Managed code and the Shell – Do?

Sun, January 31, 2010, 06:24 PM under dotNET
Back in 2006 I wrote a blog post titled: Managed code and the Shell – Don't!. Please visit that post to see why that advice was given.

The crux of the issue has been addressed in the latest CLR via In-Process Side-by-Side Execution. In addition to the MSDN documentation I just linked, there is also an MSDN article on the topic: In-Process Side-by-Side.

Now, even though the major technical impediment seems to be removed, I don’t know if Microsoft is now officially supporting managed extensions to the shell. Either way, I noticed a CodePlex project that is marching ahead to enable exactly that: Managed Mini Shell Extension Framework. Not much activity there, but maybe it will grow once .NET 4 is released...

Dev Lead Job opening on my team

Sun, January 3, 2010, 11:00 PM under ParallelComputing
My product unit (Parallel Developer Tools) is hiring a developer lead here in Redmond. This position is specifically on the debugger feature team that I "Program Manage".

So, if you have what it takes and don't mind working with me every single day, click on the link below to read more and apply. You can also send me your resume and I'll make sure it gets to the right place and that you get a prompt response.

There is a very long job description on the Microsoft careers site under job id 707388.

Here is an excerpt from the middle (emphasis mine):
We are in search of a talented and innovative senior lead software design engineer to own development of the debugging tools for data parallelism (including GP-GPU) and HPC Clusters being built by our team.

To be successful, you need to be able to guide careers, design and architect well, communicate and share the best development practices, collaborate with your peers, contribute to the vision, and code significant portions of the solution. We want to hear from you if you're passionate about making your mark in the parallel development space, improving people, and building world-class tools."

Responsibilities include:
Managing a team of senior and junior developers
Design and coding high-quality software

For the full background story, requirements, qualifications and responsibilities please visit the official page.

Best of "The Moth" 2009

Fri, January 1, 2010, 01:01 AM under Personal
Not wanting to break the tradition (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) below are some blog posts I picked from my blogging last year. As you can see by comparing with the links above, 2009 marks my lowest output yet with only 64 posts, but hopefully the quality has not been lowered ;-)
1. Parallel Computing was a strong focus of course. You can find links to most of that content aggregated in the post where I shared my entire parallelism session. Related to that was the link to the screencast I shared of the Parallel Computing Features Tour.

2. Parallel Debugging is obviously part of the parallel computing links above, but I created more in depth content around that area of Visual Studio 2010 since it is the one I directly own. I aggregated all the links to that content in my post: Parallel Debugging.

3. High Performance Computing through clusters is an area I'll be focusing more next year (besides parallelism on a single node on the client captured above) and I started introducing the topic on my blog this year. Read the (currently) 6 posts bottom up from my category on HPC.

4. Windows 7 Task Manager. In April I shared a screenshot which was the most "borrowed" item from my blog (I should have watermarked it ;-)

5. Windows Phone non-support in VS2010. Did my bit to spread clarification of the story.

6. Window positions in Visual Studio is a long post, but one that I strongly advise all VS users to read and benefit from.

7. Bug Triage gives you a glimpse into one thing all (Microsoft) product teams do.

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