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William Kempf wkempf
  • Vista Start Menu

    tgraupmann wrote:
    I'm just surprised that the single point to which all windows users access windows couldn't have got more attention. The first thing I did was set the start menu back to classic mode. The new version is terrible. Patch needed...

    The start button got a lot of attention.  You just don't care for it, mostly it seems because you didn't give it a chance.

    The massive cascading menus of the old system really was clunky.  Even when navigating via mouse, I much prefer the new system with a single list.  If you don't, that's acceptable, but it's an opinion only, and Microsoft gave you a way to stick with the old style if you have that opinion.  So, no room for complaints on that.

    Organization... hasn't changed beyond the "styling" into a single list instead of cascading menus.

    The real kicker here, though, is the other improvements to the start button.  As others have pointed out, as much as I prefer the new menu interface... I hardly ever use it.  The search box makes launching applications SOOO much easier and quicker.

  • How do I get this to compile in Visual Studio 2005?

    Shining Arcanine wrote:

    short arr [len];

    There's your problem line.  You can't declare an array with a variable size.  'len' must be a constant.  Obviously, that's not what you want to do here, so your other option is to allocate the array on the heap (malloc/new/whatever).

    I'm surprised GCC accepts this.

  • Vista SP1 beta release today

    Misleading title.  SP1 was not released today.  A SP1 beta was/is/will be/whatever.  Still good news, but you should consider changing the title.

  • Extension Methods and LGPL?

    No reason to hide them.  As long as all you're doing is statically linking, the LGPL doesn't effect your code, and this includes extension methods, which are just syntactic sugar around a static method.

  • IE7 counting elephants at start up

    AdrianJMartin wrote:
    Counting elephants has revealled the

    SSVHelper Class

    as being the culprit!

    plenty of google hits say turn it off - none i found say what it is or what it does?

    Slows Startup Virtually Helper?
    System Slowdown Vital Helper?
    Start Slowly Virus Helper?



    So this is not an IE problem.  It's also not a problem in any of Microsoft's code.  If you don't use Java applets, you probably can leave it turned off.

  • Google gets the better of Microsoft

    Chinmay007 wrote:
    I'm 100% correct but spreading FUD at the same time. It's sad when the truth causes fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

    Politicians are great at this (you are not).  Take part of the "truth" out of context, and you'll be technically 100% correct, but you'll be lying through your teeth none-the-less.  Going back to context, you know perfectly well what I was saying you were doing to spread FUD.  You are purposely giving the impression that there's no way OOXML will be accepted as a standard (you probably even believe this to be likely, but you know it's not a certainty), but the only "truth" in what you said is that it won't be accepted AS IT IS NOW.  That's obvious, since the voting is over.  But that doesn't mean it's simply locked out for ever.  With the requested modifications and clarification it well may be accepted later on.  You have no idea if that will happen or not, you're just spreading FUD because you don't want it to happen.

    Of course, you know that, so all I'm doing is feeding the troll.  Sorry, won't happen again.

  • Google gets the better of Microsoft

    Chinmay007 wrote:
    Fact of the matter is, OOXML is NOT an ISO standard, and OOXML in it's current form WILL NEVER be an ISO standard

    OpenDocument is.

    So while you might whine that you can't implement a spreadsheet without leaving ISO, you can't implement pretty much anything in Microsoft's format without leaving ISO.

    Nice to know you can predict the future.  Oh, wait, you said "in it's current form".  So you are 100% correct, but are making a pointless statement in order to spread FUD.  Let's leave politics out of this, please.

  • C# over JVM, or Java over CLR/CLI

    punkouter wrote:

    Yes, I know, but J# have lots of enhancements (Microsoft Enhancements) that is not in the Java Spec. The idea that I'm asking here is to compile the Java language itself (Java 5) to CLR/CLI. Given that both of them are targeting VM and have similar facilities it might be possible to do this. If it can be done, then maybe you can write C# applications with Java libraries. Isn't that cool? (or am i being fetish?)

    There are already a very large number of Java libraries ported to .NET by using J#, so I don't understand why you dismissed that response.  There's few extensions in J#, and extensions don't change the fact that the rest of Java still exists.

    That said, most Java libraries ported this way are suboptimal solutions.  The APIs feel "foreign" because of Java's lack of .NET features such as delegates and properties.

  • And now... LINQ for Ruby

    TimP wrote:

    I'm not quite sure what you're trying to get at. C# and .NET weren't made in a clean room; they borrowed stuff from Java and other languages/frameworks, too.

    I think you're misinterpreting this as an attack on other languages.  I actually really like Ruby, and the last thing I'd be doing is attacking it.  I'm not putting any other languages down, I'm giving the C# designers credit where credit is due, for an exciting new technology.

    When LINQ was first discussed by Microsoft, many, MANY, developers questioned (or worse) the idea.  So it's worth noting that now we have several languages with LINQ like technologies.

    1.  JavaScript
    2.  Java
    3.  Ruby
    4.  .NET

    I expect other implementations to follow.  So, even though LINQ isn't officialy released yet, I'd say it's already an overwhelming success.

  • And now... LINQ for Ruby

    Seems Microsoft has certainly started something Wink.