Powerful Premonitions

Now that the end of the year is upon us and everyone is anxiously awaiting their return to the office, a quiet retreat away from the hectic maelstrom of holiday cheer, it became quite obvious to me that what everyone really wanted and should have found stuffed in their stocking was a gift of insight…

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Earth Renamed ‘Hades’

Apparently Xena was not the only solar body renamed this week by the International Astronomical Union.  In an attempt to align all planet and dwarf planet names along the Greek pantheon theme, a group of rather overzealous and somewhat tipsy astronomers packed into the conference’s overflow area within the hotel’s cocktail lounge agreed unaminously last…

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Wayward’s Replacement

I know I’ve not been attentive for a while.  However, is that any reason to try and steal my crown?  It looks like Charles Petzold is trying to be funnier than me. Check out his plan for a new book. He claims it’s an ‘Evolutionary Leap‘. I’ll gladly give him the crown if he publishes…

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Oops, we did it again

A new update to LINQ preview is available at MSDN site. What’s the coolest new feature?  IMHO, its IQueryable<T>.   DLINQ’s query mechanism has been generalized and available for all to use as part of System.Query.  It implements the Standard Query Operators for you using expression nodes to represent the query. Your queries can now be…

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Beyond Dynamic Languages

Everywhere I turn, all I read about is dynamic languages. Apparently, there is a small yet growing contingent of programmers that think dynamic is the only way to go. These guys are frustrated with the shackles of static type systems that force them to write clean code. And apparently, there is also a small and…

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Beyond the Query

I have been working a long time to bring queries into a modern programming language. Seven years ago I looked beyond ORM and saw the next horizon, a new world where boundaries between data are blurred and popular paradigms from different disciplines combine. Many have tried to convince me that it is simply a mirage,…

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Citizen Statistics

I was on my way to post that my site had not actually been blocked by a foreign government, aside from all the rumors spread recently, that the truth was I had just been incredibly negligent at forming any coherent thoughts or communicating in general beyond my regular guest appearances on several late night talk shows,…

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