2013.05.21 (11:43): Ecstatically working (sort of) for MS!
QUICK PITCH: No matter how agile your process may be, the key metrics that management wishes to see will suffer if agility is not built into the codebase directly. The book teaches .NET programmers how to give their code the agility to adapt to changing requirements and customer demands by applying cutting-edge techniques, including SOLID principles, design patterns, and other industry best-practices.
I'll be subcontracted out for the review..
The process is:
- author gets chapter written and reviewed,
- said chapter is sent to me.
- I have a few days to get through the reading and work through the examples and send it back.
- Once the book is going through the author takes what I said and investigates incorporating it.
- then it's once more back through the book
- then it's done... they are shooting to have the book in the presses by Feb 2014.
I get paid by the page and there's about five hundred pages in said book.
I had to bust out my Alice crip-walk dance moves!
It's nice to see things work out - especially after my skimming of Microsoft jobs.. so sure.. I might not be in the corporate hive, but hopefully this leads to more contract work or something with them! Sure it may seem like I am some sort of lackey to a big star with the sole job of fetching the morning cheese danish, but from my end it's great!
I mean how cool would it be if I got more work, and/or was able to find a tech evangelist position?!
8 Tips To Become a Microsoft Technical Evangelist
2013.05.20 (10:49): Dragg'n ass today..
2013.05.16 (15:01): Yeah, knew that was going to happen..
It's disheartening to know that I know so much damn shit, have booty loads of experience, but it seems like an unfocused blur when trying to play the odd-shaped peg in the square hole.
Bah.. maybe I'll never get close to that mecca, but just visit one day?
More likely I'll regroup, refocus, and get on board with some appropriately evaluated skills. Rewards do not favor the wishy washy..
Arg.. I just wish there was more time in the day!
In other news some old lady told me "Thank you very much. You are too kind. I should put you in my will." for holding the door open for her at Barnes and Noble over lunch. I hope she got my information down right. :D
2013.05.14 (15:22): So far a pretty stellar day.
After last night's invitation for being an honest to God Catholic church sanctioned Godfather I was pretty jazzed this morning.. well.. that was until big boss asked me if I had plans for lunch while boss dad was hovering behind him.. oh.. the alleged story was "we do this once a month with a member of the department".. pffsst.. yeah, right! Probz a'boot to totes get fired.
I cautiously lock my pc, grab my wallet, and head out with them. To, oddly, California Taco. A solid place.. shot the shit about boyscouts, video games, what I am working on, etc.. a bit better of a conversation than say when boss mom and boss dad took me out and I was super duper paranoid.
Either way a decent day so far!
2013.05.13 (14:25): Two... TWO domains I own..
Aren't I just hip and trendy.
2013.05.08 (11:08): Migration of the battle..
In other news I opted to drive home the Boss yesterday (car troubles). He lives super scary close to me (as in a three minute drive), and had the predictable disdain for my path home. Heh. Fun fun.
2013.05.07 (09:19): Plague-poxed..
Mostly it's a sore throat, wheeze breathing, a bit of light headedness, and a really gravelly voice. I think I will survive.
2013.05.05 (15:52): Ugh.. no more rocks please..
2013.05.01 (15:51): Boom! The clouds part, and awesome shines down upon me..
Sure, part of the time was burned when I decided to try and use MSSQL Express 2012.. it turns out the express edition won't let you create data cubes.. so I had to pull out of that (as much as possible), jacked up my local DB instance so install a new one.. found out I didn't install the 'Analysis Services', installed that, and bet my head on how to get my SQL Server Data Tools 2012 to talk to my local db...
After trying permutations of who the 'SQL Server Analysis Services' was setup under as (Local System Account), and the impersonation for the dataset ('use the service account'), shit clicked, the cube installed, and data over flowth my cup.
Seriously some real gnarly set of rad ass models, visuals, and insightful relationships.
It blew my freak'n mind man!
2013.04.30 (09:47): Two steps off to the back and left..
Is it the impending May snow?
I just want to crawl back into bed, sleep for a few hours, and try this day over again.