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March 8, 2005 My personal turning point on the importance of managed code was in September 2001, when the NIMDA worm absolutely crushed our organization. It felt like a natural disaster without the "natural" part-- the first notable port 80 IIS buffer overrun exploit . We got literally zero work done that day, and the next day wasn't much better. After surveying the carnage first hand, I immediately saw the benefit of languages where buffer overruns weren't even possible .
High Availability Keep Your Code Running with the Reliability Features of the .NET Framework Stephen Toub This article is based on a prerelease version of the .NET Framework 2.0. All information herein is subject to change. Do you write reliable managed code?
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In my last post, I explained how it was possible for "hidden" event handlers to introduce memory leaks and showed an easy way to prevent such leaks. I used a sample application to contrast a leaky implementation with one that uses the WeakEventListener class (included as part of the post) to avoid leaking on Silverlight. The changes required to patch the leak were fairly minimal and the entire process was pretty straightforward. But I glossed over one important point...
Yesterday I found this really nice Channel 9 interview with Maoni Stephens (Dev Owner of the CLR GC) and Andrew Pardoe (Program manager for the CLR GC) where they talked about the new Background GC in CLR 4.0. She also talks about it here and there is not much value in me repeating what she already says there but basically the main points of the video and the post are: Concurrent GC is being replaced by Background GC in CLR 4.0 Concurrent GC is the mode of the GC that you use in desktop applications for example. The goal of the concurrent GC is to minimize pause time, and it does so by allowing you to still allocate while a GC is in progress (hence the concurrent part).
Demystifying Microsoft Intermediate Language. Part 1 - Introduction In .NET Framework, it is Common Language Infrastructure that provides specifications for executable code and the execution environment (the Virtual Execution System or VES) in which it runs. Executable code is presented to the VES as modules. A module is a single file containing executable content in the specified format. Common Language Infrastructure uses Common Language Specifications to bind different Languages in an agreement to access frameworks by implementing at least those parts of the Common Type System (CTS) that are part of the Common Language Specifications (CLS).