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Scott Miller Appsguild - Software craftsmanship, project management, and the biz of software September 2005 Entries
EA NHL 06 is out
This has nothing to do with Dotnet, but games are geekdom at its finest. My favorite game to play on the XBox is the EA Sports NHL series. I have been playing NHL 2005 almost every night for some time now. The other day I noticed that EA had come out with NHL 06. So how do you release a new version of a software package that is dependent on statistics, when there hasn't been a season with statistics since the last version (NHL 2005) due to the strike? And with possible NHL Lockout fan backlash, will ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 12:19 PM

My Internet Footprint
On JobsBlog on MSDN Blogs, there is a recruiter suggestion that your identity might be googled prior to an interview to find out more about you. (Bite of Advice - The Art of the Search Part 1). So to experiment with this, I googled my name and city. I get this blog at the top. I get, my original site and original blog, and I get a bunch of other Scott Miller stuff. Scott Miller is a common name, even in Kansas. (I remember being five years old and, like a "big boy", telling the receptionist ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 11:48 AM

Microsoft Software Architect Certification
As posted on MSDN Blogs, Microsoft is working on an Architect certification. Interesting this is that it is completely interview based with a presentation by the applicant, grilling questions by a board, and a vote. No test based certification here.

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 1:23 PM

Oracle Advanced Queueing Publish-Subscribe Model
I created a whitepaper and example for my work with Advanced Queueing. The whitepaper can be found here: AdvancedQueueingPublish-Sub... The SQL is here: This is similar to the BooksOnline example in the Oracle 9i Advanced Queuing documentation. It uses a graphical design business as an example, with a central customer service location and multiple satellite offices. It sets up four multisubscriber queues - one for incoming projects, and two satellite ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 6:55 AM

Got the PDC/meeting (Insert title here) Blues
Damn, I wish I could go to a Developer's conference. I do get to go to local user's group meetings, and even Devcon that Microsoft sponsored in Kansas City. But cool things like PDC or regional code camps elude me. Which brings up a good question. Now that we are in the post-glory days of IT (1990's) where we could name our price and jobs were plentiful (where, as Ed Yourdon says, even a liberal arts student could take a class in HTML and get a job as a web designer), so how do I get management to ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:58 AM

Enough Truckloads of Water, Thanks!
Interesting article today: Apparently, trucks are being sent to Louisiana full of food and water and are being turned away or are diverted to warehouses. No plan for distribution and a logistical nightmare. Most of the evacuees (we no longer call them refugees) are actually in Texas. Not to mention the mountains of used clothes and junk that people have donated. Like a friend of mine said, this is just a redistribution ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:44 AM

Chicken Poop
Now that is a name for lip balm! This stuff is made in Wichita, KS and has some of the most interesting marketing I have ever seen. Would you buy a lip balm called chicken poop and put it on your lips? My friend, Daniel Brake did the following container/display for it. You shake a tube of chicken poop out the, er, backside of the box ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:48 PM

Time for MCAD exam #3 - XML Web services and Server Components (70-320)
Time to study for the third leg of the triathelon - the XML Web Services and Server Components exam, C#.Net version (70-320). It has been two years since I took the last MCP exam, the web applications exam. I passed both the Windows and web MCP exams in 2003. Previously I used the Microsoft MCAD/MCSD Self Training Kit books, Visual C#.Net Core Reference, and ADO.Net Core Reference books, and daily took practice tests from as my study regimen. Measureup helped me alot last time. I have ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:28 PM

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