Friday, March 24, 2006

My article featured in the Polymorphic Podcast

My latest aricle on CoDe magazine - An Overview of Windows Presentation Foundation, has been featured in the Polymorphic Podcast, a show about object oriented development, architecture and best practices in .NET. Listen to the Podcast at:

Get Visual Basic 2005 Jumpstart for Free!

Here is one way to get my book - Visual Basic 2005 Jumpstart, for free!

Just complete one Visual Basic E-Learning course and you will receive a free Visual Basic 2005 Discovery Pack.

Visual Studio 2005 Discovery Pack* includes:
  • Microsoft® Visual® Studio® 2005 Professional Edition 90-day DVD trial
  • Microsoft Visual Basic® 2005 Jumpstart book from O’Reilly
  • Discount voucher for Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with MSDN® Professional Subscription
  • Microsoft Developer Security Resource Kit
  • Discount voucher for Microsoft Certified Professional Exam
  • Free 30-day hosting account

*Offer good in the United States and Canada only through June 30, 2006, while supplies last.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Programming Serial Ports Using Visual Basic 2005

While serial port programming was absent in .NET version 1.1, Visual Basic developers who grew accustomed to the MSCOMM control in VB6 will be glad to know that this functionality is supported again in .NET 2.0. Learn to use the SerialPort class to make two computers talk to one another or even to manipulate a mobile device from your computer using Bluetooth.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Programming Sudoku Released!

My latest book - Programming Sudoku (Apress) has just been published! Noticed that the cover has been revised from the earlier draft.

If you are a college or University professor teaching a beginning course in programming, you may like to take a look at this book and see if it is suitable as a textbook for teaching programming in a fun way. Simply send me an email (using your university email account) and briefly describe the courses you teach (or are going to teach) and I will get a review copy of the book sent to you for evaluation.

Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2

The long-awaited Beta 2 of IE 7 is finally here. What's new, good, and better? I give you a guided tour and an inside look in this article on

Using the MultiView and Wizard Controls in ASP.NET 2.0

Need to collect data from Web pages? ASP.NET 2.0 makes it easy, with the use of MultiView and Wizard controls. I show you how to take advantage of them in this article on

What’s New in Windows Forms 2.0: Part II

Here is the part 2 of my Windows Forms 2.0 article in ASP.NET Professional magazine.