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SQL Servers topic:
Geolocation: Step by Step
by Bryan Valencia

Think globally, act locally.  How many times have you needed to determine the geographic distance between two places?  This tutorial will show you how to accomplish just that.

All data and functions exist in a SQL Server Database, and can be used in VB.NET, C#.NET, Paradox, Delphi, or any other language that can call a database function.

General, Getting Started, etc. topic (classic post):
The Five Biggest API Documentation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
by Peter Gruenbaum

Good API documentation can have a tremendous impact on whether a software platform is adopted. However, too often API documentation ends up being confusing and hard to follow, which results in developers choosing another way to accomplish their goals. This article describes five common mistakes that are made in creating API documentation and describes solutions to avoiding those mistakes. Following good API documentation practices can provide developers with the content that they need to be able to take full advantage of a software platform's capabilities. 


IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
Stamp Out Spam
by Vicki Nelson

How to fight back against spam and reclaim your inbox. As you may know, the volume of spam messages sent across the Internet has reached epidemic levels. Some industry experts estimate that three out of every five e-mail messages that are sent today are spam. The spam epidemic is costing companies, professionals, and individual users considerable amounts of time, money, and resources.

What is spam, and what can I do about it? Spam is generally defined as an unsolicited mailing, usually sent to many recipients. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send. Most of the costs are paid by the recipient or the carriers rather than the sender. Some effective methods for preventing your e-mail address from being captured, sold or abused by spammers in the full version of this article. Click the title to read more.






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General, Getting Started, etc. topic (classic post):
Writing as a process
by Ramesh R
Writing applies to any sort of information. However, writing in general is a generic process that involves many components. Writing itself is a big process that includes many things within itself. It is not easy to write and convey information to end user. Writing require experience, grammar skills, domain knowledge, process knowledge, etc. By this, we would be able to understand the importance of writing.

General, Getting Started, etc. topic (classic post):
Knowledge Management
by Ramesh R
An overview of knowledge management in corporate companies with the basics providing information peratining to such knowledge management teams that lead to greater organizational growth and individuals growth also.

 Monthly Tech Writer Lesson
MS Windows Help Files (.HLP) Topic:
Download of the Month: ABC Amber HLP Converter

Converts HLP files to many formats including PDF, RTF, HTML, DOC, CHM, TXT, DBF, XML, CSV, XLS, MDB, MCW, etc.

MS Compiled Windows Help (.CHM) Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Help and Manual: A great authoring tool

Help and Manual is a mature, and reasonably-priced, authoring tool for WinHelp, Compiled HTML Help (CHM); plus PDF, and Word documentation.

Under the covers, your authoring project is maintained in XML.

It can convert existing help and documentation from a number of formats, and it is very author-friendly.

Grammar Topic:
Tip of the Month

a
not any particular or certain one; a certain; another; one;

"He is a Delphi programmer."
 

an
the form of "a" before an initial vowel

"He is an ObjectPAL programmer."



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