It’s noble work you’re doing.

I got to play around with Visual Studio and C# at work today, started getting my mind around the massive collection of APIs that is .NET—and hating the MSDN site’s horrendously slow-loading documentation pages. Ordinarily I’d rather shoot myself than develop for a windows machine, but I’ve got no choice but to hold my nose and learn both C# and VB.NET. C# at least has a familiar syntax, and OOP is pretty straightforward. In short, it’s not a large pile of kludges desperately trying to maintain the familiar COBOL-like syntax (yes, that is biting sarcasm folks).

The VS designer feature is pretty slick, but that’s probably just because it blunts the sharpness of “blank page” syndrome (freezing up for lack of a place to start).

Tomorrow I get to test a feature request (again, on the stable branch) for a large customer before I get a chance to work on the next release again. Oh yeah, and this particular feature is a re-do of an earlier feature request the same company had me do, but different. Fuckers.

Wednesday I’ve got a meeting with a development house to get a quote on an analysis on how much farming out our desktop application will end up costing us. (Read that again, slowly.) I figure the big boss will probably freeze up when he figures out that he could’ve paid the last guy a quarter of what it’s going to end up costing him now.

Advantage: programmers.

Fuck. Did I just write that? Did I just totally flipping loose it and stumble drunkenly down the lanes of greedheadville.


Time to seriously re-consider hoboing it for a while.

3 thoughts on “Grinding

  1. You’re not the only one selling out to .NET development. I’ve landed an internship in Iceland at a large bank and I’m in the same boat you are wrt learning both Visual C# and ASP.NET. I *still* can’t even find the fucking class libraries and their documentation. I’m coming from a Java background and I just want to find the MS-equivilent to Javadocs.

  2. ASP.NET.


    I haven’t gone all Darth Vader yet, I’ve still acumen enough to talk people out of IIS.

  3. Well, if I can manage to be persuasive, I’ll be using Ruby on Rails all summer. We’ll see…

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