Gee, this blog has been pretty quiet. Why? Could I have lost interest in the connection with all the C# developers in the world? No!
My responsibilities have drifted somewhat, to areas that make less sense to blog about.
I'm the development lead for the C# editor, which means that my team creates C# Refactorings, formatting, intellisense, colorization, etc. That's where the most interesting blogging comes from.
But I'm also responsible for a chunk of the operations of the C# Product Unit ("VCSPU"). As we get closer to shipping Beta 2, I spend more & more of my time on these areas. That means things like:
I do this as the representative of VCSPU Dev, in concert with a rep from QA (Kartik) and PM (Shaykat).
Starting Monday, we enter VCSPU Ask Mode. This means we meet every day to talk about each of the bugs we’re thinking about fixing, to make the final decision on each one.
Ask Mode forces everyone to start thinking about shipping the product (in this case, Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2). It helps us get serious & raise the bar. Because every bug now takes a bunch more time to process, we fix fewer bugs, effectively raising the bar even further.
I imagine that talking about all the details of this process is much less interesting to my readers than the wild ideas that you’re used to hearing here.
I’m also responsible for the VCSPU checkin process. We use automated tools to build & verify every code change. We have racks of hardware running various automated tests on every checkin. It helps keep the daily build quality high, and helps the devs avoid the tedium of manual verification.
I don’t spend much time on it these days, as I’ve managed to delegate it through several layers (Kevin -> Abhijit -> Tom). Again, it’s not too exciting to blog about.
It’s performance review time. In the winter/spring we focus primarily on career development, and less on actually performance evaluation. Each of my reports deserves the best work from me they can get. I need to spend a bunch of time talking to each of them about their performance, their career goals, and what we’re doing to help them grow. I also want to spend a lot of time talking to their peers to get feedback that helps them further improve.
This is perhaps a bit more interesting to blog about, but much of it is personal & confidential, so my fingers are sealed.
I’m exploring some new foods. Cultured, fermented, and natural foods. I’m also continuing on my quest for simplicity. While it may be interesting, it all appears on my personal blog, not here.
As you can see, I’m pretty busy with a lot of stuff that just doesn’t seem to make sense to blog. But that should change in a couple months. We’ll probably start dreaming big, and bringing those dreams to blogs. I also hope to get my hands dirty with some code again, which means more nutty ideas about ways to write the stuff.