Give it a try..
This week-end was something new! BizTalk was no more than a jargon to me (though, Team supporting BizTalk Server sits just next to my bay and I keep on hearing techie biztalk words almost all the time e.g. orchestration, receive port, pipeline, file adapter etc.) Hardly any of those words had any meaning to me..
Thanks to BDOTNET's training event, I now have good basic understanding of BizTalk now. And I would admit, BizTalk is interesting enough. I love this product.. Basically I love automation everywhere and Biztalk is the tool that allows that! The more you know about Biztalk, the more you appreciate the efforts of its designer, Great job by those guys!!!
Middleware field is very broad, I think working for 1 years in this field would give a basic touch to the field.. There is lot to learn, but I definitely have good interest in this stuff. A new task on my agenda to go through as and when I get some time.. I am happy now, at least because I would be able to make sense when I hear those techie jargons from my neighbor team..
Also, Thanks to Kashinath and Ranjeeth having good understanding of Biztalk for sacrificing their weekend and share their knowledge! BDOTNET rocks!
MS Outlook is probably the mostly used application on my work machines. Its the only application that stays ON almost 24X7 (excluding recycling time to get rid of memory hogging!)
Having 'Orgainizing things' my favorite activity, I love the "Rules and Alert" feature. At work, I have around 57 rules (at present) that work on the incoming/sent emails without manual intervention. This really helps me focus on things which requires attention.
Having said all that, I miss one feature in outlook right now. It is, "The capability to create rules which runs periodically". Say, I want to have 'something' done every month on 5th. Or say, I have some activity to be carried out on my mails every Friday bi-weekly. Real usage of such feature would be say, delete 'Notification' emails after 15 days (or move them to some archive folder!). Currently 'Rules and Alert' module has capability to trigger rules only on two activities. 1. When new mail arrives 2. When any mail is sent.
I would really love the capability to run rules on date/time basis, I hope others would as well! What say??
It was all fine before 2-3 years when people had just one machine, life was simple.. Browser was able to remember browsing history, login information locally on that machine. (Though, formatting machine and browsing on a newly setup browser was a pain..)
But now, life is not so easy.. Having three machines at work, one roaming laptop and home desktop.. almost everybody is surrounded by various machines, but the individual is still same. At the same time, Web 2.0 wave has increased usage of internet/browser exponentially. Now, I dont want to waste time remembering the URLs.. even sometimes I dont look at the address-bar in browser (I just want to focus on the content.. Hyperlink technology is simply great!!) so, I am not sure which websites I am surfing.
Now, just taking an example of yesterday, I read a blog article at one of my work machine and found it really interesting.. Came home, was thinking about the topic discussed on that page all the way while coming home.. Wanted to discuss one topic with the blogger, I had to go to search engine and search for particular keywords which led me to the article after 10 minutes of digging (during that process, I got to read few other important thing, but thats whole together a different story..) I did not find this way good and started thinking of way to solve this problem.
I think, what could be done is storing the "individual"s browsing history (which may include URL history, Cookies, Saved Passwords, Bookmarks, Open Tabs) all on the cloud. [[Being with Microsoft, I am thinking of IE implementing this feature first (I want my company to be the best.. )]]
Imagine having a service integrated with Windows Live which is built-in with IE, where in you enable the 'Live Web-History' option and provide live-id credentials after which all the history data gets saved in your windows live account. IE would have a built-in feature of keeping all the browsers in sync (having Microsoft released, 'Sync Framework CTP', and much efforts given behind 'FeedSync' at MS, this should be comparatively easy task..). So, going back to the use-case if I had browsed some page at some machine and wish to open it on another (assuming both are configured to use same account for saving data), it would be there in history. Having IE's address-bar a 'suggest' feature with full-text search would even add five-stars to the user experience (yet another user-demand, huh..).
I continued thinking on this about how to add value to this feature and got many ideas.. some of which are as follows..
While researching somewhat more on this topic (afterall, this was my 'Idea of the week-end' ), I found currently few pro-active organizations have already implemented something similar to this..
Having said all that, I know THE REVENUE, is nothing as compared to the efforts it require, but I remember attending a talk by a strategist, I liked it when he said, "Companies should not look at immediate revenue from an effort, its User experience that matters in Softwares, which earns profitability"
I think, this is the longest article in entire 'How would it be, if...' series. Everytime when I get an idea, I just avoid writing everything on blog, but this time I thought the other way!!
Feel free to post constructive comments, would be glad to discuss..
After having worked with VS2005 for all testing/learning from last couple of years, I just took it up to install VS2008 and new MSDN on my home machine and I just completed doing it..
Now, thinking to start rambling on .NET framework 3.0 and 3.5 for regular time pass !! There is a lot to learn, and I am specifically interested in working a little bit with FeedSync and .NET Sync Framework to find out how it actually works in the coming days.. Lets see how it goes..
And yeah, I have also started preparing for MCTS - Distributed Application Development.. Planning to complete the certifications in couple of months time (I have to do this!!).. So, yet another item on a long list of agenda!!
Picture describes all my feelings..
I had 4 GB RAM on my machine so, my machine did not hang but the Terminal Server session I was accessing through IE was totally un-responsive..
I hope IE8 will have improvement over these rare situations.. !!
I was just evaluating one shareware and for few queries, went to the website of the developer. And read more about OSIV (Organization of Independent Software Vendors). The website seemed really interesting to me.. I applied for a membership and here it is, I am a member now..
There are very good articles and discussion threads, that I found interesting there.. One more thing on my list to check periodically..
Happy new year to everybody !! 2008 has begun..
If I go back in time and look at my resolutions that I agreed on for last year, I have done few things and few things have been remaining. I will continue taking up on them.
I took some time and think about what happened in the course of entire last year.. And with mixed experiences, it has been overall good.
And lots of things to do in this year..