It’s a Completely Cool, Multi-Purpose Blog

I recently watched, for about the 10th time, the movie True Stories. And, for about the 10th time, I started telling anyone around me who would listen about this great movie. I find it fascinating that different folks see different themes in the same movie. Indeed, depending on my mood, I can see different movies….

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The Proper Division of Labor in an Engineering Org

My job: blogging.   These folks: real work (ie setup, versioning, JIT, GC, loader, reflection, debugging, type system, interop, BCL, globalization, Windows Forms, DirectX, networking, crypto, ADO.NET, XML, etc).   Mike.   This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.  

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QA Has Signed Off on .NET Compact Framework V2

The .NET Compact Framework Quality Assurance Team signed off on V2 yesterday. We’ve been working on this for a long time and I’m excited to get this thing shipped. Soon. I’d like to share some insight into what we’ve been doing for the last 3 years, and why. The first half of the project cycle…

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WPF/e and the .NET Compact Framework

I’d like to share some thoughts on integrating WPF/e, announced at the PDC, and the .NET Compact Framework. WPF/e is a C++, cross platform implementation of a subset of WPF (Avalon). It will be able to execute XAML, in addition to exposing dual mode COM interfaces that make it programmable from COM and script languages….

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Ignition System Envy

I’m pretty excited to try out my new toy, the Zintel-O-Tron 6 Channel Combination Model Rocket and Fireworks Ignition System. I built this thing on the weekend from parts I bought at the local Radio Shack. At least I was excited, until Mark Prentice, who works with me on the .NET Compact Framework, basically told…

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This is Not a Technical Post on the .NET Compact Framework

I’ve been on vacation. If you’re very lucky, you know a place that feels like it’s the calm in the center of the universe. For me, Little River Lake, in White Rock, Nova Scotia is just such a place. We’ve spent time there every summer for about 20 years. The highlight this year, beyond seeing…

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Just Don’t Do It

I recently had the unenviable task of giving a presentation to the toughest of all audiences, Microsoft developers. These are folks who, during the agenda slide, generally ask questions about why the framework is so slow, big, ugly, etc etc. I typically refer them to read some geeky blog posts and say things like “it’s…

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From The Dept of Battlebots Built on .NET

www.finalizer.net   Mike.   This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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MEDC 2005

I’m a bit slower on my MEDC blog than my peers. I’m still using my trusty Nikon F3 while my peers have moved on to some newfangled thing called the “digital camera”. I had to wait for a week for the film to come back before I could spend 3 evenings scanning it. For the…

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Blogging Because I’m Not Speaking at MEDC

Daniel Moth sent me a note telling me that he would be at MEDC (great news), and that he was looking forward to my “talk”. I want to set expectations here. I’m on a panel. I’m taking my cue from Jonny Moseley on Warren Miller’s Fifty, when he introduces a freestyle event: “This is how…

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