Generate book-compatible code with Version 2

July 28, 2006

The book was written before the 2.0 update, so there will be minor differences–especially in the LLBLGen application screens. If you use the self-servicing templates, the code changes should be minor. The adapter template changes were fairly large, however. (See two screenshots below for the selections that will best generate the kind of code used in the book.)


LLBLGen Pro new version and new pricing of book

July 15, 2006

Version 2.0 of LLBLGen Pro is out. The fine developers at Solutions Design have made a number of improvements! Upgrading is a no-brainer. I’ve also changed the price on my book to a free download. Thanks to all the readers who’ve made Rapid C# Windows Development a success! Hopefully the book will continue to be helpful, even though some of the API has changed with the new version.

At this point in time, I don’t anticipate updating the book myself to stay current with the new version. However, I am happy to help any aspiring technical writer who wants to give it a shot. I can provide my source material, templates, art, and graphics. If you’re interested in the project, please email me your information and a writing sample.


Book Errata

May 15, 2006

Page 31: 3rd Paragraph, 2nd sentence should read "You do not need to tell them the all the details." (Thanks to Larry Clement)
Page 45: Caption should read "Table 4.7. Properties to change on 4 5 new child forms." (Thanks to Terry Fisher) 
Page 64: First sentence in 4th paragraph of body text should read "Running the application and displaying the form will give you the exact same result as Figure 5.22 5.19." (Thanks to Andreas Teizel)
Page 78: Item 16 in Table 7.7 should be "DataGrid DataGridView, dgvDetail dgvDetails". (Thanks to Andreas Teizel)
Page 111: Before Line 33 in Example 10.16, add these lines of code. This will prevent errors if you click Cancel and then search again. Thanks to Minh Tri Troung)

searchWorker =
new BackgroundWorker();
searchWorker.WorkerSupportsCancellation =
true;


Book Errata

May 12, 2006

Page 31: 3rd Paragraph, 2nd sentence should read "You do not need to tell them the all the details." (Thanks to Larry Clement)
Page 45: Caption should read "Table 4.7. Properties to change on 4 5 new child forms." (Thanks to Terry Fisher) 
Page 64: First sentence in 4th paragraph of body text should read "Running the application and displaying the form will give you the exact same result as Figure 5.22 5.19." (Thanks to Andreas Teizel)
Page 78: Item 16 in Table 7.7 should be "DataGrid DataGridView, dgvDetail dgvDetails". (Thanks to Andreas Teizel)
Page 111: Before Line 33 in Example 10.16, add these lines of code. This will prevent errors if you click Cancel and then search again. (Thanks to Minh Tri Troung)

searchWorker =
new BackgroundWorker();
searchWorker.WorkerSupportsCancellation =
true;


LLBLGen Overview Video

March 23, 2006

David Betz put together a great 26 minute video that gives you a start to finish look at LLBLGen Pro. If you know anyone who is completely unfamiliar with what the product does, this is a great link to send out. You can tell David is quite proficient in programming, giving presentations, and working with Visual Studio .NET 2005. Great work, David! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.


Top 400 at Lulu.com

February 14, 2006

My book just crossed the 400 mark at Lulu.com. Thanks to all the readers that made it possible!


Code for Rapid C# Windows Development

February 14, 2006

Here is the code used in the book before the schema changes in Chapter 12.


Strongly-typed DataSet Article on 4GuysFromRolla.com

February 8, 2006

I have an article entitled Using Strongly-Typed Data Access in Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 on the popular ASP.NET developer website 4GuysFromRolla.com. For people who are new to strongly-typing their data access layer, it explores some of the features of strongly-typed DataSets in Visual Studio 2005. This is a good introductory article for people who don’t know what an O/R Mapper is and why it will save them time and effort.


Most requested advanced features

February 4, 2006

Thanks to everyone who has sent feedback on my book. The most requested advanced features so far are inheritance, remoting, and XML web services. Keep the suggestions coming as I do read and respond to them all.


Top 750 at Lulu.com

February 4, 2006

In a little over a week on the market, I made it to #750 at Lulu.com, and #10 in best sales this week. Thanks to all my readers who have made this project successful! It has already led to writing opportunities and some new friends in the technical writing field.


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