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From the Editor

Written by Larry Salomon, Jr.



First of all, I would like to say Happy Anniversary!!! to EDM/2. Yes, it has indeed been one year since Steve Luzynski published the first issue. We have come a long way since then, but we can go a lot further, as long as we always have your continued support. Our success has not been only due to the hard work of the many authors, but to the readers who have given us all feedback on the good and bad points of the magazine. A hearty thanks to you all(!) and many more years for EDM/2 to come!

Prizes, Prizes, Who has the Prizes?

I finally received the copies of Vis-Pro/REXX Bronze Edition from HockWare, Inc. (thanks again), which were mailed out. Since Gavin Baker never contacted me after my mail to him bounced, I decided to award the 3rd Place prize to the next person down the list who wasn't me and didn't already receive a prize. Thus, the winner is...
(drum roll please)
Raja Thiagaraian, with The Unofficial Guide to the Palette Manager, published in volume 1, issue 1. I have sent him email about this and he has accepted the prize. Many congratulations to you, Raja!

New York City C++ SIG

This went very well; it was nice to meet a few of the readers, even if they didn't figure out that it was me who plugged the magazine in the announcements (who did you think it was, anyway? :) . I think the plug picked up a few more subscribers and/or ftp-ers.

My next "stop" will hopefully be at the IBM Technical Interchange in San Fransisco, CA at the end of March. In case you can be there, too, a bunch of people (including me) are planning a food fight (just kidding) at a local restaurant or something like that. Let me know if you want to join us and have some fun.

Official Announcement

I posted this on comp.os.os2.programmer.misc, but it should go here also. This month sees the first installment of our new column - Book Review (yes, the title is lame, but we can't think of anything better). The author is Carsten Whimster (that is indeed his real name. Ask him for a complete history that goes back to the Vikings, if you're interested :) and he has a pretty ambitious job - review a new development or very technical book each month; of course, the books will be OS/2 related. I think you will like this one.

Guess the Graphic

Since I only received one email guess about last month's graphic for the communications category (what do I have to do to get a decent response rate? "If you order now, we'll send you this free thingymajig that slices, dices, pares, and even writes Workplace Shell objects!" :), the answers were a socket, named pipe (named Larry, no less), and a token ring. Ba-doom tssh!

Workplace Shell

Last month I said that I would try to have an introductory WPS article for this issue. Unfortunately, immediately following the issue's release, things got really hairy at work, so I never could finish my class development.

The good news is that someone else decided to write such an article, which is in this issue. Enjoy, and thanks to Björn for his submission.

One More Time

And speaking of Björn, in his article submission which he sent through the mail was an .INF file. I usually look at these to get an idea of how much rework was necessary. "Hmm...He did the 'duplicated introduction' thing that I had so much trouble with. But let me try Alt+F anyways." Much to my surprise, it did not display the introduction twice!

The net result is that, if you put no text after the heading for the article, the compiler issues a warning message, but when you display the article heading, it automatically jumps to the next heading with text. I quickly adopted this trick in this issue.