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  • Essential .NET

    There's been a lot of (.NET) blog activity over the last couple of days around Don Box's Essential .NET book getting reviewed up on slashdot Now, whilst Don is clearly a great developer and a top notch author to boot I thought I'd just make a quick plea for...
  • Just a little less...?

    A small list of things I keep asking people to reduce when talking to them about .NET applications today. Maybe I'll come back and explain them some time ;-) Less XML Fewer DOM instances Less object instantiation Less database round-trips Fewer people writing...
  • Made in Great Britain

    I popped into the Oxford Guitar Gallery on Saturday looking for a present for a friend. This then led me onto this site for JJ Guitars. These look really beautiful and the reviews look pretty good - nice to see that we're still making some things here in the...
  • Will the last one out turn out the lights?

    Another outsourcing article here on MSNBC focusing a little on IBM's plans to move people offshore but also highlighting financial services and accounting industries looking to India (and then, presumably when that gets too costly, China) to reduce their costs...
  • Working for Microsoft

    Interesting post on Microsoft-watch about working for MS which Chris Sells linked to here . Most of it seems pretty accurate (albeit with a Redmond slant rather than Microsoft globally) - I'm scratching my head as to whether, as the article suggests, prospective...
  • CLR Perf Article

    This is a nice starting article on CLR Perf from Gregor Norskin who's one of the CLR performance guys - some really nice tips in there and I've seen quite a lot of apps on .NET already that would benefit from the approach given here which seems to distill to;...
  • IIS6 Performance Guide

    There's a meaty looking IIS6.0 performance and scalability guide gone up onto TechNet - looks very juicy for someone moving to Windows 2003. Some of the bits that I managed to pull from this; I believe the COM+ 1.5 STA thread pool has been reworked somewhat...
  • Tablet PC Joy

    I spotted from here that TDV Vision has a tablet PC out in the US that comes in at less than $1000 with a 800MHz Transmeta chip. Pretty cool. It'd be nice if that 800 dollars translated into the 500 or so pounds when/if the device came to the UK but, naturally...
  • Executable COM Servers

    At one time when you wrote a COM server you made a choice as to whether to package your COM classes into a DLL/executable and then along came DllHost and surrogating and no-one really wrote many executable servers any more. I wondered how easy it might be to...
  • History Repeating

    I'm writing a bit of code for someone in C# and I'm playing with plain old MAPI. So, I write a console application in C# using VS.NET and the IDE makes a project for me that includes my entrypoint defined like this; [STAThread] static void Main(string[] args...
  • New Blog

    This is my first blog post. I've spent quite a bit of time today trying to get MoveableType set up in order to host this blog and it was a generally positive experience although it took me a little time to work it out and when I finally realised how template...