Volume 2 Issue 4
Tena Koutou Katoa,
Stake in the ground: the April issue should come out at the end of April, documenting what happened in April. (That decision was never necessary, when the newsletter used to be weekly on a Sunday documenting what happened in the previous week.) So far, I’ve failed this test!
This month I managed to:
This is where I continue the saga of documenting my learnings from actually putting a web site “out in the wild” (I usually code within a nice, safe, Intranet).
In April I launched my new church website: Align Church Online
Essentially follows very similar structure to Grenada Village Online, but I suspect I shall be putting more time into this one, as I have a close team of interested individuals giving me plenty of advice about what next needs to go up.
Discovered a quick way to send up only the necessary changes:
There is one distinction I made between these two sites, which I think I need to retrofit into GVO:
I made a couple of design decisions:
Talk about using Social Media to our advantage!
Share Price Fell
Note: the following is my personal opinion. I have no “extra” knowledge of Telecom business other than what is publicly known.
CEO made big announcement. 200 managers were going to lose their jobs in a massive scale-back. That’s approximately 10% of the managerial layer, so expect management layoffs in May, and staff layoffs in June.
Personally, I’m not too concerned:
What I did for Microsoft this month
(I don’t work for them, but sometimes it feels like I do)
Attempted to get to the bottom of why Telecom had a Team Foundation Server, but it’s only available in a Virtual Environment. Let me explain:
But, if we were to install TFS on one of our servers would cause two issues:
Somehow, I surmise, somebody gave poor advice initially, and now we’re stuck with an untenable position. Hopefully, Network Operations will hear of this, my tale of woe, take pity and remove restrictions from Intranet Support to be able to emulate the WST working environment.
Paradoxically, given the current restructure, there are plenty
Network Planner - Bring forward the future
Complex Provisioning Coordinator - Be the Oil in the Engine
Project Analyst - Portfolio Management Office
Learned all the new testing methodologies
Visual Studio 2010 integrates with a new tool for testers. It looks sweet. It’s not the VS IDE, so shouldn’t freak out non-coders, but it does integrate with TFS, so can create, edit, assign and close work items.
Also, it allows for very detailed recording of tests (including video!) so that developers can quickly see the error occurring and quickly diagnose it.
Also, it allows for testers to very easily set up a test harness and repeatable tests, so that regression testing is easier.
It’s got some instantly forgettable long name which I’ve been avoiding because I had to go look it up: Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional (remember: it has the name, but not the look and feel of the IDE).
A summary of Significant Dot Net User Group Chatter
A summary of Significant SQL Server User Group Chatter
In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to Geeks. I’m available for bookings.
JACK was in the airport VIP lounge en route to Seattle some weeks ago when he noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner, enjoying a drink.
Jack was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle, but she was running a little bit late.
Well, being a straightforward kind of guy, he approached the Microsoft chairman, introduced himself, and said: “Mr Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favour.”
“I’m sitting right over there,” Jack said, pointing to his seat at the bar, “and I’m waiting on a very important client. Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk by and just say, ‘Hi, Jack?’”
He shook Bill Gates’ hand, thanked him and went back to his seat.
About 10 minutes later, Jack’s client showed up.
They ordered drinks and started to talk business.
A couple of minutes later, he felt a tap on his shoulder. It was Bill Gates.
“Hi, Jack,” he said.
Jack replied: “Get lost Gates, I’m in a meeting.”