Bent Rasmussen

Bent Rasmussen esoteric λ

Niner since 2007


  • Chittur Subbaraman: Inside Windows 7 - Service Controller and Background Processing

    Definitely a great video Charles. It gives a nice insight into how services and service management is becomming smarter in Windows 7.
  • Expert to Expert: The Basics of SmallBasic

    It would be cool with a pure version of this environment for kids as well - where you can't in fact say x += 1. Something to prevent corruption of the mind Wink
  • Expert to Expert: Meijer and ​Chrysanthak​opoulos - Concurrency, Coordination and the CCR

    I would like to hear more about integration between concurrency paradigms, formally and practically - in software stacks. To quote Niklas Gustafsson 

    "The developer division concurrency runtime, on the other hand, is designed to serve as low-level infrastructure for a variety of programming models surfaced in libraries and languages."

    "Therefore, we are looking into how we can integrate the CCR functionality on top of the concurrency runtime once we have shipped the latter; it's important to us that it work well with other libraries that may also be used in an application, such as OpenMP, MPI, PLINQ, etc."

  • 10-4 Episode 3: ASP.NET WebForms 4.0

    Is there anything Internet Explorer specific to Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4.0? Otherwise I don't see the point here.
  • 10-4 Episode 3: ASP.NET WebForms 4.0

    Nice presentation by Jonathan. Some good explanation of features and I really like this guys style.
  • XAML Guidelines, Part 1

    Yep. Nothing kills a good interview like bad audio - clipping, distortion and too low volume. And God forbid anyone uses constant background music - like reading text over a difference clouds effect. You know who you are, B.K. Wink
  • Maestro: A Managed Domain Specific Language For Concurrent Programming

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all the M and Parallelism talks. For parallelism there is enough to keep you busy for quite some time.

    So now we know that Maestro is built on CCR.

    • TPL
    • CCR
    • Maestro
    • ?
    • CRT
    • PPL
    • ?
    I would be interested in
    • Native vs managed integration? - CRT/PPL vs TPL/threadpool
    • TPL/CCR integration?
    • What scale do you expect what libraries to be able to manage?
    • What level of concurrency do what libraries efficiently enable?
    • How do what concurrency paradigms affect program complexity and predictability and how future proof will they be
    • In the past sequential programs became faster with faster processors; we cannot just expect parallel programs to continue to scale - exposing concurrency at some level may seem fine, but it will start to hurt at some level -- program flow prevents absolute parallelism; maximization how? - Niklas talks about speculative parallelism...
    • Dogfooding -
      • Where is Microsoft be dogfooding these libraries - applications and services; what is being done in Windows itself, going forward?
      • What will it dogfood where and why?
      • How deep into the OS will it dogfood and what will be used where?
      • What does concurrency mean for Windows?
    • Implicit concurrency
      • Is it feasible?
      • What languages?
      • What timescale?
      • On what scale?
      • Dynamic program optimization for needed parallelism (no. of cores) or static partitioning with "fixed-grained" tasks?
    • Parallelism concepts, how many are there both research-stage and applied
    • Will the asking ever stop?

  • Mr. Indigo & Mrs. Azure

    Your post was the point.
  • C# 4.0 - Questions and reasons behind the answers

    As usual, Anders presents us with all the goodies, packaged up in time for Christmas. A paedagogical talent as well.

    The explanation of dynamic is very good and should lay to rest the unfounded criticism of the feature. Of course anytime you introduce another hammer there's a chance someone else use it to knock themselves out, but it sure is a nice thing to have.  The examples of DOM and REST are very good and I'm very intrigued to explore them closer.  Some things are indeed inherently dynamic and "unsafe", you just have to box them in, and that is exactly what the dynamic type does.

    Also looking very much forward to the next VS with MEF and "AST coloring" (okay, bad term).

    Kudos to the team from Denmark Smiley
  • Framework Design Guidelines

    Interfaces- well there is a third choice between extending interfaces and not using interfaces at all. I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned.

    Extend the interface in another v2 interface. Isn't it obvious?
  • Microsoft .NET Framework: CLR Futures

    The Design-by-Contract (CodeContract) is of course very Eiffelike, even the old-value semantics is there. The syntax is quite bloated in comparison [as leriksen71 says], but having the semantics at all is a first step. Also, tail recursion optimization is a welcome improvement.
  • Mike Taulty: 44 Amazing Silverlight 2.0 Screencasts

    Flash can playback dynamically generated audio. Can I do that with Silverlight 2.0?
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