A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

June, 2006

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  • A View from Elsewhere

    Amaze Me

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    This came up in the context of the development experience we’re working on. One of the objects we supply to work with is a maze – you can create a new maze, take a step in the maze, check to see if the direction you’re facing is a valid move, turn, and...
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    Amaze Me 2

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    I was riding the bus into work the other day when I realized that bus route calculations are kind of like the maze problem, only harder. Imagine that you live in a city (e.g. Seattle) and that you use buses to get everywhere and you want to be able to...
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    We Have a Name: NPT

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    We still need a name for the team. Since none of the ideas we came up with previously seemed to pass the internal sniff test (go figure), I decided that I’d opt for naming it descriptively: the Non-Professional Tools Team, or NPT for short. We’re still...
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    Adam Nathan Joins Non-Pro Tools Team

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    We have our first developer. Adam Nathan has joined us. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the soul behind Pinvoke.net , a community site dedicated to getting good coverage of .NET’s Pinvoke functionality (which he largely wrote). I knew...
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    Job Descriptions

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    I’ve found that writing job descriptions is harder than I thought. In particular, it’s harder because I’m writing for so many audiences: for the internal developers and PMs who might be interested, the external folks, for other managers, and so on. ...
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    What We’re Doing: Cool Tools

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    While I’ve been running around creating PPTs and sending email, Adam has been working on a prototype development experience that’s designed to take someone with no knowledge of code through to creating simple Web sites with HTML and Javascript or VBscript...
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    NPT Team Charter

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    After about four months of working through some hard problems, I’ve begun to center our team on a few core work areas. Based a lot on the feedback you gave me through this blog, I narrowed it to three work areas: We’re going to start by building on...
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    Non-Pro Tools Team PUM

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    We have a PUM. Paramesh Vaidyanathan who ran the India Developer Center for Developer Division – a team of something like 100 people – has decided he wants to come back to the US to run the Non-Professional Tools Team (NPT – our team). I’m incredibly...
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    Wi-Fi Bye?

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    Conexxion by Boeing is an in-air 802.11 wireless service. As far as I know, it’s the ín-air 802.11 wireless service. I’ve used it on a couple of SAS flights from Seattle to Europe and, when it works, it’s amazing. Unfortunately, you pay your twenty-something...
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