October2007October 2007

Pooled Threads: Improve Scalability With New Thread Pool APIs

The new threadpool APIs in Windows Vista and in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 provide advances that even native Windows developers can benefit from. Robert Saccone

WPF Threads: Build More Responsive Apps With The Dispatcher

Understanding the Windows Presentation Foundation threading model helps when creating user interfaces that are both compelling and responsive. Shawn Wildermuth

Parallel LINQ: Running Queries On Multi-Core Processors

Use Parallel Language Integrated Query (PLINQ) to take advantage of multi-processor computers and the newer wave of multi-core processors. Joe Duffy and Ed Essey

Parallel Performance: Optimize Managed Code For Multi-Core Machines

While multi-core processors have become increasingly common, most applications still fail to take advantage of multiple cores. Here's an overview of creating multithreaded applications that benefit from these new processors. Daan Leijen and Judd Hall

Mobile Apps: Adjust Your Ring Volume For Ambient Noise

Here's an overview of designing and installing a Windows Mobile app that monitors the noise level in the surrounding environment and adjusts the ring volume of a Pocket PC accordingly. Chris Mitchell

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Editor's Note: The Complexity of Complexity

This month our new Editor-in-Chief, Howard Dierking, ponders the convenience of metaphor and abstraction in both software design and magazine production.Howard Dierking

Toolbox: Manage databases, easier FTP, and clustered caching

This month's products include DatabaseSpy, FileZilla, NCache, and more.Scott Mitchell

CLR Inside Out: IronPython and the Dynamic Language Runtime

This column uses the .NET version of the Python programming languages IronPython to demonstrate the value of dynamic languages and the new Dynamic Language Runtime.Bill Chiles

Basic Instincts: Type inference in Visual Basic 2008

Visual Basic 2008 provides type inference to get the language ready to take advantage of LINQ and make your code more robust.Bill Horst

Data Points: Common Table Expressions

In T-SQL, views and derived tables serve similar purposes and have their advantages. But when working with SQL Server 2005,there's a third option--using Common Table Expressions (CTEs). John Papa explains.John Papa

Cutting Edge: AJAX application architecture, Part 2

The second of this two-part series delves into the script services programming model, which is useful if you're looking for a full paradigm shift in building AJAX applications.Dino Esposito

Test Run: Test automation with Windows XP Embedded

This month's column explores how to create lightweight but powerful UI test automation for software systems that run on Windows XP Embedded.Dr. James McCaffrey and Mike Hall

Foundations: 3D text in WPF

This month Charles Petzold explores techniques for generating 3D text in Windows Presentation Foundation.Charles Petzold

Windows with C++: Task Scheduler 2.0

The new Task Scheduler in Windows Vista can do so much more than previous versions. We introduce some basic concepts and building blocks you can put to use in your own scheduled task projects.Kenny Kerr

Netting C++: Describing the EEK!-osystem

This column crafts an XML document to hold the mouse environment simulation data and shows how to incorporate an XML file into the program using a DataSet.Stanley B. Lippman

.NET Matters: Deadlock monitor

This month Stephen Toub discusses deadlocks that can occur when synchronizing threads.Stephen Toub

{ End Bracket }: Matrimony mashup

Our site manager Mike Richter leverages Virtual Earth, the Microsoft MapPoint Web service, and Visual Studio to automate the creation of a Web site for his future nuptials and to manage the guest list.Michael Richter