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Steve Teixeira's Blog -- Thoughts on parallel computing, Microsoft, the industry, and life
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    C++ beats J2EE for SOA?

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    SOA Pipeline has a nice article on C++ potentially beating J2EE in terms of utility for building SOA technology on top of legacy systems. Now that C++ SOA frameworks have generally reached the same level of developer productivity as those of...
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    No safety in numbers

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    As a quick follow up to my Ban the Bomb article, as Internet News reports , quarterly numbers revealed today by SANS indeed indicate that vulnerabilities are up across board on IE, FireFox/Mozilla, and Apple. Again, there is no safety in (lack of) numbers...
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    SQL Server + Flash Gordon = Funny

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    Funny stuff. Almost like MST3K for nerds... Okay, that's redundant, but anyway... http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/
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    Interesting code

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    There was some internal talk today over email on the relative merits of C++/CLI vs. C# for a particular project. Someone posted an interesting code snippet I thought I'd share that looks like this: int a = 0; int b = (a & (a = 1)); Ambiguity...
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    Ban the Bomb (or, I shouldn't have to nuke my computer to fix it)

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    The Inquirer reports that at least one individual has devised an interesting solution to the problem of spyware: when the machine becomes infected, throw it away and buy a new one. The fact that it's almost reasonable that someone would go to this length...
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    C++ a "real" .NET language?

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    Wil asks a good quesiton on the "C++ vs. C#" blog thread ... "To what extent will MS now support VC++ as a "real" .Net language, instead as just a tool for interop with legacy COM code? I note that the forthcoming Visual Studio 2005 Toolkit for...
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    MFC or WinForms: More Advice

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    Tom Zagotta brings up several good points in his comment . There are three ideas in particular that Tom brings up that I want to try to address: MS should be clear about the future of MFC. MS should provide better guidance on when to use MFC...
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    What's new in MFC

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    Victor Volkman of developer.com highlights some of the new MFC features in VC++ 2005 .
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    VC++ IDE Enhancements

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    Developer.com posted the last in a five part series of articles on VC++ 2005 IDE features. End of the article contains a link to previous installment in case you missed it.
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    OOPs, I did it again*

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    Not content to let sleeping blogs die, Nick roasts yours truly in a further attempt to show how deeply we Just Don't Get It. Man, this is, like, turning into one of those cool, 1990s era, east coast - west coast rapper wars. Except we're two nerdy software...
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    Get yer VC++ Accelerator Tour Materials!

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    A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a Visual C++ Accelerator Lab event here in Redmond. If you'd like to get your hands on the slide deck for the presentations as well as enjoy one stop shopping for interesting VC++ 2005 resources, look no further ...
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    Channel 9 Interview with Steve Ballmer

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    Robert Scoble just posted an interview with Steve Ballmer. I admit that I don't always have time to watch the typical in-depth (read: long) Channel 9 interviews, but this one is pretty short at about 10 minutes. I just watched it, and it's great to see...
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    On OOP & "implements"

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    As a part of last week's blog discussion on MS & OOP , my friend Bill Fisher sent me a pointer to this blog entry on the Delphi "implements" keyword. I think Bill sent this to me for a couple of reasons, firstly because the "interface implementation...
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    Why C++?

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    This excellent 10-minute presentation by Kate Gregory should be required viewing for VC++ developers and .NET developers curious what kind of bit-candy exists beyond C#, VB, etc.
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    Let him who gets OOP cast the first stone

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    Interesting conversation going on over on CodeFez , where Nick Hodges contends that MS doesn't quite get OOP, and Julian Bucknall responds that it's actually Nick that doesn't quite get it. Let me first say that there are few, perhaps zero, OOP frameworks...
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    My week in CSS

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    The Server and Tools Business (STB) Group, of which Developer Division is a part, runs a program called Frontline that gives us product folks an opportunity to literally be on the front line of interaction between Microsoft and our customers. I spent...
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    VC++ 2005 Accelerator Lab

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    I've spent the past couple of days hosting a group of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) here in Redmond , giving them a jump start on migrating to Visual C++ 2005. The lab format was two days, with lecture in the morning and porting lab in the afternoon...
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    Using MFC or WinForms?

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    To answer a couple of questions I received as blog comments and over email, here are some brief thoughts on using MFC vs. WinForms. In most cases today, I would recommend WinForms over MFC. WinForms has the superior design-time experience, easier access...
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    Whither MFC?

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    I just posted an article on MSDN regarding the present and future of MFC. While there isn't anything earth shattering to report, we have received a number of customer inquiries about MFC, so we felt it was necessary to spell out to the VC++ community...
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    Team Building, Geek Style

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    Whidbey bug fixing is going well, so yesterday the Visual C++ team took a breather by engaging in some team building activities. Being a team unabashedly composed mostly of hard-core geeks, it's safe to say that our team building exercises didn't involve...
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    C++ vs. C#

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    A few of my more C++-centric friends and colleagues have sent me pointers to Grumpy Old Programmer's "Has C# lost its point?" grump. While I naturally enjoy seeing VC++ portrayed in a positive light, I think it's a bit silly to suggest that C# has lost...
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    Gasp! MS interested in Whidbey compatibility??

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    Perhaps it was a slow news week last week. That's the only reason I could figure why a few publications found it newsworthy that Microsoft is sincerely interested in backward compatibility of .NET applications with the Whidbey runtime. There's no sense...
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    Signing on

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    I just got my blog up and running today, which - incidentally - is the three week anniversary of my employment with Microsoft. Only 3 days before my first day at Microsoft, my family and I took the fateful one-way flight from SJC to SEA. My role here...
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