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Monday, April 28, 2008

Microsoft Project PSI FX

In an effort make available some of the code I have been working on, I have created a new project on CodePlex called the PSI FX.  This project will house a series of class libraries that provide wrappers around common PSI development activities and extensions to the PSI, as well as a series of tools and utilities that I have built.  I am still working with my company to define what I can move directly into the public domain versus what I will have to re-implement.  If you are interested in contributing, please contact me.

More on this over the next couple of weeks.  At the moment I am on a tight deadline on which I sit squarely on the critical path.  So, life is normal.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Southwest Missouri Software Association

I relocated from New York City to a small rural town in the southwestern corner of Missouri.  There are a few technology companies about but I have not found any professional organizations or associations focused on bringing together technologists, software developers, and others to share experiences, network, exchange ideas, and discuss the local (and global) software scene. 

I propose the Southwest Missouri Software Association as a new professional organization to fill this gap.  

It is very early on in my thinking about the topic, but it occurred to me that given the number of technology companies around this area, there really ought to be an organization to support all the great work going on.  I have reached out to several and have been told this is an interesting idea.

Over the next few weeks, I will put together a charter for the group.  Drawing a term from my family's deep maritime tradition,  I am looking for a few "plank owners" to help me get this started.  If you are interested in participating in the early planning phases for a new professional organization servicing the greater southwestern Missouri area, contact me (click the contact me link in the upper right corner of the blog).

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Why Bother?

You know those wonderfully helpful time estimates software tries to formulate on behalf of the impatient user?   Rarely, in my experience, is the time estimate accurate and usually it is so far off it is comical.  Case in point today: while uninstalling Xceed Components, the installer first reported that the time remaining was 9 seconds, but it stayed at 9 seconds for at least 20 minutes.  The dialog disappeared, to be replaced by another dialog... Ah, only 94 minutes to go!  A few minutes later (no more than 3) yet another estimate is reported back:  14 minutes!  Well, that is better than 94 minutes, but in no way does this represent how much time it is ACTUALLY going to take.

Just give it up.  Don't report time estimates.  Just let me know that the operation is ongoing and give me a progress bar.  Get back to the work of actually installing or removing or whatever it is you are designed to do.





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