Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Windows Forms Friendly Error Handling

A nice little example.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Servant Notes

I'm participating in a book discussion of James C. Hunter's The Servant. Here a couple notes I've taken on it (thus far):

Ch. 1
  • Management is not something you do to other people
  • You manage things, you lead people
  • (Def.) Leadership: The skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good
  • (Def.) Power: The ability to force or coerce someone to do your will, even if they would choose not to, because of your position or your might.
  • (Def.) Authority: The skill of getting people to willingly do your will because of your personal influence.
  • Authority is about who you are as a person, your character, and the influence you've built with people.
  • Power erodes relationships
  • When power must be exercised the leader should reflect on why resorting to power was necessary
  • Behavior is choice
  • (Def.) $25,000 Challenge: The idea that for the right motivation anyone can modify their behavior
  • Challenge for the leader is to pick the character traits that need work and apply [edit] the $25,000 Challenge to them
  • Key then to leadership is accomplishing tasks at hand while building relationships
  • Without trust, it is difficult if not impossible to maintain a good relationship

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sorting and Classifying E-mail

This was interesting read as it describes the way FogBugz sorts and classifies incoming e-mail.

Baltimore Marathon

So, I ran jogged hobbled one leg of the Baltimore Marathon. It was fun to be involved in something that so many other people were participating in at the same time. And the encouragement from the bystanders only help all the more so.

Here are a couple of the painful lessons I learned as to not repeat again:
  1. Make sure to actually train before hand
  2. Wear sunglasses if you route runs east for any period of time
  3. Wear performance socks to prevent blisters
  4. Make sure that you park in a location that is not blocked by the race route
One can only guess how I learned these lessons.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bug Tracking Comparison

Here is a nice comparison between different bug tracking applications (its compared to BugZero).