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A Warm Welcome for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

A Warm Welcome for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 are now available.  The downloads are here:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa700831.aspx

The direct download link for Team Suite is http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7171917.

Scott Guthrie has all the details on his blog.

July 27, 2007Comments are DisabledRead More
Intel Open Source SDK for Parallel Programming

Intel Open Source SDK for Parallel Programming

News from OSCON:  Intel is releasing an open source C++ library (GPL’ed) that provides a high-level abstraction for multi-threaded programming.

Intel® Threading Building Blocks (TBB) offers a rich and complete approach to expressing parallelism in a C++ program. It is a library that helps you leverage multi-core processor performance without having to be a threading expert. Threading Building Blocks is not just a threads-replacement library. It represents a higher-level, task-based parallelism that abstracts platform details and threading mechanism for performance and scalability.

(http://threadingbuildingblocks.org/)

Hopefully this is the start of a trend of tools to make parallel programming more accessible.

July 25, 2007Comments are DisabledRead More
Google Says Underscores Now Separate Words

Google Says Underscores Now Separate Words

An issue that has been long overlooked by many web site owners is which characters are recognized by search engines as word separators.  I remember having a conversation a few years ago about hyphens vs. plus signs vs. underscores.  Underscores have been a no-no because they were not treated as word separators, so after going to all that trouble to create a keyword-rich URL, you were undone by the underscores (e.g., you don’t search for hawaii_vacations, you search for hawaii vacations).

Matt Cutts of Google announced at a recent WordPress conference (WordCamp 2007) that Google is now (or will be shortly) treating underscores in URLs as word separators.

Follow the link above for some other Google SEO tips and insight.

July 24, 2007Comments are DisabledRead More
Happy Birthday, Mozilla

Happy Birthday, Mozilla

4 years ago today, 15 July 2003, AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape Communications Corporation – the company that sparked the Dot Com Internet boom in the mid-90’s with its 1995 IPO. Also 4 years ago today, The Mozilla Foundation was established.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/4_years_ago_today_netscape_foundation_born.php

July 15, 20071 commentRead More
Ruby on Rails Isn’t All Roses

Ruby on Rails Isn’t All Roses

Ruby on Rails is definitely the cool new kid at school right now.  Actually, RoR is like the suave, handsome quarterback type who the girls swoon over and the guys want to be until everyone finds out he lives in a rotting shed in the sticks with a goat on a leash in the yard and dad passed out in a broken rocking chair on a makeshift porch.  What, you didn’t have that guy in your high school?  :)  [Hey, I’m not judging him – the high school students are.  I’m sure he’s very nice.]

I was enamored with Ruby on Rails until I dug into it a bit.  No doubt it’s great for certain types of sites but it doesn’t have the general purpose appeal or proven widespread scalability of ASP.NET or PHP.  I think the bigger contribution Rails is making is inspiring new scaffolding and code generation projects for ASP.NET and PHP.

Anyway, this post is primarily a bookmark for myself so I remember where to find this article on the scalability problems they’ve had at Twitter running RoR:

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000838.html

July 12, 20075 commentsRead More