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Friday Links #79

Programming Local Variables Are Evil (or Just Irritating) | .NET Zone MEF has landed in Silverlight 4. We come in the name of extensibility. - Glenn Block The concept of Covariance and Contravariance in .Net...

I can haz Web faster?

One of the best and easiest speed improvements you can make to your Internet connection is to use OpenDNS.com. I’ve blogged about this incredible (and free) service before but a recent announcement makes it even...

AdSensor Update

AdSensor is a Windows 7 Sidebar gadget that tracks your AdSense earnings. This update fixes a few minor issues. The background colors can be changed using the mouse scroll-wheel. Actually, you could do it with...

Friday Links #78

Programming Computers Silverlight 4 Beta – A guide to the new features Microsoft PDC09 and Silverlight Round-up Automatic Null Checks Brad Abrams : RIA Services: A DomainService IS A WCF Service – Add Service Reference...

Simply Weather Update – Windows 7 Compatible

Fixed an odd layout bug on Windows 7. I also changed the “Custom Weather Page” to use the default browser instead of always opening in Internet Explorer. It opened in Internet Explorer because sidebar gadgets...

IEnumerable Performance Tip: Any() vs. Count()

I can’t count the number of times (unintentional pun) I’ve checked if an IEnumerable<T> sequence contains elements using Count(). static void Method(IEnumerable<Status> statuses) { if (statuses != null && statuses.Count() > 0) // do something......

Windows 7 Bluetooth Mouse Fix

I’ve had this weird problem on my new laptop where the Bluetooth mouse stops working. Sometimes using the scroll wheel reactivates it but most of the time I have to turn off, and then turn...

Friday Links #77

Programming Silverlight 4 Beta is Now Available Jeff Prosise’s Blog : Silverlight 3’s New Application Extension Services RIA Services : The Official Microsoft Silverlight Site Blitting and Blending with Silverlight’s WriteableBitmap | Silverlight Games 101...

PDC09 – Day 2

Day 2 is shaping up to be a much better conference day. Scott Guthrie really delivered the goods this morning with a look at Silverlight 4 and IE 9. It’s a great time to be...

PDC09 – Day 1

I was going to give a summary of the keynote proceedings but Dan Rigsby has already posted a great summary here. It’s clear that Microsoft has really scaled back this year’s PDC. There is not...
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