Semi-regular web-link clearance – April 2010

Your First Silverlight Application

Learn how to write your first Silverlight application. Where to get the tools, and what settings to use during development. Only 4 lines of real code stand between you and having a Silverlight application running. Join me as I begin a series with this introductory article.

Parallelism in .NET – Introduction

Parallel programming is something that every professional developer should understand, but is rarely discussed or taught in detail in a formal manner.  Software users are no longer content with applications that lock up the user interface regularly, or take large amounts of time to process data unnecessarily.  Modern development requires the use of parallelism.  There is no longer any excuses for us as developers.

It’s Not Your To-Do List: Using Application Compatibility Tools to Diagnose Problems, Not Surface Them

There are a large number of tools available to assist you with application compatibility, and part of the challenge of becoming an app compat ninja is to understand how to apply each of these tools in the most effective way. I spoke last time about leveraging compatibility evaluators, hoping to help you work these into the process in a way more likely to make you happy. This time around, I want to back off and try to address a more general misconception:

No app compat tool is going to provide you with a to-do list of all the things you must fix in order to make your application compatible.

NumberQuotes

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You know, you’re giving a presentation on sales and you want to give a number some scale.

“Last year our industry changed by 50 billion dollars – that’s the GDP of Serbia.”

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Understanding Windows File And Registry Permissions

Whenever something happens in a system, a principal (which could be a process or thread acting on behalf of a user or service) acts upon objects. Files, directories, and registry keys are examples of commonly known objects. The basic security mechanism of Windows involves having a trusted system component check permissions and rights (AccessCheck) before an operation is allowed to proceed. Thus, you manage system behavior by setting permissions and rights. Since you cannot appropriately set permissions without understanding what is being done under the surface, I’ll start by describing security settings on objects and how they are processed, and I’ll follow that with how to set values for them.

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