Got Issues? - 30 Oct 2009



Got Issues?


By David Riggs


As is often the case after my Celtic band, Riggity Jig, plays a gig, I was sitting around the pub chatting up the owners. It s never a bad idea to stay in good graces with the people who hire the talent; besides, I like these folks, and we were having a good time trading quips. At one point during the course of conversation the daughter of one of the owners said to her mom, You have issues. Without missing a beat came the retort, I don t just have issues, I have the whole subscription.


Sure, it was kitschy it is an old line, after all but I laughed. It was funny maybe it was the delivery; maybe it was the context; maybe it was only funny in that end-of-the-night-sitting-around-the-pub kind of way. Or maybe I was chuckling in a way only possible for someone involved in the publishing industry, where issues and subscriptions have real, day-job meanings.


Professionally speaking, having issues is a good thing. It is not indicative of, nor does it connotate, any kind of paranoia, hang-ups, obsessions, discord, or controversy of any kind. For me it signifies another month of pertinent and useful content bundled up and delivered to your mailbox in one convenient package; a monthly learning tool that helps you keep up and stay ahead of the development curve.


In fact, last month was our 50th issue of asp.netPRO. We ve covered such topics as migrating from ASP to ASP.NET, security, component design and implementation, and many of the new whiz-bang features of ASP.NET 2.0 and most everything in between. Hopefully in all those issues we ve addressed the issues with which you have issues.


But if you don t have issues, we can help. Maybe you started your subscription recently and want to get caught up on what you missed. Maybe you loaned your favorite copy of asp.netPRO to a colleague, never to see it again. Maybe you spilled coffee on that one killer article that provided the defining last-piece-of-the-puzzle code snippet. Maybe not. Whatever the case may be, we have ways to hook you up with what you need. Need a back issue? No problem; simply e-mail mailto:[email protected] to order a copy. Want the complete run of asp.netPRO and asp.netNOW in a portable format? Again, we re here for you; visit to order asp.netPRO Complete Works 2005 Edition and you ll have instant access to every article ever published, as well as all the hot code downloads, reviews, and op-ed articles all on one searchable CD. Maybe you get the free monthly e-newsletter and want to start a subscription to the magazine. Again, we can get you there from here; go to


All of these great resources provide the cutting-edge content the ASP.NET community covets. There s no excuse to not have in your arsenal what you demand to develop, deploy, and distribute the next-generation of dynamic Web apps. And we are passionate about providing the tools and techniques to help you meet your challenges.


Yes, we have issues. Do you?


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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