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  • Rotten to the Multi-Core

    Everyone’s trying to figure out the next big software gimmick that’s going to make utilizing your multi-core machines super easy. Let’s face it, having to write code with locks and threads is not going to be it. We’ve had that capability for a long time and only the cream of the crop developers even dared to tread there, and even fewer were actually capable of getting it right. The average programmer, including me on most days when I’m not hyper caffeinated, need a better mouse trap to make writing Read More...
  • IQueryable’s Deep Dark Secret

    I love the IQueryable interface, but it’s got a dark checkered past that most of you might not know about. IQueryable is a great way to expose your API or domain model for querying or provide a specialized query processor that can be used directly by LINQ. It defines the pattern for you to gather-up a user’s query and present it to your processing engine as a single expression tree that you can either transform or interpret. It’s the way LINQ becomes ‘integrated’ for many LINQ to XXX products. Yet Read More...
  • The Origin of LINQ to SQL

    LINQ to SQL, possibly Microsoft’s first OR/M to actually ship in ten years of trying, was never even supposed to exist. It started out as a humble Visual Studio project on my desktop machine way back in the fall of 2003, long before anyone heard about it, long before anyone even guessed what would come next, except for the readers of this blog, of course, since I used to post often with long obtuse and sometimes psychedelic meanderings that with the proper one-time pad to decrypt it you might have Read More...
  • Beyond Dynamic Languages

    Everywhere I turn, all I read about is dynamic languages. Apparently, there is a small yet growing contingent of programmers that think dynamic is the only way to go. These guys are frustrated with the shackles of static type systems that force them to write clean code. And apparently, there is also a small and growing contingent of media types that think “hey, there’s a buzzword I haven’t heard before, let’s use it until we wear it out.” And they have. Believe me, its paper thin and about to be Read More...
  • Beyond the Query

    I have been working a long time to bring queries into a modern programming language. Seven years ago I looked beyond ORM and saw the next horizon, a new world where boundaries between data are blurred and popular paradigms from different disciplines combine. Many have tried to convince me that it is simply a mirage, and maybe in some respects it is, but as with anything else there is often a lot of utility born out of imperfection. I have been marching steadily toward that horizon ever since. I also Read More...
  • YODA the Programming Language

    Now that LINQ is out the door, so to speak, I can start focusing my efforts on the next next technology here at Microsoft. Ever since I joined up with the C# team nearly two years ago I’ve been frustrated by my inability to wax poetic about all the goodness we were working on. I was sworn to secrecy. Mum was the word. Perhaps if you were paying attention to the work in C# 2.0 and C-Omega, you may have guessed what was to come. Looking back, it’s easy enough to recognize it in the design of Generics, Read More...
  • What the World is saying about LINQ

    “LINQ is totally awesome. It’s like this thing that you use to condense your entire application into one line of demo code. Sweet!” - Stanley Morgan “LINQ is divine but DLINQ is a delinquent. It gives programmers too much power and makes programming against data way too easy. Is nothing sacred anymore?” – Ned Flanders “Lambdas are old school. LISP had these decades ago. If all you want to do is be a sheep then go right ahead. I prefer ACME.” – Wyle E Coyote “I can’t remember what they are called, Read More...

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