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October 3, 2008 | Vol 5 Issue 39


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Feature Article - Programming
The CL Corner: Just How Big Is That Variable?

You can determine at run-time the size of a variable.

bruce_vining.jpgBy Bruce Vining

I recently conducted a workshop on best programming practices when working with system APIs. One of the practices I recommend is to avoid hard-coding values such as variable lengths (or anything else for that matter) throughout the program. Assume for instance that you're calling a retrieve type system API that has four parameters as shown here:


Feature Article - Programming
Build Business Database Applications Online with Zoho Creator

Zoho adds powerful features to Zoho Creator 3.0 and introduces a new Marketplace to buy and sell the resulting Web applications.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

There are times when you need a small application in a hurry, and you don't feel like spending a few hundred--or a few thousand--dollars to acquire it. Sometimes just the time involved shopping for the right solution can make you decide it's easier to create it yourself. At least that way, you know you're going to get what you need, not something that's "close" but actually someone else's idea of what they thought you should need.


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