Concerning Microsoft .NET:
- PAG‘s Application Updater Block how-to (original) update was discussed–although I cannot access the actual update referenced here. Another good article on the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) can be found here.
- The Global Assembly Cache (GAC) was demystified.
- Garbage collection and finalization were discussed by Eric Gunnerson and Larry O’Brien (and others) a fair amount (, , , *, , , , , , , ). Chris Brumme weighed in (!) on finalization, too.
- Longhorn’s XAML received a fair bit of coverage (, *, ,  – With Longhorn we are doubling down on OLE compound files to have a good way to have complex documents with rich metadata., , ).