Archive for July, 2004

Bookmarking is still a vague concept

I accidentally bumped into a W3C XForms mailing list posting by yours truly, sent back in January 2002 and strongly advocating the role of GET http method. I had no memory trace of posting something like that, but I still agree with many of the points. Not just GET, but the message also talks about […]

July 28, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
Posted in: Web

Firefox toolbar adding custom local attributes for bugs

Yeah, the Bugzilla team has been crazy about this already, but I have to mention it too: Vladimir Vukicevic is developing a very promising tool called Bugwrangler. It's a system that allows you to create local metadata (custom keywords, personal priorities, freetext comments) on bugs and then use that metadata to sort bugs and whatever. […]

July 26, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
Posted in: Bugzilla

Tight syntax from a readability perspective

When reviewing the code for a massive new feature for Bugzilla, a question on the proper way to write logic stepped up again. Do we use the ternary conditional operator ?: ? Do we use explicit boolean constants true and false instead of relying on expression results? Let me demonstrate the issues encountered with some […]

July 25, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
Posted in: Misc. programming

Perl's map and grep on C# 2.0

My article Implementing Perl-style list operations using C# 2.0 is now public on CodeProject. Go read if you want new tools for your array/list toolbox.

July 24, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: .NET

Tools for beginners, pros and gurus

Microsoft has announced the product line overview of Visual Studio 2005. Since professional developers are already used to the full VS experience, the most interesting part is the Express product line, aimed at "beginning programmers and non-professional developers". Although the licensing conditions and final pricing remain to be published, it's rumoured that the price tag […]

July 23, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
Posted in: .NET

Perf testing .net framework 2: generics

After installing .net framework 2.0 beta 1 a while ago, I've been wanting to perf test C# generics to see if the speed increase from untyped containers is noticeable. I'm surprised on the little effect they had on tests, but on the positive side, Whidbey framework seems considerably faster than 1.1 anyway.

July 21, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: .NET

MSDN Magazine 8/04 is out!

The articles for MSDN Magazine 8/2004 are out. Nothing particularly dazzling at this time, unless you're interested in SQL Server Reporting Services, Genetic Algorithms, Sharepoint,, and Windows Forms internals and, uh… I guess I just summarized my main problem with MSDN Magazine: the breadth and depth of the articles in every freakin' issue […]

July 20, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: .NET

… and the warm welcomes …

So what's going on here? It's Jouni's blog about IT stuff, mostly coding-related. The history of this content stream actually dates back pretty far; I've published my writings more or less regularly for several years now. Since my other blog (Lakiblogi, in Finnish only) became focused on law issues only, I was left without an […]

July 20, 2004 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: General