Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

Austin Code Camp Stuff ...

.NET Stuff | Linq | Performance | User Groups
I promised that I'd make the materials from my talk at the Austin Code Camp available for download. I've finally gotten it compressed and uploaded. It's 111 MB so be forewarned. Since I used WinRar (and that's not as ubiquitous as zip formats), I've made is a self-extracting archive. You'll need Vis... [More]

WooHoo! Blog Update!

Idle Babbling
As you can see, I've updated the look of this here little blog o' mine. I know it's not quite perfect and I'm sure some of y'all out there would do a much better job of making it pretty, but I think it's not too shabby for a graphically-challenged programmer-type such as myself. It's still using das... [More]

Operation could destabilize the runtime??

I've never seen this error message before. Saw it yesterday as I was re-theming dasBlog for this blog o' mine (coming soon ... I'm almost done).  I was working on adding some extenders from the Ajax Control Toolkit (if you not seen this - and I'd be surprised if you haven't - it's a collection ... [More]

A Gaming User Group?

Events | User Groups
Well ... something like that but not exactly. There's a new user group starting up here in Houston that's going to focus on gaming ... not playing games, but creating them. They are going to focus on the tools, techniques and tips that the average developer needs to create games for XBox or Windows ... [More]

More Notes on Performance Testing

Performance | Visual Studio Tools
Well, I wanted to provide a little update on my previous discussion on the my performance testing methodology; I've refined it a bit while getting ready for the Austin Code Camp. Of course, GC.Collect() is still very important ... but I must correct myself in the previous post. It's called before ... [More]

Austin Code Camp ...

Events | User Groups
Well, I'm heading up to the Austin Code Camp on Saturday. Looking forward to it ... I'll be giving a talk on Linq performance at 1:00 PM. I've been doing some more tests (after the previous blog entry) and I've noticed some pretty interesting things about Linq performance versus traditional ADO.NET.... [More]

Notes on performance testing

.NET Stuff | Performance
In performing the performance tests for Linq vs. ADO.NET, I spent quite a bit of time getting the methodology ironed out. Why? Well, I kept getting different results depending on the order in which the test methods were run. This struck me as somewhat odd and, honestly, even more frustrating. If the... [More]

Launch in Second Life ...

Events | Second Life
This Saturday at 9:00 AM SLT (that's Second Life Time ... or Pacific Time), we will be having the Visual Studio 2008/Windows Server 2008/Sql Server 2008 Launch event in Second Life. This is the first event of its kind ... yeah, there have been user group meetings, but nothing quite this big, quite t... [More]

Thoughts on Linq vs ADO.NET - Simple Query

.NET Stuff | Linq | Performance
I had a little discussion today with an old buddy of mine this morning. I won't mention his name (didn't ask him for permission to) but those of you in Houston probably remember him ... he used to be a Microsoft guy and is probably one of the best developers in town. I have a world of respect for hi... [More]

Linq vs. ADO.NET - Simple Query

.NET Stuff | Performance | Linq
In my last blog post, I took a look at how Linq handles anonymous types. I also promised to do some performance comparisons between Linq and traditional ADO.NET code. Believe it or not, creating a "fair" test is not as easy as one would think, especially when data access is involved. Due to the natu... [More]