I needed some stuff on XML & XML Schema recently and I come to this site. It really helped me a lot. This work was developed collaboratively by members of the xml-dev list group. This material is made freely available in the public interest. Any use of this material must acknowledge the xml-dev list group. There are some tutorials on XML Schemas too.
IGF Competition Who Is Eligible: Open to all indies (see rules), including student teams. Competing for: $40,000 in cash ($20,000 in two different competition categories), plus sponsor prizes. Entry Fee: $100 ($50 for IGDA members), via credit card only. You are prompted for payment at the end of the online entry form.
By Derek Pierson This series as aimed at beginning programmers who are interested in developing a game for their own use with the .NET Framework and DirectX. The goal of this series is to have fun creating a game and learn game development and DirectX along the way. Game programming and DirectX have their own terms and definitions that can be difficult to understand, but after awhile, you’ll crack the code and be able to explore a new world of possibilities. Beginning Game Development To kick off our new "Game Development" column, Derek Pierson begins his look at developing games with the .NET Framework and DirectX.
NetSuite, Inc. is the first and only company to give small and midsize businesses Web-based business applications to run their entire company. With thousands of customers, NetSuite has earned numerous awards for market leadership and innovation from such leading publications as eWeek, CRM Magazine, InfoWorld, PC Magazine, and CPA Software News among others. Customers, analysts and press recognize that NetSuite alone provides integrated front office customer relationship management (CRM), back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ecommerce in one powerful application with the modularity and flexibility to meet your specific business needs.
Sforce 5.0 represents a significant advancement in the ability to extend on-demand CRM solutions and create new software-as-service applications. Featuring one of the most widely used enterprise Web service APIs, and the ability to easily extend the salesforce.com data model with new objects and tabs, sforce 5.0 provides developers a comprehensive framework for creating solutions that meet complex business requirements. Download .NET Getting Started Package [sforce 5.0] This package includes a .NET executable and associated source code that tests your sforce login and demonstrates basic sforce API functions. (Requires .NET Framework 1.1 or greater.)
By Scott W. Ambler Today, many software projects involve integrating relational database technologies with an iterative software development process—a task that requires developers and data modelers to overcome a significant cultural impedance mismatch. Here’s how to get your data experts and developers on the same page. A New Vision for Vendors To support agile approaches to database development, database tool vendors have their work cut out for them. We need tools that are easy to learn and work with, enabling us to make simple, incremental changes to our database schemas. These tools must be inexpensive enough so that they can be deployed on every development machine. The critical tool categories are:
  1. Databases. Duh! Database vendor licensing strategies need to reflect the fact that we must deploy database instances to every sandbox and have easy ways to promote changes between these instances.
  2. Database testing tools. There’s a wide selection of test data generation tools, which is the good news.
  3. Evolutionary Extract Transform Load (ETL) tools. ETL tools are critical aspects of your data warehousing strategy.
  4. Database refactoring tools. We need database refactoring tools to match the plethora of available code refactoring tools.
  5. Integrated database modeling tools. Anyone working with relational technology should have access to a good data modeling tool—ideally, one with built-in database refactoring features.
  6. O/R mapping tools and persistence frameworks. Fortunately, Hibernate and many others are available. Unfortunately, these tools are often stand-alone products that don't integrate well with other tools.
A team of developers has started a project to create an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System. The project, known as NTeam, will use several existing open-source tools and applications, such as the NUnit and NAnt .Net unit testing and build tools, respectively, and will cover various stages of the application development life cycle, just like the upcoming VSTS does, said Jason Bentley, co-founder of the project, in Knoxville, Tenn. NTeam, chiefly, will tie all open-source components as well as commercial software together, Bentley said.