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    Computer magazines

    Are there developer oriented computer magazines to which it is worth subscribing?

    What about MSDN Magazine?
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    Re: Computer magazines

    MSDN Magazine is always at least one generation ahead of me. If you are doing a lot of .NET development and care about Longhorn, check it out. Much of it is online already. I got Dr. Dobbs for two years; way over my head 90% of the time. Both were free or I probably wouldn't have bothered (especially after getting burned by the death of Office Solutions).

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    Re: Computer magazines

    I used to get DDJ many years ago, indeed, at least one issue has thanked me for a contribution. I stopped getting DDJ for at least the following reasons:

    1. The articles were not refereed. And they paid a pittance to review articles. Don't know if that has changed now.
    2. Do not have time to read the critter. I dropped out of ACM and IEEE CS for the same reason, even tho those publications are worthwhile. Just no time to read.

    I am not a fan of reading stuff online.
    The search/read time is just not cost effective.

    A "worthwhile" mag allows me to quickly flip thru the pages to see if anything is worth reading.
    Although I doubt that MSDN Magazine articles are refereed, I expect that MSFT takes (some) care in reviewing the articles, if only to HIDE the info they do not want to give us.
    I doubt that 3rd party mags, some of which have asked me to write articles, take even that much care.

    In the case of MSDN Mag, the single issue price of $7.95 is not justified, unless one stumbles upon an issue that has exactly what one needs.
    It may make more sense to subscribe than to examine each issue at a local store, or even online.

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