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          Newsletter for developers and programmers
 May 20th 2000                                  Issue #16

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iDR offers cutting edge articles on the latest technologies 
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featuring products, training courses and jobs, humour, 
prize competitions and much more.

  NEW This Week

The LoveBug virus has prompted Microsoft to issue an Outlook
patch which breaks COM compatibility and appears to render
lots of MAPI applications useless. We have a press release 
from MS and comment from Dr Richard Grimes.  Have your say 
in the forums on iDR.

Press Release:

Article: COM on Linux by Frank Rem.  Frank describes how to build 
a DCOM component for Linux without using any Microsoft software.

Article: Anthony Toivonen wants you to figure it out for yourself: 
he guarantees success in threads and apartments after reading 
this article.

Zone: The WTL zone features a discussion group, forums
and articles to support developers using WTL.  Links to other websites 
featuring WTL material have been added, plus a link to Eamon 
O'Tuathail's updated WTL guide on clipcode.  

News: the news database is now fully functional and news items 
submitted can be seen on the site within a matter of hours. Submit 
your news at 
We are considering adding a newsfeed so that other sites can incorporate
these targeted news items into their own sites.  Any developers 
interested in helping us achieve this?  Contact [email protected]
To date we have developed all the solutions on the site and would
like to continue doing so.

We shall also shortly be launching 3 newswire sites with dedicated 
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MSMQ COMPETITION - Last few days!

The 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+

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Have a good weekend. We'll be back with more news and views 
next week.  Feedback welcome as always!

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