March 2003 - Posts
I wonder if things like my favourite publisher going under are part of natures scheme of things, like forest fires bringing renewal to the natural landscape?
It's quite sad, extremely sad for those directly involved or who are going to struggle financially as a consequenced of it. I just hope the pieces will be picked up by someone, and I don't speak just as an author.
The last few years have a been a strange time for a UK web geek such as me. I saw the "big red books with strange looking faces on" publisher as part of the establishment since the mid-nineties. Getting my name on one was for me a little bit of an acheivement. I was hoping one day to be one of those ugly grinning faces. For them to dissapear I guess is no more devestating news than most of my friends have already experienced in their own jobs once or twice, but shocking all the same.
I would have thought I shouldn't mention the name of the publisher until told otherwise but it seems that other bloggers and sites have already
http://www.MsWebDev.org.uk/ - the community for UK ASP/ASP.NET web developers is live and running :OD
Tim wants to know if there is any ASP.NET RSS Aggregators out there. I collect some RSS news feeds at http://www.chrisg.org/ using a simple ASP.NET user control of my own making. If anyone here wants a free copy (usually retails at $20 or so from the fine http://deviq.com/ store) just give me a shout.
Customers in Scotland are going to get broadband through their electrical sockets, maybe one day I will be able to get broadband after all :O)
Along with the rest of the ASPAlliance I have contributed to the ASP.NET Cookbook, which I hear is finally finished all but the shouting :O)
I originally volunteered to do the whole of the GDI+ chapter but due to various reasons (me being crap being one of them <g>) it didn't quite work out that way :O(
This is the third book I have contributed to, probably going to be the first one that I can actually find in a book shop once published. The first one is from Syngress who are probably too small a presence in the UK to get a foothold in stores over here. Although the second one was published by Wrox (who are huge in technical books) the subject is niche (GDI+).
I'm going to keep writing until I can hold my daughter up in a book shop and say "your daddy did that" ;O)
So we finally get 3g in the UK. What I want to know is how much it will cost for data - is it possibly a way for me to get any sort of broadband connection out where I live?
Aaargh, I don't want to know how many pence it will cost to send a picture - data, that's what I want!
Do I need broadband to develop .NET web sites? I reckon I do. I have ISDN, but that doesn't give me an always on connection (pretty important when consuming web services) or the bandwidth for uploading and downloading decent sized sites.
On that note, how the hell do I force vs.net into uploading individual files or just changes?? Frontpage can do it, why can't vs.net??
We launched the UK MS web developers list
and so far it has been a great success :O) Already loads of subscribers and some good conversations. I look forward to what we can do with this, I think it has a potential to be a really cool, friendly community.
I have been talking to Phil and Ollie about forming a UK developers discussion group. We want to build a group for discussion, networking, chatting, mutual-help and general "stuff" to build and grow the community in the UK.
If you want to take part in building the group, mailto:email@example.com to join our preliminary list and make yourself heard! Also, please do pass on the link to anyone you think might be interested.
The group will be for people involved in web developing on Microsoft (or derived) platforms, so that could be .NET'ers, ASP'ers or even folk working on Chilisoft or Mono - all welcome. Be nice if we can build up a real friendly list and perhaps meet in the real world every now and then?
Please tell us what you think :O)