Darth Reed

Now that I have a place to put my quasi-technical babble over at MSDN, the space is reserved for me to spew my political bile and enjoy all things sci-fi. Heh.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Vault.com: What Were They Thinking?

Eileen shares some mildly entertaining vignettes about wacky people desperately seeking jobs:

Vault.com: What Were They Thinking?

On a related subject: Having the high expectations that I do for .NET jedi, I've been in the hiring mode for a while now just to fill a few positions. I've been using The Quiz (see earlier posts for details) in some form or another for about five or six years as a structured interview technique to make sure that applicants can write production-quality code before they waste anybody else's time. I'm not sure what the trend means, but within the past three months, I've had more people read over The Quiz and just walk out the door than I have ever had in the previous four or five years...

The funniest one recently was a fellow just the other day who spent over an hour writing some C# and TSQL code for The Quiz and then came into my office when I told him that time was up to tell me that, "If you are looking for Real Coders®, I'm probably not what you're looking for." I didn't know what to say, other than to thank him for coming in to waste an hour of my time... and introduce him to the Sarlacc. After several hours of therapeutic Godsmack, I think I was ready to laugh about it. Why would he think I wanted to hire Imaginary Coders®?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Ask TheServerSide: What Skills Should a .NET Architect Possess?

This is a highly entertaining thread, with lots of good (and bad) insight on the subject.

Ask TheServerSide: What Skills Should a .NET Architect Possess?

As I am now looking to leave the .NET architect gig that I've held for about six years, it's a topic that interests me. I think it's interesting that the threads (up to the date that I read it) hadn't really gotten into service-oriented architecture at all. My question for the audience would be: Does the required skill set for a .NET architect change when SOA is called for, or is SOA expected to be a natural extension of all things .NET?

While we're on the subject of me, is anybody out there in the market for a 10-15 person agile development team (primarily C# and related .NET technologies, but will stoop to Java/J2EE for food - heh) in the vicinity of Houston, TX? My crew is already bonded well, got the storming out of the way years ago and loves working together; some team members have been working for me for as long as five years... It would be a shame that something as silly as a change in executive management to cause this well-tuned machine to be busted up. C'est la guerre.

Resumes available upon request.