Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bye-bye manifests!

Here’s a very interesting development, brought to my attention by a fellow developer:

Microsoft is doing away with the manifest scheme in Visual Studio 2010. From Deployment in Visual C++ 2010:

Differences between Visual C++ 2008 and Visual C++ 2010

The most significant changes between Visual C++ 2008 and Visual C++ 2010 are:

* Visual C++ libraries no longer depend on manifests and are no longer installed in the WinSxS folder.
* Dependent applications and libraries no longer require manifest information.
* Local deployment no longer requires a satellite manifest.

To me, the manifest scheme just traded one problem for another. And the problem traded away (DLL issues) was one I never had.

Biting Brit Commentary

In this piece from the UK’s Register, Dominic Connor savages British Computer Science Higher Ed:

No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

His biting style is a little over the top, but entertaining. I hope not everything he claims is true.

A couple gems:

Java fanboys tell me that it is “easier” than C++, and seem miffed when I agree in a sneering way. A CompSci grad is supposed to be able to do difficult things that arts grads simply can’t understand. … BMW don’t say their cars are “so simple that they are built by cows” …

As far as I can tell, only Queen Mary College has undergrads bright enough not to be scared of C++, and even then less than half take the option. Kings College students/victims told me that they do operating system internals in Java, and no they weren’t joking.