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Interesting Finds: July 31, 2009 July 31, 2009

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Microsoft tide turning Bing, Xbox, Windows 7, Don Dodge
Our Wiki Engine is now available as a project on CodePlex, Sara Ford
Why do Fast Followers often beat the First Mover innovators?, Don Dodge
Training Your Users, Jeff Atwood

Interviewing Skills: Communication is #1 July 31, 2009

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I re-read The Hardest Interview Puzzle Question Ever by Jeff Atwood today. I have interviewed many, many programmers (and non-programmers) over the years and have always felt that it is, by far, more difficult than any of my daily responsibilities. Hiring good people is a critical factor to a company’s success, yet many people are really bad at evaluating others.

Jeff’s post made me think about the types of questions I usually ask and what I am looking for in a candidate. The questions differ based on the skills of the candidate, but here is what I am usually looking for:

  • Is the person passionate about something? I don’t care if it’s work related or not. I just want to know that they can get excited about something.
  • Do they have a need for continuous self-improvement?
  • Can they admit when they don’t know something? Nobody knows everything, so don’t guess or BS me. I would rather they admit they don’t know and then tell me how they will find the right answer.
  • Would the team enjoy working with this person?

What I was missing is a concentration on their communication skills. No matter how smart they are, they will not work well with other members of the team if they don’t communicate well!

Interesting Finds: July 29, 2009 July 29, 2009

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.NET Framework 4.0, Visual Studio 2010, WCF Enhancements, Bruno Terkaly
Cloud Computing, Adnan Masood
Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide, Microsoft Downloads
Windows 7: The Best Vista Service Pack Ever, Jeff Atwood

Why Twitter? July 25, 2009

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image I don’t understand Twitter. Is it just me? Am I no longer geeky enough to appreciate it just for the technology? Sure, I wish I thought of it ($$$$) and I think the simplicity of the basic idea is amazing. On the other hand, I just can’t get myself to like it and use  it (ahem.. “tweet”). I have tried, really. I even have 3 different Twitter accounts that I created back when it first became popular and I thought I would “figure it out”. Why would anyone want to know what I am doing every minute of the day?

If you understand it, like it, find it useful or just want to bash my inability to understand it, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear how others are really finding uses for it.

Interesting Finds: July 25, 2009 July 25, 2009

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C# 4.0 – Dynamic Language Runtime and Event Tracing – Painful but worth it, Bruno Terkaly
SQL Server Management Studio Tips and Tricks, Buck Woody
RackSpace Opens The Cloud, Robin Wauters
Windows 7 Incubation Week August 24th, Don Dodge
Nobody Hates Software More Than Software Developers, Jeff Atwood
Best Practices for Individual Contribution, Scott Hanselman
Azure ROI Calculator, David Pallmann
Sysinternals ProcMon v2.5 Released, Greg Duncan
Windows Virtual PC Executables, Ben Armstrong
Need an ad-hoc query tool for your Azure data tables? LINQPad to the rescue.., Greg Duncan
Creating Virtual Hard Disks with Windows Virtual PC, Ben Armstrong

Interesting Finds: July 22, 2009 July 22, 2009

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NHibernate 2.1 Changes Overview, Patrick Smacchia
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit – May Preview, Bruno Terkaly
Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio July 2009 CTP, Microsoft Downloads

Interesting Finds: July 21, 2009 July 21, 2009

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NHibernate 2.1 and Collection Event Listeners, Jan Van Ryswyck
Windows Azure – Links and Resources, Sriram Krishnan
37 Pithy Insights from Street-Smart Entrepreneurs, OnStartups
New Tools in Windows SDK for Windows 7, Windows SDK Team
Agile Fails Better, Ian Cooper
.NET Services SDK, Microsoft Downloads
Dynamic Languages: A Separation of Concerns, Chris Sells
3 talks you should watch, James Avery
Oh, You Wanted "Awesome" Edition, Jeff Atwood

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