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On Choosing a Job

Posted in Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 30th, 2007

Ted Neward writes about an email he received from a guy, who interviewed for a position as architect. The story and questions in this email are interesting as are Neward’s responses. However, what stood out was this quote from Ted Neward:

For starters, Shane, kudos to you for sticking to your guns, and for figuring out really quickly that this was clearly not a place you wanted to work–a lot of developers have a mentality that says that they need the company more than the company needs them, sort of a “job at any price” mindset.

It fits nicely with a previous post of mine on Good Programmers vs. Bad Programmers. For many reasons this quote fits perfectly with my exprerience as job hunter, but also from observing the people I know.

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    Doing WCF Development on Vista Using Orcas Beta 2

    Posted in Code,Microsoft,Misc,WCF,Windows Vista by Kristian Kristensen on the September 28th, 2007

    I’ve been doing some WCF development on Vista using Orcas Beta 2 for a project I’m starting. I ran into a couple of issues with this configuration. I wanted to expose a service on an HTTP endpoint, but Vista doesn’t allow this. To enable it you have to add a rule to the HTTP namespace in HTTP.sys in the kernel. Nicholas Allen has a post on what and how to do it.

    Second you can run into problems with svcutil.exe because of signing issues. Guy Berstein has the details.

    Btw. you can start the WCF Test Client that is used by Visual studio by executing WcfTestClient.exe in a VS Command Prompt.

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    Getting Ready for JAOO

    Posted in Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 23rd, 2007

    So I’m getting my things ready and packed for my trip to JAOO tomorrow. I’ll catch a train at 7 AM, and hit Århus around 8:20 for 3 packed days. It’s going to be great. Niels and Mark published their conference schedules online, I guess we’ll see if we have overlapping sessions. Most of my slots are filled with 2 or 3 sessions, so I’ll have to pick one out at the spur of the moment. I even packed my camera, so I’ll have to take some pictures of the whole setup.

    I’ll see you in Århus :-)

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    Good Programmers vs. Bad Programmers

    Posted in Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 15th, 2007

    Via Raganwald I read On Programmers and Business by Eugueny Kontsevoy, which basically stipulates that dumb engineers can ruin a company.

    A sufficiently dumb engineer may hurt you more than most competitors will. When organized in loose formations, even in modest numbers, they can even kill an otherwise healthy business.

    Kontsevoy follow up post deals with the Ecosystems of Smart Hackers, which deals with how these dumb engineers gets hired in the first place.

    There are many different factors that allow these unqualified individuals to get engineering jobs, lack of decent interviewers is certainly a big one. … What I discovered was shocking: literally everyone can get a programming job if he or she simply goes to enough interviews and tells the same made up story in response to “so… what exactly did you do at company X? Your resume said you wrote reporting system using Java and DB2…”

    Answering the question as to whether good programmers costs more or not:

    As shocking as it may appear, money is not everything. Smart people like to hang out with other smart people. Similarly, mediocrity comes in volumes too.

    I especially like this last quote: “mediocrity comes in volumes”. So true, so true.

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    Finished the Book Dreaming in Code

    Posted in Book,Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 14th, 2007

    Last night I finished the book “Dreaming in Code” by Scott Rosenberg. Rosenberg follows the development of Chandler – a revolutionary PIM. The visionary behind Chandler is Mitch Kapor of Lotus fame, and a number of prominent developers joins the project. Parallel with the story about Chandler Rosenberg discusses why software development/engineering is difficult. He cites a number of classic Comp. Sci. research pieces like “The Mythical Man Month” by Fred Brooks. It’s a good book and easy read about the inherent difficulties in developing software.

    Joel Spolsky wrote a review about it this January called The Big Picture.

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    Article in Version2 About Me and My JAOO Ticket

    Posted in Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 12th, 2007

    There’s an article on Version2 today about me winning the ticket for JAOO. The article’s headline is Software Engineer Wins JAOO Ticket (it’s in Danish). So I guess it’s really, really official ;-)
    Yesterday in my winning haze I forgot to write about the extend of the ticket. It’s valid for the 3 conference days between 24th and 26th September.

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    I’m Going to JAOO 2007

    Posted in MSP,Microsoft,Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 11th, 2007

    I received an email earlier today. The content was brief:

    Congratulations! You’ve won a 3-day conference ticket to JAOO.

    The email was from Version2 – a Danish IT magazine – who had a competition last week. The basic premise was that if you added or edited an article in their IT encyclopedia you would be in the drawing for 2 tickets for JAOO. So I just jumped in an added a couple of definitions. Before it was over I guess I’ve added ASP, Web 2.0, LINQ, C#, and Lamdba. Some of these were definitely more elaborate than others, but that wasnt really part of the competition. Anyway, I won :-) Super cool! I know that Jakob (former co-MSP of mine) is going, so is Mark (also MSP), as well as the guys from Microsoft Denmark’s DPE department.

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    Another Worried Zune Fan

    Posted in Apple,Microsoft,Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 7th, 2007

    Via Raganwald‘s delicious postings I just found this article on Zune Thoughts – Apple Throws Down the Gauntlet, Picks it Up, Smacks Zune in the Face. It’s basically the same worry I expressed in yesterdays post on the new iPod lineup.
    I’m very interested in seeing what’ll come out of the Zune camp. I hope it’ll be amazing. Unfortunately I just don’t believe in it…

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    Apple Releases New Ipods

    Posted in Apple,Microsoft,Misc by Kristian Kristensen on the September 6th, 2007

    I’m just watching the keynote from last night where Steve Jobs introduced the new iPod lineup and the new iTunes. It is so sweet. The new iPods are incredibly cool. I’m just a bit sad, coz I just got a 30gig black iPod of yesterdays kind.

    Anyway, I just read this post on Bink.nu – Apple Beats Microsoft to WiFi Music Store. So basically the iPod beat the Zune. Apple is launching an iTunes WiFi Store that you can use from the new iPod Touch. So Apple includes WiFi after Microsoft did to the Zune, but still comes out ahead. Then take this post from CoolSmartphone – I’ll be honest – the iPhone really worries me. It’s basically the same take only this time between Windows Mobile and the iPhone.

    I read some where (forgot where) that the thing about Apple is that they never stop improving their products. The push the limits, ships something, an then immediately starts pushing again. Just look at the release cycles of iPods. Eventhough parts of previous iPod lineup are good enough, it doesn’t matter. They keep pushing, pushing, pushing.

    Either way, for a gear/gadget enthusiast the future looks bright :-)

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    Silverlight 1.0 Released Now Sporting Linux Support

    Posted in Code,MSP,Microsoft by Kristian Kristensen on the September 5th, 2007

    Scott Guthrie announced earlier today that Silverlight 1.0 has been released. He also revealed that Microsoft will collaborate with Novell and the Mono team to deliver Silverlight to Linux in the form of Monolight. Miguel de Icaza shares the details.

    I attended a Silverlight event in Århus last week, where I also met up with Niels (an MSP from Århus University) afterwards. It was a mighty fun day, especially after the presentations ;-)
    Now that 1.0 is out the door I can’t wait to see 1.1 in a more stable form. I’ve recently looked into Adobe Flex, which is very, very, frickin’ cool!

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