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Showing posts from October, 2010

RE:Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5? | Betanews

Last week, Gartner predicted that mobile would be a trillion-dollar industry by 2014. It\'s a market Microsoft doesn\'t want to be shut out of. via Why is Microsoft suddenly so hot for HTML5? | Betanews . This and my earlier post reinforce my belief that it is time to break the chains of Microsoft.  Meaning it is time for me to stop being a Mort.

RE: Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted | ZDNet

“Silverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,” he said. Silverlight also has some “sweet spots” in media and line-of-business applications, he said. But when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft’s vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, “our strategy has shifted,” Muglia told me. via Microsoft: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted | ZDNet . I think it is time to move away from the Microsoft platform.  I'm getting tired of having to learn a new framework every year just to keep up with their changes. I've been using Silverlight at work and I like it but if there is not going to be any support or they totally re-target the platform for just phones, whats the point? Time for python - html5 - JavaScript stack.

Asynchronous Programming in C#

Making Asynchronous Programming Easy Asynchronous Programming in C# [csharp]public async void AsyncIntroParallel() { Task<string> page1 = new WebClient().DownloadStringTaskAsync(new Uri("")); Task<string> page2 = new WebClient().DownloadStringTaskAsync(new Uri("")); Task<string> page3 = new WebClient().DownloadStringTaskAsync(new Uri("")); WriteLinePageTitle(await page1); WriteLinePageTitle(await page2); WriteLinePageTitle(await page3); }[/csharp] Async CTP has been released. Note: This is not automatically Multi-Threading! From the CTP: Merely sticking the "Async" modifier will not make a method run on the background thread. That is correct and by design. If you want to run code on a background thread, use TaskEx.Run(). Please read the overview for an explanation of asynchrony.

UOW: FileHelpers

The utility of the week is FileHelpers , a .Net library that works with delimited and fixed length files. It helps to import and export data from files, strings or streams. I found this recently as I needed to process several CSV files but I did not want to write by hand a parser. Been there, done that way too many times so I did a search and what do you know- someone smarter than me already did it. What I like about it is the wizard that comes with the library that helps to build plain old c# classes to work with the data rows. In about twenty minutes I had a working CSV processing engine complete with intellisense. The library is BSD License , GNU Library or Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

Threading AutoResetEvent Example

[csharp]public class Program { private static System.Threading.AutoResetEvent stopFlag = new System.Threading.AutoResetEvent(false); public static void Main() { ServiceHost svh = new ServiceHost(typeof(ServiceImplementation)); svh.AddServiceEndpoint( typeof(WCFSimple.Contract.IService), new NetTcpBinding(), "net.tcp://localhost:8000"); svh.Open(); Console.WriteLine("SERVER - Running..."); stopFlag.WaitOne(); Console.WriteLine("SERVER - Shutting down..."); svh.Close(); Console.WriteLine("SERVER - Shut down!"); } public static void Stop() { stopFlag.Set(); } }[/csharp]