Busy days, these days

It is quite these weeks at my blog. Working hard these days to get the Q&A environment of one of our customers running so my Content Separation project can go Live :). Tomorrow is the final day, we’ll visit the final stage: production. So time for me to pick up my series again(can rewrite/change a lot as the customer has decided to alter the client behaviors. Guess that’s one of the most interesting parts of DSDM driven development, you’ll receive feedback.
I’ve also evaluated the work of the development team last week, although there are plenty of points to improve the process, we’ve seen that everyone worked hard to reach our deadline. And although we didn’t make it exactly, we have delivered some excellent products over the last months. Some special thanks goes out to Max(direct colleague), Robrecht(developer at out customer) and Edwin(teamlead during the project, developer LogicaCMG). Therefor, we went to a basketball game last week. Just to have fun and see the other side sit back in my spare time. 2 presentations have passed the revue and another one is upcoming. I’ll post the slides as soon as the presentations are done(12 december).

Today, VS2008 has been released, so time to upgrade! Have asked our IT department to download it for me this week, so I can run the stable version a.s.a.p..

Anyway, there also a version of my toolkit upcoming for some early adopters of my technology ;). The toolkit will in general include functionality for:

  • Easy Navigation and Sitemap creating(Default ASP.NET WebControls)
  • Make the output 100% semantic and XHTML compliant
  • MasterVariableReplacers++
  • Support for ExpressionBuilders with support for Settings, Translations and Items/Fields(thanks for the hint Alexey)
  • Site based configuration
  • Item based configuration
  • And much more to come!

Time to sleep now, hopefully more tomorrow :). Take care and happy coding.

OOPSLA 2007

Written a while ago but never posted:

I’m currently sitting down in a train on the way to home. Just read the blogpost by Michael Stal(Architect @ Siemens Germany, the Sitecore powered company ;-)) about OOPSLA 2007.
He has written a cool abstract of the by him attended sessions @ OOPSLA 2007. You can read it over here. Don’t bother when you aren’t interested in Language Evolution, high-level system design or functional programming. It’s all about a very high level of software engineering or actually the evolution of it.

Looking at the statistics say way enough. This is the definitely the sh*t for innovators such as Sitecore developers ;-).

Some General Statistics:

Attendees 1225
90% male
60% newcomers
Most are architects, researchers, developers, also some testers
78% academy, 22% industry
Most 25-34, then in the age of 35-44
31% from rest of the world, the others from Canada and US

Next OOPSLA is in the capital of Country music, Nashville. I’m going to look if I’ve the ability to attend…