Ravenous Bugblatter beast on Indian roads

From the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a creature that hails from the planet of Traal, and will eat anything. If you are to encounter one, the Guide tells you that it’s impossible to slay, so you should wrap a towel around your head. This creature is so…

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Newbie Question: How do I figure out the inheritance chain of a type

I got this question from someone just starting out on the .NET platform. He is used to hit F12 (go to definition) on types and then figure out the inheritance chain. However, he couldn’t do that say on a number (int) or array. The solution is to write a simple recursive routine as follows static void…

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How do you name your computer

Windows gives examples of “Kitchen Computer” or “Mary’s Computer” for setting the name of a computer (Computer Name tab in System Properties). But I’m sure that most people don’t name their computers that way and show off a bit of creativity in it. Previously I used to use names from Asterix like GetAFix for my…

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Woohoo – Rosario November CTP is out…

…and I can finally talk about what I’m working on for the last so many months. First things first, for more information on Microsoft Visual Studio Team System code name “Rosario” November CTP release head on to Jeff Beehler’s blog A small bullet in the list of features is Manual Test execution. What it means…

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True object oriented language

  Today I was spreading the goodness of Ruby and why I love it so much (and you can expect multiple posts on it). SmallTalk programmers can sneer at me, but hey I wasn’t even born when SmallTalk came into being and hence I can be pardoned for pretending that Ruby invented this 🙂 Languages…

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All programming languages evolve towards Lisp

In an internal DL people were debating what all should be included in the next version of C#. One of the things I suggested turned into an interesting thread. Abhinaba: Add if as expression (like in Ruby) so that I can do the following var ageGroup = if age < 2                   “Infant”               else if age <…

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Lack of Aspect Oriented Programming support in .NET

I was preparing for a presentation on Aspect Oriented Programming and I started re-looking for the solutions in .NET. I’m personally not interested about any of the dynamic methodologies, be it dynamic weaving or any other form of dynamic proxying. To me CLR is static-typed and I’d want any solution to be the same (on DLR…

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The WOW factor in software

  I care a lot about the nice nifty features that takes a software from being just a good software to a great software. It makes me feel that the developer really cared. I know how features are cut and these making it to the product indicate a mature, well thought-out execution. Joel in his How to demo…

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Don’t forget to lock your Computer

So Amit pointed me to this post on Coding Horror (I didn’t get time to read any of the feeds for the last 2 days!!). It’s about colleagues playing pranks with folks who leave their computer un-locked. I myself have done couple of these stupid but amazingly successful ones like taking screen shot of the…

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