Altered State


By David Riggs


Happy New Year! For many of us this is a time to reflect and make personal resolutions. Eat less. Exercise more. Floss.


At asp.netPRO, the new year affords us a chance to step back and reflect on where the magazine has been, and where it is going. We look at every aspect, from content to design and everything in between. We take a close look at how we serve your needs, and what we can do to improve our service. In addition to this introspection, I ve asked for, and received, your input. So far the most feedback continues to revolve around the VB.NET/C# question. Believe me, we fight that battle every day, and will continue to make every effort to offer balanced coverage.


We re here to help you navigate the ever-changing technical landscape as it relates to ASP.NET development. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches; a tweak here, an alteration there. Sometimes the changes can be subtle, such as adding a new column. Sometimes the changes jump right off the page. That may be the case with this issue, as we introduce a new layout design. Some of you may be wondering, What was wrong with the old look? Frankly, nothing. But after following the original design concept for three years we decided to give the magazine a fresh look a makeover, if you will. Diana Nishimura, our very capable designer and artist, has come up with a layout that I think you ll like. She has incorporated her years of design expertise with your feedback to come up with a design that is clean and confident without being conspicuous.


What is not changing is our goal to teach by example by offering real-world applications and code. In the coming months we ll continue to provide the helpful programming tips and techniques you ve come to expect, as well as the latest in ASP.NET development best practices. We are pleased to offer the continued contributions of such valued writers as Jonathan Goodyear, Dino Esposito, Steve C. Orr, Mike Riley, and Ken McNamee, to name a few. But we are equally pleased to welcome Josef Finsel to the list of regular contributors as he resuscitates the asp:Q&A column. I highly recommend you take advantage of this renewed feature of the magazine. This man has skills, and he s here to help. Drop him a line you ll be glad you did.


And please remember your very important role in helping us shape the direction of this magazine we depend on your input. And while you re at it, let me know what you think of the new look.


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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