Archive for May, 2007

One of the thing I really enjoy doing is speaking in public. Back in the day before the internet bubble burst, I was a Field Application Engineer. The best part of my job was giving presentations, tutorials and demos. There is nothing quite like standing in front of a room with 50, 100 or 200 engineers and not only giving a presentation, but interacting with them and answering questions. It might just be nostalgia, but I miss that feeling of connectedness.

Unfortunately, embedded programming is not a public activity and there is limited opportunity to speak to an audience. Doing the conference circuit is a way to go, but competition for slots is fierce and it can become expensive. Making presentations at a user group meeting is a more viable alternative, but living in the technological sticks puts a crimp in that idea. That last fall back is doing Lunch & Learn type sessions. This works great at larger companies, but as I’m part of a 1.5 developer team, the audience is limited.

This state of affair has unfortunately resulted in me becoming rather disconnected form the happenings in the tech community at large. I get plenty of news from the internet, but there is nothing that comes close to interacting with designers at various companies. Those hallway conversations and water cooler chats give you a sense of what is really going on out there…

There comes a time when one has to assess what they are doing and why. As part of this process, I’m taking a hard look at my blogging habits. This blog started as my ramblings on embedded and .NET topics. Along the way, it has morphed into this (mostly) daily aggregation post about all things .NET

I’m an avid reader, and part of the motivation for the daily post was to share whatever interesting tidbits I came across. I also wanted to post fairly frequently. A daily news aggregation post was an easy answer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work very well.

All of the interest shown by readers, as manifested by comments and pings, was with (for lack of a better term) “original content”. Witness my almost off the cuff post on Ageism. It was by far the most widely viewed post, thanks to Larry O’Brien agreeing with me and sparking curiosity. I guess being the catalyst for a post by someone in the top 50,000 Technorati blogs will do that to you.

As such, my daily posts are no more. Instead, we are going back to posting whenever our muse calls. Embed This! on the other hand will stick around in its weekly form. My small way of countering a lack of embedded content on the net.

The Big News: Found some interesting blogs in the embedded space. Not independent blogs as they are from EDN, but very interesting: Go here for the entire list.
Of personal interest are:

Brian’s Brain by Brian Dipert. He blogs about everyday implications of technology (and whatever else strikes his fancy). Just fascinating!

Embedded Processing by Robert Cravotta. It all about the processors baby!

Finally, my trifecta includes Embedded Webblog by Warren Webb. Embedded hardware, development tools and software. What more can a guy want?

Time is short, so here is a sampling for each of them:

Robert Cravotta addresses head on the often heard “Let’s start over from scratch, the current (deployed) design is putrid“. Bottom line (in most cases): Are you nuts? Why throw away man years of effort involved in a deployed system?

Brian Dipert has concern that AT&T is turning back into Ma Bell…and the implication it has for (the lack of) customer services. He regales us with a tale of ordering DSL service from them. While placing the order was reminiscent of the 80s, he is actually pleasantly surprised.

Mr. Webb points out that Eclipse is now a de facto standard embedded development environment. He also points out that PC/104 still has a bright future.

In other news, I’m so jealous of Mike Deliman…He actually works on Space Exploration projects! Let’s face it, Star Trek is the reason lots of us became engineers! He has an entry about the water found on Mars.

Lane reversal arrives to small South Carolina town…
.NET

Brad Abrams has a bunch of links to streaming video presentations from Mix. Cool stuff by Andres Hejisberg on LINQ, John Lam and John Hugunin on Ruby and DLR.

Udi Dahan has posted a little class which makes using worker thread a bit easier.
Agile

Tim Ottinger writes about Coercive Immediacy. You can ignore a web site/application (a la VersionOne) but you can’t ignore a cork board setup in the common room…

Who says a small town can’t have gridlock?

.NET

There is an IDE for PowerShell called PowerShell Analyzer. It looks quite yummy! I feel a download coming. (via The Daily Grind)

Scott Hanselman provides an interesting perspective on the significance of Silverlight for web application development.
Community

Somewhat off topic, but Tom Peter’s blog points to The Guardian’s list of greatest speeches of the 20th Century. Well worth a listen!

Testing

Jonathan Kohl has a great post on how to get started with Exploratory Testing. Worth a read.