Mario Cannistrà

Mario Cannistrà mcannistra Mario Cannistrà

Niner since 2005


  • RiSE at the Principles of Programming Languages' 09

    Hi Shaz.

    When I started working in IT (1984) i had access to some "academic" papers thanks to a friend of mine with contacts in US. At that time, internet was not so ... easiliy available Smiley and the amount of info i have now access just searching the web cannot be compared....

    Subjects discussed in those papers drove me through the fascinating world of IT and increased my passion for ... everything that's computing related Smiley

    It was for me a big surprise to see both the ACM logo on Channel 9  AND papers on interesting subjects. Yes, I was referring to "A calculus of atomic actions" but also other papers like "SPEED: Precise and Efficient Static Estimation of Program Computational Complexity" were interesting as well.

    Previously, I was aware of interesting activities going on at Microsoft Research thanks to some of Jim Gray's great papers about SDSS and database techniques applied to Astronomy (yes, I'm also an amateur astronomer). But I didn't know you were also working on Software Engineering.  Nice surprise !

    About the deeper dive in a video: it's a difficult question. Given the level of detail reached by both papers, I could not imagine a deeper level in a video without reaching an excessive length...

    In my humble opinion, you could prepare videos to introduce the subjects to niners and leave the details in the papers. Links to papers' pdfs (and source code if any) should be supplied in the video post.

    my 2 cents...


  • RiSE at the Principles of Programming Languages' 09

    Welcome on Channel 9 to the RiSE team. Nice to see the ACM logo here !   Smiley

    Thank you for the papers : just read the first and it was amazing.

  • Drag-Drop Data Binding Comes to WPF in Visual Studio 2010

    Nice video ! Thank you.

    I tried to embed this video in a post on my company's internal blog using the html you supply from the video player UI, but I got a problem.

    The preview image is displayed but the white play triangle is not showing up and there is no way to start the video clicking on the preview.

    Should I add something else to embed your videos for my team to watch ?

    Thank you,

    PS: the blog is based on

  • New Role for Bill in July 2008

    Just read an interesting column on The Economist:


    The new powers in giving

    "Despite many denials, it is widely believed Mr Buffett made his gift conditional upon Mr Gates giving up his day job at Microsoft."

    I don't think that Mr Buffett made such a condition. Certainly, driving the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation in doing the best with such a huge amount of money will require a great management effort. I think Mr Gates just wants to direct all his energies in those projects.

    ..and I add my wishes for Mr Gates and its foundation in doing more for other people.