Scott Hanselman

The Calm Before the Storm...and more Watch Musings

March 17, '04 Comments [0] Posted in DevDays | Movies
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It's 1am, and I'm finishing my DevDays Demos.  If you're in Portland, stop by the newly revamped Convention Center and check out DevDays.  We're putting on a good show.  I'll be showing a few naughty things as I try to break into Microsoft's implementation of OpenHack.

As I'm sitting here my Spot Watch announced that a new applet was available, this one showing Sports Scores!  Awesome.  I can't wait until the Movie Times one.  Also, it's currently downloading a new Watch Face.  It's Christmas in March.  Also, they fixed the Outlook Calendar Sync thing...I'm still trying to get details, but it appears the quota was either set to low, or the add-in was too chatty.  The limit is to prevent troublemakers, not regular users.

Also, rumor has it that these are some of the new channels coming VERY SOON:

  • Current Traffic
  • Dining Guide (nearby)
  • Movie Finder
  • Lottery, Horoscopes, This day in History

How about tiny black-and-white wallpaper? :)

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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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XBox Friends

March 17, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Gaming
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Looks like Cory Smith has been busy and impatient with the XBox folks, so what did he do?  Well, like any good .NET programmer, he wrote an app to save us all. 

He wrote an MSN Messenger clone that lets you know what your buddies are doing on XBox!  He'll tell you what games they are playing, as well as what games they own!  Very nice, and all .NET and XCopy deploy.

Check it out at XBOXFriends.com

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Yukon and Whidbey Slip, and your life goes on. Film at 11.

March 14, '04 Comments [11] Posted in ASP.NET | XML | Gaming
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Yukon and Whidbey, er, I mean, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be available in 2005, and some folks flipped out.  Folks, it's not THAT big of a deal.  Is it a bummer, sure.  Will it affect the schedules of a few other products, maybe yours?  Possibly.  But remember, you do have a development platform that many of you have yet to fully exploit.  Perhaps the bloggers who are so vocally disappointed are so advanced in their development skills or 'early adopter-ness' that they've forgotten that useful software is shipping today?

.NET moved Windows development squarely into the managed world that Java programmers enjoyed.  .NET was a shock to the system, and as such, it's taken a while to sink in.  For some folks, it clicked, made sense.  For others, it's taken a few years to 'sleep on it.'  There are a lot of folks out there picking up .NET 1.1 and really creating some fantastic mature software.  Now, .NET 2.0 is going to change things and shock the system.  That's a good thing.  ASP.NET 2.0, generics, ClickOnce, it's going to be great and unquestionably a step foward. 

But, I have to ship software today to large banks and financial institutions.  We have a great application platform built on .NET that is mature and fabulous.  Believe me, we'll exploit the appropriate features of 2.0 when it comes out, but today I'm shipping great stuff.  And I will continue to innovate on .NET 1.1 all during 2004.  Nothing is stopping me, and I'm certainly not going to sit idlely and wait for 2.0, when I can make great software for my clients now. 

Sure I'd love to have Master Pages, but somehow I've made it this far without it.  Sure I'd like to have ObjectSpaces, but...well, you get the idea.  These things take time, and I'm happy that Microsoft has adopted a more practical 'Carmackian' attitude around software ship dates. 

The Press

Last week when the announcement happened, I had two press calls about the slip before noon!  Come on people, let's not create drama where there isn't.  Many developers inside slower moving banks are just now getting off NT 4.0 and are still trepidacious of XML(!), not to mention .NET and managed code.  I'm still out there fighting the good fight to introduce folks to .NET 1.x.

I'll end with Jason Maus's reminder: Don't forget the saying, "Good, Fast, Cheap. You may choose two."

Now, on to things that ARE significant or 'of note':

Notice that the new naming is Visual Studio 2005, not Visual Studio .NET 2005This is a good thing, obivously intentional, expressing that .NET is firmly here and now.  It's so much a part of the fabric of developing on the Windows Platform that it's served it's purpose as a pervasive suffix.  I dig it.

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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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Coder or Developer?

March 14, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Looks like Mike's new book called "Coder To Developer" is all set to launch April 9th.  A sample chapter on Unit Testing can be had here.  You can also order it from Amazon

It's got a great cover design and from the sample chapter, it looks like a winner.  It's written in Mike's non-nonsense, practical prose with the weight of a quarter-century of Software Development behind it.  So far it reminds me of the Pragmatic Programmers series which means it will be a must have on your shelf if you're looking to move your 'coding career' to that next level.

 

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