Getting Ahead in Your Career

 

Franklins.Net Sales Weasel Todd Follansbee has come up with what I think is a great read
for all developers, and .NET developers in particular.  This can be found online
at http://www.franklins.net/YourCareer/YourCareer.aspx

Knowing how to get the technology and training you need is an esssential
skill
 

You might question if .NET will help you financially. Here is a recent quote from Computer
World

 “… there are certain IT skills for which companies are willing
to pay a premium right now. On the technical side, .Net experience is perhaps the
hottest skill, with network security experience running a close second” 

Below are a set of instructions on how to convince your boss/company about .NET and
training. You will find these skills to be helpful in a variety of areas. After all,
technical knowledge is only one part of career development in the IT world. You need
more then just knowledge and these skills will be of tremendous help. This is all
free, as is our support. All you need to do is ask. 

Traditionally developers make lousy salesmen so we offer a set of selling skills tailored
for developers. We also provide the support tools to get training approved in your
company. Here’s how to figure out the pieces of the puzzle we offer. They all build
upon each other, one piece alone will not get the job done. Most important is the
PDF that describes sales methods which are perfect for developers. They are analytical,
effective and require no hype or gimmicks. Download and print the PDF first and read
it. The other support pieces follow:  

  • Selling
    Your Boss
    is a PDF that will that describes the sales method. Download and print
    the PDF and read it. When you understand the technique, review the two short PowerPoint
    slide shows
  • Selling
    .NET
    is PowerPoint slide show that a developer used to convince a multi-billion
    dollar comapny to adopt .NET.
  • Selling
    Training
    is a 3 slide study from that the American Society of Training and Development
    that compares the bottom lines of companies that support training versus ones that
    don’t. The study makes dollar suggestions for training budgets based upon these successful
    companies.
  • To accompany the training document, we provide a zipped
    folder
    of success stories from companies who came to us for .NET Training and
    went on to develop great .NET Apps (picture yourself in the next batch of success
    stories!).
  • Lastly we recommend a number of .NET
    Rocks!
    Shows that: discuss .NET, compare it to other technologies, and review
    implementations and benefits.

If you spend the hour it takes to learn this content you will be well equipped. Call
on us
for suggestions and insights. We have much experience in the psychological
side of selling to people. You may be surprised at the tools we can give you just
over the phone. We won’t make a sales weasel out of you however understanding
the psychological triggers of the people in authority can make all the difference. 

Besides it’s worth the trouble. If you don’t, sooner or later you’ll
be asking us if we want fries with that…


[WebLogs @ ASP.NET]

Getting Ahead in Your Career

Google Zeitgeist – Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google

For both breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search
on Google at www.google.com. With a bit of analysis, this flurry of searches often
exposes interesting trends, patterns, and surprises.

On a monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis, this Google Zeitgeist page will be
updated to reflect lists, graphs, and other tidbits of information related to Google
user search behavior. Click here to
view.

Google Zeitgeist – Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google

Tweakomatic

The Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve
and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might ask. Well,
think about it. Because these are WMI scripts, they can be used to configure settings
on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote machine? Then haul out the
Tweakomatic. And think about this: because the Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could
do something like run these scripts as logon or logoff scripts. In other words, you
could quickly, easily, and automatically configure settings on any or all the computers
in your organization. Get it here.

Tweakomatic

Microsoft exams are specially priced at $35

Microsoft exams which are normally $50 have been specially priced at $35 for a limited
time.

For a limited time, Microsoft® is offering certification exams in India (and the subcontinent)
at the special price of USD $35.00. This makes it the perfect time for you to move
ahead with certification exams. Exams are available at both Pearson VUE and
Prometric testing centers. Candidates must use the exam promotion code INDCHN when
registering to receive the special price.

Don’t wait! Specially priced exams must be taken by December 31, 2003.

Register for an exam today.

Microsoft exams are specially priced at $35

Sortable Table

If you thought the Tab navigation was good, check out the Sort-able grid script. By
simply setting a class on any table you can make the headers sortable. The script
takes care of numbers, dates and text automatically.

Stuart Langridge has released a couple of very neat new Javascript
experiments. sorttable makes
any data table on a page “sortable” by clicking the table headers. I’ve seen this
effect used to
demonstrate Microsoft’s proprietary “behaviors” technology but Stuart’s solution has
the advantage of being standards compliant and working across different browsers.
Best of all, it follows the principles of inobtrusive DHTML and
hooks in to the markup using only a class attribute.

