June 2003 - Posts
I have uploaded the deck and code samples for my presentation on streaming to my website here. And I even removed the perfunctory "about me" slide!
"Barcelona is a beautiful city!", says Ralf.
A picture is worth a thousand words in any language.
See Ralf's photos.
If people like myself and Dave Burke who are not "emerging technology specialists" are starting to pitch corporate blogging to their bosses/clients, then it's clear that something big is happening already.
After reading this interview with Sam Ruby, I immediately blogged that reading this just made things finally click for me and the next day I started talking to one of the mover/shaker employees at my biggest client about setting up a corporate blog. I have already discussed the possibilites with Scott W about extending and customizing his aspnetweblogs app to be used for this purpose.
We want to hook into the corporate database and enable things like categorizing and linking blogs to data from there. For example, this client of mine has many clients. Each client can have numerous projects. Each project has numerous "events" - guys going to the jobsite to do testing, samples coming in to be tested in the lab etc. So if someone has something to say about a client job or particular project, they can do that. Or heck, they can use it to complain about the custom software that I have written if they want. I would love that because then I can just make it better! If someone has a non-urgent question and don't know who to ask, they can post it and get an answer. Plus it can be used on the corporate intranet and over the web since we already use the webserver/ISA Server combo to this purpose.
Amazingly, on the same day that I discussed this on the phone with that particular employee (who is not at the main office), there was a summer intern talking to the company owner and some other people about the on-line "bulletin board" that they use at his college. So we are all converging on the same communications problem with similar solutions. But using blogs (and the already great software) instead of something like the ancient format of the on-line bulletin board just totally works for this.
So I am very interested in watching Dave's progress. He has a bigger challenge than I because my client is a smaller company (about 70 employees) and I am able to drive almost all software decisions and even some business process choices as well (go ahead all of you ... drool, because it is a phenomenal relationship I have with this company - lucky me AND lucky them).
By the way now you can see how insane Dave and I both are. It is a beautiful day in Vermont and we are both blogging. I'm just waiting for the hot mid-day sun to pass so I can go for a bike ride and then strawberry picking at the organic farm down the road. Ahhh the Vermont life!!
When Jason Gaylord applied his new user group (www.dotnetvalley.com) for membership in INETA I was excited because I have seen him SO engaged in the developer community. Not only is he very involved in ASP Alliance but he is also one of the very visible posters on the www.windowsforms.com forums and quite active in the www.ASP.Net forums, too. I knew for sure that he would be a very energetic and passionate user group leader and that this group will go far under his wing.
Also, I noticed that his group was not too far from my parents house so I offered to speak if he ever wanted. Who knew I was going to be squeezed in between experts Charles Carroll and Steven Smith as a speaker! Plus Jason has a BIG BIG deal speaker potentially coming to the group that might justify my visiting my parents again just to go to that. And it's not even someone you can get through INETA.
The area that Jason lives in is really in need of some attention. There are pockets of developers craving this information, but people on the outside don't realize that. Jason is more plugged in to what is going on and sees that there is a need for .net and other information. I get the feeling that even the area Microsoft office has been ignoring this market. HELLO! Did the right person read that? Of course, after the MGB (big MS meeting) in July, all of that will change. Having a [good] speaker from a Microsoft office is a good shot in the arm for a new user group because the type of developers who wouldn't know who people like Steven or Charles are will definitely come out of the woodwork for an official Microsoft representative.
Although this was only the second meeting and the attendance was pretty small, I know that it will definitly grow because Jason is so passionate about building a community there. Believe me, I know the feeling because that was my dream for Vermont .NET and it really came true.
Among the attendees were a woman who has used .NET since the early betas, a very experienced Java developer whose corporation is looking to move to .NET and guy from another large corporation that has been mainly doing static html and is starting to move in doing web programming. What a great array of experience there. There are BIG companies in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre are. I think maybe because it is a less expensive place to run a company than say Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.
So thanks Jason for letting me come to the group and do my usual (I can't help it) brain dump. I can't wait to see one year from now what DotNetValley will be!
Brad Abrams on not blindly making every change that FXCop suggests
Have fun with FxCop, but keep your thinking caps on… that is why they pay you the big bucks right
(add: this is not a complaint. I get plenty of stuff from Microsoft. I am merely trying to point out the facts of the offer)
Scott Hanselman says: Can't believe I didn't notice this...I'm off to claim my free PocketPC...
Chances are since he is an RD, he and most of the rest of us for various reasons are not qualified.
Please note, the following products are not eligible for this offer:
- Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic
- Visual Studio .NET 2003 60-day Evaluation
- Visual Basic® .NET 2003 Standard
- Visual C++® .NET 2003 Standard
- Visual C#® .NET 2003 Standard
- Visual J#® .NET 2003 Standard
- Visual Studio .NET 2003 product purchased as a competitive upgrade
- Visual Studio .NET 2003 acquired as a $29 Direct Upgrade for full packaged product customers or a free license grant for eligible volume customers of Visual Studio .NET 2002
- Any products at Charity or Academic pricing
- Academic versions of MSDN Professional, MSDN Enterprise, and MSDN Universal
- MSDN Academic Alliance
- Any products received free or at special pricing from Microsoft, for review or evaluation purposes, or as a gift, such as an MSDN Subscription received as a benefit of the Microsoft Certified Partner Program
In addition, the employees and contractors working for Microsoft, ViewSonic, The Jolesch Group, and ClientLogic are not eligible to participate in this offer.
So anyone who IS qualified and doesn't want/need one - I'll be happy to take it off your hands.
Jim Edelen writes about his first day at Microsoft as a [summer?] intern. He is currently the sole Program Manager on the Exchange Management and Monitoring team.
It will be fun to follow his adventures.
I am at my parents for a few days since it got me a lot closer to Jason Gaylord's user group where I am speaking tonight (www.dotnetvalley.com). Six hour drive to here and another 1 1/2 each way to Wilkes-Barre.
I was trying to explain blogging to my dad and opened up SharpReader. In there were 2 posts, one from Roy and one from Colt that made reference to me. My dad asked "but it just says Julie. How do they know who that is?" I said it was easy because of the 5 gazillion bloggers there are only about 10 women and I am the only Julie!
As many of us are accustomed to, he didn't totally understand, but he was impressed and proud. :-) ("born 30 years too soon" he says.)
My parents have 140 acres and a 10 acre pond and about 15 beautiful sweet Newfoundland dogs. Although they are breeders, these are all their own dogs who are each and every one spoiled wonderfully. It is always slobbery and fun to be here. YOu can see their dogs here if you want.
I should probably listen before I share this with you but here it is!! INETA is on .NET Rocks. Carl and Mark interviewed Bill Evjen, Brian Loesgen, Jose Berrios and myself.
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