Circles, Triangles and Rectangles

It seems that Microsoft is working with Cambridge university on a extension to C#
called ”Xen”,
aimed at simplifying access to XML and RDBMS data by making advanced data access a
first-class member of the language itself, rather than using libraries, and going
way beyond simple extensions like typed
datasets
and JAXB.

While I do like small, powerful languages like scheme,
I actually think that these ideas have their merits. I remember how differently I
would approach a problem in Perl, due to its first-class
inclusion of associative
arrays
, regexps and
data binding (the tie()
system), and in this
article
from ExtremeTech, I get the feeling that I would be able to tackle more
complex relational data in totally new ways.

I’d recommend reading the article first,
then the actualpapers. So far,
I’ve only skimmed the papers, but I think that if they get this right, it could
be pretty powerful. And innovative.

Also, as pun-inviting as the name Xen may be, I am thankful that they dropped the
original name: X#…

Lazy-ass C# developers

In this
article
about new features in VS.NET ”Whidbey”:

It’s also worth noting that C# does not support Edit and Continue. This is currently
a Visual Basic .NET only feature, and I know of no statement that C# will support
this in the Whidbey release.

What the fuck?! I was surprised when Edit and continue wasn’t available for C# in
the original VS.NET, then outraged when it wasn’t in VS.NET 2003. Now they’re telling
me this essential feature won’t even be available in Whidbey?! And this for the
supposed Microsoft darling language, C#?

Fuck this. I’m gonna be a lisp head instead.

I actually do some programming every now and then

It seems that J2EE oriented developer site TheServerSide has
opened up a sister site oriented around the .NET platform, naturally called TheServerSide.NET.
Not being a J2EE developer, I haven’t read much from TheServerSide, but I do
recall there being some controversy about their involvement in a .NET adaption and
benchmarking of Suns ”best practices” example ”Pet Shop”. However, I do believe they
had fairly good reputation up till that point at least.

The new site looks interesting, and has a RSS feed, so I’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Already I’ve found this
interesting article
linked from it, about how to keep control over the design
of your URL’s in the ASP.NET framework. I like it when people care about how their
URLs look.

Speaking of URLs, the ones provided by this blog look pretty ugly. The BlogX software
I’m running seem to have been superceded by dasBlog,
and I was thinking about upgrading to that, but then I got to read Martin Fowlers WhatIsABliki,
and decided that it would be so more much worthwile to think about what could be done
with a Wiki-style approach to publishing. Ideally, I would like to have something
that I post to like it was a blog, but where posts that deal with the same subject
gets aggregated into Wiki-style articles over time.

In fact, that is what I wanted to do with The swedish punk/hardcore archive (SPHA)
(Now I’m gonna get soooooo many google hits from people looking for ”swedish hardcore”),
like eight years ago, only neither blogs or wiki was established at that time. I am
such a visionary.