Monthly Archives: May 2012

Limiting Concurrent Threads with Semaphores

It’s been some time since I posted my early attempts at making parallel execution of threads easy when working with collections in .NET Framework prior to version 4. It might seem out of date but believe it or not there are a lot of developers who are still unable to take advantage of the new runtime yet. For me this is due to our strong dependence on SharePoint which unfortunately still requires the 2.0 runtime.

With this limitation strongly in place, I continue to refine my ability to work with threads.

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VSLive NYC 2012 Wrap Up

The week before last I had the opportunity to attend the VSLive NY conference in Brooklyn. I’ve never been particularly conference-oriented – I’m always asked rather than asking to attend – mostly out of anxiety from the travel or being thrown into a large crowd of people I don’t know. VSLive NY was a very positive experience for me. It was a local conference, which is one of the most important reasons I moved to NYC in the first place, and it was the first time I attended a conference with an eye toward architectural concepts. VSLive really delivered.

I had a blast at this conference! I was initially concerned many of the sessions might be too introductory but it gave me an opportunity to listen to audience questions about the material and really get a feel for how information is absorbed. I took the opportunity to see how I could be a better presenter myself. Though I haven’t needed to do large presentations like those at a conference, I do have to do internal trainings. In fact I have to do a series of presentations on the things I picked up from VSLive!

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