Really, we don’t interview this way… really…

One of my favorite blogs is Worse Than Failure (WFT).   Many of the articles are very interesting.  But gee, you just can’t believe everything you read on the web.    Recently, Alex Papadimoulis posted an article titled Job Interview 2.0: Now With Riddles!  I’m not sure where he got is information, but I know the Windows organization (its…

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Handy WPF Tool – Style Snooper

Walt Ritscher has a really handy tool on his blog called ‘Style Snooper’.  This  utility will display the style of any WPF control from its assembly.   It does this by parsing all the public, concrete, non-generic classes  in the assembly that derive from FrameWorkElement.  Even better, he’s provided the source code.

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Beyond Hello World – Update 5, TreeMap Control Working, Perf Issues

CLCV V5 now has a fully working TreeMap control that zooms, supports mouse over events and looks pretty good.  The regions are laid out with the Squarified TreeMap algorithm.  Even better, the tree map itself scales to large numbers of nodes – easily 100’s of thousands, and on my lap top, it will handle a couple…

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Ferrari 5000

Until mid February, I’d been using a Acer Ferrai 4000 laptop for about a year.  It was a great laop top – fast, rliable and it had a large screen.  But, I had borrowed it from our lab when my old laptop died and I just didn’t have time to order a new one and set it up…

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Riffing on Rico

Rico’s recent post is interesting as it hints at things some developers do that sound like a good idea, but really pose some big performance problems and can sometimes be hard to repair disasters of ship stopping proportions.  Rico, here are some other possibilities for your list… 1) An architect decided that the file system would…

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Beyond Hello World – Update 4, File loading 27 times faster!

CLCV V4 now loads files about 27 times faster than V3 when running on my laptop.   The tree view is also about 5 times faster.  This comes from changing my initial naive implementation to a smarter one where I minimize the inter-thread communication and handle the tree view much more efficiently.  More information about the source…

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Ferrari 4000

I’ve been using a Acer Ferrai 4000 laptop for about the last year and its been great – its quite fast, reliable, has a very nice keyboard, and a great screen.   Here are the specs. Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-40 (score 4.1) Memory: 1GB (Score 4.0) Graphics: MOBILITY RADEON X700 (Grpahics score 4.3,…

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Beyond Hello World – Update 3, Control Templates, Multithreading, and more… (with source)

I’ve learned a lot in working on my first real WPF application such as implimenting multi-threaded file reading, how to use the dispatcher object, how to use control templates to customize controls, the basics of application configuration, using abstract C# classes, and using anonymous methods. I’ve posted the source code that goes along with this post.  It is in…

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CLC and it’s Data Viewer CLCV

CLC is a native C++ program I developed that counts lines of source code.  It is designed to handle very large source code trees – all of Windows Vista.  For large trees, it saves its output in comma separated value format (CSV) which is easily read by Excel. CLC is extremely fast – it uses…

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CES – Car Audio

Ok, I’m officially and old fogey – I had no idea how big the car audio business is… its HUGE.  Most of the 409 thousand square feet of the CES north hall was packed full of car audio companies selling anything and fevering for car audio. There array of amplifiers, speakers, thick cables, batteries, small video…

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