July 2003 - Posts
Alex Lowe accepted a postion
with Microsoft as Technical Evangelist for .NET.
Alex is definitely one of the best ASP.NET developers I have met. Microsoft
made a smart choice :)
Congratulations and Good luck.[ScottW's ASP.NET
Wow! Congrats, indeed, Alex! Microsoft is lucky to have you, and best wishes
in your new role!
I can't say these words any better:
"My shameful secret is out: I cannot write. I have been sitting for two
hours now, my pen idling over my page. My mind is barren of fresh ideas, my
thoughts are cranky and resistant. I have been calling to the winds for
inspiration but it hasn't come. It's almost noon and my writing boat hasn't
even left the shore."
Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like A Fraud]
(if you totally get what this is saying, you should read the whole
I bet many of you have felt like this, god knows I have You know what? it's
normal. this article changed my point of view so much, that I
couldn't help but share it. So although it may seem off topic, it really
Roy's right. Lots of us have felt this way. I've felt it many times
especially when struggling over a given chapter or presentation, and the article (which you should read if you've ever
thought someone someday is going to see through your façade of competence) is
right that the more success one has, the more this feeling tries to creep
Mind you, I'd rather be successful and have doubts about how long it can last
than not be successful at all. But in an ideal world, it would be nice to be
able to get through writing a book or article, or giving a presentation,
without wondering when someone's going to notice that I don't
really know everything. Sure, it helps you keep your 'edge',
but it also makes you...well...edgy.
just one more time that sun has completely, totally amazed me with their,
Seems that Sun's announced their intent to create a new
IDE for Java. They also claim that they're going to get 10 million new
developers with it. The phrase "pull the other one" comes to mind.
I also can't help but wondering whether perhaps Sun is attempting to
replicate the success that Microsoft has had with their Visual Studio line,
as well as the free Web Matrix Project (hmm...Web Matrix Project...Project Rave,
no similarities there...at least it's not as obvious as JSP, or JDBC).
OTOH, even if Sun is following again, rather than leading, if they follow
through and create a useful IDE for Java, that's all to the good IMO. The more
solid tools there are for developers, the better. Whether or not Sun's claims of
the developers that will flock to Rave are accurate or not, they still may have
something useful to offer. After all, the developers of C#, while not
cloning Java as some claim, certainly took advantage of the knowledge of what
worked well in Java and what didn't. If Sun follows the same recipe with Project
Rave, they may end up with a useful IDE, and one that Microsoft can learn from
for their future tools.
Coming up next month (which is only about a week away, at this point), I'll
be speaking at the Delmarva .NET User Group in Berlin, Maryland, on Monday August
4th at 6:30pm. The topic I'm speaking on is an overview of the ASP.NET Page
class, and some of the useful, if overlooked, members it exposes.
If you're in the DC/MD/VA area, I hope you'll consider making the trip.
Berlin, MD is only a short distance from Ocean City, MD, on the Eastern shore,
so you could drive out, spend the day at the beach, and the evening learning
Last, but not least, this event is another made possible by the wonderful
folks at INETA. I can't say it
frequently enough...if you run or are in a .NET user group, and you're looking
for speakers or other resources for your group, you need to get in touch with
the folks at INETA. They exist for the purpose of helping folks like you, and
they're doing a great job of it. All you need to do is ask...they'll do the
rest. OK, maybe they'll make you fill out a little paperwork, but it's well
worth it. :-)
Last week, I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time in Redmond with
one of the product teams, hearing about upcoming stuff. I won't tease you
by hinting at what it was, and saying I can't talk about it. I'll just say...if
you're a developer using .NET, or planning to use .NET, or interested in finding
out about .NET, you need to go to the Professional
Developer's Conference (PDC) this year. This year's PDC boasts
information on Yukon (the next version of SQL Server), Longhorn (the next
version of Windows), and most importantly for developers, Whidbey (the next
version of Visual Studio). The preliminary agenda for this year's PDC shows the variety of
topics to be covered.
So if you're a developer on the Microsoft platform (as most folks reading
this blog probably are ), and you're only going to one conference this
year...make it the PDC. I know I'll be there.
an entry about the economics of book writing, and none other than Tim
O'Reilly dropped by to comment on the issue:
One detail that you left out in describing royalty rates is that many
publishers' contracts provide for different royalty rates for different types
of sales. So you might see an attractive "top line" royalty rate, say 15%, and
overlook the fact that international sales (perhaps 30-40% of all your sales),
direct-to-consumer sales (another 5-10%), or deep-discount sales (which may
happen to "big box" stores, or even the chains) receive only half that. Not
only that, most publishers take our large "returns reserves", and many of them
hang on to those reserves for a long time, if not forever. I remember one "for
Dummies" author telling me that his nominal royalty rate was 10%, but that he
never actually saw over 5%.
By contrast, at O'Reilly, we pay 10%, but we
pay 10% on all sales.
...Ask your publisher to estimate the total revenues for the book, and
your total royalty take. It will just be a guess -- no one knows for sure how
a book will do -- but it will help to ensure that you're on the same page.
Good points, but O'Reilly leaves out another important point, particularly in
a soft book market...many book contracts used a tiered system for the main
royalty rate (domestic sales), in which the first X
copies pay you one percentage, while X copies to
Y copies pay a higher rate. In some contracts, there's
a third tier, above which the highest rate is paid. The important thing to note
about this is that if you're negotiating a contract with such breakpoints in it,
you need to make sure that the breakpoints are realistically achievable. It does
you no good as an author to negotiate a really high second or third-tier royalty
rate if you'll never reach the breakpoint.
I also want to thank both Scott and Tim for starting/continuing this
discussion. It's definitely a good thing, IMO, for authors to have more
information going in, so as to avoid getting burned, or ending up being very
disappointed with the remuneration they receive for what is, in the end,
very hard work.
Looks like I may yet get my T1, after considerable waiting:
Hello G Andrew,
Our Vendor has informed us of your line delivery date of:
This is when the phone company makes a copper circuit or "loop" available
for your broadband circuit.
Now if August 12th only arrives before Verizon goes on