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22 March 2007
My Copy Of Professional Community Server...It's Here!
Got home from work today and found a pleasant surprise waiting for me: My copy of Professional Community Server arrived today! First thing to do is snap a shot of me with said book and send it over to Jose to be posted on ProfessionalCommunityServer.com . Then it'll take a tour around the country (and... Read More...
09 March 2007
VB.Net Equivalent to C# 'As' Keyword -- TryCast
[Update] Apparently the TryCast keyword was introduced in VB 2005. That miffs me a little. Actually, that miffs me a lot since this project is on .Net 1.1 with no plans to move to 2.0 any time soon. [/update] I've been plagued blessed by inheriting a VB.Net app as one of my projects at work. I am not... Read More...
04 March 2007
Required Reading -- Framework Design Guidelines
I've been slacking off a bit on my new Programming Paradigms category. Besides the usual "I have a new job and I'm busy" excuses, I've also been reading the daddy of all .Net Programming Paradigms books: Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries by Krzysztof... Read More...
14 February 2007
Using Anonymous Methods For Control.Invoke/Control.BeginInvoke
One commonality shared by most Windows Forms applications is the need for a responsive UI; this means implementing some sort of threading scheme so that processes can run on background threads so as to not interrupt the user's workflow while using the various controls placed on the UI itself. The caveat... Read More...
09 February 2007
ScottGu Has A Power Packed Outline Of Orcas Up
Scott Guthrie continues to show us why he's the man with the plan over at Microsoft with a huge post on some features new to Orcas : One of the highlights of my recent trip to Europe was getting the chance to publicly show off some of the new features in our next release of Visual Studio and the .NET... Read More...
08 February 2007
Linked To By Wiki -- Note To Self, Write Better Articles
I recently noticed a reasonable spike in traffic around here a few days ago; turns out an entry of mine got linked to by a Wiki article (no, I didn't make the link from Wiki myself ;-)). The point of this entry isn't to garner kudos or pat myself on the back (of course the ego points do make me feel... Read More...
06 February 2007
New Year, New Job, New Beginnings
While I've known about this for a couple of weeks now, the proverbial ink dried on the contract earlier today so I'm able to officially say that I have scored an amazing position with a local marketing firm: Hawkeye | Cohesion . I will, of course, be doing mainly .Net development...what's icing on the... Read More...
03 February 2007
Software Composability And Functional Languages On Channel9
Anders Hejslberg, Erik Meijer, Herb Sutter and Brian Beckman recently sat down with the the Channel9 crew to have a roundtable discussion concerning software composability and functional languages (and the duality of each) as to how they relate to the future of .Net and the related languages that sit... Read More...
26 January 2007
ApplicationSettingsBase Event Issue -- Solution
In my last post about the apparent strangeness going on with the lack of a SettingsSaved event, I may have jumped the gun a little bit (who me? Never). Thommi left a comment asking why any of the classes needed to know if a configuration setting was persisted to disk, which wasn't the case so I probably... Read More...
26 January 2007
ApplicationSettingsBase.[Insert Event Name Here] Discrepancy
Microsoft has done a good job when it comes to event naming within the BCL by following a common naming pattern: the gerund form of the verb is used during the act of doing something (i.e. Form.Closing), whereas the past tense is used after the act has completed (ala Form.Closed). They've also done a... Read More...
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