Since I haven't done it in a while, this time I'm doing it like the man, Bob Abooey
  • So I read the interview with Joshua Bloch about the new Java language features and couldn't help thinking back the conclusion of my C# vs. Java article
    It is my opinion that both languages are similar enough that they could be made to mirror each other without significant effort if so required by either user base. In this case, C# would have it easier than Java in that C# has less to borrow from Java than Java would have to borrow from C#.
    Out of the six new language features four are in C#, one announced as a future feature of C# and the last is of dubious quality. At this rate both languages should be functionaly identical in the next few releases.

    At this point it looks like the APIs will be [even more] the primary differentiator when it comes to comparing Java against C#. Looks like those of us designing .NET Framework APIs have our work cut out for us. :)

  • A friend of mine, co-worker and all around brilliant research guy Erik Meijer now has a blog. Erik is the head-in-the-box character from the MSDN show VBTV.

    He currently has an interesting post that gives insight into the acceptance process behind academic conferences. He wrote an excellent paper entitled Unifying Tables, Objects and Documents which is a favorite topic of many of the folks on my team (It's all about ROX). However one of the reviewers seemd to take a disliking to the paper [perhaps his work wasn't cited?] and dissed it pretty hard which meant the paper got rejected. This is unfortunate because it is interesting and innovative work.

  • I'm going to be quite busy over the next month [including being out of town for over 2 weeks] so will probably stop actively working on RSS Bandit code this weekend. I'll try to make sure auto-update is tested this weekend so I can ship v1.1 but it is unlikely I'll have any code to improve the current caching situation.

    Torsten and a number of other folks would like to control exactly how RSS items are cached by the application. Currently I just save the last successful download of the feed to disk. Unfortunately this means that items are often overwritten from previous saves especially for feeds that only show recent posts. Many people would like the option to just cache everything ever downloaded or have fine grained control over how far back stuff is kept for.

    I now have the crazy idea that I can actually use a database (Yaaay, SQL Server) to store and query my RSS feeds instead of the file system and would like to build an abstract caching layer which hides the details of how the feeds are actually stored on disk. I'll sketch out my ideas and work on this as a post-v1.1 feature.

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Disclaimer: The above comments do not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer. They are solely my opinion.


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