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October 2003 - Posts

updated my blog roll

I know I am just SO politically incorrect, but I have added a section on my blog roll exclusively for blogs by other women. It's just easier to find them if I separate them out and also I really like to see how long the list is getting.

Of course, you can't see that in rss - you have to go the html version of my website at weblogs.asp.net/jlerman.

I still have a lot of catching up to do on the blog roll.


Rory Blyth has the most consistently funny posts about PDC
Rory's the guy who wrote about who he saw in the men's room  and about Ted Neward's Ninja pony tail at the XML DevCon in July. He is always witty, funny and sarcastic  - did I say funny? I finally got to meet him at the PDC. Now I've had some time to start reading his PDC blogs. http://neopoleon.com/blog/  Highly recommended reading.
Posted: Oct 31 2003, 06:58 PM by jlerman | with no comments
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Misbehaving.NET : women in tech blogsite

Wow - what fun. A great site title “Misbehaving.Net” and a bunch of fantastic bloggers there already.

danah boyd
Caterina Fake
Meg Hourihan
Liz Lawley
Dorothea Salo
Halley Suitt
Gina Trapani
Jill Walker

“misbehaving.net is a weblog about women and technology. It's a celebration of women's contributions to computing; a place to spotlight women's contributions as well point out new opportunities and challenges for women in the computing field.

The site is subtitled with a quote from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: “Well-behaved women seldom make history." --Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Who, you may ask, is Laurel Thatcher Ulrich? A quick google solves that riddle. She is a Pulitzer prize winning Historian and Harvard Professor. More specifically:

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is James Duncan Phillips Professor of History and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. She is the author of Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750 (1982) and A Midwifes Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990)which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the basis of a PBS documentary. Her newest work, The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth incorporates museum-based research as well as more traditional archival work. Her major fields of interest are early American social history, women's history, and material culture. Professor Ulrich's work is featured on the web at www.do.history.org and www.randomhouse.com.

I'd call her quotable. Not just because I was a history major either.

The blog site has a bio of each of the bloggers at the top of their blogs. I appreciate being able to read a little bit about the bloggers before digging into their posts.

Don't be surprised if Sam Gentile has the first compiled Longhorn app outside of Microsoft

Earlier today Sam said This should keep you all busy while I go write HelloWorld in XAML on Longhorn!!”

Now I see this.

My guess is that after he compiles the hello world app, he will get it running on Panther next. It's just like him. :-)

being accused of being an ageist

I just lost my whole post so I will start again. I made a comment that the conference schedule is pretty draining to me, at 42, and wondered if it played any roll at all in the fact that the conference skewed in age not just gender. This was all over in Halley Suitt's awesome blog (here's the post). Shelley Powers, who is really one of the blog goddesses, completely ripped into me both in the comments and then on her blog and I still don't understand why. Though she did at least finally figure out that I wasn't a 20 year old with a bad attitude, she still thinks that I was completely out of line. I don't know. I have just spent the last 8 months trying to figure out why women who have been programming for so many years and deserve so much respect (I'm not talking about myself) are so barely represented in the highly visible roles in our community. It is why I have been talking with Susan Warren, Deborah Kurata, Kathleen Dollard, Kate Gregory, Michele Leroux Bustamente and many many others about this topic. It is why I keep pestering conference track chairs, organizers of the INETA speaker bureau, etc to make SURE that they do not ignore all of these fantastic women.  I just wish Shelley would understand but she I just don't think she will, as I can see by her further comments in Halleys' post. Even Dave Seidel chimed in. This is really bumming me out. This is not what I'm here (in blog space) for. I'm admittedly pretty thin skinned. I can't bear the thought of even one person in the entire world thinking that I'm not a nice person. My husband teases me about being such a Pollyanna.

I said something about there being so many young “stars” in the world. Did she think I was discounting her, Dave Seidel, Don Box, Sam Gentile, Sam Ruby, etc etc? Um -- NO! It's just that I'm surprised often to discover that some of the “stars” are in fact in their 20's and 30's. Amanda Silver, Rob Howard, Sara Williams. That's pretty impressive to me. I have been doing this for 20+ years and do not believe that I have accomplished technically anything near to what Amanda and Rob have done. And Sara's skill in handling MSDN, it's personalities, it's demands, it's scope -  is something that really stands out. I feel the same with the college aged student ambassadors. I'm impressed with them. Some of them may be destined to be the future philosphers that we find now in Don Box and Sam Ruby, etc.

