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(November 19, 2002)- eHelp Corporation has recently announced the "X3" release of their popular RoboHelp software. Using this software, developers can create automated user assistance in many popular formats. New features include improved single-sourcing for multiple documentation targets, tools to simplify the process of creating context sensitive help, and new technology linking your WinForm application to server based Help if an http: connection is available and a .chm file if the connection is not available. Points of interest for .NET developers: 1) CHM files can be created for providing "Help" within Windows-based (WinForm) applications. 2) eHelp's HTML-based WebHelp can adapt intelligently, similar to the way in which ASP.NET server controls can adapt. For example, a modern browser will interact with RoboHelp-generated user assistance via DHTML and XML. Slight... (more)

New .NET Component from CyberSource

CyberSource, a leading provider of payment processing and fraud detection services, has recently announced their release of a .NET component to provide developers with access to their services' proprietary API. The service uses a micro-payments system that is very much in keeping with the new generation of Web services software. For just pennies per transaction, developers can add such advanced features to their applications as credit card processing, geo-location, and tax calculations. Because this API operates via the Web, it is being touted as a Web service - however, no suppo... (more)

The Father of C# Improves His Brainchild

(Microsoft Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer Anders Hejlsberg, inventor of the C# programming language, which underpins .NET, granted an exclusive interview to .NET Developer's Journal for its premier issue, coming in January 2003. As a preview, Derek Ferguson covers highlights from Hejlsberg's OOPSLA presentation.) (November 20, 2002) - Anders Hejlsberg delivered a speech to the attendees of the recent OOPSLA conference in Seattle in which he described four new features to be incorporated into the C# programming language. These were: generics, Iierators, anonymous metho... (more)

SQL Slammer: How It Works - and How to Stop It

(January 29, 2003) - A pesky worm targeted servers worldwide recently: could it have been prevented? Well, to begin with, this problem was discovered and a fix posted several months ago (on July 24, 2002) at this location: www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/secur ity/bulletin/MS02-039.asp> A complete (highly technical) description of the problem is here:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];323875. In a nutshell, though (and for the less technically inclined amongst us), the attack involves sending a specially crafted packet to the SQL Ser... (more)

InstallShield Adds Smart Device Support

(April 11, 2003) - As a part of Service Pack 1 for their InstallShield Developer product ( www.installshield.com/isd/info/smart.asp?source), InstallShield Corporation has recently added support to their products for installing .NET Compact Framework applications. These installers can either be built separately or directly from your Visual Studio .NET Smart Device projects. The product currently supports three models for installation: 1)       CAB files 2)       Desktop ActiveSync-enabled installation 3)       Flash ROM support In a future update, they plan on adding support for live... (more)