Software Developers Conference 2008

Last week, on the second day of the SDC 2008, I visited these sessions:

  1. Deep Dive into Entity Framework Object Services – Julie Lerman
  2. Developing Scalable Apps with Google AppEngine – Nik Kalyani
  3. WPF Data Binding – Brian Noyes
  4. Building a Service Oriented Enterprise System – Dennis Doomen

I will tell you in short what impression each session made on me. read more…

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Managers: can’t live with ‘m, can’t live without ‘m?

My eye was caught today by the article Rise of the anti-manager by Leo D’Angelo Fisher. Or, to be truthful, the Dutch version of that, on Infoworld. The main line of reasoning in the article is that currently, managers are not very good, getting worse and that companies should pay more attention to the quality of their managers. The article is of the ‘general and broad’ kind, so I will keep in line and follow the same style.

The writer of the article has made some quite clear observations with figures to back them up and I would be inclined to agree on them. However, there are some things I find lacking in the article. First of all, it does not mention the fact that there are so much more managers nowadays than before. And second, it fails to mention there are so many managers not doing anything productive. Just following procedures, making sure the forms are nicely filled out, etc. Actually, in my experience, a lot of them are just there as a sort of ‘filter’ or ‘web’ in between people getting actual work done and people with real decision making power. read more…

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