Reflections on GiveCamp

I participated in the Seattle GiveCamp over the weekend, and am entirely impressed.  GiveCamp is a great event – I especially like how rewarding it is for everybody involved.  I strongly encourage any and all developers to watch for future GiveCamp events, and consider participating, for many reasons…

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2010 Visual C# MVP Award

I received a pleasant surprise today.  I was presented this morning with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award for Visual C#.  According to the award email, this “award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.”

I feel honored and proud to receive this award, and hope that I can continue to be a valuable member of the community in the future.  Thank you to everyone who nominated me!

About Big-O Notation – The good, the bad, and the confusing

Often, prior to using a specific algorithm, it helps to understand information about how the algorithm scales.  In order to document this, computer science has borrowed a notation from mathematics called Big-O notation.

Understanding Big-O notation is critical in making good decisions about algorithms or libraries used to implement routines.  However, there is often a lot of misunderstanding about what it means, and I frequently see this used as justifications for poor decisions.

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A couple of days ago I went to the Bellingham .NET Users Group event for April.  Jonathan Carter, the technical evangelist for ASP.NET MVC did the talk for the evening, and I must say, it was quite interesting.

Now, personally, I am not a “web guy.”  I do nearly all of my development on the desktop, and most of my experience with web development has been using the LAMP stack, mostly via PHP.  I do try to keep current on what’s out there, and play with a few technologies as they become commonplace, but my day to day programming is still C++ and C# on the desktop.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with ASP.NET MVC.  The routing mechanism that’s core to the framework is very elegant.  It does seem obvious to me that Microsoft is borrowing ideas from the Ruby on Rails folks with this – it’s a pretty far departure from the previous means of developing using ASP.NET.

In particular, I love the separation of concerns and the testability.  I definitely think it’s worth checking out…