Monday, May 01, 2006

A Blatant Plug. . .

For my wife’s new place. It’s one of the site’s we built using the DotNetNuke framework I mentioned a week ago. I think the most amazing thing to me, is that with the exception of some ‘techie’ type configuration settings, she was able to put the whole site together and organize things herself.

If you’re a pet lover, and enjoy talking with like minded folks, you’ll probably enjoy her place. You’ll have to register to gain entry to the forums, but, it’s free and the sign up information is stored in a remote database on a secure server.

The big project at work last week went extremely well!!

There were some tense moments, some hardware issues with the mid-tier and ‘big iron’ guys, and we sort of over taxed the MTS queues at times, but other than that, all 2.1 Million change messages were processed and delivered without any major incident.

All in all, one of the best large scale projects I’ve ever been on. I’d like to claim responsibility for how well it all went, but the plain truth is, it was a team effort, and everyone showed up, game ready and did what they needed to do.

The one young woman, who constructed the majority of the plan, deserves a big bonus in my mind. She covered ever single possible (foreseeable) event, planned for it, wrote it up and had an action plan for it. Amazingly, every one she saw, that actually happened, was resolved exactly according to plan. It was a pleasure to be a part of!

So today, amidst the worry over the email that would inform me they were terminating my contract, there was a steady stream of folks sticking their head in my cube congratulating as part of the weekend’s success. A sort of strange roller-coaster ride emotionally.

Eventually, shortly after noon, my manager told me my position was safe, for now. That my contributions had not gone un-noticed and the company intended to ‘make a place for my unique skill set’.

I’m still worried, any major reorganization always has fallout, I know I’m appreciated but business, as they say, is business.

For those of you who’ve had interest in the POL. I finally have it bundled into a single DLL, and I’m looking for one or two FoxPro testers, as well as one or two Visual Studio testers. I’ve built a small (very small) testing project in VB.Net and its working fine in my lab here.

I’d like a FoxPro programmer who does not use .Net, and a DotNet programmer who does not use FoxPro, to test this so I can be sure I’m free of dependencies. If you’re interested, drop me an email, when we’re finished with the beta I’ll make sure you get a copy of the final version for helping out!

Well, that’s about it for today. It was a long weekend, and I need some rest!!

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4 comments:

Dizzy Ms. Lizzy said...

Bill,

I signed up for Maryan's site! (under "crazy_cat_lady", because that's basically what I am . . . )

It's a very nice looking site! I'm looking forward to having time to browse through it . . .

Liz

RealLady said...

thank ya Liz! Happy to have you!

Beth said...

Your wife's site looks terrific. I am quitting smoking this Friday and will be spending a lot of my withdrawal online so will sign up then as I do adore my pug, Drusilla!

Bill said...

Liz - I'm glad you did.. I hope y'all have a great time!

RealLady - Darlin' as always it's wonderful to see you here!

Beth - Thanks, she's gathering a pretty good crowd from some other places she used to visit, I hope you have a great time there.

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Thanks for the kind comments on the site... In all honesty, she's done the 'good looking' stuff, I'm just making sure it all gets to the screen, and stay functional!!