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Final Posting

My last day at Microsoft will be tomorrow, 3/24/2017. I really did want to get to some of the old comments that had been neglected but alas, there’s no time. I’m not sure I will actually lose access to this blog because of the way authorization happens but I think it would be a bad…

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Discovered comments

I just discovered that there are all kinds of comments pending approval, some from several months ago. Not something I was used to on the old platform. So apologies for not responding to those comments sooner, I got too used to the old system. Traditionally I’ve not censored any comments and I’ll try to do…

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symbol filter redux

A while ago I provided this local symbol server proxy you could use to get just the symbols you want.  I was watching it work a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that most of the time what it ends up doing is proxying a 302 redirect.  Which was kind of cool because that…

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A little 64 bit follow-up

I recently wrote a pair of at least slightly controversial articles about 64-bit vs. 32-bit applications and the performance costs associated with going to 64 bit. They are here and here. Some people thought I was nuts. Some people provided benchmarks “proving” that 64 bit code is in fact faster than 32 bit code. I…

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64-bit Visual Studio -- the "pro 64" argument

  [I don’t have to go out on a limb to acknowledge that is the worst article I’ve ever written.  I wrote it in the wee hours one morning in a rotten mood and it shows.  There are far too many absolutes that should have been qualified and the writing style is too aggressive for…

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Revisiting 64-bit-ness in Visual Studio and elsewhere

[Due to popular interest I also wrote a piece that is “pro” 64 bits here] The topic of 64-bit Visual Studio came up again in a tweet and, as usual, I held my ground on why it is the way it is.  Pretty predictable.  But it’s not really possible to answer questions about your position…

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Pit of Success for Organizations

Many years ago I coined the phrase “Pit of Success” for software. People had used that turn of phrase before to mean landing in a situation where their own success was awful, but that’s not how I meant it.  What I meant was that that state-of-the art software frameworks were too hard to use, too…

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Supporting Women in Computer Science (Part 2)

Last night I wrote about my new scholarship (previous post) Today I have something to ask. I know my subscribers include tons of competent software engineers. I have a request/challenge for you. Especially the men. Will any of you stand with me? All you have to do is this: 1) Do something for a school,…

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Rico Mariani Women in Computer Science Scholarship

Just a few minutes ago I signed my part of the papers to create the Rico Mariani Women in Computer Science scholarship at my alma, the University of Waterloo. I don’t usually put my name on things, especially charitable giving, but in this case it was important to me to not only give the money…

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