Blogging again

 

OK, I’m blogging again. Why the silence? The last month was tremendously painful as I tried to keep up with clients, train a puppy, get slides ready for DevConnections next month, and tackle getting the first GenDotNet tools CTP out. The last proved to be about an order of magnitude more difficult than I expected. As such, I need to set expectations for this CTP.

I’m not sure how interesting the last is, except to say it’s amazing the things new sets of eyes see. Particularly with a large project where it’s tough to get a toe hold. And it is big. There are over 1000 files, over two thirds of which are legacy stuff temporarily in play.

This is a CTP – for the things that it focuses on, it’s beyond the proof of concept that I’ve put in my blog. But for many, many things, it’s duct tape and baling wire to get something standing up to test. I’ve written on this in the Codeplex/GenDotNet opening page, which I think is a more appropriate place.

To be honest, I wouldn’t have gone public if CodePlex didn’t demand it. But then it was probably a good thing for me and the project to have a hard deadline. The project is now up and ready for people to shoot at it and contribute. Just don’t shoot at it because its grossly incomplete. Shoot at it because of the parts I focused on – which I’ll talk about more in the next few days.

Look for far more usable drops in the next two months as I and other people have a chance to focus on bringing our vision for other portions of the project to fruition. I’m really excited about where we’re going, but can’t help but contemplate the image of my son wrinkled and dirty when he was first born to know heading off for graduate study at one of the finest math departments in the world (he hasn’t made a decision yet on which of them). This is breathing. It’s started, and it will grow. And I promise, it will not take 21 years to come into its own.

And, the puppy is beautiful and very, very smart. Photos bound to appear soon.

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