Announcing C++ All-In-One for Dummies 3rd Edition

I’m really excited to announce the release of C++ All-In-One for Dummies, 3rd Edition. This is the book that: Provides all the updates you’ve been wanting Relies on the latest version of Code::Blocks Includes better support for Windows, Linux, and Mac installations Contains all the latest techniques, including lambda expressions This is the book update… (read more)

Using CAPTCHA for Comments

It’s an unfortunate sort of thing, but the one percent who cause problems often dictate the restrictions on the ninety-nine percent who don’t. I had hoped when I moved to my new blog software that I might be able to get by without using a tool to ensure someone commenting actually is a human. People… (read more)

Considering the Future of Processing Power

The vast majority of processors made today perform tasks as procedures. The processor looks at an instruction, performs the task specified by that instruction, and then moves onto the next instruction. It sounds like a simple way of doing things, and it is. Because a processor can perform the instructions incredibly fast—far faster than any… (read more)

Lessons Learned as a Child

Most of what I learned about self-sufficiency was done while I was hanging around my mom, aunts and uncles.  My grandmother was one of thirteen children.  My mother had ten brothers and sisters.  I have 4 sisters and three brothers. It’s a large family, but it’s a close family.  We have always spent lots of… (read more)

Bletchley Park Reborn and a Social Issue Revisited

You may not have ever heard about Bletchley Park. In fact, the place was one of the best kept secrets of World War II (WWII) until just recently. Of course, like many secret places, this one fell into disuse after the war and nearly ended up in the scrap heap, but a restoration effort has… (read more)

Updating Your Copy of Java

It’s almost never a good idea to keep really old versions of software on your system that provide some sort of security or Internet access functionality. One of the worst technologies in this regard is Java. It seems like everyone wants to pick on every security flaw found in Java, probably because the language is… (read more)

Greetings and Salutations

Red Skies at Night: Sailor’s Delight! Red Skies in the morning: Sailors take warning! Starting this blog is sort of like launching a boat on the ocean. It’s exciting!  It’s going to be a challenge and I love that. There will certainly be hidden obstacles, rocky shoals and safe harbors along the way.  There will be foggy… (read more)

Introducing Pegg Conderman

Tomorrow, you’ll meet an exciting new author in this space. Pegg Conderman will be joining me as a new voice on this blog. She has had experience with newspaper writing and definitely has a great eye for photography (so you can stop complaining about my out of focus pictures). The two of us will work… (read more)

TVF Example in Chapter 10

At least one reader has encountered a problem with the Table-Valued Function (TVF) example in Chapter 10 of Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Step by Step when working with Visual Studio 2013. Before you begin this example, make absolutely certain that you have setup and configured SQL Server for use with the book. You can find… (read more)