Serial killer or programming language inventor? via [BoingBoing] I got 7/10.
William Gibson wants lies exposed in telltale colors. Now that would be a good demo of P2P and Avalon!
Speaking of awesome demos, here’s an interactive “Powers of 10” slideshow that’s great. via Polynomia
Oh, my favorite demo of the whole show was one I got on a bus ride! Steven Burns showed me the Longhorn Shell, which advances the “pipes and filters” pattern of UNIX by piping not text streams, but object streams! So, for instance, you can grab all the currently running process with a ps command […]
Borland was showing Delphi for .NET at the PDC. BorCon is next week: you might want to bring your credit card.
The first modeling tool from Microsoft’s new “Whitehorse” initiative expresses deployment topologies and the constraints that work upon them (e.g., by dropping a “Hardened IIS” component in your DMZ and a “Web Services” component in your middle-tier and connecting them, you are expressing a whole slew of constraints about what ports are open to whom, what […]
At one of the CLR evolution talks, I disagreed with the prevailing notion that serving the needs of the current language community should be of paramount concern. To me, interop trumps language fidelity. It is only via interop that minority programming languages can enter the corporate market. Crown-jewel software is always so complex that it […]
For the past two years, convergence has been the theme in Microsoft languages. Visual Basic .NET was a significant break from VB6 and is a very similar experience to programming in C#; Managed C++ gained the use of visual forms design; everything worked inside Visual Studio .NET. The theme of Whidbey at the compiler level […]
Peter Drayton’s back!
…as the drunks say, you can’t fall off the floor. Anyone offering content free gains an advantage that can’t be beaten, only matched, because the competitive answer to free — “I’ll pay you to read my weblog!” — is unsupportable over the long haul….In a world of free content, even the moderate hassle of micropayments […]