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Thou Shalt not Iterate! : Part 1
LINQ as we all know provides intrinsic data querying capabilities to the framework languages supporting LINQ. Going forward its an obvious way to code clean, and with growing number of LINQ providers (LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities, LINQ to XML, LINQ for Maps, and not to forget DryadLinq and pLinq for us Cloudy folks’ Parallel Computing needs, and so on) it looks to be the de facto standard for querying within dotnet framework languages. Let us get acquainted to LINQ by taking a close look at the ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 4:56 PM

Toys of Joys – Part 2 Upgraditis
Come late 2000 and I started experiencing first symptoms of a disease which would haunt me the rest of my life. Its not that I am complaining though its actually been a blessing in disguise this Upgraditis :). First upgrades to the machine listed in the previous post were the processor, motherboard and RAM. Processor – Pentium III (Coppermine) 733 It was a time when the GHz war was yet to begin. AMD was just brimming ear to ear with the success of the Duron and we in the Indian hinterlands were still ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 11:27 PM

Joyous Toys – Part 1
Here we have a series of posts wherein I’ll reminisce in detail about my computing hardware journey so far. This is a tribute some magnificent and some not so magnificent pieces of hardware that has made this short journey of 11 years so enjoyable. Although, technically it would be more than 16 years of computing, I’ll be sticking to the Hardware I personally owned instead of classroom computers that I got to abuse as a kid. Technology overall and computer hardware in particular was a distant dream ......

Posted On Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:32 AM

“Please wait while the installer finishes determining your disk space requirements”
Now this is a error that every Microsoft VPC or Virtual Server user must have encountered at least once. The root lies in the way the installer initiates some disk space calculation mechanisms from the GUI. A simple alternative is using the following command. msiexec /package <filename.MSI> /qr Or if you are the more adventurous types go ahead extract the installer and run it with. <filename.exe> /extract <Target Folder> cd <Target Folder> msiexec /i <filename.msi> Technorati ......

Posted On Friday, February 19, 2010 9:34 AM

About Regular expressions
Lets face it, RegEx are a part and parcel of a developers’ life and very few actually have the know how to write them and even fewer have the willingness to do so. I am in the second category and oftentimes it takes me quite bit of inertia to wake up and create that perfect RegEx for my needs. Nettuts+ here does a lot of good to the community by providing a well thought-out and even well presented list of 8 RegEx you should know. Some of which you must have come across at some point in your career. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:16 PM

She's out and she's called Windows Phone 7
I hope Stevie Wonder (Steve Ballmer) of MSFT was right when he proclaimed that 7 was a luck number for MSFT. It better be, 'cause I am already loving the Windows 7 experience and some more WinMo oops now WinPho (I coined that term remember that :)) won't hurt either. Microsoft has covered all the nook and crannies of the interface in a video on MSDN. What MSFT has managed to achieve here was totally unexpected from the Redmond. A complete revamp of the platform. They've thrown all crap out of the ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:11 AM

Excited about Microsoft MWC 2009 Keynote
All you tech addicts out there must be following the MWC 2010 keenly enough. But today (tonight for me in India) is a night I've been waiting eagerly. Kind of with the same teeny excitement with which we awaited the disappointing iPad. Tonights the night when my infidelities with WinMo may come to an end. I am sorry WinMo, yes I admit I was dating the iPhone OS, and Android lately. But you are to blame partly for it. Tonight I'll see if we could settle scores. Lets see what WinMo 7 err Windows Phone ......

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 5:02 PM

RANT: Cloud Downtime : Update - Resolved
Context: My Windows Azure account is inaccessible since last morning (IST), its been 24 Hrs since I raised alarm with the support folks and its yet to be resolved. Rant: Now this is not a freebie account we are talking here, I am a Customer as well as a regular "Consumer". Have bills mounting 300$ +. Surprisingly another free account is there and the storage on that is running fine (Till 31st March). Now what have us poor paying folks done to receive such treatment? What about the SLA? I am being ......

Posted On Friday, February 12, 2010 10:58 AM

Azure wish list by one of the key Azure Patrons
Joannes Vermorel of Lokad Forecasting is a Azure early adopter and a sincere patron ever since I've been lurking around the Azure forums. Always ready to help and come with innovative ideas to utilize Azure resources. Joannes yesterday has posted a long and very well compiled wish-list for the perfect Azure experience that he envisions. Why is this list important? Lokad in general and Joannes in particular shares my idea of a perfect cloud application. Forecasting requires sudden burst of compute ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:46 PM

No more "Path is too long"
Bugged by the irritating "Path is too long after being fully qualified" error while running in the Development Fabric? The solution is pretty funny and not so obvious unfortunately. The culprit here is not your app, but the Development Fabric. The DevFab accumulates a lot of temporary junk comprising of local storage locations, cached binaries, configuration, diagnostics information and cached compiled web site content files over its lifetime. They are typically stored at C:\Users\<username>\A... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 3:47 PM

Windows Azure Drive
The Azure team today released a few goodies. One of them is the OS release 1.1 and the other key release is the Azure Drive. This is brilliant implementation and will pave ways for some new patterns in designing apps for Azure. Here is a summary straigh from the horses mouth. Windows Azure Drive provide Windows Azure applications the ability to use a durable drive to store and access their data using standard Windows NTFS APIs. The following summarizes some high level points to remember when using ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:57 AM

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