Whatever -- maybe I am just digging myself a really deep hole and am in way over my head. Who knows?

What would I add to VB? - why the control array, of course
I visited the VB area at expo and they had one last VB shirt. They were dark blue with huge white VB letters on the back like those FBI jackets. The person I talked to said "what would you add to VB to make it better?" Off the top of my head, I didn't have an answer. I have one now, but I have to double check in Whidbey to see if it's there. It is the control array that we had in VB__ - VB6. This was SO missed in VB.NET that Erik Porter re-created this functionality in a control as an add in and received a Coding Hero award from www.windowsforms.com for it. Is there a reason that it's gone?
So, tell us a little about yourself...

Oh - crap, was that an open ended question that I was just NOT prepared for (Sys-Con interview). Did I say "Well, I've been a developer for 20 years, I live in Vermont, I run a .NET User Group, I'm very involved wtih INETA, I'm a Microsoft MVP and I have a blog." No, of course not. I started saying "Well, I've been a developer for about 20 years" and then digressed into god knows what, droning on until Jon Box grabbed the mike from Derek and saved my butt by asking me explicit questions. It would have been better if Derek had turned to Jon or any number of people, in fact, and said “so tell us about Julie“.

I think that you have to be someone who is really into marketing yourself to answer this question well. Who likes to talk about themselves in that particular way? Not everyone got stuck with this. Andrew Duthie's interview started out with a really great question and they had a conversation and the conversation was fun.

I know that this happened with the INETA Video that Microsoft did. While they were taping me, Eric Ewing from Microsoft kept commenting that my general excitement was not coming through. It's the camera and the mike that just slays me I suppose.

I dunno- maybe I'll just stick to writing in my blog. I'm pretty sure that I will not be listening to that interview and I'm not linking to it even because I sort of hope that nobody else does either.

criticism of Longhorn/Aero/Avalon - "why did it take so long?"

Chris Hollander is NOT someone I would ever want to get in a debate with, though I would love to have met him. He's very smart and very objective and is not afraid to criticize. I'm definitely still feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland right now, pretty much “wowed” by PDC and all that I've seen. I could use a bit of his edge and I have no problem with being held up as an example of a bit of a lemming (my loose interpretation of Chris' post), but when Chris says (here) 

The realization was that many of you are desperate to see things get better, and have the same ideas surfacing in your neural nets that I've had cooking for a while Everyone I talk to responds to Aero, WinFs, and Indigo in just about the same way " - thats how it should have been all along. I wish I had this for the last 5 years

it just strikes me as pretty unfair. Again, maybe I'm just being naive. Yes WinFS is not new thinking, and the database implementation of it seems pretty obvious, but I just can't say “hey MS - you've really wasted the last 5 years of my programming career by not doing this before.” It's an evolution. They have done it. It's the same if you look at the SOA stuff that Clemens Vasters presented at TechEd in Dallas last June. What he expected of web services seemed a pretty obvious expectation. Now there are many of his ideas implemented in Indigo, for example -- DataContracts.

yes, I drank the Koolaid

Hillel Cooperman, product unit manager for the Windows Experience at MS, who did the demos during Bill Gates  keynote at PDC, somehow came across one of my “I drank the Koolaid” posts at PDC and I think it made him kinda happy. :-) Chris Anderson had mentioned to me that this post was “getting around“ but I didn't really get the true meaning until now. (see the 10/31 5:17 am post) Tee hee!


Posted: Oct 31 2003, 01:03 PM by jlerman | with no comments
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Post PDC - Home at last
I spent most of the day flying across the country and read Code Magazine's excellent PDC issue cover to cover and am half way through the same with the ASP.NET PRO mag PDC issue. READ EVERYTHING. There is a wealth of knowledge already out there. I keep wondering - if it's supposed to be “all about the smart client” now, why the hell is ASPNet 2.0 so freaking awesome! (Oops, sorry, did I just dribble some of that koolaid?) It will be interesting to see if this initial “WOW” wears off or not...
Posted: Oct 31 2003, 12:06 AM by jlerman | with 1 comment(s)
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