Monthly Archives: January 2013

I want to see what’s behind the window

Windows 8 runs WinRT applications inside a sandbox which is designed to protect the OS from rogue applications – no more rootkits is the hope, and a control over appliactions that can use parts of the system like the camera … Continue reading

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It’s hard to get across the border

Writing managed code always involves interoperation with low level C style APIs at some point. It is an interesting topic – you want to make it easy to pass arguments between the managed and the unmanaged worlds. You want to … Continue reading

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I’d like a new kernel please

I recently read Linux Kernel Development by Robert Love Loved the book. I’d read The Design of the Unix Operating System by M.J.Bach when I was a student many years ago, but I’d recently come along some tutorial articles describing … Continue reading

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Get taller

Growing Object-oriented software, guided by tests by Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce Recommended to me by someone at work, this was a fantastic read. The introductory third of the book is a really good exposition of object-oriented design using test … Continue reading

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Something for Hercules to do later

Just before Xmas I attended Liam Westley’s talk at the NxtGen user group meeting on Async, where he covered the Task-asynchronous pattern with a great series of examples. He demonstrated the use of various combinators such as WhenAll and WhenAny … Continue reading

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Give us a job

Cracking the coding interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell After a very brief introduction to techniques for being successful at interview, this book covers around 150 coding questions in a great deal of detail. These questions range from simple data structure … Continue reading

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I brought the glue for the model

The Axiom of Choice by Thomas J. Lech Ever since I did the course on Set Theory and Logic at university, I have found the Axiom of Choice quite fascinating. Applications of the axiom of choice, mostly via Zorn’s lemma, … Continue reading

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