Archive for July, 2009

Whitepaper on Visual Studio 2008 Performance Profiling (in Finnish only)

Just a short note: I have published a white paper (unfortunately in Finnish only) about the Visual Studio 2008 performance profiler. The white paper is 29 pages long and covers the key concepts of profiling as well as guidance on using the Visual Studio’s profiler both in instrumentation and sampling modes. The article and the […]

July 29, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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LINQ to SQL changes in .NET 4.0

LINQ to SQL (formely known as DLINQ) is a data access technology that only got a very short period of prime time. After being introduced as a poster child for the LINQ technology in .NET 3.5, it was quickly superseded by the Entity Framework shipped in .NET 3.5 SP1. But contrary to the popular belief, […]

July 29, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Integrity and technology consulting

A Team Foundation Server MVP blogged about the good aspects of TFS, removed a comment with alternative views and brought about some interesting discussion. Read it all here. The key question: Should an acknowledged technology consultant – and I’ll admit the MVP programs indicates some sort of acknowledgement – be fair and balanced in his […]

July 27, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Browser Ballot Screen is coming; gets a 0.5% market share cutoff

I have to admit I’m stunned. Given what I wrote in early June on the IE browser bundling issue and the subsequent launch of Windows 7 E, I wouldn’t have expected Microsoft to go so easily on the Browser Ballot Screen… but now they are embracing it. Microsoft’s most recent proposal to the EC contains […]

July 27, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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YouTube reminds me why Business Intelligence will rock

Business Intelligence, i.e. mining data from various sources and combining it to easily readable aggregate views, is coming fast. It’s coming because there is more and more data, but also because there is less and less time to interpret it properly. YouTube’s recent addition of video statistics reminds me of all this. Under many YouTube […]

July 23, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Learning calendar for Microsoft developers 2009-2010

If you’re a developer on the Microsoft platform, you should enjoy your summer vacation. Given that Redmondians talk about the largest launch wave in their history ever, your brain ought to be well rested before the fall kicks off. In the following, I’ll outline a few themes that will be of interest to you in […]

July 22, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Microsoft’s three-day WPC blaze recapped

WPC 2009’s main keynotes are behind us, and the dust is settling. Microsoft made the headlines three days in a row and created quite a buzz. So is the Redmond giant experiencing a new renaissance? What was announced? The amount of stuff Microsoft has pushed out during the three first days has been impressive. It […]

July 16, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Windows Azure vs. Amazon cloud pricing

Day 2 keynote of WPC wasn’t as thrilling as the first one, but we got what we wanted: Windows Azure pricing. Plus a free few months, starting now. How’s that? The most important things first: The prices are available in Windows Azure team blog. There are also a few words on the Service Level Agreement […]

July 14, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 11 Comments
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ScriptLogic says Windows 7 is a bust – or wait…

A few days ago it was widely reported that 60% of companies were going to skip Windows 7. I had the gut feeling of seeing misinterpreted statistics, but didn’t find the time to uncover the thing. Thankfully Ed Bott did, and thus uncovered another classic example of statistics “interpretation”. Ed’s post sums it up pretty […]

July 14, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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WPC Office 2010 announcements in short

WPC day one keynote was quite a feast. Here are the highlights regarding Office 2010, perhaps the most awaited announcement. Number of new features were demonstrated. Check out Paul Thurrott’s nice preview article, but here are some of my picks: Support for multiple simultaneous users editing a single Office document Ribbon UI for all the […]

July 13, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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