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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: 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: How should we think of Transactions ?

    Recently, I have been involved in a number of discussions on Transactions, Transaction management, the different approaches to how Transactions can be performed, as well as the different types of Transactions. It a very interesting area, as it is a part of computer science that has become such an integral...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Webcasts

    Starting from Monday the 6th of December these is going to be a series of 15 Webcasts on SQL Server 2005. For more details have a look at http://msdn.microsoft.com/SQL/2005Webcasts/ . Topics covered include: Overview of the new Developer features in SQL Server 2005-Level 200 Introducing the New SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: WS-I - Transaction Specs updated

    If you have a look at the Transaction Specification Index Page on MSDN, you will see that: WS-Coordination was updated in November 2004. WS-AtomicTransaction was updated in November 2004. WS-BusinessActivity was updated in November 2004. They are well worth a read. Also, Luis Felipe Cabrera, Christopher...
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