June 2007 - Posts
Looking around for some of the TFS templates I ran across this one:
eScrum is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server platform. It provides multiple ways to interact with your Scrum project: eScrum Web-based UI, Team Explorer, and Excel or Project, via Team Foundation Office Integration. In addition, it provides a single place for all Scrum artifacts such as product backlog, sprint backlog, task management, retrospective, and reports with built-in context sensitive help.
Well, it's nice to see that Microsoft is finally pushing out the canned templates for Scrum. The Conchango folks have a Scrum template as well.
I haven't dove into the bits yet, but will take a look over the weekend. Not sure if any other folks have some feedback as well.
Download details: Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0
I had a look at one recently and when online the response time just getting to the basic high volume sites like Google News, MSN, etc. was just painful and made me think that I was working with Dial-up.
The real core of the issue is that Apple is using Cingular (AT&T) and their EDGE protocol. Which from what I hear is stuck in < 100 Kbps mode.
Now, I have Verizon's broadband and when tethered through my USB cable I did a speed test (www.SpeedTest.net) and got 1.2 Mbps dowstream and 0.7 upstream - that just blows EDGE away. Going over bluetooth it was about 300 Kbps - still superior to EDGE.
So, I'm glad there's all this hype for now. The guy who showed me the device was all excited about it, but I was under-whelmed at best - heck, a big part of the device is about connectivity and I can't fathom a crappy connection. But, as the penguins did in Madagascar, I just smiled and waved....
After filling out the Q&A I get the following:
Your programmer personality type is:
You're a Doer.
You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money.
You like coding at a Low level.
You're from the old school of programming and believe that you should have an intimate relationship with the computer. You don't mind juggling registers around and spending hours getting a 5% performance increase in an algorithm.
You work best in a Solo situation.
The best way to program is by yourself. There's no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.
You are a Conservative programmer.
The less code you write, the less chance there is of it containing a bug. You write short and to the point code that gets the job done efficiently.
UPDATE: The CAB or EXE file is still not available on the TechEd site; It's accessible from the following link but it may be an oudated version. I don't know as I haven't seen the current one:
If you're going to TechEd 2007 in Orlando, check out Signpost. It's uses a image recongition program and your phone (Windows Mobile) to locate you on the floor and guide you through your sessions. Very cool
Link to YouTube - Signpost 2007
Wow, could it be even easier to move to Silverlight from Flash? This is it, the next battle for the UI - Flash and Macromedia (I mean Adobe) are in the sights.
Link to Electric Rain Harmony - Flash SWF to XAML Converter - For WPF and Silverlight