Scott Hanselman

More .NET Zen Koans + Visual Studio.NET 2003/Windows Server 2003 launch in Boise

May 02, 2003 Comment on this post [2] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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Thanks to everyone who attended the Boise Launch for Visual Studio.NET 2003/Windows Server 2003.  I've posted the slides on this site, so here's the link to last weeks Seattle Launch.  You'll find all the code and slides there, as well as mentions of all the tools I used in the decks.

For those of you who dug my original .NET Zen Koans here are the new ones:

I'm twenty nine years
And always sought the
Way of the
Well, this morning we passed
Like strangers on the road.

Whenever a object is created,
Be aware of it,
As soon as you are
aware of it,
It will vanish.
If you remain for a
long period
Forgetful of objects,
You will naturally become unified like the .NET Framework.
This is the essential art of Computer Zen.

People think it is hard to see .NET,
but in reality
it is neither difficult nor easy.
It is a matter of responding
to C# and VB.NET while remaining detached
from the runtime,
living in the midst of managed code yet being detached from managed code, seeing without seeing, hearing without hearing, garbage collecting without garbage collecting.

One minute of sitting,
one inch of Buddha,
one line of code.
Like lightning all thoughts come and pass.
Just once look
into your mind-depths:
Now look it up on MSDN.

However deep your
knowledge of the .NET Framework,
it is no more
than a strand of hair in the vastness of space.
However important seeming your object model,
it is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

How profoundly silent is the .NET Framework!
Boundless and infinite,
it is the dwelling place
of the divine.
Rich classes with properties and methods are flourishing and spreading.
Forgetful of words I roam and rest here.

About Scott

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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May 03, 2003 3:54
You have waaaay too much time on your hands. :P
May 03, 2003 4:15
:) LOL, surprisingly little time do I have my friend...but when you're sitting on a plane flying to Boise at 6am, it's amazing what will fly out of the proverbial butt.

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