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June 2005 Entries

Thanks to Chris Breisch I came across a great article on .NET Reflection by Joel Pobar. It gives some useful tips how to make your code that uses reflection quicker. Especially interesting are the new features offered by .NET 2.0 like Lightweight Code Generation (LCG) and member handles. Must read for any serious framework developer ......

I've been playing Guild Wars for the last week. I'm truly fascinated by this game. At the basic level it's a fantasy role playing game (that is you are assigned quests or tasks to perform while the character you control gains experience and evolves). It reminds me of such great titles like Gothic, Neverwinter Nights or last year's Fable. But it differers from the above-mentioned by that it's also an online game that you can play with other people from around the world. This adds a whole new dimension ......

After reading Martin Fowler's recently published essay on Domain Specific Languages (DSL's) I realized that in fact we already use some sort of DSL's in our project (although we call it simply configuration). It's also true that using external DSL's (in our case in form of XML files) makes it harder for refactoring and debugging. But on the other hand makes the whole application a lot more adaptable. This quote about Adaptive Object Models sums it up nicely: Experience so far indicates that they ......