If you have anything to suggest about the DSA Book then please read this…

Its been a while since I talked about the DSA book but to summarise its had over 20,000 (first, second) downloads which has largely provoked me into taking the whole thing a lot more seriously for the next edition which I expect will triple its content. I don’t have any times at the moment because we are figuring out what we want to add to the book based on the current programming climate. So, if you have any suggestions then please let me know by emailing me via the contact page. Don’t hold back – what would be your dream … Continue reading If you have anything to suggest about the DSA Book then please read this…

I’m sorry for the lack of posts…

Sorry folks for the lack of posts but ever since I’ve moved to Australia I seem to have had very little time to actually post something of any calibre. At the moment I am actually working on some writing commitments I have so I will post about them when they appear online. In the meantime I’ve resurrected my Twitter account in a hope to micro-blog more in an effort to make up for my blog shortcomings as of late. I can’t promise it will be pretty but you are more than welcome to follow my ramblings on Twitter.

One of the best tips for browsing msdn…

I like MSDN I really do but when you want to increase the font size the thing just breaks and looks awful. Recently I’ve found that switching to the loband version of a MSDN page is far better when increasing the font size so its more comfortable to read. Originally I found this suggestion posted by Jon Galloway here. Definitely helps if you are staring at MSDN for the best part of the day.

Shared Source CLI Google group launched

I’ve just created a Google group based on the SSCLI which you can view and join by going here – http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft-shared-source-cli It supersedes now defunct SSCLI newsgroups from the Microsoft and Yahoo servers which have had all but no activity in the last 2 or so years. If you have any interest whatsoever in the SSCLI then I encourage you to join. http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft-shared-source-cli

Data Structures and Algorithms book flying out (again!)

The updated version of the Data Structures and Algorithms book that Luca and I wrote is flying out once more! We are really very happy to see how many people are downloading our book. In total (counting the previous release) the book has had nearly 16,000 downloads! Amazing. If you haven’t already got a copy what are you waiting for?! Its free so you don’t have to reach into those empty pockets at this time of year. Download the updated version of the Data Structures and Algorithms book here! Enjoy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Shared Source CLI (aka Rotor) on Vista

I thought I would share my experiences with Rotor on Vista (x86 and x64). First off Rotor is an open source version of a big chunk of what’s in the full commercial .NET that you use on your machine today BUT certain things in Rotor are no where near the quality of that in the commercial .NET – keep that in mind. I hacked around with Rotor on several setups not including the supported setup (XP with SP2 and VC++ 8.0). My mileage with each is briefly summarized below. Vista x64 with VC++ 9.0 I tried to get Rotor working … Continue reading Shared Source CLI (aka Rotor) on Vista

Follow me on Twitter?

In a bid to keep up with friends and suchlike I have joined Twitter. I can’t promise much in the way of earth shattering Tweets but I’m sure it will be a mildly entertaining read. So, if you want to follow me please tune your browsers to this URL – http://twitter.com/g_barnett. Probably worth noting that the Tweets I make will not necessarily be on .NET. Follow me at your own peril! 😉

Code Contracts – my opinion on them anyway…

One of the great things that came out of the PDC for me was the confirmation that code contracts would be coming to .NET 4.0. I was a big fan of Spec# [1] but admittedly I never thought it would make it into the mainstream C# or VB.NET languages even though the prior solution provides the more concise and descriptive syntax. On Sunday I played around with the library released at the PDC [2] and in general it all looks good. For the astute reader you will know that I co-authored a book on Data Structures and Algorithms [3] with … Continue reading Code Contracts – my opinion on them anyway…