October 2002 - Posts
Congratulations To Peter Drayton
A belated congratulations going out to Peter Drayton who has landed his "dream job": working as a Program Manager for the .NET CLR team. Awesome! I hope to join the MS legion some day, but not until I collect on my current venture. ;)
Creating Asynchronous Business Objects for Use in .NET Windows Forms Clients
There's a new article up in the .NET Development section of MSDN. While the article is about adding asynchronus support to your objects, I think the most important thing the article touches on is something that a lot of people new to WinForms and multi-threading get stuck on: marshalling calls to the UI thread when interacting with controls.
.NET vs J2EE - Pet Shop 2.0 Benchmark
Someone just posted a link to this benchmarking research done by Middleware Company on the WinTech Offtopic list. Considering Middleware Co. specializes in Java technology training, you'd be skeptical of some skewing in favor of Java, but all the benchmarks clearly show the .NET implementation blowing the doors off the Java implementation. Not only that, but in less lines of code!
What's more remarkable to me are the differences between the 1.0 .NET framework and upcoming 1.1 .NET framework (Everett... still in beta), especially in the SOAP category. It looks like Microsoft's framework teams have done some performance tuning for this upcoming release which is a bonus for any application built using the framework.
In the end this looks like an excellent, unbiased comparison that should prove useful to those that have to justify .NET in any technology debates when it comes to performance.
A new article popped up on MSDN the other day which covers the basics of the WS-Security specification. I like the article because the author starts off by explaining why the WS-Security specification was needed and gives good real world examples of where it's applicable. The author then describes the WS-Security SOAP header and how it is intended to be processed. Finally, the author delves into the guts of the spec and gives more detail on the various forms of signing and encryption that can be used.
Ethan Brown Joins the Community
Ethan Brown has started a blog. Welcome, and subscribed. [The .NET Guy]
Welcome Ethan! I don't know Ethan personally, but he's a familiar name on many of the mainling lists to which I've subscribed over the years. RSS subscribed.
Introduction to IL
Here is an article (first of a series) that provides an Introduction to IL. [Sam Gentile's Weblog]
Good stuff! Actually though, parts one and two are available. I found the link to the second at the bottom of the first. No mention is made of when the next installment is to be expected, but I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled.
Using .NET Sockets
A brief article was just added to the .NET center of The O'Reilly Network which covers the basics of the System.Net.Sockets namespace. Defines what a socket is, explains the basics of DNS and finally touches on how data is sent and received. Not a bad article if you're new to socket programming or just new to .NET and want to get familiar with its implementation.
.NET Petshop 2.0 Released
Was just scanning the .NET developer center over on MSDN and noticed that the .NET Petshop reference application has been upgraded to version 2.0. Here's a quick snip about it:
The .NET Pet Shop 2.0 application is functionally equivalent to the Sun® Microsystems Java Pet Store 1.2 blueprint application, and can be used to compare the coding concepts, basic application server features, and architectures of .NET and J2EE™.
Essential .NET Security
Essential .NET Security. Keith Brown has *finally* decided to write Essential .NET Security and he'll be posting it to HTML as he writes it. He's already got the ASP.NET security chapter posted. Wahoo! [sellsbrothers.com: Windows Developer News]
Awesome! Keith is well known for his security knowledge of Win32 and COM(+). Seeing as how security permeates almost every aspect of .NET, this is definitely going to be a must have for any serious .NET developer.
Bird of Prey Unleashed
Boeing Bird of Prey Stealth Fighter [Slashdot]
Two words: bad ass. If this was designed in the 90's and is just being announced publicly now, can you imagine what kind of technology they have under top secret wraps these days?
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