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From Devx : Economic Downturn Not Necessarily Bad for Developers

http://blog.devx.com/2009/01/economic-downturn-and-developers.htmlRussell Jones at DevX.com comments on why he things the economic downturn isn't bad for developers. He has some interesting comments that I believe have merit. I know that in the Indianapolis area, many IT layoffs have happened in the past week. Relative to other departments in an organization, the IT layoffs have been minor.

Z2K - The Importance of Quality Assurance and Testing

In past years, it seems there has been an increased reliance on the public testing of beta products. Companies such as Microsoft have put a much greater effort into public betas, Community Technology Previews (CTPs), and other interim releases of products well before the "final" release actually happens. Not only does this often cause confusion for many in the marketplace who don't recognize the difference between a prerelease and the real release, but it also can open a company to added risk that something might be overlooked.

And the Visual Basic Type Is....

Continuing on my last very simplistic blog post, I thought I'd show something seemingly even more basic. While the following is simple from our perspective, I imagine the coding done by Microsoft on the back-end to make this simple was much more challenging.

Sun's Proximity Communications - Removing Wires In your CPU

Wireless communication at the speed of light between a computer's processor and its memory. That is interesting! It has the potential to speed up computers by avoiding the time cost to send information through the copper wires used today. Additionally, it avoids road blocks related to lots of cores trying to access the memory through a limited bus. This is exactly what Sun Microsystems is working to create.

My Team Has Launched SharePointBriefing.com!

I had a conversation with a product manager on the SharePoint team while at Tech Ed that made me think "no way!" The conversation centered on the number of people and companies that were using SharePoint. The confidential information was a lot higher than I would have speculated. Unfortunately, I can't share the details of the conversation beyond saying that the SharePoint audience is huge and that a lot of developers are using or interacting with SharePoint.

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