Connecting to Tibco EMS from a C# Client

Introduction This is a slightly esoteric post, but hopefully it will be of use somewhere.  Below is some reasonably simple code that shows the basic use cases for connecting to a Tibco EMS Server topic from a C# client using Tibco's TIBCO.EMS.dll. It actually points at a locally installed instance of EMS.  That is, the … Continue reading Connecting to Tibco EMS from a C# Client

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Asynchronous Programming in .Net: Async and Await for Beginners

Introduction There are several ways of doing asynchronous programming in .Net.  Visual Studio 2012 introduces a new approach using the 'await' and 'async' keywords.  These tell the compiler to construct task continuations in quite an unusual way. I found them quite difficult to understand using the Microsoft documentation, which annoyingly keeps saying how easy they … Continue reading Asynchronous Programming in .Net: Async and Await for Beginners

Why Starting a New Task in the Task Parallel Library (TPL) Doesn’t Always Start a New Thread

The Task Parallel Library in .Net is a wonderful resource.  However, one thing that is a little confusing is that it is actually possible to start a task that runs on the same thread as the current code.  That is, we can do Task.StartNew and it still runs on the same thread.  This isn't the … Continue reading Why Starting a New Task in the Task Parallel Library (TPL) Doesn’t Always Start a New Thread

Delegate Syntax in C# for Beginners

Introduction I have been programming with C# since it came out but I still find the delegate syntax confusing.  This is at least partially because Microsoft have changed the recommended syntax regularly over the years.  This article is a quick recap of the various syntaxes.  It also looks at some of the issues with using … Continue reading Delegate Syntax in C# for Beginners

Blurry Text with Small Fonts in WPF

Introduction The difficulties with text rendering in WPF have been well documented elsewhere.  However, every time I get a blurry button I can't remember how to fix it.  This brief post shows the usual solutions. TextOptions.TextFormattingMode With small font sizes the default WPF text rendering can lead to text looking very blurry.  This is particularly … Continue reading Blurry Text with Small Fonts in WPF

Review of a Trading System Project

Introduction In late 2007 I wrote a series of articles on Microsoft’s Composite Application Block (CAB).  At that time I was running a team that was developing a user interface framework that used the CAB. We’re now four years on and that framework is widely used throughout our department.  There are currently modules from eleven … Continue reading Review of a Trading System Project