I hope people are still up for beers next week?
Will post a venue in the next couple of days, but somewhere in Canary Wharf area that isnt all bar one.
Soz for lack of posts busy busy me like.
I hope people are still up for beers next week?
Sorry for being out of touch for so long: busy busy…
The preferred venue for the conference is not currently available and I have not as yet found a suitable alternative.
The folks who looked after us so well last year will have availability from mid March so my preference is to put things back until then.
That doesn’t mean we can’t have an evening social in sunny London though, and I have found several venues that are nicer than the all bar one. What about Tuesday the 5th Feb from 6pm somewhere between Bank and Canary Wharf?
Thanks for all the conf interest by the way, I have had loads of emails so hopefully the event will be even more popular than last year.
Rach (pictured) said she was going to bring a few mates this time.
I said they couldn’t have one of the magnificent (all leather) folders, but I might sort them out a pen or summat.
They did it!
Googles market cap passed Microsoft, dunno exactly when but when I just looked G =227b MS = 225b
big tick for me… prediction numero uno comes in with a bang with weeks to spare.
(I’m not sure I mentioned closing above, so I’m counting it even if there is a huuge retracement before the close.)
btw the conf is still on although I have been even slacker than usual replying and posting. I am currently trying to sort it for the first Thursday in Feb (7th).
might not make much progress in the next week or two as I am somewhat snowed under (not literally sadly – soon though, soon.).
I hope you all have plenty of Christmas dinners lined up. I have.
Just in case you missed it in the earlier post we are going to run another developer conference this coming January.
I have already had a tonne of great suggestions for topics but am open to others. so please email me ideas for topics you would like to see and or presenters you would like to see. And what freebies we should do.
The current early suggestions draft line up is looking like some serious hard core performance stuff:
- Excel 2013
- Agaves and new dev features
- powerpivot & BI
- flashfill and new presentation features
- speed tools architecture
- Rad excel development – how to actually run an excel dev project
- Ultra performance – Excel on compute clusters
- Trading forex (retail) from Excel
- Excel services, what? when? why?
These are all just suggestions, if there is something you do or don’t want to hear about let me know
We will probably aim for a midweek day towards the end of Jan, one long day, pub before and after, and at dinner. Probably the same venue as last time, same target size (20-40 people).
Any thoughts suggestions or observations welcome
Watch out for emails purporting to be from vodaphone(currently) claiming to have a picture for you. they havent, just a virus.
hope you had a good weekend. I did.
Its not exactly dumping it down I accept, or even settling in fact.
But still might be time to service my snowboard and get the snow tyres on the smurfmobile.
And think about a Excel dev con in Jan perhaps? (in Villars??)
By popular request the Jan 2013 conference will be in Gangnam style.
I used my 2012 xldevcon brolly this am watching the kids play footy in the pishing rain before it turned to oh so cool snow). Ross was right brollies are much better than teeshirts. What goodies shall we do this year?
Also have a think about topics you would like covering…
ps. divvent forget the crass stupidity that is clock changing is coming tonight to mess up sleeping patterns everywhere. And flight schedules apparently.
I consider myself to be a bit of a one of these. I am more interested in getting something live than making something beautiful. The article gave me some reassurance after a crap interview I had recently.
Hands up, it was my fault, I did interview spectacularly badly (well in one part anyway). But as well as my own pish poor performance I also think I touched a few comedy raw nerves.
It was a technical C# interview, I had already totally cocked up the on-line C# test because I am not anal or obsessed with language history (and I am a bit rusty on C#, having been back on pure Excel/VBA/Oracle for a while). And bear in mind this was a multiskill role (with heavy energy trading business focus as well as technical), not some pure C# nerdathon.
Anyway the interviewer asked me if I had used linq, yes, I said but I thought it was a bit pointless. His eyes went wide in shock, he was dumbfounded. So much so that I had to check we were talking about the same linq (language integrated query). we were. As far as I am aware many devs would consider the database a better place to do the queries. Yes, if you have created a textbook multilevel mulit inheritance, multi interface, hierarchical nightmare you might be too far gone to do it in the DB. I am totally sure there are plenty of scenarios where it is useful, and equally plenty of times other techniques are at least as good. I’ve only dabbled with it so I could be wrong.
Then he asked me about design patterns, so I answered (honestly) that I tend to write fairly simple code, try to avoid inheritance and complex class hierarchies. More shock.
He asked me some other stuff I can’t remember but I am fairly sure I got that 100% wrong by his criteria, and 100% right by the duct tape programmer description.
It only just dawned on me that C# was his life, I am sure he has managed to squeeze every single C#/.net feature into one of his projects somehow. And is proud of that. Definitely in the 34% sparklier gang. Me, I’ll churn out the same old pap that I know works time and time again, unless I am sure there is time and justification for blue sky thinking.
No wonder he was traumatised when I suggested something he loved was ‘a bit pointless’. At least he didn’t ask me about silverlight or he would have got both barrels.
This interview made me realise I don’t want to be a ‘pure’ C# developer, in that rarefied atmosphere where technology is more important than solving business problems.
I want to use the cool tools IT departments get like VS, SQL Server, Toad etc, but I want to be with the business fixing the pain points (with the techs they rely on (Excel/Access/VBA/.net etc)).
which are you sparklier or dact tape?
A few of us Excel/RAD devs are meeting up next Tue (16th Oct) at All Bar One in Canary wharf from 7pm.
You don’t need to be very radical (eg open toed sandals and white socks might be tooo much). Even Delphi devs are welcome (and Access devs… if there are any left). In fact you don’t even need an interest in Excel, VBA, development or RAD, just an interest in drinking is fine.
Its just social drinks, as technical as you can get in the the pub after 10 pints.
Leave a comment or drop me a line if you are up for it. If you want to come along later deffo let me know then I can update you if we move somewhere nice.
I just saw this.
They are talking about refunds to bidders totalling 40 million quid, partly caused by some craptastic spreadsheet.
Not sure if it was a domain knowledge error wrapped in a spreadsheet or a pure spreadsheet error. Either way I’m glad it was nothing to do with me!
Things are calming down at Codematic towers now so I might well bother my arse to post a bit more often. But in all honesty I don’t see me returning to the 40+ hours a week I was investing in posting here in it’s heyday.
Did Amazon really just release a tech product whose name sounds like, and is only a couple of letters away from meaning ‘large pointless brick’?
I guess product names aren’t that important after all then?
I am considering a tablet purchase but I can’t decide whether to go over to the dark side or stick with Android. I think Apple currently has the better ecosystem and better developer story and better apps. but I do hate that trapped feeling that comes with being told ‘No – what you want is not allowed’. Not possible, not commercially viable, I can live with, ‘not allowed’, not so much.
On the other hand I am on the Apple iOS developer program.
I am not sure the paperweight is coming to Blighty, but the 7″ Sammy and Nexus things look handy enough.
Have you got one? what’s your experience/advice?