March, 2006

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Find a new name for the project formerly known as Ruby.NET


    Futher to my post Ruby.NET under development downunder at QUT, I got an email today from the team. Looks like they need a new name for the project.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Wayne Kelly
    Sent: Friday, 31 March 2006 11:42 AM
    To: Frank Arrigo
    Subject: Ruby.NET
    Dear frank,
    Thanks for registering your interest in the Ruby.NET project. We will keep 
    you informed of future developments.
    At this stage we would like to ask your help in finding a better name for 
    the project. It seems Ruby.NET has been used by similar projects. We would
    prefer something unique, so that a Google search should find only pages
    related to our project. Only restriction is that it still needs to have
    Ruby somewhere in the title.
    Please post your suggestions on our WIKI at:
    You can also post general comments and questions at:
    We look forward to hearing from you & 
    (Please contact me if you wish to be removed from this email list).
    Cheers, Wayne.

    So put your thinking caps on and help them out !

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Busy Busy Busy


    You may have noticed my blogging frequency is down at the moment. There's a good reason for that.

    I have recently had some new people join my little team, taking my direct reports up to 12 (and one open head, but more about that later). We had a person leave the team, which enabled us to rearrange the structure and voila!

    So, I am now responsible for all the Technical Evangelism within our group - Anna recently posted that she was joining the team

    My team now looks like this:

    (DE) Developer Evangelists  4  Andrew Coates | Charles Sterling | Dave Glover | David Lemphers
    (AE) Architect Evangelists  3  Anna Liu | Nigel Watson | Nils Van Boxsel
    (ITE) IT Pro Evangelists  2  Jeff Alexander | Michael Kleef
    (ISV DE) ISV Developer Evangelists  2  David Sajfar | Shuk Chan
    (ITA) IT Pro Architects Advisors  1  Darryl Chantry

    So, why so busy?

    Well, at this time of the year, Microsoft goes through a process called the Mid Year Career Development Discussion, where we checkpoint on progress for the year, and then we spend a bit of time looking at an individual's career development plan. For me, it's been a time to get to know my team better (especially the newer members), what their goals and aspirations are, and then  put in place some development plans to help them get there.

    To do this properly takes time. Hence, a reduction in my blogging frequency. But, I'll be back!

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs : People looking for People


    A few emails have crossed my inbox for local companies looking for good developers.

    We are looking to expand our little team of developers and are finding it hard to come across some reasonably good people whom have .net, SharePoint and/or BizTalk, do you know of any people whom are looking around.

    Someone with excellent Windows Mobile smartphone development skills. Knowledge of telephony, SIP and IMS would also be handy.

    If you are interested, drop me an email and I will hook you in touch with these companies.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    guess who is our new intern


    Our team has a new intern for the year.

    Let's play a game.

    Some clues.

    • was a former student ambassador
    • recently moved to sydney
    • regular blogger

    Any ideas? Leave your ideas in the comments.

    Prize to the 1st correct entry -  a tablet pc guy, so leave me a way to contact you.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    TechTalkBlogs : How are we doing after one month ??


    It's been a month since we launched TechTalkBlogs

    Let's review the stats from the systems:

    System Summary
      Mar 27 Mar 20 Mar 13 Mar 6 Feb 27
    Active Feeds: 219 218 214 196 183
    Feed Items: 3,030 2,290 1,805 1,486 1,174
    Votes: 1,178 989 883 1,068 762

    Hmmm, new registrations have slowed down. Feeds are flowing, and we're getting a few more votes.

    I looked at the top posters a while back, now let me call out the top vote catchers:

    And the top posts which have scored 7 votes or more are:

    Now, someone asked me how the ranking system worked.

    It's pretty simple.

    A post gets a set of points at the start (Let's call this I), then points are added per vote (let's call this V) and finally points are deducted each hour from initial posting (let call this H).

    The formula looks something like this : Rank Score = (I + NumberOf Votes * V) - (HourSincePost * H).

    The list is then sorted by this Rank Score

    I have been playing with the different values of the weekend, tweaking the values to see how the order of the stories change. Can anyone guess the current values of I, V and H??

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Enter the Webcast ?


    Local Canberra based MVP Geoff Appleby has way too much time on his hands.

    First he posted photos of his little friends - Meet the Twins (or: Oh yeah? Well mine does acrobatics and likes MSDN and reading!) , My Night Out at the Launch Party, Another Mascot , Another New Addition to the Appleby Family

    Now he's made a video, which he called Enter the WebCast

    Dude - aren't they keeping you busy at work?

    Nice video by the way !

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    SSCLI 2.0 Ready for Download


    Deeps just sent me a note about a new release of SSCLI which is ready for download. Go on - you know you want to.....


    The Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) is the ECMA standard that describes the core of the .NET Framework world. The Shared Source CLI is a compressed archive of the source code to a working implementation of the ECMA CLI and the ECMA C# language specification.

    The current release builds and runs on Windows XP only. It is released under a Shared Source initiative. It is released under a shared source initiative. Please see the accompanying license.

    The Shared Source CLI goes beyond the printed specification of the ECMA standards, providing a working implementation for CLI developers to explore and understand. It will be of interest to academics and researchers wishing to teach and explore modern programming language concepts, and to .NET developers interested in how the technology works.

    The Shared Source CLI archive contains the following technologies in source code form:

    • An implementation of the runtime for the Common Language Infrastructure (ECMA-335).
    • Compilers that work with the Shared Source CLI for C# (ECMA-334) and JScript.
    • Development tools for working with the Shared Source CLI such as assembler/disassemblers (ilasm, ildasm), a debugger (cordbg), metadata introspection (metainfo), and other utilities.
    • The Platform Adaptation Layer (PAL) used to port the Shared Source CLI from Windows XP to other platforms.
    • Build environment tools (nmake, build, and others).
    • Test suites used to verify the implementation.
    • A rich set of sample code and tools for working with the Shared Source CLI.

    New in this Release

    • Full support for Generics.
    • New C# 2.0 features like Anonymous Methods, Anonymous Delegates and Generics
    • BCL additions.
    • Lightweight Code Generation (LCG).
    • Stub-based dispatch.
    • Numerous bug fixes.

    What can I do with the Shared Source CLI?
    There is a wealth of programming language technology in the Shared Source CLI. It is likely to be of interest to a wide audience, including:

    • Developers interested in the internal workings of the .NET Framework can explore this implementation of the CLI to see how garbage collection works, JIT compilation and verification is handled, security protocols implemented, and the organization of frameworks and virtual object systems.
    • Teachers and researchers doing work with advanced compiler technology. Research projects into language extensions, JIT optimizations, and modern garbage collection all have a basis in the Shared Source CLI. Modern compiler courses can be based on the C# or JScript languages implemented on the CLI.
    • People developing their own CLI implementations will find the Shared Source CLI an indispensable guide and adjunct to the ECMA standards.

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