August 2004 - Posts
From Saturday onwards for a few weeks I will be offline, this weekend me and Emma will be getting Married :)
Nice summary update of some of things going on in Mono land.
The IronPython stuff has show some area's in Mono that can be improved, I noticed from the bench marks that Jim provided that Mono was slower in some area's and its great that the Mono team are reacting to those to help improve Mono for dynamic languages. Prehaps the work they are doing can be fed back into the work Microsoft are doing and vice-versa, I don't like the idea of one CLR running these languages types better than another. I am thinking about compiling and running IronPython on Rotor, see what difference the changes in JIT and GC make to the bench mark results. Nice to see the basic compiler coming on as well, looking foward to giving that a run.
Robin has a very interesting project going to create a SWF from C#,
great to see Flash authoring being done in a language other than AS and it shows that C# would be a great 'other' langauge to code with for .NET developers using Flash. I hope that MM find Robin's work very thought provoking. Should be fairly easy to port the VS soloution file to a make file and compile it in Mono, using the Linux Flash player, and MonoDevelop (or Vi etc) you have Flash authoring in Linux ;-)
Sterling has some news on Johns blog
on the status of the Pint project (PHP running on Parrot). Now Jim has joined the CLR team maybe it's time that minds be brought together to re-start the thinking about running Perl and indeed PHP on the CLR.
For some reason that I am not really sure of, I managed to miss that fact that Jim (Iron Python) Hugunin is blogging.
Looking foward to hearing Jim's thoughts on how he see's the CLI go foward with dynamic languages. Subscribed.
T minus 6 days.....
Me and Em saw the Village as well as I Robot over the weekend. Both films I really enjoyed but the Village had me thinking long after it was finished. If you have not seen it, go see it and then read on.....
Jason finds the plot a little hard to accept, I loved it. A real....wow....not as thunder striking as Sixth sense but under the covers just like Unbreakable, when the movie plays it out you suddenly put all of the film in focus and thats M Night at his very best. I rate M Night as one of the best directors in recent years and his abilities create suspense and fear is unmeasured, every single one of his films has been very chilling with out the need to resort to horror (some examples include the kidnapper in unbreakable, the monster at the bedroom window and home film piece from Signs). For this film M Night wanted a peroid piece and the film has many different levels, lots more actor interaction and a lesser degree of suspense and that snaps at you through out the film. I loved his other films and this one is another classic from the master.
I recently found an old collection of cards that I have collected over the years, out of interest I decided to see if any where still around. Over 50 companies are no longer around, with messages like this
serving a lasting reminder as to where they have gone. I was around for the boom and the burst, I guess its easy to forget how bad its impact was and in some ways still is.
A few bits and pieces on Mono
Joe Stagner a developer community champion at Microsoft
has a post on a web cast he is doing on 'Moving from PHP to ASP.NET',
as Joe mentions in the post a little more accurate would be 'PHP and ASP.NET thinking'. I was overjoyed to find that Joe is using my book
to help in him prep for the talk, the fact its helping Joe and can help others with this topic just has me buzzed :)
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