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  • Blog Post: System.Transactions in Whidbey - Part 1 - Overview

    If you have had a chance to install Beta 1 of .NET V2 (i.e. Whidbey), you may have noticed a new namespace called System.Transactions . System.Transactions provides a simple object model that unifies the concept of a transaction into a number of basic building blocks that caters for more possibilities...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: The .NET Framework and the Microsoft Enterprise Application Development Platform

    Building Connected Systems: The .NET Framework and the Microsoft Enterprise Application Development Platform is a new whitepaper posted on MSDN last week. It is the first of a serier of papers that describes Microsoft’s enterprise application development platform. <Extract> An enterprise software...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Webcast Month

    Next week sees the start of a month of Interoperability Webcast Month - January 18 – February 11, 2005 . In the mean time, if you are looking for resources on Interoperability between .NET and Java/J2EE, you may find some of the following resources useful! Interoperability Resources for Developers and...
  • Blog Post: Silicon is no longer cheaper than protein!

    As blogged by Harry Pierson and Larry Osterman , Herb Sutter has written a great article on how major processor manufacturers and architectures have run out of room with most of their traditional approaches to boosting CPU performance. This is a must read! As pointed out by Herb, the great growth in...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 3

    Today, as we write application code we generally are not dealing with immutable state/data, we are applying application logic to state/data so that it transforms from one known state to another known state in a consistent, all or nothing fashion. Today, when performing this in code that does not involve...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 2

    In general, when we think of Transactions we tend to think of database transactions. Databases are a great example of how a data server can implement transactions and therefore handle concurrency, provide isolation and provide consistency. The concept of what constitutes a Transaction expands beyond...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 1

    When thinking about Transactions, I think it is fair to say that Transactions are one of the most powerful and frequently used paradigms in Enterprise Computing today. With Transactions, we have a collection of patterns that deal with how concurrency management and recovery control can be handled in...
  • Blog Post: Volatile Transactions & In-Memory Transactions - do they have ACID, ACId or ACI properties?

    In my last blog posting, How should we think of Transactions ? I mentioned Volatile transactions and how I currently think they can be perceived in different ways! Do they have ACID, ACId or ACI properties? In case you do not know what Volatile Transactions (aka In-Memory Transactions) are, they are...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 - are you going to be there? Los Angelas - Sept. 11 - 16, 2005

    So now the news is out, there is going to be a PDC 2005 There are currently no more details available , but you can signup for updates as the details develop.
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 6)

    Another aspect of the new IIS architecture that I find very interesting is the new process model called Worker Process Isolation Mode (WPIM). The new WPIM allows for the isolation of application code in a worker process from other worker processes and also from all of the other architectural pieces within...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 5)

    What is particularly interesting about HTTP.SYS is that it has an API and it can be used to write/roll your own HTTP endpoint. Nice!! Currently there is only a C API , but with Whidbey you have access to a managed API to HTTP.SYS. Here is a sample (via Don's blog ) of the HTTPListener class that comes...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 3)

    In my opinion 2 of the more important parts of the new architecture in IIS 6.0 are: the addition of a HTTP endpoint that is separate and distinct from IIS, i.e. HTTP.SYS the new process model in IIS 6.0, which is called Worker Process Isolation Mode (WPIM). The separation of the HTTP endpoint from IIS...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 2)

    The most significant changes within the new architecture for IIS 6.0 are: a new process model called WPIM ( Worker Process Isolation Mode) Application Pooling and Recycling HTTP.SYS - it is a HTTP listener that is a kernel mode driver and is a common endpoint for HTTP traffic on the platform WWW Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows 64-bit Hands-On Training & Windows 64-bit Compatibility Workshops

    From Jan till July of next year, the Route64 Training Tour is visiting over 20 cities providing: Windows 64-bit Hands-On Training is a 3-day training designed to provide the most comprehensive contents of of what it takes to fully leverage Windows on 64-bit processors. At the completion of this training...
  • Blog Post: Christian Weyer is going to speak at the IrishDev User group next month

    Just spotted a reference to Dublin on the ASP.NET feed, so I had to have a look! Excellent!! Christian Weyer is coming to town and talking at a IrishDev user Group event and is covering a really good topic, "Visual Studio .NET's Web services wizardry reconsidered: implementing your Web services the other...
  • Blog Post: Back to my VC++, COM and ATL days and that oh so humble string

    A few months back I was working on a nice little project that had to be developed in VC++ to meet the customer’s requirements. One of the goals of the project was to make extensive use of the Internet Explorer Web browser control. So with that in mine, I had to blow the dust off my ATL 3.0 programming...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 October 2004 Express Editions Community Technical Preview

    Here are the direct links to download the October 2004 community tech preview: Visual Basic: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/1/a/21a4b949-758c-4ff2-8381-1acb2a943bf9/vbsetup.exe Visual C++: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/9/6/996fe06a-08fb-459b-a7c4-35640b4f7bf3/vcsetup.exe Visual C#...
  • Blog Post: Developers.ie is live

    Pascal and the Irish Developers Alliance members have been busy. The site is live and you can find forums and blogs for Irish developers. Nice one folks!
  • Blog Post: Eric Rudder is speaking at our next MSDN event, WOW!!

    Congratulations to our local DPE in Ireland , they really have out done themselves this time!! On Wed. the 3rd of Nov , we have a full day event that is jam packed with great sessions and exceptional speakers. The list of speakers includes Eric Rudder , who is the senior vice president of Servers and...
  • Blog Post: The Web Browser control in Whidbey - Part 1

    When you look at all of the good stuff that is in Visual Studio 2005 (i.e. Visual Studio Whidbey) , its hard not to say WOW!! there is just so much good stuff in there. Things like Visual Studio Team System , the new productivity enhancements , ASP.NET V2, System.Transactions , MSBuild etc.. and they...
  • Blog Post: The Web Browser control in Whidbey - Part 2

    In the pre-release documentation for Visual Studio 2005 , you will find a How to: Add Web Browser Capabilities to Your Windows Forms Application , but I would like to show how easy this stuff has become, so I'll post a few screenshots and give you an overview of the moving parts! Start up your favorite...
  • Blog Post: The Indigo Team on the .NET Show, talking about connected systems

    Don Box , Doug Purdy , Richard Turner and Eric Schmidt discuss the benefits of connected systems . So if you are unaware of what Microsoft means by a connected system, here is a few resourses on the web that you might find useful: A Guide to Developing and Running Connected Systems with Indigo Service...
  • Blog Post: Newly released: The Platform SDK for Windows® XP Service Pack 2 support

    Newly released: The Platform SDK for Windows® XP Service Pack 2 support
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 has been released

    Via EricGu's blog , Yesterday the following Service Packs for the .NET Framework were released: - .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 for WS03 - .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 - .NET Framework 1.0 SP3
  • Blog Post: MSDN Online Chat: Upgrading COM Applications to .NET with Visual C++ 2005

    Many applications consume and expose COM interfaces as their object models today. And .NET has tools such as tlbimp, tlbexp and COM Interop support for RCWs and CCWs to help integrate managed code with COM objects. In addition, there are also a number of options in C++ unavailable to other languages...
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