It’s done. The pencils are down. The bits are baked. No more time for polish and there’s no turning back. Like a snapshot of the last two years of my life, the binaries have frozen in place all that my fingers have wrought, all the lines of logic, all the code, all the defects, all on disk now, a stable moment in time, a silent pause before the wind picks up again the bits are carried away like seeds, replicated far out into the void.

 

It’s somewhat of a relief to be done for now, but there’s also an angst welling within me. Because I know what is still left undone. I know the flaws, the things that should be working but are not, some that were not caught until too late, other’s due to my own disastrous oversights, miscalculations, certainty gone awry.

 

Yet then I am reminded by others of the majority that works as advertised, all that runs miraculously right out of the box, and all the feedback and reviews of others; the big thumbs up. The buzz is electric.

 

I’m proud of what is in there, bugs and all. Still, I relish the opportunity to dive back in and wrench it all apart, adjusting, tweaking, transfiguring. Fortunately, it’s not the final word. It is, after all, only a preview, a slice in time of the development cycle, primed and packaged for the PDC.

 

Language Integrated Query, you’ll see what it’s all about in two weeks time. You’ll get the disk and install it for yourself in the comfort of your own home. You’ll run the samples and see them fly. You’ll dig deeper and find the flaws. I’m okay with that. That’s why we are handing it out now. We want to hear from you.

 

If you are at the PDC you can even stop by and tell me what you think. I’ll be bouncing back and forth between the language and data track lounges. Though, maybe not literally unless there’s a big trampoline.

 

Matt