We’re Moving to

After much anxiety I’ve decided to combine my two blogs.  My professional and personal life must meet in all their glory.  Music and Development- the two biggest passions I have will soon be under one roof.  As soon as the move is complete and I correct all links to my new blog this site will go down.  I will miss the Orange Color Schema and the Gila monster 🙁


Visual Studio 2017 (Initial Thoughts)

Initial Thoughts My first thought was- why is it so small- after logging into and loading up the download/update manager I was surprised that “all” of visual studio would have an install size of 600MB.  What!?!?!  No Way.  The install went off without a hitch until I tried to open up one of my solutions.  It was nothing fancy- just a console application, but here is where MS dropped the bomb- it doesn’t come with .NET development out of the box… but I guess that’s my bias being a .NET developer.  I had to “install missing features” which included .NET development (2GB is more like it!!!).  I don’t know how big the install files were- but it was quite speedy even on my slower than a lumbering polar bear of an internet connection.  And of course we get the standard restart required after this install. Opened up my solution…


The Terrible Support for MSDN Migrations

Update (Final) – 2/26/17 I was able to get this resolved… by waiting.  In the below e-mail my alias keeps showing up and/or I wouldn’t be able to access my subscription.  My guess is that Microsoft employs some kind of caching in their identity management and it takes awhile for it to be cleared/updates to be propagated.  Here were my options if the issue hadn’t spontaneously resolved (excerpt): Change the e-mail on your subscription to an entirely different e-mail, preferably a brand new Microsoft Account with no aliases (the latter being the fastest solution). Escalate this with Microsoft Account Support if you do not want to use another e-mail and believe this is not an alias issue. Translation:  We can’t fix our poor account integration and the only solution we have is to create more accounts for you.  What a bunch of yahoos.  Oh and I did the chat support…

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Making Decisions on a Small Team

Almost daily teams make decisions based on a variety of different inputs and personalities.  A particular difficulty is when you as a developer/manager are in need of a consensus decision from two different parties who often disagree.  The disagreement can be based upon differing incentives, or even personality conflicts- this method has worked well for me in either case. Discovery – Getting the inputs from each party Go and talk to each party individually- on the phone or in-person is best.  The conversational aspect is important as people will often allow you to see more of what they need via verbal communication- rather than writing something down that is set in stone.  I find it’s best to listen at this point- if a solution is proposed at this point keep your ears open to see if it is viable.  However, if you are asked to make a decision before getting input…