Archive for May 2008
My flight leaves for Orlando at 5am this Saturday for the TechEd 2008 developers week. I’m working as a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) in the Hands on Labs area.
The highlight of the week will be getting to present an “Advanced MVC” Instructor Led Lab (ILL) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you attend you’ll get to do things like build a custom view engine, swap out the controller factory and use some more powerful routes. Should be a good time.
I’ll also be at Party with Palermo on Monday Night and the Influencer/MVP Party Wednesday night (no, I’m not an MVP).
Between working 32 hours as a TLG, a couple of parties and and attending some sessions; I think I’ll have a full week.
John Lam just announced publicly that IronRuby is able to run Rails. It doesn’t run it fast at this point, but it is compatible. Speed and performance will be drastically improved as the project develops. This is a good thing for .Net to be able run Rails; it’s only going to make the .Net platform richer with its available languages.
When I was at RailsConf last May Microsoft was almost completely ignored in the normal part of the conference. I think there was a single session related to installing and deploying on the Microsoft platform.
In the hallways Scott Hanselman and Chris Sells got some good hallway conversations going with Martin Fowler and other ThoughtWorks people. This year and even more in the following year it will be much harder to ignore the Microsoft implementation of the language.
Derik Whittaker has been building up a site called Dime Casts that is a series of well done videos demonstrating a variety of development techniques and skills. Currently there are 4 screencasts related to getting started with nUnit, but there are many more topics to come. Check this great learning resource.
As these two ventures mature, I believe some really great projects will emerge. One project that has unified the Ruby/Rails community is RubyGems. I strongly believe that we need a similar package manager. There has been some talk of this kind of project, but I haven’t seen anything significant yet.
The best of what comes out of these projects will not necessarily be the ability to run Ruby on Rails or imitate it, although running it will be a great milestone. The real action will be from idiomatic home-grown projects.
Twitter is like sending fortune cookie-sized messages on an irc channel you custom build. It’s already bothering me that I just went over 140 characters.
There are really 2 things I need to accomplish as a programmer: write a twitter client and solve fizzbuzz. Then I will be complete. :)
oops, this was supposed to be a tweet.
.Net Bloggers, you are clogging up my Google Reader view with all of the meaningless posts about about SP1. If you have nothing to add to the announcement, then please don’t :) Scott Guthrie and several others have said plenty about it and have done it well.
This post is mainly in jest, but please add something to the discussion if you blog it. Ironically, I’m not adding much to the discussion either with this post. I’m interested to hear what breaks as a result of installing it or what new features or fixes are part of SP1.