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Thursday, December 26, 2002 :::

A lot of things have happened in the last few days. MS released the latest version of DirectX, version 9.0. The main thing that catches my attention is that this version ships with a complete set of managed libraries, which makes it a no-brainer to use it from .NET. But there have been reports that it is much slower accessing it from .NET than from unmanaged code. Performance being one of the things that usually makes people use DirectX. I am not sure whether this makes things any better. You can download it at

One of my fellow MVPs, Geetesh Bajaj, has a wonderful newsletter on PowerPoint tips and other tools. Geetesh is a PowerPoint MVP and an expert in it. You can get a set of wonderful information on PP from his newsletter available at

Joel has the next part of his article on Leakey abstractions and how programming is becoming prograsively more and more difficult.

“Lord Palmerston: "The Schleswig-Holstein question is so complicated,
only three men in Europe have ever understood it. One was
Prince Albert, who is dead. The second was a German professor who
became mad. I am the third and I have forgotten all about it."

Programming has gotten too hard.”

Lord Palmerston on Programming

It takes a lot of skill to mix technology and humor. But this article from Dr.Dobb’s does just that. Read it at

::: posted by Anand at 11:18 AM

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