August 2003 - Posts
Been offline all week for my sisters wedding and a relaxing 4 days of sailing around the norfork (UK) broads. Got all the PDC stuff to catch up on (hopefully before my return to work :) Since I have been at home I have spent all my time getting my home PC blaster proof and messing around with Linux, more on that later ;-)
Mac OSX users should take note of this System.Windows.Forms example from the Dot GNU project
, how cool !!
With various folks posting on running different OS and Rotor I decided to install Redhat Linux 9.0 and see what the state of play is with this OS and the CLI. Mono and Dot GNU are available for Linux so I got them running and have yet to see if Rotor will run. I do remember someone talking about a Linux port for the PAL, doubt I have the cycles to do it my self :)
Update: found a port here, not tried it yet so it will be interesting to see. I was left wondering if such a project belongs on the Rotor community website. Found another port here but for 7.2 not 9.0 :(
Here is an interesting thing, using .NET in COM+ pooling. Works very well but there seems to be some debate
about how you remove from the pool (an issue I face at the moment). In summary
you can use JIT on the component so its removed that way but depending on useage its best to use Dispose in your code. As the system has no idea when and if a component in the pool is done with its best that you use dispose to mark the object as finished (you can then use SupressFinalize to avoid a double pass on the object). Microsoft recommend it that way, however what concerns me is what the effect this is having on the heap is and GC cycles. Any COM+ gurus care to comment?
From the comments on my last post on C# builder I was pointed at this C# Builder website, loads of screen shots
:) Some interesting info can also be found here
. My first impressions is that its lot like Delphi (no surpise there), so if you used that IDE before you will feel right at home. Still getting used to it but I have to say I am impressed.
This looks great, not tried it my self yet (but intend to). Anyone given this a go?
I do wonder if Borland will work with Novell/Mono to go the way of Kylix and bring this enviroment to Linux ( I know of least one popular C# enviroment that is being ported already) ?
I do wonder how this book
will do with Flash based RIA and RMA applications starting to be built by combining techologies rather than gluing them. Looks good though with background info and chapters in ASP.NET to get .NETers up to speed.
Had a look around to see what books are coming out, this XForms
one looks good and I am looking foward to this CLI book
(the series is sooo good). Interesting to see Alex Homer and Dave Sussman (as former major Wrox authors) writing for AWP
My weekend = 40 MPH, 10 foot in the air and not in control (not me but you get the idea)
............lots of pain.
The new Mono release has been been available. A couple of things to note.
- The IL assembler now passes all the Rotor tests and has support for Generics
- Loads of work on PAL ports (Power PC, SPARC and ARM).
- The C# compiler has had loads of bug fixes, what was a great compiler is now even better !!
- Work on the JScript compiler continues (note to self I must really check this out again).
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