Scott Hanselman

The one where I rediscover a book I never finished from years ago.

December 11, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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Wow.  I keep everything.  Not in a packrat kind of way, my house is fairly sparse.  More in the 'digital packrat' kind of way.  I'm sure I could find my Quicken files from 1991, and my ANSI Art collection from earlier.  Anyway, I was digging through 75 gigs of crap I've collected over the years, cataloging (waiting for WinFS) and came upon a draft of a computer book I never finished.  The title?

Computer Zen:
Straight Answers for the Non-Geek Living in the Digital Age

Sigh.  This was the book that was going to get me on Oprah.  I gave up on it when I discovered that the book I wanted to write was already written.  It's called Code by Charles Petzold.  I recommended it to everyone as soon as I found it.

Anyway, I haven't edited it, just re-discovered it.  I've put it up for your perusal as ComputerZenUnfinishedBook.  It's a few chapters, a bunch of random notes, all brainstorming, and hardly cohesive.  If you feel it's useful, good for you.  I'm sure if has errors, both technical and spelling.  Also, since I saved it from Word, the images are probably screwed up.  If you want to help me finish it and think it could serve a purpose different than Code already does, email me. 

P.S. One thing I find HILARIOUS when looking back on this, is that you can see in the manuscript that I actually wrote the dedication!  Aren't you supposed to FINISH a book before you write a dedication?

P.P.S. Now, rush over and buy official ComputerZen.com merchandise! ;)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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WS-I Delivers Sample Applications for Basic Profile - (Corillian involved!)

December 10, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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The WS-I has published (officially, with press and everything) the Sample Applications.

The WS-I Sample Application 1.0 provides a configurable collection of Web services, which exercise the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 using a supply chain scenario that models the interactions between multiple retail storefronts, warehouses and manufacturers.  Implementations of the Sample Application have been delivered by BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS), Bowstreet, Corillian, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Quovadx (Nasdaq: QVDX), SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW).  WS-I will be demonstrating these implementations at an interoperability showcase this week at the XML Conference & Exposition 2003.

I think it's so cool for my company, Corillian, to be mentioned along with Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, etc.  <BUTTKISSING justified="true">This really speaks to the leadership of my CTO Chris Brooks and his commitment to Web Services.</BUTTKISSING>

Please do check out the applications here!  Also, note the size of the .NET implementations versus the Java implementations.

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Portland Nerd Dinner - Be There AND Be Square

December 10, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Musings
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Jim Blizzard is hosting another Portland Nerd Dinner.  And what wisdom he shows by hosting it at the Largest Mall in Portland during the Christmas Shopping Season!  We'll be lucky to get a parking spot, much less a table in the Food Court. ;)

Either way, after several spectacularly failed attempts to make it to one of these events, I will make it to this one.  School will be out, and I will have flunked only a few C# Students so I will be free as a bird!

Details:December 16, from 6:30 p.m. on, at the Lloyd Center (Food Court) in Portland

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Salem, my Salem

December 9, '03 Comments [6] Posted in Gaming
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Sigh...I don't mean to sully the high-class content you've grown used to, but here's an article in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal that had me chuckling most of the day.  This is the kind of hard-hitting journalism that we Oregonian's look forward to.

 Beavers no match for Trojans
 It is USC's seventh consecutive game in which it scored 40 or more points...

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Role Fragmentation

December 8, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Programming | Tools
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Good article on the ongoing fragmentation of roles in the Software Industry. [From Sylvain Duford]

How many administrators does it take to tip a donkey?

In the beginning it was simple: there were analysts and developers. PC developers doubled up as administrators, and analysts doubled up as managers.

Somehow over the past 10 years, a cancer has been growing inside large organisations - called role fragmentation. As the roles have fragmented, an entire non-industry has bloomed. Network administration, database administration, security administration, component administration, deployment administration, tool administration. The list just goes on and on.

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