I always learn something from every book. Many years ago, on one of my first editing gigs, the editor asked me my...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Book News

    I am pleased to announce that my co-author Eric Carter has made significant updates to our VSTO book . (Though I notice with chagrin that one of the changes is that the title is much shorter than it ought to be .) It is not yet available in bookstores but will be soon. The new parts of the book (which...
  • Blog Post: References are not addresses

    [NOTE: Based on some insightful comments I have updated this article to describe more clearly the relationships between references, pointers and addresses. Thanks to those who commented.] I review a fair number of C# books; in all of them of course the author attempts to explain the difference between...
  • Blog Post: Book News

    Happy new year all -- I hope 2008 was a good year for you and that 2009 will be better. I myself was crazy busy at the end of 2008, working on a number of at-work projects and personal projects which I'm not going to blog about at this time. I hope to get more time in the schedule for blogging in the...
  • Blog Post: The Future of C#, Part Three: On video, plus the dead-trees edition

    Amazingly enough, it has happened again . Why does this keep happening to me? Anders, Mads and Eric on C# 4.0: C# 4.0 with Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, and Eric Lippert - Part 1 of 2 C# 4.0 with Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, and Eric Lippert - Part 2 of 2 Anders, Mads and Scott on...
  • Blog Post: Yet More Book News

    It's a bookish day apparently. I am pleased to pass on news of the availability of the book Eric Carter and I wrote about VSTO, now in Chinese. Here is Jie Wang holding a copy of the original C# book and the VSTO开发指南 Visual Basic book: Many thanks to Jie Wang, Mei Liang, and everyone at Addison Wesley...
  • Blog Post: C# In Depth

    Good morning, we interrupt our irregular and unscheduled ramblings with this breaking news bulletin: I am pleased to pass on news of the availability of Jon Skeet's new book "C# in Depth" . I had the privilege of being the technical editor of this book. But I've gotta tell you, when I unzipped the files...
  • Blog Post: Recent Book News, Part Two

    Two additional quick notes about books: I am also pleased to announce the availability of the C# 3.0 Cookbook , for which I was again lucky enough to be one of the technical reviewers. Many thanks to the authors for giving the shout-out to this blog in their front matter. "Real" cookbooks tend to provide...
  • Blog Post: Recent Book News, Part One

    Good day and Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had a restful and joyous festive holiday season. I sure did. Before I get back into my series on immutable data structures I have a few news items regarding books. First off, I am pleased to announce the availability of C# 3.0 Design Patterns by Judith...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Tools For Office: Using Visual Basic 2005 with Excel, Work, Outlook and InfoPath

    Eric Carter and I are excited to announce that the Visual Basic edition of our book about Visual Studio Tools for Office is now available. I'd like to give a big thank-you to everyone who put their time, energy and enthusiasm behind this project, particularly my co-author (who, as always, did most of...
  • Blog Post: Book Signing at the PDC

    It's a week until PDC! Very exciting. Unfortunately I'm not going this year but my coauthor and erstwhile lead Eric Carter will be there, along with Misha Shneerson and Andrew Whitechapel . He'll be talking about VSTO 2.0 (the about-to-be-released product) and you can also see a sneak preview of early...
  • Blog Post: I'm So Prolix

    I mentioned earlier today that my latest book project has gone to copyediting. To forestall a few questions: Are you the sole author? Good heavens no. Most of the heavy lifting was done by my colleague Eric Carter . I’m just along to make sure that his love affair with the comma doesn’t get totally...
  • Blog Post: Books, Books, Books

    It looks like the intricacies of higher-dimensional geometry will have to wait another week; I am incredibly heads-down putting the finishing touches on VSTO and the book that Eric Carter and I are writing on VSTO. We're due to have it ready for copy-editing and indexing by the end of the month, so I...
  • Blog Post: How many Microsoft employees does it take to change a lightbulb?

    UPDATE: This article was featured in The Best Software Writing I . Thanks Joel! Joe Bork has written a great article explaining some of the decisions that go into whether a bug is fixed or not. This means that I can cross that one off my list of potential future entries. Thanks Joe! But while I...
  • Blog Post: Dead Trees vs. Bits

    Speaking of books, people keep telling me and Peter and Raymond that we should write books based on our blogs.   Well, I probably am going to write another book this winter, but it will have pretty much nothing to do with the stuff in this blog.     The natures of...
  • Blog Post: Digging A Security Hole All The Way To China

    I mentioned earlier that I wrote one of the last books published by the now-bankrupt Wrox Press. A sharp-eyed coworker who happened to be in China the other day sent me a copy of this: Holy cow, I had no idea that Wrox translated my book into Chinese! No one ever told me that such a thing was even in...
  • Blog Post: Wrox is dead, long live Wrox

    A number of people have expressed surprise to me that Wrox is out of business.   Here's the scoop.   Wrox was owned by a company called Peer, which also owned Friends Of Ed, Glasshaus, and a number of other small businesses in the "developer education" field.   ...
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