Archive for June, 2005

Getting a window office at Microsoft

Mikhail Arkhipov explains how to get a window office at Microsoft. Interesting – most organizations wouldn't have the guts to value years of service over organizational position. Actually, valuing and rewarding people by years spent on the job has more sense to it than it sounds at first. But perhaps only if the organization gets […]

June 30, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: General

Bound to release or just vanish?

Black hole projects versus teams with proper discipline – which one does your organization belong to?

June 29, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: Misc. programming

Longhorn embraces (and destroys?) RSS

IE team recently announced Longhorn's deep support for RSS. Although RSS is already getting rather common – and will be even more so by the time Longhorn hits the markets – Microsoft's move will energize the technology further. I think most of us ("us" meaning the loosely defined group of advanced Internet technology evangelists) agree […]

June 25, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
Posted in: Web

PureComponents sends me spam?

I get lots of spam all the time. Most of it tries to sell me medication for issues I don't have. But today, I got a message I didn't even realize to be spam at first. It looked just like another product announcement – .NET components this time – coming from PureComponents. However, the alarming […]

June 18, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
Posted in: .NET

At the loss of words

I usually don't bother posting links to The Daily WTF, no matter how ridiculous some of the postings are. But this time, I have to. The posting describes an application that passes SQL strings from one ASP page to another – using a cookie. Even by the normal WTF standards, this is… ugly. Without starting […]

June 17, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: Web

XML sitemaps – so what?

Google has announced Google sitemaps, a service that allows webmasters to craft XML sitemaps to notify Google about their site structure. Another interesting move from Google. Life certainly isn't getting boring. Why is this better than crawling? Well first, it allows the webmasters to suggest indexing intervals and notify Google about new content. That by […]

June 5, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: Web

Why OO patterns are not for the weak

The standard mantra for many programming evangelists is "use design patterns, they combine the wisdom of years for you to use" (in case you don't know what patterns are, read the Wikipedia article). Some of my recent adventures into the patterns world have convinced me that while patterns do contain much wisdom, they are not […]

June 3, 2005 · Jouni Heikniemi · Comments Closed
Posted in: Misc. programming