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  • Blog Post: CLR Updates in .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    Kevin Frie, development lead for core parts of the CLR recently posted about what CLR updates that come in 3.5 SP1 ....   NGen infrastructure rewrite :  the new infrastructure uses less memory, produces less fragmented NGen images with much better locality, and does so in dramatically less...
  • Blog Post: Brad Abrams' pixel8 Interview Podcast posted

    I just noticed that the good folks at Pixel8 posted a podcast I did with them a while back. It was a fun conversation about a bit of .NET history as well as where we are going. Landing Page Download show I'd love the hear what you think!
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster Updated

    A while back I blogged about the .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster... We made a few tweaks and updated it, including making it available in more formats. Download Links: Full XPS Split XPS PDF Tiled PDF Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: NBC Direct: A new Companion App

    I have been convinced for a while now that the industry is headed toward more of a companion application model... that is a model that offers the best of the web world in the browser and everywhere and the best of the client world out of browser. One common example of this model is Outlook Web Access...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster

    Many of you have asked for an update to the .NET Framework namespace poster for 3.5... Thanks to Paul Andrew , Kit George and many others, we now have it! See Paul's blog for more details... Download the full PDF to a color printer near you ;-)
  • Blog Post: Poll: Allowing .NET EXEs to run off a network share

    By default .NET applications (EXEs) that are launched from a remote file system (eg \\server\bin\SomeApp.exe ), will not be considered trusted and typically will fail (unless specifically designed to run with low trust). This is in direct contrast with unmanaged applications which always give full trust...
  • Blog Post: What is your Allocation Number?

    Rico is doing some very interesting work to get some sort of idea about the allocation overhead of using different parts of the .NET Framework. As he says, this is a fairly rough approximation done just with static analysis, but it does give you something to chew on. Rico starts by focusing on making...
  • Blog Post: Patrick Dussud on CLR history

    Patrick , one of the founding members of the CLR team, starts a blog by posting a brief bit about this history of the CLR. I dug up a few other bits of CLR history… Enjoy! History Of Csharp Brian Harry on the CLR My DotNet Rocks! show posted Resource management
  • Blog Post: Performance: You are only as good as your measurements

    I recently had a fun time baking cookies with my three year old son.. He had a great time scooping out the floor, dumping in the sugar and plopping in the butter... but when they came out of oven and I took my first bite, I know something we dreadfully wrong, they tasted terrible! Just then my wife came...
  • Blog Post: New Book: Professional .NET Framework 2.0

    I just got my copy of Joe Duffy’s new book Professional .NET Framework 2.0 . Joe was a member of my team on the CLR during most of the time he wrote this book.. While I have not read it cover to cover yet, I can tell you it is going to be a good one. Joe has an insatiable curiosity to figure out how...
  • Blog Post: All those .NET Languages...

    Someone recently forwarded me a couple of sites that are keeping up with all those .NET languages... Wow.. Does anyone know all of these ;-) www.dotnetlanguages.net http://www.dotnetpowered.com/languages.aspx
  • Blog Post: Source code for CLR\BCL 2.0

    Great news... Rotor V2.0 ships ... I have found Rotor a great way to look at (mostly) the real source code from the CLR and BCL to see what is really going on under the covers.
  • Blog Post: New CLR 2.0 book

    I just saw that Jeff Richter’s CLR via C# is in stock on Amazon. This is an update to his very popular Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming and it covers a bunch of new goodies in CLR 2.0... I gotta say I love the title change... CLR via C# is one of the shortest tech book titles I have...
  • Blog Post: BradA on .NET Rocks (a little belated)

    I am fairly late in noting that the spot that Joel Pobar and I did a while back on .NET Rocks was posted and Carl even did a bit for Code Magazine on it .. This one is CLR focused of course... maybe Carl and the gang will have me back on to talk about the cool stuff going on with our UI Framework...
  • Blog Post: A new Opportunity for me...

    As many of you know after you ship a major release there is inevitably a re-org as the teams get in alignment to deliver on the next set of opportunities… One of the outcomes of our post- Whidbey shuffle here at Microsoft was to create a product unit that brings together our client and web frameworks...
  • Blog Post: Where to find ISV-style C# experience

    I had an opportunity recently to chat briefly to Eric Hahn (of Netscape and Lookout fame) about his next interesting project… which btw, will be built in C# just like lookout. He mentioned that it was hard to find developers with world class ISV-style experience in C#. While there is a healthy market...
  • Blog Post: You gotta love the little things in .NET Framework 2.0: File.ReadAllLines()

    I was recently reviewing some samples and I ran across one that made me really appreciate the work we did in BCL in .NET Framework 2.0... it maybe a very trivial thing, but it really improves the code. The code sample in question looked something like: if (autoCompleteWordList == null) ...
  • Blog Post: Some thoughts on concurrency

    Joe recently published some thoughts on concurrency in the CLR… this is still early thinking kind of stuff, but it does give you an idea of where our current thinking is. http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/01/EndBracket/ Love to hear your thoughts\comments.
  • Blog Post: try{}catch{} changes in .NET Framework 2.0

    David did a little digging and came up with the good write up… take a look! http://davidbetz.net/winfx/2005/12/trycatch-in-net-20-part-2.aspx
  • Blog Post: The SLAR (vol2) on System.Globalization.CultureInfo

    Continuing in the series sharing some of the information in the .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1 and .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 2 with some information on CultureInfo. SS (Shawn Steele) Always use cultures when appropriate, but be careful...
  • Blog Post: Some great new CLR stuff on MSDN-TV

    Enjoy! Favorite v2.0 Features in the Base Class Libraries Kit George and Ari Weinstein show some of their favorite Base Class Libraries features new to the .NET Framework 2.0. Features include Generic collections, new String APIs, the TryParse pattern, Console improvements, new APIs for simpler...
  • Blog Post: WinFX Nov CTP for use with VS2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 RTM

    At long last we have a WinFX build to release that works great with “Whidbey” RTM. Here is the low-down: Uninstall any previous release (you can use the uninstall tool ) Download and install WinFX Runtime bits Download and install the SDK . Note this is a rather large ISO image this time...
  • Blog Post: API design hall of shame...

    Here is a new one for the API design Hall of Shame …. It has been in the .NET Framework from V1.0 days and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until today… Maybe I did know about it before but I blocked it out of my memory ;-) This API takes “true” and “false” rather than a Boolean value true...
  • Blog Post: The SLAR (vol2) on System.Runtime.InteropServices.CharSet

    Continuing in the series sharing some of the information in the .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 1 and .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference Vol 2 with some information on CharSet. public enum CharSet { CF Ansi = 2, Auto = 4, MS CF None = 1, Unicode...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Changes between .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0

    I just saw some mail internally where folks were looking for a list of the breaking changes between .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0… As you likely know we work * very * hard to ensure that your V1.1 apps will this just work on 2.0, but none-the-less, this doc is likely worth a quick scan as you migrate to...
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