What Do You Enjoy About Your Job?

I was asked this question by someone today and it kind of caught me off guard. I never really have reflected on this seemingly obvious topic. Because I was caught off guard with the question, my answer was straight from the gut and therefore I trust that probably more than a well thought out answer after much reflection.

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Architect Cartoon

This is great!

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The Microsoft Picnic

Several Microsoft employees have posted remarks about their annual company picnic and while I could really care less, I do find the scale of such an operation pretty impressive.

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Simplifying the Enterprise

Nick has another great post on Inside Architecture using the metaphor of aircraft maintenance to internal IT projects that have has their goal to make IT more efficient. I think this is a great metaphor and something that I really see lacking in large IT shops, at least the ones that I have direct or indirect experience with.

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Automating Builds with Team Build

I am looking forward to seeing more out of the newly revived blog by Sumit Chawla, The SDLC Guy.

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Provider Model

There is an excellent post introducing you to the provider model that makes extending and customizing the WebPart technology in ASP.NET 2.0 possible over at Ben Harrell's blog.

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Voice Notes a la Backpack

I have decent commute (30 to 45 minutes each way) and I hate wasting that time. I typically either use that time to make phone calls that I need/want to make or listen to podcast dealing with topics such as development, architecture, technology, and business.

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Ranking Employees

Pam comments on Fortune's review of the Jack Welch rules, specifically ranking employees. She agrees with Fortune and is against ranking due to the inefficiencies in corporate communication which leads to political pandering and popularity contests rather than doing great work.

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Converting VB6 to .NET

Clarity Consulting CTO, Jon Rauschenberger, was recently on a DotNetRocks show where he discussed a toolkit that he developed that provides an interoperability layer for VB6 hosted apps to use to be able to iteratively migrate forms and functionality over as .NET assemblies.

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Interview with Blinq Author, Polita Huff

I am currently watching an interview with Polita Huff about her creation, Blinq. She reports that this functionality that is currently delivered in a command line tool will be integrated with the next version of Visual Studio.

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