i can haz .NET

a Run Through the Jungle of Software Development and Unrelated Sagas

This Koolaid tastes good

Firstly dear reader welcome to my blog. Contained herein will be the rantings and ocassional observations of a born-again coder. My last big exercise in coding was a game called Meltdown that involved hunting around 9 mini-games looking for a few control rods to stop a nuclear reactor from doing its Chernobyl thing. I’ll claim foresight on that one cos I wrote it in 1983 on a Vic 20 – not just any Vic 20 … I had the Super-expander so I could spoil myself with 6-1/2 k of RAM. Them’s were the days.

Nowadays I return to the codeface for entirely different reasons but that’s another blog topic. Suffice to say that I am requirements- driven and I have a comprehensive list of requirements.

Koolaid ? This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to tendencies of cultism I have observed, ironically mostly in the ‘opposition’ to Microsoft (Open-source, Linux & Mac users). We all tend to be a little religious about our choices and I’ll probably rant on just like everybody else so don’t bother flaming me, I’m well-aware of my hypocracy.

I am writing this sitting in last presentation of day 1 of Tech.ed Australia 2008. It’s my 1st Tech.ed and I like it. Like most things Microsoft it costs not an insubstantial amount to partake and participate but like most things in life you get what you pay for. I remain convinced that the .NET platform is a homogenous and powerful platform that can straighforwardly accomplish anything I care to think of. I haven’t had any issue (yet) radily finding an aspect of the platform that can service the requirements that I can dream up.

So, if you’re interested at all in the ramblings of the journey of a re-noob into the world of .NET development, stick around. I plan to ramble on about my journey into .NET and how I managed to approach it. For those who can’t stand the suspense – MSDN & the local (human) .NET community, including user groups and events like Tech.ed make it a whole lot less scary. Thems what amde these things are right here in front of me telling me how it works and answering all my dumb questions with a straight face.

That’s alright, eh?

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Written by CADbloke

September 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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  1. Hi CAD bloke – well you’ve got at least one reader :-)

    I too started programming in the days of the VIC 20 and TRS-80. Last year I drank of the Koolaid and wrote PDA apps in .NET, but this year I’m back programming embedded systems with memory measured in KB’s! Looking forward to reading of your adventures. I presume this is at least partly using .NET with AutoCAD ?

    Kean

    Kean

    September 3, 2008 at 7:28 pm

  2. Hi Kean

    Yup, I’ll be sure to include my misadventures in the AutoCAD realm & the Open Design Alliance libraries too.

    I think the Difference between our programming experiences here is that I called it quits while the Vic 20 was still hot property (well, ok the C64 & Atari thingy were the shiz) & took a 20-year break. I didn’t have much career guidance in those days :^S

    cadbloke

    September 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm


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