June 11, 2005

Microsoft Certificaion: Second Shot Offer has been extended through August 2005

Good news for those who missed the opportunity to retake a Microsoft Certificaion exam for free - the Second Shot Offer has been extended through August 2005. ...

June 8, 2005

Microsoft XML Team strikes back on XML performance comparison in .NET and Java

Microsoft XML Team has posted a response "Comparing XML Performance" to the Sun XML Mark 1.0 benchmark and accompanying whitepaper from Sun XML Performance Team asserted that Java significantly outperforms .NET in XML processing performance. ...

First of all as it turned out Sun's benchmark wasn't quite correct. In one place Java version didn't serialize data to disk and another issue was that XmlElement.GetElemensByTagName() in .NET can't be compared with Java's version because .NET version maintains live list of selected nodes and Java doesn't. Fixing these issues in the XML Mark Benchmark Kit, Microsoft has tested Java 5, .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 Beta2.

The results show that in XML processing Java 5 is relatively faster than .NET 1.1 while .NET 2.0 Beta2 is almost twice faster than Java 5!

That shows a hard work Microsoft XML Team has done on improving XML processing performance in .NET 2.0. That's "major" imrpvements, no doubts. Well done, the XML Team!

And of course anybody can download the XML Mark 1.1 benchmark kit and run it himself. I'm looking forward to see Sun XML Performance Team answer. That's a war I like.

June 7, 2005

Helping to make System.Xml v2.0 better

kzu says he has broken the mark of 100 bugs filed to the MSDN Feedback Center. That's impressive. My numbers are humble - only 15 bugs and suggestions. Gotta be more active here. I spent a day working on an adapter to my homegrown XSLT test suite for the XslCompiledTransform ...

June 6, 2005

Future developer

Future developer? No doubts! ...