Mail Server down

The server I use for mail, nicely maintained by Felix Kasza (the best postmaster around, mind you) seems to be completely unreachable from a large portion of the Net, apparently because of problems in the Sprint or Pair networks. So if anyone feels like they need to reach me fast,...

Native XML Databases

As I was reading XML-related things around the web, a question dawned on me: Does anyone know of any Native XML Databases that work well with .NET? (or just plain work at all?) I personally don't need one right now (altough it would certainly be cool), I'd just like to...

Lisp and other Languages

I just read this discussion between Paul Prescod and Paul Snively regarding Python and several other programming languages. I find this kind of discussions quite interesting for two reasons: 1) Programming Languages and Compiler design is one of the topics I really like in Computer Science, and 2) they make...

The correct answer

Craig Andera: The correct answer to any architectural question is always "it depends." ;) I've always had the feeling that "It depends" is the correct answer to most questions in the software development practice ;)

Format of Choice - II

Simon: Well, let me ask this, why is SOAP the wire format of choice over HTTP? I'm sure there must be a conspiracy there somewhere.....

New MC++ Remoting Sample

I just posted a new sample that shows how to implement remoting in MC++ with a shared interface assembly and a WellKnown Singleton server object. You can get is here. It's based on one of the samples in Ingo's book ;)

Format of Choice - I

Simon answers my earlier question (thanks!). I think it sounds awfully cool, and definitely makes sense if one considers the messaging vs. RPC issue that has been beaten to death recently. However, Simon's answer poses another question: Why is SOAP the format/protocol to use with these kinds of transports? I...

Soap & Transports

Simon, in response to a question by John Udell regarding SOAP Routing, says: It doesn't preclude it, but SOAP routing gets more interesting when you take HTTP out of the picture and look at other transports.. </p> Being a courious mind and all that, I ask: What other transports? I'd...

Strong Names - Take 2

Charles Cook takes on my comments about Strong Names and Open Source and continues the discussion. He makes some good points, particularly about combining strong names with certificates. Certificates aren't the be-all solution either, as they certainly have been attack in the past (as the attack on the Microsoft certificate,...

Strong Names and Open Source

I've been thinking about just how Strong Names in .NET (as generated by SN.EXE) and Open Source libraries should be mixed, and I must admit I haven't quite made up my mind, yet. I started thinking about this after Simon's and Peter's recent discussion on the security merits of strong...