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The Secret to a Successful Website

Got an email today from Manning with the new sets of books due next year.

One of them was of particular interest, the Website Owner’s manual.

I’ve been a web developer for a number of years but mainly focusing on backend technologies.

So it goes without saying that I do not have much experience in managing a site.

The free chapter entitled: The Secret to a Successful Website discusses the crucial role of the site manager.

The book is still in “Early Access” phase and should be available early next year.


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Collective Intelligence in Action

Finally, I won a book from JavaRanch!

Praise God!

The book is entitled:

1933988312 Collective Intelligence in Action

Unlike other books in Collective Intelligence, the methods and examples presented in CIA are based in Java.

I’ve already joined many other book promos in the Ranch (Head First PMP, Rock Star Programmers, JQuery In Action), but this is the first time I actually won something.

And what a perfect timing it is, since I badly need to make the search algorithms I’m currently working on in our church ministry to be “more intelligent”.

I would like to thank JavaRanch, Manning and the author Satnam Alag for such a wonderful book.

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Has .NET Leapfrogged Java?

Got this message from my Inbox this morning:

Our authors often have great insights. So when one recently told us that .NET technology–in particular C# combined with LINQ–has “leapfrogged Java,” we took note. His evidence?

  • The new .NET library, LINQ*, provides a direct link between C# code and any data source, without the need for a persistence layer like Hibernate.
  • C# introduced generics, custom attributes, delegates, standardized foreach iterators, property syntax, and extensible value types before Java.
  • The .NET platform now includes Python, Ruby, and new languages like F#, and frameworks like WPF, WCF, and ASP.NET have become industrial-strength.

On the flipside, another of our authors tells us, a language lives in a developer community and Java’s is more vibrant. Java-to-.NET ports like NAnt, NHibernate and NUnit abound, but there’s been little movement in the other direction. And .NET still implies Windows.

Have the tables really turned? Join the discussion at

I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide.

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Win a Free Ebook

We (Manning) will hold a random drawing every day from April 17 to April 30. Two winners will be chosen each day. Winners can choose from any ebook available on We will contact you by email if you are one of the lucky winners. No purchase is necessary and you only need to enter once (duplicate entries will be deleted). If your name isn’t pulled as a winner one day, it is still eligible to be drawn on subsequent days. A random number generator will be used to choose each day’s winners. After April 30 we will send all participants the list of the winners and their ebook choices.

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