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Prestwood IT Newsletter Jan 2010 Issue - Full Edition

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  January 2010 - Full Edition Year 12 Issue 1  
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Expert guidance from working professionals!
Bryan Valencia
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.


PSDP Step 2-Plan topic (classic post):
PSDP: Step 2 Planning Overview (Gen & Design Phases)
by Mike Prestwood
During the planning step we document how the software will satisfy the requirements (the what) using a General Design followed by a Detail Design phase.



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