June, 2004

  • Cyrus' Blather

    Who wants non-nullable types (I do, I do!)?

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    Many people were intrigued at Tech-Ed when Anders revealed the deep language integration we were giving to the new System.Nullable<A> type. I could go more in depth into how it works, but for now I'll just to briefly explain it. Nullable<A>...
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    What features would you like in the next version of Visual C#?

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    I ask this question because C# 2005 is getting more and more solidified as we approach the release date. Adding new features at this point involves determing how much benefit the user will get out of it versus the cost to design, implement and test that...
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    My feet are wet

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    and I may get pneumonia, but it's worth it to sit outside watching the most amazing thunderstorm I've seen in a long while. I was wondering why it was getting so warm in my apt and I suddenly noticed flashing outside. It was so rapid that I thought maybe...
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    Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

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    Some silly person (with a silly name) had the audacity to make the following claim yesterday in the feedback section of my C# express post: "the vb and webdev express tools would be neat for our devs to try out. yes, smear vb all you want, it's still...
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    How do SCP/SSH keep connections alive?

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    I'm currently downloading a humongous file from a server thousands of miles away. Expected time was about 4 hours with my DSL connection. All of a sudden my wireless connection was dropped. I had no idea why and I was only able to bring it up again by...
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    OMG! 4pple iz TEH HUGE! + (P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P-PowerBooks!!)

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    I just had a disturbing realization while talking to Mikey. I was trying to convince him to buy me one of the new apple 30inch monitors, and he fine with that idea as long as I bought him one in return. During the conversation about how sexy these things...
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    Internal vs. External Iterators (revisted)

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    A while back I posted about my issues in C# when I was trying to write out an extensible collections API. From the high level perspective I wanted to provide useful concrete implementations of many structures that would solve most peoples needs...
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    Sometimes it just pays to be a woman.

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    Claims “Steve Riley” in his amazing presentation at TechEd called “SEC285 - Defending Against Layer 8: How to Recognize and Combat Social Engineering ” I can't express to you how much you want to watch this presentation. ...
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    Yet another reason I hate C++

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    for ( long i = 0; parameters.GetCount(); i++) { What could be wrong with that?? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Curse you C++!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't that at least be a warning?
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    It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!!

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    C# Express ; born this day At 1 am PST. Although one of a set of fraternal quintuplets, it is clearly the most beautiful and the one with the brightest future in front of it. I hope the this is something everyone here can download it and try out. Another...
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    Best behavior when you can't perform an action the user specified.

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    Another interesting issue came up today with a C# IDE feature. It involved the following piece of code: interface IFoo<T> { void Bar<U>(U u) where U : T } class MyFoo : IFoo<int> { } We have a feature called "implement...
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    Nullable types in C# (part 2)

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    I was reading the C# 2.0 language spec and trying to wrap my brain around the new support for System.Nullable<A> in the C# language. There are just a couple of parts that I keep running into and not quite getting. The first is the following set...
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    Are some features more harmful than helpful?

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    We've been talking a lot about the suggestions everyone has been asking us to make. As you may or may not have guessed, many of the suggestions are things that have come up internally and have already been given a lot of thought. The reasons we don't...
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    Imperial Starfleet Deployed to the City in the Little Fluffly Cloudscape Above

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    iTunes, how i love thee. Did a search for “clouds” and instantaneously got back: Cloudscape - Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds - John Williams /London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire...
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    Apocalypse now (redux)

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    I went out hunting to see if anyone had found pix from the storm from last week and I ran across a few amazing ones: (mmmmmmm... i love that shade of blue). Picture by Arin Strom. (It took me 3 times to not right that as 'Storm') (turn this one...
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    What do you want in the next version of VS/C# (part 3)

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    Ok, a day passed and there were very few updates made so I thought I'd push this forward. Now it's time for everyone to vote to help get an idea about how interested people are in these features. Use the contact link to send your votes in. I'll tabulate...
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    What do you want in the next version of C#/VS (part 2)

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    I went through the entire list and collected all the features that people requested. I then filtered that down to things that aren't in our beta1 release. I've also left out things that i didn't understand, asked questions about, and didn't get a response...
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    In what distant deeps or skies; Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

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    Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? (William Blake: 1757-1827) Two days until Tiger gets previewed. I'm excited. It does mean that I'll have to get up ridiculously...
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    Watching one of my favorite episodes of The West Wing

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    Neil (begin lisp (an awesome MS intern (who always gets to work on amazing projects (lucky bastard)))) has been letting me watch his season 2 DVDs of The West Wing. My favorite episode 'Noel' is on right now. It's an amazing episode and i've loved it...
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    Practice what you preach.

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    We've been hearing a lot of reports from customers that they're having trouble installing the express skus under pretty normal system setups. The setup team is working very hard to fix these issues and to get updated setups to help alleviate these issues...
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    It's official!

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    The best seats in the house at the Seattle Cinerama are without question 6 rows back and dead center. (I know this; because Tyler knows this). It was there, with an unblocked view, and perfect positioning of the screen that I viewed the crap that was...
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    What direction do you point?

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    Fu-zu showed me a pretty cool site called PoliticalCompass.org . It came as no surprise to any of my friends that here's where I sit: I'm going to put this up on my door so that if anyone wants someone to argue with, or someone to agree with...
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    Carrying around the weight of the past

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    I've been having an incredibly interesting email conversation with Michail Arkhipov (a Dev lead on the Web.Net) team and I'm pretty torn on how I feel about it. A little background might be a little helpful to give some context to the discussion. There...
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    Another reason to have multiple-monitors

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    The TechEd slides and video are now up!! There are literally hundreds of sessions you can watch (the exact same ones that you would have been sitting through if you'd been there), and the powerpoint slides are available to download. The slides look great...
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    Ballad of Fallen Angels

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    My lucky night tonight. One of the best episodes of Cowboy Bebop is on (ok, that's unfair, they're all amazing). It's one of the few shows that I don't even mind being dubbed considering the excellent quality in both english and japanese. The haunting...
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