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One of the problems that a large part of the a certain gaming community has understood over the years has been one of version checking. A common, though now older, method of version checking among this community has been to execute a known algorithm based on a seeded value; however, the algorithm would change based on a formula sent over the wire. For ......

For a couple reasons I love to look at programming interview questions around the internet. Most of them revolve around data structures and algorithms, which is one of my favorite topics in computer science; and as a hiring manager, I find it valuable to try to see what the industry is asking people before bringing them on board. I came across this ......

Desert Code Camp – the Arizona conference by and for software developers – is right around the corner! This year’s code camp is on June 13 at DeVry University in Phoenix. It’s not too late to request a session, or to sign up to present one, and it’s certainly not too late just to show up! This year I will be presenting Back to Basics: Object-Oriented ......

Today I’m going to talk about a feature of C# that has been around since 2.0 (with the introduction of anonymous delegates) but which gets nearly no lip service and, despite the fact that most C# developers have probably used it, they’ve probably used it without thinking about it. This feature is called closure, and it refers to the ability of a nested ......

I’m working on porting an existing forum-based community from SMF to a new .NET-based forum platform that I’m authoring. I’m excited about it; I love SMF, but it doesn’t have what I want and frankly, it’s a scary beast to try to tackle. I’d considered using some kind of bridge between it and my code, but I knew I wanted deep integration of the forums ......

For the last few months I’ve been working on a fairly large-sized web application for work. The application is mostly Flex-based, so I’m working on back-end components, which are accessed via FluorineFx (an ActionScript-.NET connector). The site also needs to integrate with Ektron, a somewhat perilous enterprise-level CMS, because a lot of the company’s ......

This morning I received an email that posed a question so interesting that I thought I would blog about the answer. The question was, essentially, how can we invoke a partial update (using ASP.NET AJAX triggers), from an on(up) button handler in Flash? There are a few different ways to approach this problem. I believe the method I’m going to write out ......

I’ve officially launched the Facebook UI for ASP.NET project at CodePlex at http://facebookui.codeplex.... It’s kind of a preview edition of what’s to come – and there’s quite a bit. Here’s a quick overview: Now: Design-time and run-time server support for about 30 FBML controls. Visual Studio IntelliSense support for FBML controls Web Site project ......

CLR Profiler is a free and incredibly useful tool offered by Microsoft. I'm fairly certain its primary use (at least from Microsoft's perspective) is to illustrate use of the CLR Profiling COM APIs, which aren't exceptionally clear-cut (in my opinion), particularly from a .NET programmer's point of view. The really difficult part of using CLR Profiler ......

I enrolled in the software engineering program at Arizona State, primarily because that program was willing to take me without having completed an undergraduate degree in computer science (the M.S. Computer Science and M.C.S. programs were not). But as I went through the process I decided that I wanted to complete a thesis instead of a project, and ......

On March 10th, I’ll be presenting an ASP.NET control library for Facebook at the Phoenix ASP.NET Users Group. Among other things, we’ll be talking about how to create a Facebook application using ASP.NET, debugging aids, and the Facebook API. Along with that, Terralever will be releasing our library to the open-source community on Codeplex. (This post ......

I was exceptionally fortunate to get an opportunity to attend Microsoft's 2008 Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow! It's going to be a busy week, undoubtedly, but it's exciting to see what's up and coming. Some of the things that I'm really geared up for are: Under the Hood: Advances in the .NET Type System - We'll get ......

I recently went to my cousin's birthday party (he turned 6), and since he's apparently become a huge Star Wars fan (read: played LEGO Star Wars and loves shooting off C-3PO's leg), my parents decided to get him a couple small Star Wars LEGO toys that were designed for that age group. They're small - maybe 30 pieces or so - but they're still pretty neat, ......

So often in the managed world we're able to get away with not worrying about memory management. "But the GC takes care of cleaning my objects for me!" That's true; but if you want your application to be performant, you should at least understand what's going on in all of those circuits and silicon. In Part 2, I talked a bit about how creating object ......

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