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Windows Users topic:
A Quick Look at Firefox 4
by Eric Prestwood
 

Firefox 4; A look at some of the interesting new developments and improvements in Mozilla's newest release of their web browser, Firefox. Firefox 4 was just recently released a few months back and there are several new and interesting features to be had in Mozilla's newest version. Let's go ahead and take a quick look at what they've delivered.

Technical Writing topic (classic post):
API Documentation Survey Results
by Peter Gruenbaum

In a perfect world, API documentation would contain clear, complete instructions on everything that developers need to know to use your platform. In reality, organizations have limited time and budget to create API documentation, and so organizations need to prioritize to create documentation that is most useful to the people who will use it.

SDK Bridge set out to find out what is most important to the people who use APIs by sending out a survey and asking them. We found, not surprisingly, that many thought that documentation could be better. When asked to rate quantitatively, people rated overviews, sample code, and API references the highest, followed closely by tutorials. When asked for open-ended comments, a large percentage mentioned working sample code as helpful, and an equally high percentage mentioned how important it is that documentation be complete and accurate. Two other important factors that were mentioned by several respondants are (1) it is very helpful to explain why you would use something in addition to how you use it and (2) completeness and accuracy are critical.


Prestwood IT Events topic (classic post):
Join Mike Prestwood at BPN Networking Group

Are you a business professional? Looking for new customers? Join Mike Prestwood as his guest at his business networking group.

Businss Professionals Network (BPN) is for business professionals who are looking to exchange business ideas and gain new customers. Join Mike Prestwood as his guest at the next BPN meeting. This event is open to all business professionals. Please feel free to come to a meeting (just show up), or, even better, give Mike Prestwood a call at 916-726-5675 x205 and let him know you'll be coming.


Prestwood IT Events topic (classic post):
6/29/11 - Prestwood IT @ Joint Chambers Mixer

On Wednesday June 29th, visit Prestwood IT at the multi-chamber event. Stop by our table top display to network with us, talk about technology, website design, internet advertising, or job opportunities.

  • 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Avenue (in Fair Oaks)
Joint 4 Chamber Business Mixer:
  • Carmichael Chamber
  • Citrus Heights Regional Chamber
  • Fair Oaks Chamber
  • Orangevale Chamber

Prestwood IT Events topic:
Prestwood IT Summer 2011 Event Schedule

Calendar of events for Prestwood IT including marketing and speaking events.

  • Mike on Fox40 News
  • Street Events/Placer Fair
  • BPN

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Visit our Facebook events calendar for a complete list of public events. Come see us!


Prestwood IT Events topic:
Mike Prestwood on Fox 40 News

Think about your computer and what's on there. Pictures? Videos? Contacts? Tax information? Work files?

Original air date: 5/17/2011.


American I.T. workforce topic:
Sharpening your skills - A short story
by Ramesh R
Here is a short story about a woodcutter and his job. From this job, we have lot of learnings that implies to our career and sharpening our skills. Such examples in life are very important for shaping our career. Enjoy the short story.





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Language Details topic (classic post):
Using Case Statements in Object PASCAL
by Mike Prestwood
Using case statements in Delphi.

Coding Tasks topic (classic post):
Delphi Best Practices I - Handling TForm.OnCloseQuery
by Wes Peterson

In this first installment of a New Knowledge Base Series I'll discuss The TForm.OnCloseQuery Event which too frequently goes unhandled.


 Monthly Delphi Lesson
Language Basics Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Delphi uses // for a single line comment and both {} and (**) for multiple line comments. Although you can nest different types of multiple line comments, it is recommended that you don't. A special comment. Delphi compiler directives are in the form of {$DIRECTIVE}. Of interest for comments is using the $IFDEF compiler directive to remark out code.

//This is a single line comment.
 

{
Multiple line
comment.
}
 

(*
This too is a
multiple line comment.
*)
 

{$IFDEF TEMPOUT}
//...code here
{$ENDIF}
Delphi for Win32 Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: TechTricks.com Delphi Articles
www.TechTricks.com is run by Lance Leonard and contains a wealth of information. I remember Lance from back when I worked at Borland in the mid-90s. His website covers Paradox, Delphi, and other technologies.
Language Basics Topic:
FAQ of the Month: Camel versus Pascal Casing
Question: What is the difference between Camel Casing and Pascal Casing?

Answer:

Camel casing capitalizes the first character of each word except the first word, it can frequently resemble a camel. Used by many languages including Paradox's ObjectPAL and Java.

myAge
theBoxCar

Pascal casing capitalizes the first character of each word (including acronyms over two letters in length).

TheHtmlCode
CAStatePercent
Using Data Topic:
Tip of the Month
When you need to put quotes, single or double, or even another character, around a string there are two methods to lend a hand: QuotedStr and AnsiQuotedStr. QuotedStr will put single (') quotes around your string or variable. The other function you can call is AnsiQuotedStr which adds double quotes.


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