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Windows Users topic:
A Quick Look at Firefox 4
by Eric Prestwood

Firefox 4; A look at some of the interesting new developments and improvements in Mozilla's newest release of their web browser, Firefox. Firefox 4 was just recently released a few months back and there are several new and interesting features to be had in Mozilla's newest version. Let's go ahead and take a quick look at what they've delivered.

Technical Writing topic (classic post):
API Documentation Survey Results
by Peter Gruenbaum

In a perfect world, API documentation would contain clear, complete instructions on everything that developers need to know to use your platform. In reality, organizations have limited time and budget to create API documentation, and so organizations need to prioritize to create documentation that is most useful to the people who will use it.

SDK Bridge set out to find out what is most important to the people who use APIs by sending out a survey and asking them. We found, not surprisingly, that many thought that documentation could be better. When asked to rate quantitatively, people rated overviews, sample code, and API references the highest, followed closely by tutorials. When asked for open-ended comments, a large percentage mentioned working sample code as helpful, and an equally high percentage mentioned how important it is that documentation be complete and accurate. Two other important factors that were mentioned by several respondants are (1) it is very helpful to explain why you would use something in addition to how you use it and (2) completeness and accuracy are critical.

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Are you a business professional? Looking for new customers? Join Mike Prestwood as his guest at his business networking group.

Businss Professionals Network (BPN) is for business professionals who are looking to exchange business ideas and gain new customers. Join Mike Prestwood as his guest at the next BPN meeting. This event is open to all business professionals. Please feel free to come to a meeting (just show up), or, even better, give Mike Prestwood a call at 916-726-5675 x205 and let him know you'll be coming.

Prestwood IT Events topic (classic post):
6/29/11 - Prestwood IT @ Joint Chambers Mixer

On Wednesday June 29th, visit Prestwood IT at the multi-chamber event. Stop by our table top display to network with us, talk about technology, website design, internet advertising, or job opportunities.

  • 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Avenue (in Fair Oaks)
Joint 4 Chamber Business Mixer:
  • Carmichael Chamber
  • Citrus Heights Regional Chamber
  • Fair Oaks Chamber
  • Orangevale Chamber

Prestwood IT Events topic:
Prestwood IT Summer 2011 Event Schedule

Calendar of events for Prestwood IT including marketing and speaking events.

  • Mike on Fox40 News
  • Street Events/Placer Fair
  • BPN

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Prestwood IT Events topic:
Mike Prestwood on Fox 40 News

Think about your computer and what's on there. Pictures? Videos? Contacts? Tax information? Work files?

Original air date: 5/17/2011.

American I.T. workforce topic:
Sharpening your skills - A short story
by Ramesh R
Here is a short story about a woodcutter and his job. From this job, we have lot of learnings that implies to our career and sharpening our skills. Such examples in life are very important for shaping our career. Enjoy the short story.

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Language Basics topic (classic post):
Delphi Prism String Concatenation (+)
by Mike Prestwood

Unlike Delphi, Prism performs implicit casting. To concatenate two strings, a string to an integer, or a string to a floating point number, use the + operator. For example, to convert a floating point number to a string just concatenate an empty string to the number as in "" + 3.2.

OOP topic (classic post):
Delphi Prism Interfaces
by Mike Prestwood

With Prism, you use the Interface keyword to define an interface and then you include one or more interfaces where you specify the single class inheritance (separated by commas).

 Monthly Prism Lesson
OOP Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Same as Delphi. In Prism, you specify a virtual method with the virtual keyword in a parent class and replace it in a descendant class using the override keyword. Call Inherited in the descendant method to execute the code in the parent method.

Robot = class(System.Object)

method Speak; virtual;
Cyborg = class(Robot)

method Speak; override;
Delphi Prism Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Delphi Prism vs. CSharp

The obvious differences between Delphi Prism and C# are additional features in the Delphi Feature Pack (Blackfish SQL etc.) and the Object Pascal based syntax, which are very attractive for developers skilled in Delphi for Win32, for example. However, the compiler adds a wide range of extemely useful enhancements as well.

Tool Basics Topic:
FAQ of the Month: Delphi Prism IDE vs VS.Net
Question: Does Delphi Prism look and feel like Visual Studio or Delphi? In other words, is Delphi Prism VS.Net or Delphi?


Delphi Prism is Visual Studio.Net. If you have Visual Studio.Net installed, the Delphi Prism installation plugs into your existing VS.Net installation. If you don't own VS.Net, the installation installs the Visual Studio Shell before plugging in Delphi Prism.

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