This is truly revolutionary. Skype let’s you have voice conversations with your friends
and it’s really really good quality. Check it out at Skype.com,
once you installed it give me a ring, my username is ‘merill’.
Finally, took my last exam for the MCSD.NET today. This was the Designing and Implementing
Databases with SQL Server 2000 exam and I scored 87%.
Now I only need to take the Administering exam on SQL Server to get my MCDBA. But
that’ll have to wait till November as I don’t have the time or the money to spend
on exams for now.
I got this in the mail today:
The paomnnehil pweor of the hmuan mnid.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht
the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but
the wrod as a wlohe.
I wondered whether this logic would work with Chris
Brumme’s hardcore stuff on the CLR. Here you decide:
For nramol PoIvknes, a bitlablte tpye eepoxss the bteys of an ojbcet in the GC
haep dcreitly to uemaanngd cdoe. Tihs osvolibuy mnaes taht the betys msutn’t
be meovd by a GC raotlecion utinl the ugmannaed cdoe has sepptod acsciensg tehm.
In msot cseas, the PonIvke leayr can aatoluamtcily pin the betys for the limetfie
of the clal.
Did it make any sense? Here’s the original stuff:
For normal PInvokes, a blittable type exposes the bytes of an object in the GC
heap directly to unmanaged code. This obviously means that the bytes mustn’t
be moved by a GC relocation until the unmanaged code has stopped accessing them.
In most cases, the PInvoke layer can automatically pin the bytes for the lifetime
of the call.
Thanks a lot for everyone who came to the seminar yesterday. I hope you all saw the
power and productivity gains of moving to the .NET platform. I started working with
.NET nearly two years ago and have never looked back. The rest of the development
world pales in comparison to what you can do with .NET.
As promised you can download the presentation and code from here.
I feel that not a lot of developers in Sri Lanka know enough about .NET. .NET is going
to one of the key development skills required in the future. We Sri Lankans need to
master these technologies to keep our competitive edge over our conterparts from India
and other countries.
I’m trying to do my little part by holding seminars. I would really love to hear back
from you all on the seminar and your ideas on how we can improve it. Please click
on the Comment link below to leave your comments (especially the constructive criticisms)
or email me at [email protected].
Although Office 2003 is slated to be released to the public in October, Microsoft
has released Office 2003 for MSDN
Universal users. If you or your company is an MSDN Universal subscriber go grab
your copy from the MSDN site!
I’ve been using the beta now for nearly three months and Outlook is way over the edge
(the junk mail filter captures nearly 99% of all my junk mail) plus the new Office
product called One
Note has saved me countless number of minutes whenever I needed to write a quick
note or search for old notes.
I recently had a very good experience with HSBC, after going through a Citizens One personal loans reviews. I applied for a personal loan from
these guys, since our company was not registered in their PIL (Personal
Installment Loan) scheme we had to go through the process of registering the organization
with HSBC. This process took about 3 days and then my loan was approved literally
And I never had to step out of office for anything! Would you believe that? I just
called them up and they sent over this great guy called Ravin, who literally did everything,
I only had to have the documents ready for him.
Now that’s my kind of customer service!
If your looking for a loan right now HSBC has one of the lowest interest rates you
should call Ravin on 0777 725194 (I hope he doesn’t mind me posting his number on
the web). For my loan of Rs. 700k I only end up paying a total interest of Rs. 60k.
The exam consisted of three case studies having 15, 10 and 7 questions. My preparation
for this exam was reading the MOC Course
2710 Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures.
For anyone planning to take this exam but who can’t get their hands on this, read
up a lot about the MSF
Process Model, particularly the Planning Phase and know the distinctions between
the Conceptual, Logical and Physical Models.
Now I’ve just got to do one more exam to complete my MCSD.NET, hope I can take it
by this Friday then I would have completed all five MCSD exams in just five weeks.
It was great to see so many people interested in .NET and I have already got some
really excellent feedback by mail. There was just one hitch during presentation when
I wasn’t able to demo the data access code due to a SQL Server issue. Apparently Windows
Server 2003 only
supports SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 and above.
Anyway I would love to hear more feedback from everyone who came for the seminar including
the shortcomings so that I can improve on the next one. You can mail me at [email protected] or
click on the Add Comment link below to enter your comments.
The next seminar will be on migrating applications from Visual Basic 6/COM to Visual
Basic .NET at 5.30pm on the 15th of September.
The next course that I will be starting at Gateway on 20 Sep (Sat) will be on Programming
with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, you can even download the first two modules
in the course from the course
page at Microsoft.
Update: It looks like my hosting provider doesn’t let me keep zip files for downloading,
I will try to put up the files in another location and let you know once the url is
Update: The links to the presentation and code files are working now.
Passed the 70-320 exam
on Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# today.
My score for this exam was 966/1000 which meant that I had got two questions wrong
out of the fifty seven.
Three exams in three weeks that leaves another two more to go for the MCSD .NET certification!