Posts Tagged ‘.Net’
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.
I got to sit in Dustin Campbell‘s Functional Programming session and really enjoyed it. I’m starting to wrap my mind around what makes something functional programming. Next step is to download the bits and test it out.
Yesterday I was talking with an ex-MSL employee about Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) and E-Learning. During our discussion the suggestion came up that ILT MOC doesn’t have to be really well presented (as opposed to E-Learning) because a good trainer/MCT can create a good experience regardless of the quality of the courseware. With E-Learning what a student sees and hears in the course is their full experience so it has to shine(which I don’t think E-Learning achieves and it has struggled accordingly).
My take on this – I suspect that this opinion isn’t a spoken one at MSL, but can imagine that this attitude is prevalent regardless. Labs are typically marginally relevant, they hit the right topic generally, but frequently don’t illustrate the concepts well. Next Gen MOC seems to be stripping much out of the actual printed courseware and pushing it onto the CD. Personally I’m 10 times more likely to look at a book as opposed to loading up book CD content. 5 years down the road the CD might be a better choice if screen readers are more common.
So I agree that the MCT/trainer is 90% of the experience, but I don’t think that should ever be an excuse for producing less than excellent courseware.
I had my first Open Space session building experience. It felt a bit chaotic, but was really remarkable in how it worked out. We actually get to pick the topics that we want to hear. The topics look great. There are at least 2-3 that I want to be in for each timeslot.
I got to see my first fishbowl with Scott Hanselman, Martin Fowler, Jeffrey Palermo, Scott Bellware and many others. It could have used 6 chairs instead of 4, but it was fast moving and intelligent. It also gives you many different viewpoints which is great.
Jeffrey Palermo did some videos of some of the opening sessions if you want to see what it looked like.
I’m off to get some sleep so I’m ready for tomorrow.
I made it to Seattle around noon and had lunch with Roy Osherove, Adam Tybor, Sergio, Ian Cooper and Tim. We had some interesting conversations from mocking to mobile phones (until Roy said he was tired of that talk) to firing practices in the UK.
It was good to put some faces to blogs I have been reading for a quite awhile.
Thanks to everyone who attended my ASP.Net MVC session. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you get the opportunity to try out what the MVC framework has to offer. The slides have a lot more information than what I was able to get through in my talk. The project is still very young, but has so much potential.
Please leave comments here and let me know what you thought of the session. I’m trying to constantly improve it to make it the right fit.