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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"Practical .NET2 and C#2" is out to the presses.

After a few months of crazy work, "Practical .NET2 and C#2" was finally sent to the printer yesterday. Meaning that the book should start appearing on store shelves in the first weeks of 2006 :)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Paradoxal Press announces “Practical .NET2 and C#2” (ISBN 0-9766132-2-0), a complete manual to taking advantage of C#2 and the Microsoft .NET2 Framewo

REDMOND, WA – Paradoxal Press ( is proud to announce the first title of its 2006 lineup. “Practical .NET2 and C#2” (ISBN 0-9766132-2-0) is a complete manual to the new features offered by the Microsoft .NET 2 Framework. This book was conceived from real world experience. The author takes the point of view of the developer that needs to be productive. Concepts are illustrated with a multitude of relevant and directly usable examples. When appropriate, features of Visual Studio 2005 and other .NET development tools are explained.

With numerous references to standard programming principles, students as well as beginners will feel at ease. Seasoned developers will be glad to know that advanced features will also be discussed such as CLR internals, closures, transactional programming and .NET design patterns. The reader experienced with .NET 1 will take advantage of more than 400 pages solely dedicated to the new features of .NET2.

The author of “Practical .NET2 and C#2”, Patrick Smacchia, is a .NET MVP involved in software development for over 15 years. After graduating in mathematics and computer science from the ENSEEIHT school, he has worked on software in a variety of fields including stock exchange at Société Générale, airline ticket reservation system at Amadeus as well as a satellite base station at Alcatel. He's currently a software consultant and trainer on .NET technologies as well as the author of the freeware NDepend which provides numerous metrics and caveats on any compiled .NET application. Patrick Smacchia is also the author of the French bestselling titles “Pratique de .NET et C#” and “Pratique de .NET 2.0 et de C# 2.0”.

“Practical .NET2 and C#2” (ISBN 0-9766132-2-0) is a 896-page perfect bound book with a suggested retail price of $59.95 USD. It will be released on January 15th 2006 and will be on sale online at most online retailers and directly from

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Gmail's Take on spam!

Hmm. Delicacy or annoying emails? Looks like Gmail can't really tell the difference. Ginger Spam Salad? Who would have thought!