Managed Pointers

While researching a problem someone was having in the newsgroups this weekend, I ran into section 1.1.4.2 of the CIL spec (Partition III), which covers managed pointers. While I understand what this section talks about, some questions did come up which I'm not sure about: What would managed pointers pointing...

Of this and that...

Miscellaneous bits here and there. I started reading through Martin Fowler's new book yesterday, and imagine my surprise to find my name listed on the book's preface. Sure, I had written a couple of comments to the author back when he had his ISA pages up (nothing big, really), but...

Yey Gift!

Yesterday, a few of my coworkers got together to give me a present: A copy of Martin Fowler's most recent book "Patterns of Enterprise Application Integration". What a great present! This one was at the top of my to-buy list! Thank you so much to Yenny, Manuel, Gabriel, Hugo and...

Interop Libs Repository

Sam is leading a community effort to create a repository of COM interop libraries and interface definitions, and has gotten started on a GotDotNet's workspace. I think this is a great idea, and I'll try to contribute my bits as time allows!

MS, IBM, Rational and Borland

Quite a bit of sources mentioning the possible lookout of MS to acquire Rational or Borland. Not that I'm excited about the prospect, since I've found Rational products to be quite a disappointement, particularly Rational Rose, which was as bad as they came. I'm surprised, though, that I haven't seen...

Debug Probes

Just read a newsgroup post by MS' Jim Hogg mentioning what sounds like a really cool feature and very useful debugging aid: Customer Debug Probes. Here's a quote: "(In passing, I'll plug the "Customer Debug Probes" feature, in the "Tool Developers Guide" folder -- coming soon. With a config file,...

A Marvelous Gift!

My friend Carlos gave me a wonderful present today: My very own copy of Don's Essential .NET book! Thank you so much, pal!

Es Contexts

Adrian Bateman pointed me towards this great article on EnterpriseServices. It covers a lot of details, although it doesn't fully answer my questions. I wanted, however, to point out one part of the document I think is particularly dangerous. It reads: "When the root object gets created, the associated unmanaged...

New name!

Just found out Adrian Bateman, a name I quickly recognized from Developmentor's excellent DotNet mail lists, has a weblog. Added!

Managed and Unmanaged Contexts

To approach our current EnterpriseServices/COM+ discussion in a somewhat different director, let me ask a question that's been nagging me for a while now. Perhaps someone knows the answer or can point me towards some documentation (online, book, whatever). What exactly is the relation, and the interactions between, unmanaged and...