Just got back from a week-long training gig in Tokyo... Our newly developed class on Developing Tablet PC applications in C# has finally started to mature -- it's good stuff.
But delivering it to an audience that, for the most part, doesn't speak English (I had a team of interpreters helping me out) and who are using Japanese VS 7.0 on Japanese XP... whoa. What an experience! Those interpreters were amazing. Truly talented souls... I'm sure they're underpaid.
As for me? I don't speak a word of Japanese. Kanjii is like Greek... err, actually, Greek is much more familiar to me. But as it happens, almost all of the keyboard shortcuts are the same on Japanese XP/VS, as in English! And those of you who know me, know how I work -- I don't do anything, without I memorize a keyboard shortcut.
So. Jet-lag notwithstanding, I was up all night before the first day of class, back-converting all our labs' project files from VS 7.1 to 7.0. Decompiling our helper components with ILDasm v1.1, hacking all the refs back from 1.0.5000 to 1.0.3300, then rebuiding with ILAsm v1.0. Damn, do I love .NET...!
And speaking of underpaid interpreters... I'm floored by the sheer cost of this trip! Some places in Tokyo want ¥2,000 for a cup of coffee. That's, like, US$20.00!!! And not a latte, mind you -- just a brewed cup of coffee. (I was afraid to ask for a refill.)
And economists covering the Japanese markets have the nerve to complain about deflation... umm...?!?!