XslCompiledTransform Performance

Have you’ve ever written any code on .NET that does XSL transformations? Here’s another strong reason why you might think of making the jump to .NET 2.0 and start taking advantage of the .NET 2.0’s XslCompiledTransform class.

Anton Lapounov does a comparison of the major XSL transformers out there and the results are eye opening.

XslCompiledTransform

If you’ve tried building any of your pre 2.0 applications in Visual Studio 2005, you would have already seen the warning which keeps pushing you to use the XslCompiledTransform class.

The major jump in performance is due to the fact that we’re now using an XSL compiler as opposed to the rest which are all interpreters.

XslCompiledTransform Performance

Review: eTickets.lk

Sri Lanka is finally starting to take it’s fledgling steps in moving to the internet. Yesterday, I booked tickets through www.etickets.lk (wow 2006 and finally).

The whole experience was quite good, but it will be a long time before these become mainstream (I’m only talking about Colombo). One impeding factor is that unlike in most other countries, the business model is not ad based instead an additional payment of 25/– is charged for each ticket. Given that these reservations are only available for balcony tickets this is not a major problem because I learned how to sell tickets online a while ago and understand the process.

In addition to this the membership fee costs 250/– but as a promotional offer is free till August 23 (tomorrow). If I were you I would simply create a login for myself just in case. My advise to the company, drop this membership business.

eTickets.lk uses a simple AJAXy interface to show the box plan and allows you to select the seats you want to book and add them to your shopping cart.

eTickets.lk

The current listing shows only Liberty and Majestic cinemas, but they plan to add more stuff like concerts, theater and seminars.

Oh and BTW the site is developed using ASP.NET, goody, goody!

Review: eTickets.lk

Windows Live Writer

Microsoft just released Windows Live Writer today and I’m guessing this is going to replace BlogJet as my default editor. Get it here.

Just a quick summary of the features:

  • Works with all great blog tools
  • WYSIWYG (literally), this is done by downloading your style/theme. Your editor shows up just like your actual blog
  • Uploading pictures (wow, just noticed that it has cool effects to apply, like the drop shadow you see below)Auto saving of posts (no more lost ones)
  • more than one account to blog to (alas doesn’t support the Group Posting that BlogJet has – the only con)
  • Did I mention that it is FREE!

Windows Live Writer

August User Group Meetup

Quick note out to all you guys that we’ve shifted the user group meeting to the Microsoft office at WTC and unfortunately you can only attend if you registered early due to seating issues.

Don’t keep that from holding you back though, feel free to gate crash if you don’t mind standing!

Remember: There will be no UG meeting at Gateway, Borella instead at Microsoft, 31st Floor, West Wing, WTC.

August User Group Meetup