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          Newsletter for developers and programmers
 May 5th 2000                                  Issue #14

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  WELCOME to the 14th issue

Welcome to the iDevResource newsletter for professional
developers. The site is run by professional developers, and 
offers cutting edge articles, breaking news, forums, a 
developer catalogue featuring products, training courses and 
jobs, humour, prize competitions and much more.

OK, OK, pick an excuse for us - we know we've missed a week
or two on the newsletter but it's been hectic with our team 
manager succumbing to a chocolate related breakdown over 
Easter and then ending up prone on the floor with a bad back, 
our webmaster hiding in the Antarctic with a good book, and 
various developments behind the scenes - more on those later!

Welcome to all the new subscribers - quick intro - this is a 
community site so we appreciate feedback, everyone is welcome 
to contribute to the site whether it be news items, articles, 
jokes, good books, FAQ's, products, questions etc, and we are 
open to ideas, sponsorship, etc.

The COM+ Competition is now closed but for those of you who 
didn't get your articles in before the deadline - there IS
still time but you'll have to be quick.  Meanwhile the MSMQ 
competition is still running and we'd love to see a few 
entries to make Charles Sterling's day! (MSMQ Product Manager)

Hope too many of you didn't get attacked by the Love Bug. 
Seems to us that the folk who write these things could earn 
large sums of money for their programming skills if they just 
changed their focus.  Or, of course, they could contribute 
articles to the ATR channel on VB scripting and help other 
scripting in a more positive manner.  Shame to see such 
talents wasted in this destructive manner.

Anyway.....please contact us at [email protected] if
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NEW this week

Lots of news and more coming in all the time ... feel free 
to use the new autosubmit page to get your news in front 
of developers fast.  You can find it at

Details of COMFest goes Fourth in the COM channel at

MSMQ COMPETITION - $1000 in the pot!

MSMQ Competition in association with -
$1000 dollars go to the winner.  The competition is to write 
a paper covering the following:

MSMQ under Windows 2000

The brief is that the article should cover programming in
MSMQ in workgroup mode:

1)The principles and requirements of connected and disconnected 
2) Discuss what MSMQ provides for a typical disconnected
applications and basic architecture 
3) Explain how MSMQ is now a service in COM+

Deadline extended to May 15th.  Details in This Week




Our new author, Sudhakar M, discusses how to use hidden forms to transfer
data from client side to server-side and vice-versa.
Uses ASP and Javascript.


ATL Internals Part 2 by Shivesh Viswanathan
The second part of his series on ATL internals (the first article 
is available at

This article covers the details of the internals of ATL. It looks at:

* Thread model
* Dual interface support
* Object activation (Standalone and Aggregation)
* Error handling while object creation
* Summary & references

How to use DDX with WTL by Girish Bharadwaj

COM Patterns by Tony Toivonen (he of the 'Signs you may be taking COM too
seriously fame'

The Ask the Gurus forum is full of questions and answers from
people looking to buy ATL code, to problems with marshalling
interface pointers.  There are several unanswered questions still
so please help out with answering them.

Want to write? Download the author template and read the 
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FAQ's across the board - all channels, all technologies, all 
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on iDevResource or just start the ball rolling if you have an 
FAQ that will help others out.  Let us know at 
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We'll be back with more news and views next week.  Feedback 
welcome as always!

Have a great weekend!

The Team

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