Software Engineering

Windows Installer XML goes live on SourceForge

Microsoft has released the source code for the Windows Installer XML (WiX) developer tool to SourceForge earlier today under the IBM Common Public License as part of the Shared Source Initiative. This is the first SSI to go “public” on Source Forge rather than a Microsoft site, and the first to use an externally created “Open Source” license.

There’s a discussion on … Read more “Windows Installer XML goes live on SourceForge”


The Coolest DHTML Grid Widget

Came across another great DHTML Widget on SourceForge today (thanks to my good friend Thushan Fernando for pointing it out to me!). It’s a cross-browser grid called ActiveUI, complete with client-side sorting, resizable columns and icons! Very cool. Take a look at

Software Engineering

The Coolest DHTML Calendar Widget…

Just came across a very cool DHTML Calender control that – guess what – allows you to select dates/times and stick them in an input field! Obviously its client-side, so its nice and fast, customizable, released under LGPL, and best of all works in almost any browser (Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Safari …).

Definitely worth a look :,,)

Developer Community

New RSS Feed for Developer Fusion

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to publishing an RSS feed for the articles on Developer Fusion . You can get it here – .

For anyone who’s interested in the code behind it – I just wrote this simple helper class.

/// <summary>/// Enables the generation of an RSS feed/// </summary>public class RSSFeedGenerator{    XmlTextWriter writer;    public RSSFeedGenerator(… Read more “New RSS Feed for Developer Fusion”
Information Security & Privacy Software Engineering

Windows IE exploit found after source code leak

I must admit this happened much quicker than I thought it would :- see these articles on the Register and Security tracker – apparently an exploit for a buffer overrun problem in IE *5* has already been released – supposedly discovered by reading the leaked windows source code.

I’m curious as to whether this source code leak will be a … Read more “Windows IE exploit found after source code leak”

C# Software Engineering

Performance of C# vs VB.NET

Someone asked me a few days ago whether there were any major differences between C# and VB.NET performance, and my immediate reaction was “certainly not!”…. until I just came across this article on In it, the author points out that for the number of program he tried, the C# version consistently generated fewer lines of IL code than its … Read more “Performance of C# vs VB.NET”


Yet another blog

I find it incredible just how many great developer blogs are around now. I can’t hope that this blog will be anywhere as interesting as the rest, but this one’s *mine* ;,,)

So, welcome to my blog! I suppose a short introduction is in order….

I’m currently in my 2nd year of a Computer Science degree. Although force-fed an awful … Read more “Yet another blog”