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On the Ledge The general evolution (and occasional regression) of a .NET developer Proxy
Custom User Settings and the Cache
We get Flumphs from several, different providers. Each provider has various settings that the system uses for them - particular URL routes, specific timeouts, etc. In the old Proxy, anything that absolutely had to be client-specific was stored in a configuration file. The timeout limit was universal. Here's the kicker - the only thing in the Flumph that gets sent to us that clues us into the provider is the structure of the XML. Since our Flumph providers delight in sending their own formats, we ......

Posted On Friday, September 25, 2009 10:51 AM

Asynchronicity, Too
You guys have heard the song "Synchronicity 2," right? Am I the only person who thinks Sting did that song for his own amusement? Cackling in his lush, vaguely European voice at the fans scrambling to figure out the deeper meaning between a harried husband going through his day and the Loch Ness Monster getting his killing on. I can just see him laughing atop his enormous piles of money as people make connections with Carl Jung and nod their heads sagely at the unique, but highly apt, metaphor. Ah, ......

Posted On Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:18 PM

Logging with log4net
log4net is a great little logging library. There seem to be some mixed results out there as to whether or not it outperforms the Enterprise Library's Logging Application Block, although it appears to me the general findings are that log4net is faster. For me, I guess it would come down to how badly I wanted integration with the rest of the Enterprise Library. If that's not a priority, log4net can be a lightweight, fast way to get logging going in your application. Once you've got the library in your ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:42 AM

Proxy Problems
My first actual project with regard to our systems was to write a new Proxy. I'm going to have to be a little ambiguous, once again, because I don't want to give away any proprietary or quasi-proprietary information. One of our major systems serves as a sort of brokerage for Flumphs (I'm going to compensate for being ambiguous by being completely ridiculous about it). Flumph providers constantly feed our system with information about new Flumphs. Flumph-consumers have given us their criteria they ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:51 AM

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