So, it's been a while since I caught on on short news items. Here are a few
things that caught my eye. For starters, if you've been programming for a while
you've undoubtedly heard of Donald Knuth's THE ART OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING,
surely the definitive reference on algorithms. The first three volumes came out
decades ago, and there's been a bit of a lapse in publication since then. But
now, volume 4 is appearing at last! Addision-Wesley is shipping it in
"fascicles," small chunks that are later destined to be rebound as a complete
book. You can see the progress so far and read an excerpt over at the Bookpool
Studio XML Professional Edition, Release 2 (whew!) is out. This adds a whole
mess of new features to an already-excellent XML development environment. New
stuff includes a new XML schema editor, XQuery and XPath updates, EDI-to-XML
mapping, a new XML grid view, and a new utility for converting legacy files to
XML. You can download a 30-day evaluation to check it out for yourself.
Zero G Software has upgraded their
InstallAnywhere.NET setup-building tool to release 3.1. Major changes in this
version include support for Windows Installer 3.0, support for Windows 2003, and
improvements to the user interface editor. If you've outgrown the setup projects
built into Visual Studio .NET this is one of the alternatives you ought to take
a look at.
Mike Gunderloy has been developing software for a quarter-century now, and writing about it for nearly as long. He walked away from a .NET development career in 2006 and has been a happy Rails user ever since. Mike blogs at A Fresh Cup.