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              C o v e r Y o u r A S P . c o m


Perhaps I should confess something right up front:

       CoverYourASP.NET isn't imminent.

A lot has happened in the last month. As you know[1] I may be
out of a job sometime between March and June as my office is
moving to Colorado, and I'm not. Nuff said.


The repercussions of this are still echoing around my head.

First, I decided that it wasn't fair to you or I to write
CoverYourASP.NET as my first .NET site. There's a lot to
learn and I'd sooner do it in private if that's all the same
to you. ;-)

So I've started a new completely-different site as a learning
ground for .NET (and of course a way to make my millions).

So far it's going great and I've learnt a ton which I'm
saving up for you and CYA.NET. But don't expect the site
for a while. Sorry.


                   T H E   C O N T E S T


Clint just won the contest and the Dundas Chart component
and ASP.NET By Example book! Innes came so close, but won the
secnd prize of just the book. Sorry Innes. ;-)


REMEMBER - the contest is now monthly. The current contest
will end on March 31st.

The main prize is the Developer Edition of Spd E-Letter
Mailing list ***** a $750 value! *****

Spd E-Letter is an awesome way of quickly and easily adding
a very effective Newsletter Management system to your site
or those of your customers.

Check it out:


This contests book is back to my old favorite:

"ASP.NET Unleashed" by Stephen Walther

This truly is the best ASP.NET book I've read so far and one
that I recommend everyone buys. You won't be disappointed.

Check out the reviews at


Prize details at


                    T H E   D I A R Y

               The recent events at CoverYourASP


23 Jan

- Sams Publishing agreed to donate another book for this
extra-long contest, so I'll be picking two winners this
time. Only one will get the $950 Dundas component though.

I've also added my five favorite ASP.NET books to the
rotation on the right, and to my Resources page. Just until
I write CoverYourASP.NET you understand, then this site will
return to "Classic ASP" only!


26 Jan

- Jans ASP Portal told me that CYA will be featured as
their "Site of the week" in a few weeks, so I added him to
my list of sites that link to me. Check it out!


28 Jan

- A nice birthday present for me - my office is being
closed! I've posted my resume today to a few web sites but
please send me any leads you have for ASP, ASP.NET or C++
jobs in Atlanta, GA. Thanks!


30 Jan

- I heard a very sad story at the weekend - John from let me know that he is being taken to
court by over his domain name.

Apparently, registered in
February 1995 and John registered and
.net in May 1995. Remember, that's 7 years ago.

Now are claiming ownership of John's domain
names and have taken him to court based on copyright
infringement. He has been forced to stop publishing until the issue has been resolved, so has
moved all of his content to a new site:

Personally, I this is a tough call to make.
*were* first to register their name, and John's is very
similar, but should it matter?

Should they both be allowed to exist?


31 Jan

- If you are planning to attend just one conference this
year, check out ASP.NET Connections in New Orleans. Start
persuading your bosses now - the conference takes place
during Jazz Fest!


1 Feb

- If you run a web site, here is an interesting article for
you. Steve Clason wrote an excellent piece on how Google's
page ranking algorithm works. Since Google is easily my top
referrer I found this fascinating. Take a look at "Link
Popularity Made Simple (Sort Of)".

- Thanks for such a great January - it's wonderful to see
the traffic climb so much in one month. It's a combination
of two things, first the launch of XP caused me to write my
very popular "Can I run ASP on XP Home Edition?" and then
the launch of the .NET Framework SDK got everyone
enthusiastic again. Traffic is up 25% to 430,000 page views
a month now!


14 Feb

- Fellow ASP Ace and all round good guy Dave Wanta has
launched a very cool new web site: This site
crawls MSDN each day and sends you all the relevant new
Knowledge Base articles that have been published - you
simply choose which technologies you are interested in.
Very cool!


20 Feb

- Neil Holmes is an old friend that runs the VisualASP site
to sell his very cool components. I certainly wouldn't
consider writing my own - his are very cheap and well
tested. Neil just revamped his site (hence this promotion)
so now you have extra reason to check it out...


28 Feb

- Another contest is over and another begun! Two winners
were picked this time. Clint was the winner of the $950
Dundas Chart and ASP.NET By Example book, while Innes
just won the book!

Now another month-long contest has begun, this time
featuring the excellent Pensaworks Spd E-Letter worth $750
and my favorite ASP.NET book - ASP.NET Unleashed. Good luck!

                  T O O L S   I   U S E

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It's guaranteed for 30 days, so that means you don't even
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using these tools in your web design business, and you'll be
playing in the big leagues, without the learning curve that's
normally associated with setting up a design business.

You get $800-worth of free legal documents too, including:

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Subcontractor agreement document
Web hosting agreement document
Short form web development contract
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           L A T E S T   D E V E L O P M E N T S


Just one new snippet was added, and it's purely a selfish

I'm looking for job opportunities in Atlanta...


My visit to Microsoft is happening on the 11th, so next time
there will be lots of gossip to report. Actually, there
probably won't, since I just had to sign a Non-Disclosure
Agreement with Microsoft. Mmmm.  

Thanks Guys! Speak to you later.

Warmest Regards,

James Shaw

[email protected]

885 Woodstock Road, Suite 430, #108
Roswell, GA 30075-2247, U.S.A.
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