The .NET Sweatshop (v2)

"My life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." - George Bernard Shaw

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    Open Letter To CEOs

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    My name is Sandy and I am an MBA. There, I said it. I constantly refer to it and joke about it around here and accept any abuse that might come with it. After all, when you are in a group of techies, the MBA is the easy target (oh, I bet you've seen the...
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    The Reports of Microsoft's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated...

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    I was having lunch with a good friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. He’s a fellow Microsoft employee and we hadn’t caught up in quite some time. We started at Microsoft at the same time and, as can be expected, we spent a lot of time...
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    TDD Me ASAP

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    Scott Densmore warned me not to blog about this, but I just couldn't resist. Apparently, there is a huge uproar regarding unit testing in the next version of Visual Studio. Peter Provost (the “instigator” :->) was working the blogging channels...
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    Block Testing

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    One of the most common questions people ask me about the application blocks is whether they should be used in production. Are they really “enterprise-worthy”? The answer is YES!!! That's when I start bragging about this great lab we have in...
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    Bullet the Blue Blog

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    OK, I couldn't come up with a better title for a random entry. Hopefully, U2 fans appreciate it! As promised, a grab bag of comments & responses to a lot of questions. And bullets. Plenty of bullets. I'm going the bullet route to try to organize...
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    Yet Another TechEd posting from a Microsoftie

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    Yeah, I know everyone is blogging about TechEd right now, but I feel I need to get my comments in before it gets completely stale. This year, Microsoft decided to hold it in San Diego, a great city and was a wonderful choice to hold TechEd 2004. Of course...
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    The p&p DJ

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    I think it was Bill Gates who once said that we always overestimate where technology will take us in the short-term (2-3 years) but underestimate where we will be in 10 years. I think there's a tremendous amount of wisdom in that observation. If you think...
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    The Shadow-facts of life

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    OK, I like to pick on myself as the marketing guy that lost his technical skills in b-school. But, in truth, I still pride myself of having a nice balance of business and geekness and staying fairly current on what's going in the developer/architect world...
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    Coming down from the summit

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    So the first p&p Summit has finally come to a close and I can't help but feel like a proud father after the birth of his first child. I say father because the mother does all the work in that situation and in this case, Keith Pleas was mom. He was...
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    We've Reached The Summit!

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    Tomorrow is finally the day. We're running the first patterns & practices Summit . I'm really excited to see how this turns out. Keith Pleas has done a tremendous job as conference chair and people are really responding to both the concept as well...
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    So what if it's not invented here?

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    An interesting thing happened the other day. I was hanging out with a non-techie friend when he asked me if I knew about a problem he was having with Internet Explorer. Apparently, his web pages were showing chinese characters wherever the character combo...
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    UIP Take II + My Webcast

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    My last post got a lot of interesting comments from a lot of people, both as feedback and mails directly to me. I will eventually comment on the comments in a future mail, but in the meantime, a word from our sponsor... We just released the second...
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    Am I a Bill or a Kwame? I hope both...

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    I admit it--I watch “The Apprentice“. For those of you outside the US that don't know, it was a show where a bunch of Donald Trump-wannabes compete against one another on menial tasks to get a job working for him as a CEO of one of his companies...
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    Yes, I have a blog!!!

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    So, my role at for patterns & practices spans a lot of disciplines. I am the marketing guy that is responsible for awareness, customer touch, etc. (yeah, I know--not enough people know about us but we're getting better!). I am also the financial guy...
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    Thank you India

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    I'm back. Having been my first trip to India in 22 years, I found it to be a remarkable experience, both from a personal as well as professional level. While I won’t bore you with the details of my personal revelations (I have a separate personal...
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    Long time, no see...

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    22 years ago. I was in elementary school. Ronald Reagan was president. People cared about who shot J.R. No one had heard of Madonna yet. Cal Ripken was a rookie that hadn't even started his streak of 2,632 consecutive games (as an Oriole fan, I felt compelled...
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    Time to boil the ocean!

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    A colleague of mine told me a great allegory today. The shortened version is that a bunch of sailors fell off a boat into the cold, icy waters of the Pacific. The captain, understanding that his men would surely freeze to death, immediately ordered the...
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    New block -- the cure for "intermittent connectivity"

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    Here comes another one. We just released the first The Offline Application Block , which is intended to serve as an architectural model for developers who want to add offline capabilities to their smart client applications. The block checks for the...
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    American Idol meets the App Blocks

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    So, a lot of blogging has been spinning up regarding the application blocks and the community involvement. Ron Jacobs, a fellow patterns & practices man, master webcaster, and all-around good guy, blogged recently about community involvement in the...
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    My new home!

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    OK, so I've spent the last 8 months blogging over on blogspot. Given I'm a Microsoft employeee, a lot of people asked “why not blog on ASP.NET?”. Outside of having a cool URL (dotnetsweatship.blogspot.com) and a more personalized page, I never...
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