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August 2006

PLinq – Very cool

I am really glad to see that many of the ideas of functional programming are finding their way into mainstream. Once our programs are captured declartively (e.g. using Abstract Syntax Trees as in LINQ), opportunities for implicitly identifying and exploiting parallelism emerge. NIP was all about that but we

Vista feels great

I have been “dog fooding” Windows Vista for some time now. It has not been without pains. However, recent builds feel fantastic. I can finally run my screen’s laptop at 120dpi without any problems; the environment looks sooooo beautiful when in high-DPI mode (better than anything I’ve seen). The entire

A book recipe

I have been trying to persuade Jim to let me blog about our book for some time now. I thought that by blogging about our book-related efforts, we’d be forced to keep up with our self-imposed (but so far not met) deadlines (I am very much the culprit on this

Optimistic Concurrency

I’ve been looking at synchronization-related concepts lately. It’s been really nice to revisit some ideas/concepts from my PhD years (e.g. consistency models for shared data in distributed environments). ‘Optimistic concurrency’ is a term I’ve encountered a lot and I just read the “Optimistic concurrency – a false panacea” post by

“Names and addresses” – a different view

I have discussed the issue of identity, naming, and addresses for large-scale distributed systems in the past (e.g. “Loose-coupling through the relaxation of endpoint assumptions“, “Comparing S-O and O-O as design principles and not as implementation technologies“, “WS-Web (The Web using SOAP:-)“, and more).