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Site News for 9/23/07 through 9/29/07

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Starting on October 1, 2007, I’m offering monthly (30 days) advertising space on this site. Please see my Advertise Here for more details.

I decided to try this in order to display more relevant ads than what I can get through Google Adsense and various affiliate programs.

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Coming Up Next Week

I’ve got a few ideas percolating for next week but nothing definite yet. I’m trying to narrow down some ideas on ADO.NET, XML, and Web Services into article sized bits. I am open to requests, so if there is a topic that you would like for me to cover, let me know in a comment or email.

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Site News for 9/16/07 through 9/22/07

Announcing: VB.NET Interview QuestionsNew Series - VB.NET Interview Questions

I started a new series this weekend with VB.NET Interview Questions. I’ll be putting up an article in this category each weekend for a while. Each one will have 10 to 20 VB.NET and general software development questions for you to study and answer. I’ll have questions of all types, including open ended thinking questions. I may even include a logical brain teaser type question from time to time as well. Feel free to answer them in the comments if you like and/or send me question suggestions.

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BlogRush + DealDotCom = Useless

After seeing a lot of hype about these two new things I decided to try them out. Now I’ve decided, after a week, that they’re useless, at least for me.

BlogRush is supposed to be a traffic building widget to bring targeted traffic to your blog based on the number of impressions the widget gets on your site and sites signed up under you. However, I found it showing links to “Made for Adsense” or other Internet marketing sites about 80-90% of the time. Black hatters are heavily gaming it right now since they’ve left many exploitations open. Plus, in the long run when you look at the numbers, only very high traffic “A-List” blogs will see any traffic from this widget. I’m staying away from it unless things change.

DealDotCom promised to offer a deal of the day with one good product available for a day at a good price. All I’ve seen offered so far are crappy eBooks and lousy software downloads. I’m pulling the ad for it today and finding something else.

Coming Up Next Week

I’m not sure what I’ll be posting next week. I still have some XML and ADO.NET articles outlined but not completed as well as some general software development articles. I am open to requests, so if there is a topic that you would like for me to cover, let me know in a comment or email.

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Site News for 9/9/07 through 9/15/07

The power of ads rests more in the repetition of obvious exhortations than in the subtle transmission of values. - Michael SchudsonToo Simple?

I have gotten some email comments saying that some of the articles I’ve published have been too simple or too basic. Are they? I know that some, like the Introduction to Constructors and Destructors in VB.NET article, have very rudimentary information. The inspiration for writing this kind of article comes from seeing VB related forum posts that ask these kinds of questions. I answered them in the articles, hopefully in more depth than a forum post can do it. It’s my belief that for every one VB.NET expert that there are dozens of novices that are either entirely new to programming or are transitioning VB6′ers new to the OOP and other new concepts in VB.NET.

What do you think is too simple for an article? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Ad Notes

I’m trying out Shopzilla over the next week or so and see how it works for this site. I’ll probably tinker with the ads some more over the next few days so if you see a weird page or two it might be when I trying things out. Just refresh after a moment or two if this happens.

My Thoughts on Ad Blocking

There has been some talk in recent days about ad blocking in Firefox, with some sites even redirecting all Firefox users to a separate landing page. I don’t think this is a good idea at all. People who block ads are unlikely to click on ads in the first place. Of course, many sites, such as this one, are ad supported, so keep this in mind if you do block ads. Ultimately, your ad-free browsing might kill off many a worthwhile site that couldn’t afford to stay up and, in the end, lead to a mostly subscription based model for good content (yuck!). If you do block ads but still want to support what I’m doing on this site, use the “Buy Me An Espresso” PayPal donation links.

Coming Up Next Week

Right now I’m not sure what topics I’ll be posting on next week. I’ve got a few XML related topics I’ve got outlined plus I’ve had a few requests for ADO.NET tutorials. I’ll probably also have some new general software development articles.

If there is a topic that you would like for me to cover or if you noticed something that I didn’t cover well enough or accurately, please leave me a comment or email and let me know.

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Site News for 9/2/07 through 9/8/07

VBNotebookFor.NET has over 100 VB.NET and software development articles with new ones being added every day!The DZone Effect

Early this week I got hit with the “DZone Effect” where my traffic jumped up about 5 times more than normal because my 5 Elements of Style For Error Messages article became slightly popular there. I hadn’t really heard much about that site before but it’s like Digg for software developers. Since I’ve been using it this week I’ve found a lot of great blog articles that I wouldn’t have seen before.

I added a DZone icon to the social bookmarking bar at the bottom of each post this week as well.

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Right now I don’t automate the sidebar most popular articles ‘widget’, I’m entering manually on a weekly basis. I tried a WordPress plug-in that was supposed to automate this but it didn’t seem to work well for some reason. If you have any suggestions in this area, let me know.

100 New Articles Since May100 Articles!
This week I hit the milestone of 100 articles on this site (not counting the old VB6 archive).
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Coming Up Next Week

During next week I’m planning on writing some tutorials on working with XML in VB.NET along with some more on the generic classes and delegation since people I’ve heard from have really appreciated these articles. Will my long suffering Code Walk-Through article ever get done? I don’t know. I’ve also got a few other works-in-process on the team leadership and project management side that may get done depending on how inspired I get.

If there is a topic that you would like for me to cover or if you noticed something that I didn’t cover well enough or accurately, please leave me a comment or email and let me know.

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Site News for 8/26/07 through 9/1/07

There are 100 VB.NET articles on this site with new ones being added every day!Article Archive = Gone
I’ve moved all of my original pre-WordPress articles to WordPress posts and, by the end of this weekend, I’ll be removing the Article Archive page and menu link. It was important during the transition but now it’s just confusing. To find articles, use the search box at the top of each page or use the Sitemap menu button. Of course, my VB6 Notebook Archive Site will remain in its original form.

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I’m going to be adding a sidebar widget for the most popular articles this weekend as well so be looking for it.

Also remember to use the DotNetKicks icon on the social bookmarking bar at the bottom of each post to recommend articles to others in the .NET community.

Ads-n-Stuff

First, a big “Thank You” to MikeP and JimT for buying me an espresso this week. I really appreciate it.

Vonage will remain my major sponsor all month in September (unless something changes that I don’t expect).

Also, if you’re looking for a VB job, check out the Indeed.com jobs widget. It’s supposed to be geo-targeted so you should see jobs in your area aggregated from the major jobs sites. I’d appreciate it if you let me know if this working or not working for you.

Coming Up Next Week

During next week I plan to write some additional tutorials on delegation and generic classes, probably including comparison. Hopefully I’ll get my Code Walk-Through article where I want it so that I can publish it.

If there is a topic that you would like for me to cover or if you noticed something that I didn’t cover well enough or accurately, please leave me a comment or email and let me know.

Have a Happy Labor Day

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the US so if you’re enjoying a long weekend like I am, have a safe and happy holiday.

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