Friday, October 10, 2008

Weekly digest of interesting stuff

I read quite a few blogs and web sites over the course of each week, and thought it might be useful to do a weekly blog on the things that I've found interesting.  If nothing else, it gives me a way of keeping track of things - but hopefully some of you will find it useful as well...


    • The Austrian's now have the first computer network protected by quantum encryption. This stuff has been in the labs for a while, but this is the first (reported) implementation "in the wild".
    • A largely speculative post, but it's one of the first to discuss the new name from Microsoft: Windows Strata.
    • Eager loading in the Entity Framework, and how it differs from LINQ to SQL.
    • New MSBuild extensions library released.
    • "Library Oriented Programming" - is this what we're all doing now?
    • A list of links that details the new stuff, and the broken stuff, in .Net 3.5 SP1. I know it's been out a while, but it's nice to have one place to refer to :)
    • A list of the talks that Don Box wants to see at PDC.  And if Don's interested, then you probably should be too.
    • Some VSTS 2010 features.  It's a while until we'll see this, so it's nice to see what's coming our way.
    • For anyone into encryption,I think you'll find the Silverlight Enigma Machine kind of cute.
    • I've not watched it myself yet, but any video of Anders talking about language design is likely to be worth watching.  If you're into that sort of thing, of course!
    • A really good article on what makes a good software architect.  If you think you are, or think you'd like to be, or work in a team with one, or have the misfortune to be married to one (or, worse, to be married to someone who thinks they are!), then it's worth a read.

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