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  • Ballmer in the News...

    I think Anders should run the company. He is far and away the most creative person in the organization. What did Ray Ozzie accomplish at Microsoft? Azure? Is that considered a success? 

    I think companies that are centered on a product need a product person at the top. Then business and marketing people report to the product person and are responsible for selling the product and making money from it.


  • IBM's market ​capitalizat​ion surpasses Microsoft

    , beerinbelgi​um wrote


    "I have no idea what Apple or Google are doing software wise, if they have the equivalent of C# and .NET."

    Apple has objective C which you use with XCode, and Google uses the original .NET. It's called Java. It was created far before Anders Hejlsberg, the MSJVM WFC lead(remember J++), decided to "borrow" it when Sun told him he couldn't create non JNI Win32 extensions.


    that I know. It is news from many years ago. I have no idea if Apple is using its abundant smarts to improve or replace objective C. Maybe a runtime framework that enables secure code to be written, yet provides all the great programmer productive features of .NET and C#.

  • IBM's market ​capitalizat​ion surpasses Microsoft

    , Cream​Filling512 wrote

    What does IBM even do?

    as a refugee from the IBM AS400 Microsoft is looking more and more like IBM. The more established the user community becomes, the more its respected members are reluctant to speak critically of the company. The current leadership of Microsoft is really bad. People should be talking about it more.  Also, everyone in the community follows the latest changes on their platform, but are oblivious to what is happening elsewhere.  I have no idea what Apple or Google are doing software wise, if they have the equivalent of C# and .NET.

  • win7 ​antivirus20​11 snuck onto my PC

    , magicalclick wrote

    Can I tryt the link as well. I am kind of interested to see what will happen on my computer.

    search google on "lady slipper" That is the name of the flower. Then in "images for lady slipper" I clicked on the first few images. That got the virus on my pc.  I am running win7 ultimate. IE9. firewall was on. microsoft security essentials was running.

    What I don't understand is why IE allows addins or plugins complete access to the PC. Can't there be some kind of tiered level of access that the user can grant the plugin to have?  Even for desktop apps you load on your PC. Make it so the app cannot update the registry, cannot write to a folder outside of the one it is installed in, can't do anything the brings up a UAC prompt, ...


  • win7 ​antivirus20​11 snuck onto my PC

    I don't know. I have windows security essential installed and running. Using IE9. Yet I browsed to a web site via google that had the picture of a flower. Next thing I know "win 7 antivirus 2011" has taken over my PC.  Could not open new tabs in IE9. It replaced ms security essentials. I am running as a user account.  how does it do what it did?  I got rid of it by killing a few processes.  But I have not rebooted since, so probably it is going to start running again. I have Java on the PC and I think I saw something about Java when I clicked on the images in IE9.  I can certainly see why people don't want to run Windows if your PC can be hijacked like that.

  • I just got this message from my aunt about my other aunt ...

    Is the following technically possible? Have a windows phone app that USB connects to the PC that needs support. That USB connection redirects all KVM activity to the phone. Then a 2nd windows phone is USB connected to the PC of a support tech. Start a remote desktop like session between the two phones, enabling the tech to troubleshoot and fix the PC.


  • JavaScript - What's in a name?

    is javascript a DSL, where the domain is the DOM? If so, put something about the DOM in the name.  It is definitely a dynamic language, so I would have someting that conveys it being dynamic vs static in the name.  Maybe ecma script 5 should fork into 2 directions. One that is a general purpose dynamic language. The other a dynamic language that has syntax, exception handling and security customized to the browser.

    Dynamic -> Dyno ( as in Gyno ), DOMDY, DOMIC,  MICDOM  <- DOM


  • Anders Interview next week: Ask Questions Here

    can static methods be made to obey the laws of inheritance? Currently the static methods of an abstract base class cannot be marked as override, virtual or abstract.

    How do static methods and fields of a class work? Does the compiler instantiate an object from the class and reserve that object as the holder of the static values?

  • Anders Interview next week: Ask Questions Here

    what does Anders think about dependency properties in WPF? I find them confusing and difficult to use. Esp when I have not written any WPF for a few months.  What is the case against building a "property changed notification facility" directly into the language?

        // the "signal property changed" clause after the method declaration tells the 
        // compiler to call the method whenever the value of the specific property is changed.
        // The name of the method does not matter.
        // The parameters passed to the method are the before change value of the property
        // and the current value.
        // more than 1 method could be defined to be called when the value of the property
        // changes. 
        // The goal being that you could bind to a property in xaml without having to wire
        // up a dependency property. The XAML compiler would create a "signal property changed"
        // method for its use to be signaled when the property value changes.
        private void CustomerNameChangedEventHandler( string wasValue, string newValue ) 
          : signal property changed Name_Of_Property_Here

  • Anders Interview next week: Ask Questions Here

    why is there both explicit casting and as operator conversions in the language? 

        DerivedClass dc = new DerivedClass();
        BaseClass bc1 = (BaseClass)dc;
        BaseClass bc2 = dc as BaseClass;

    The distinction that one throws an exception when the object cannot be cast and the other returns null is kind of confusing. And then there is an "explicit operator" static method that can be coded to provide customized conversions. But that only works for casting, not for as operator conversions.