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Upgrading XP to Vista, Usability Testing, Good/Great Programmers, etc…

Posted in Network,Programming by Brian Russell on February 2, 2007

 Installing Vista upgrade without Windows XPA comment stated the instructions were like so:

  1.  
    1. Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.
    2. Click “Install Now.”
    3. Do not enter a Product Key When prompted.
    4. When prompted, select the Vista product edition that you do have.
    5. Install Vista normally.
    6. Once the install is complete, restart the DVD-based Setup from within Windows Vista. Perform an in-place upgrade. 8. Enter your Product Key when prompted.

Usablity Testing.  We don’t do much of this, but it would be valuable.

There is a lot of talkabout this invisible line between OK/Good programmers and the Great programmers.  I have a belief that any developer can be great if they want to.  Not great as in Einstein…you can’t increase raw brain power, but great in the sense that you worked hard to stretch yourself as a programmer and obtained a vast amount of programming knowledge.  You then use that knowledge to solve the unique challenges your faced with.  Of course, usually people like to get comfortable and stay there.  So once a person learns enough to get by, they don’t seek out new challenges to get better.  If there is any invisible line, I believe this to be it.

Microsoft has a sample app called DinnerNow.net.  This app exploits and shows off all the latest and greatest developer technologies that MS has released lately.  Just look at the buzzword count:

“The demo utilizes several technologies including: IIS7, ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Powershell, and the .NET Compact Framework.”

Some info about Customizing Work Itemsin VSTS.

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