Stuart’s second experiment, JavaScript
Event Sheets
, is even more interesting. It tackles the problem of attaching events
to page elements. The most common way of doing this is with inline attributes, but
these require adding behavioural (rather than structural) code to your markup and
can lead to additional maintenance costs further down the road. A better alternative
is to use the DOM to dynamically add events, which works fine but
means tightly coupling the structure of the document to the Javascript that sets up
the events. Stuart’s solution is to abstract the logic that attaches events to elements
out to a separate file, called a Javascript Event Sheet. This uses CSS style
syntax (partially handled by my getElementsBySelector
function
) to specify how events attached to different elements should be handled.
Stuart demonstrates the idea with a common image rollover:

img.rollover { 
 mouseover: rollover_handler; 
 mouseout: rollout_handler; 
} 

Stuart’s blog entries concerning the two new experiments are here and JavaScript
Event Sheets
.


[Simon Willison’s Weblog]

Sortable Table

EasyToggle (Tab Navigation)

Simon Willison has created an easy way to enable tabs in web pages. There is no javascript
coding involved. Just include the .js file and add the class to your links.

I’ve been working on a new inobtrusive DHTML effect: easytoggle,
which is an inobtrusive implementation of the common effect where links or tabs can
be clicked to reveal part of a page while hiding the other parts. It’s similar in
some ways to the Multi
part forms with Javascript
technique.

The idea is pretty simple – all you need are a bunch of links and a bunch of elements
that should be toggled by those links. When adding special behaviour to links it is
always a good idea to ensure that they still link to something sensible, so that in
user agents without Javascript support they still do something useful. In this case,
it makes sense for them to act as anchor links that point to the elements with which
they are associated. With easytoggle, all you need to do is define the links, point
them at an element with an ID and assign them the class ‘toggle’. The script does
the rest of the work. For example, for a simple set with only two panels the markup
would look something like this:

<ul> 
<li><a href="#p1" class="toggle">Panel 1</a></li> 
<li><a href="#p2" class="toggle">Panel 2</a></li> 
</ul> 
<p id="p1">This is panel 1</p> 
<p id="p2">This is panel 2</p> 

That’s all it takes – the demo has
a very slightly more complicated example.

I thought it was finished, until I tested it in Apple’s Safari browser. In Safari,
the worst possible thing happens. The initialisation code which hides all of the panels
after the first one works fine. Unfortunately, the code that causes the links to change
which panel is visible fails silently, leaving only the first panel accessible to
users with that browser. That’s a big problem.

It was at this point that I discovered that Safari’s support for debugging Javascript sucks
rocks
. Firstly, the browser gives no indication that a bug has been encountered.
I’m sure this is a deliberate usability decision, but it also means users who encounter
a bug won’t even know that there is a problem with the site. A quick Google led me
to this
page
, which told me how to enable Javascript error reporting:

  1. In a command line shell, execute defaults write com.apple.Safari
    IncludeDebugMenu 1
    (apparently Safari
    Enhancer
    lets you do this from a GUI).
  2. Reload Safari and check the “Log Javascript Exceptions” option in the
    newly enabled Debug menu.
  3. Start Console.app, which lives in

    /Application/Utilities
    . Note that this is not the same thing as
    the command line console. This took me a few moments to figure out. Macs remain a
    strange new realm of discovery.
  4. Javascript exceptions will now appear in the Console.app window.

Excellent – just what I needed to know. The entire error message I got when I clicked
a link? (event handler):Undefined value. Gee, thanks
a lot Safari. If anyone has any ideas how I can fix the script in Safari (or at the
very least prevent it from being unusable) please leave me a note.

Update: Thanks to a
tip
from David Lindquist, the
updated version of the script
now works in Safari. It’s a little bit uglier though.


[Simon Willison’s
Weblog
]

EasyToggle (Tab Navigation)

Multiple Internet Explorers

Never thought this was possible.

In possibly the best news web designers will hear this year, Joe Maddalone of Insert
Title Web Designs
has discovered a way of running multiple
versions of Internet Explorer
on one installation of Windows! The problem of testing
in different versions of IE has plagued developers for years, and
it’s fantastic to see a solution that doesn’t involve running multiple partitions
with separate Windows installations or shelling out for VMWare or VirtualPC.

Unsurprisingly, Joe’s revelation is causing quite a stir in the web development community.
Matthew Haughey is asking why
Microsoft didn’t tell us about this themselves, Luke Redpath has released some funky
coloured icons
to distinguish between versions and Ryan Parman has taken the risky
(from a bandwidth point of view) step of packaging
the minimum files
needed to run versions 5.01 and 5.5 up in to zip files. Amazingly,
they’re 2.92 MB and 3.25 MB respectively. I’m running them now and they seem to work
just fine – major kudos to Joe for the discovery, and Ryan for making it so easy to
take advantage of.


[Simon Willison’s
Weblog
]

Multiple Internet Explorers