Yesterday was July 19th – equates to about 9 months and 9 days since joining SDM. I remember the day I started, as it was 10/10 – or the 10th of October.
My longest employment stint was 4 years, so got a way to go before beating that record.
But there’s two companies I worked at for only 4 months each – a month to settle in, a month to discover how misguided & unprofessional they were, a month to find something better, and then a month of “notice period” !!
Anyway – I’d had lunch with some work friends from my last company – who are stuck doing ASP (classic), and SQL-7, no .NET, in an environment of chaos – and essentially just “reactive”.
Another friend is reconciling figures in Excel spreadsheets – and some code changes to an Access front-end on a SQL Server database !
These are not small organisations either – one is a global retailer & petrol station chain – and the other is a nation-wide supermarket chain.
It made me think about the work I’ve been doing while at SDM – and the new products & tools that I’ve used – and there’s much more to come.
Many products I had heard of, but not really used, or had exposure to.
And lots of C# (had only done MCP exams & hello-world’s, but lots of VB.NET)
I’m sure here’s a few more that I haven’t thought of – and the future-tech (in beta at the moment) >
Was difficult to discuss with old work friends, when they asked “so, what’re you working on ?” – knowing they hadn’t even heard of Sharepoint, or Vista – or MSF – or even “blogs”
And just about to jump into a project developing with Sharepoint-2007 (beta) – I’ve never actually done a development project using a beta product – lots of poke & play, but nothing more than trying out a few complex “Hello World” app’s.
Lots of Microsoft bits & pieces – part of working for a Microsoft Gold Partner I guess !
It will be interesting to hear about the recent Microsoft Partner Conference in Boston – and to hear of the plans underway & future direction being pushed by Microsoft.
And got a laptop & CabCharge card too. And mobile phone as well.
I’m glad to be working in such a dynamic environment, with some great people – and good technology & opportunities – not just farmed out to “any client” – and told to log 40 hours.
Seems the body-shop mentality of my last company hasn’t changed.
So – my “9.9” review is fairly favourable at the moment – and should continue along nicely.
Just need to stop getting photos of Krispy Kreme’s and cakes for morning tea from back at the office – when working on a client site !!! *aargghh* 🙂
** UPDATE : A few blog posts this week – been catching the train into the city – that’ll all change in the next little while – especially NEXT week, driving to the city.