Google Summer of Code: Database Support in MonoDevelop

by Miguel de Icaza

Over the summer Ben Motmans rewrote the database support in MonoDevelop. Working with Ben was a pleasure.

Part of the challenge was that I personally had no idea what it is that people do with these database UIs. My contact with databases is so bad that about once a year I google up the instructions to setup Postgres again, and figure out my login, password and connection string followed up by extensive cut-and-pasting of "CREATE" statements until I have something that roughly can store a few values.

His work has now been integrated in the First MonoDevelop Beta release.

Query Result and Database Explorer

Alter Table

Creating a SQLite connection.

This Database Add-in replaces the old Mono.Query add-in, and will hopefully continue to improve to have a central location for all of your database needs.

Posted on 01 Oct 2007

Media you can't trust

by Miguel de Icaza

Dave Winer on Media you can't trust. Reflections on Ahmadinejad and its coverage.

Dave also recommends "All the Shah's Men" a book that I recommended earlier this year.

Posted on 26 Sep 2007

Evo Morales on the Daily Show

by Miguel de Icaza

Tonight, Jon Stewart had Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia on his show and interviewed him.

I learned in the interview that Evo Morales made two promises during his campaign: to nationalize the energy sector and to do "Reforma Agraria" (sorry, forgot the translation).

He achieved both within eight months in office.

In the energy sector, he said that the Bolivian government used to receive 300 million dollars for its energy and today it receives 2,000 million dollars.

Posted on 26 Sep 2007

Remix Boston

by Miguel de Icaza

In addition to my participation on the keynote at Remix07 with Brad Abrams, I will be hosting a session on Silverlight on Linux which will be heavily oriented towards questions and answers.

Now, I have been living in Boston for seven years, and I have no idea that there was a Hyatt Regency in town.

Hope to see you there!

Posted on 25 Sep 2007

Mono-less Moonlight

by Miguel de Icaza

For the sake of minimizing our valgrind time, dividing and conquering the task of spotting leaks, and to reduce the surface that must be audited for security for Silverlight, Rolf has commited support that removes the Mono dependency from Moonlight.

Moonlight 1.0 will not require Mono anymore (Moonlight 1.1, that tracks Silverlight 1.1 will).

In the meantime the team has been busy performance tuning video playback for Moonlight. As it turns out there is no one-size-fits all optimization for video on Linux as different video cards are accelerated differently.

When we were describing one of our hacks to improve performance to Kevin Gallo he quoted a friend of his on graphics performance, and it went more or less like this "Graphics performance work is basically a collection of hacks".

It inspired confidence in some of the tricks that we have been doing to reduce the work that Moonlight does.

My friend Chris Toshok is looking for a college to attend to learn a few new tricks. He has a few constraints, but if you can help him find a place in Boston, we might be able to bring him back to the Norteast.

Posted on 24 Sep 2007

LugRadio Interview

by Miguel de Icaza

Last week I was interviewed by the LugRadio crew. The interview is now available.

The last question I think was the most interesting, but I did not have time to actually finish answering it.

The crew has a nice gallery of pictures for their Rock-band look. But a picture at Starbucks?

Posted on 24 Sep 2007

Bullet-proof Gandhi

by Miguel de Icaza

From Scott Adam's Sorry I confused You post where explains his satiric post from the day before:

Still, the bulk of my sympathies are with whatever group suffers the most, regardless of how much of the problem is their own damned fault. To feel otherwise would be inhuman. Sometimes it feels as if the Palestinians are only one Gandhi away from fixing their problems. But he’d need to be bulletproof.

Posted on 23 Sep 2007

Weekend Movies

by Miguel de Icaza

Posted on 21 Sep 2007

Generics Improvements

by Miguel de Icaza

Mark, the hacker behind Mono's CoreCLR Security implementation has committed to SVN the support for generic code sharing.

Generic code sharing allows the same native code generated by the JIT to be reused for more than one generic instantiation. This can be done when the JIT can ensure that the code generated for the given method would be exactly the same.

This optimization currently needs to be enabled with -O=gshared

Update: Mark blogged some details and clarifications

Posted on 21 Sep 2007

One Day We Won't Know What To Do

by Miguel de Icaza

On the comments section at Sadly, No! comes this observation:

(This is about American conservatives, as the word has different meanings across country boundaries).

Posted on 20 Sep 2007

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