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Archive for December, 2007

Rules to live by?

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I don’t often cross-post things, but this was too appropriate for many aspects of my life for me to ignore.

http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/12/27/rituals-for-results.aspx

 

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December 27th, 2007 at 9:07 am

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With a time of 5 seconds, the medal goes to…

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ELLE!!!!!

She managed a five second free-stand last night, which is horribly exciting and terrifying at the same time… soon, the baby will REALLY explore. 

Written by erwilleke

December 27th, 2007 at 9:03 am

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Chopsticks for baby!

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We found out that my in-laws would be about three hours late for dinner today (Christmas day)… so we did what any self-respecting family would do and put dinner on hold and headed out for Chinese to hold us over. We headed to Hunan, where Stanley whips up the best sauces in Indianapolis and Amy serves them with a smile and a great memory for names. The most wonderful thing about tonight, however, is that Elle didn’t bat an eye at eating from chopsticks. She loved the rice, the rice noodles, and after an initial moment of confusion at the spicy sauce, she liked that too. I can’t wait until she has opposing teeth and can try the meat, too. But, it seems to be a sure thing that my child will follow in my (and my wife’s) footsteps as far as food selection goes.

If you’re in town, EAT AT HUNAN… then stop by and say hi to us.   

Written by erwilleke

December 25th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

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Refuctoring

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Read it once a month to remember why you’re agile!

http://waterfall2006.com/gorman.html

http://waterfall2006.com/Refuctoring.pdf

 

Written by erwilleke

December 21st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

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What do you call the doctor who graduated last in his class?

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A doctor, of course.

And, by extension, what do you call somebody who passes a certification test with the minimum passing score? Certified!

I’m glad to be done with it, even though I put off the second part over a year. I’m officially done with the 2005 certifications! Here’s what I end up with having passed the two MCSD upgrade tests:

Part of the reason that it took so long is that I really didn’t care in the grand scheme of things.  The letters are nice to have on my cards… if I carried cards. Nice to have on my resume… but the companies I _WANT_ to work with shouldn’t even care.  Nice to brag about… if I cared to brag. Really, the biggest personal benefits I get for the certifications are that I know what others went through to get them (and thus, know how strongly to value the certs) and that I can contribute to my employer’s points for Microsoft partnerships. All in all, the certification has nearly ZERO correlation to how much I know and study .NET.

This goes right into my next topic about how I feel about going back to school for my MBA… I already read a lot of MBA-ish books that my wife and father-in-law push my way. I already study blogs about business, startups, and leadership. While the letters would be nice on business cards (see above), my resume (see above) and for bragging rights (see above), what’s the REAL benefit to me? Is it really worth putting in 8-30 hours a week for some indefinite period? Especially considering that the more valuable (i.e. better reputation) programs take more effort than the “one night a week” programs?

So… what’s next? Probably a lot more reading and programming for fun… it turns out that using LINQ is somehow very enjoyable.

Written by erwilleke

December 20th, 2007 at 11:29 am

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TFS Sql script – list policy overrides

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I don’t like to call out individual blame, but sometimes a bit o’ shame is what it takes… this query, when run against the (2008 version) version control database in TFS will give you a nice summary and detail pair that can be dropped into excel, or whatever.

 

select
    i.DisplayName Person,
    COUNT( po.changesetid ) Violations
from tbl_policyOverride po
    JOIN tbl_changeset cs ON cs.ChangeSetId = po.ChangeSetId
    JOIN tbl_identity i on i.identityId = cs.committerId
Where
    cs.CreationDate > ’11/1/2007′
GROUP BY
    i.displayName
ORDER BY
    Violations DESC

select
    i.DisplayName,
    po.changesetid,   
    po.comment,
    cs.CreationDate
from tbl_policyOverride po
    JOIN tbl_changeset cs ON cs.ChangeSetId = po.ChangeSetId
    JOIN tbl_identity i on i.identityId = cs.committerId
Where
    cs.CreationDate > ’11/1/2007′
order by
    i.displayName,
    po.ChangesetId DESC

 

Written by erwilleke

December 7th, 2007 at 10:40 am

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Microformats

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Went to ArcReady today, which was supposed to be about software + services, but it turned into a nice discussion of Microformats. As a result, I did more investigation. Larry‘s right… this is going to be hot (if he’s wrong, so am I!)

More when I dig in. 

Written by erwilleke

December 6th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

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Christmas is kicking in!!!

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and I’m getting EXCITED about the season. All the activities, family, fun, and giving is just getting ramped up last weekend. The house is decorated, the baby’s Christmas dress is ordered, and everything is going well. It also helps quite a bit that we’ve reached the end of another sprint and managed to finish everything, including a number of stretch goals! Go us!

To everybody out there, Merry Christmas SEASON and whatever your feelings about religion, I hope the month does you well, and that you do well to those around you!

     

Written by erwilleke

December 4th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

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