New to the Game?



New to the Game?


By David Riggs


At asp.netPRO, we are in a constant battle to provide a balance of bleeding-edge content (after all, this is an ever-progressing industry) and the stability and comfort of the status quo. I recently received an e-mail from a reader who was a bit out of sorts at the preponderance of content covering ASP.NET 3.5. It happens; a new version hits and we get infatuated with all the new features. In our defense, it is the new version of the product, and there are plenty of new bells and whistles that need to be addressed. How else will you know how to use the new features most efficiently?


Besides, most of our writers really are out on the bleeding edge, so they are writing about their discoveries, their trials and tribulations with the new version, what s coming that you need to be aware of, etc. After all, they are leading the way, blazing a virtual trail for the rest of us to follow.


Granted, some people simply are not yet ready to go down that path. Or maybe they are new to the game. As quickly as things change in this industry, sometimes it can be challenging to try to jump in after the software has been around for several years has it really been seven years? and gone through several revisions. Some people, like the fellow who wrote to me, may need some help getting up to speed. After all, you have to learn to walk before you can run.


Here s my point: Readers of asp.netPRO are at many different levels in their programming skills, experience, and needs. The good news is, we ve got your back. You see, whether you are just getting immersed using an older version and need tips and tricks to get you through the day, or you are forging ahead with every new rev that comes out, asp.netPRO provides what you need.


You get the best of both worlds. Past content, which may suit your needs today, is readily archived and available on our Web site. And bleeding-edge content, pouring in from all over the world thanks to our team of dedicated, talented, and trailblazing writers, most often gets featured in print before getting archived on our Web site. And, as is the case this month, we still feature in print ASP.NET 2.0 content (ASP.NET 2.0 Reporting). The benefit is, any place you find yourself along the path, you re sure to find what you need.


I appreciate the feedback. It keeps me in check, and helps me provide the content you need to be successful. Thanks for reading.


David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].




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