Project Glidepath

Project Glidepath is a new initiative from Microsoft aimed at helping Micro ISVs develop software for .NET 3.0 and Windows Vista. All the information is delivered via RSS as workflow guidance directly into your Visual Studio project. As well as technical advice, there are Glidepath modules to help you with the practical business side of your Micro ISV. The content tries to help you choose software protection or eCommerce providers, and guide your blogging and podcasting strategies.

OISV – The Organisation of Independent Software Vendors

The OISV is a new resource for ISVs, it went live last week.

So far it has a small collection of articles, a badge to display on your website, and some promising looking forums, but much more should be on its way. They may have invited early scepticism by already claiming to be the world’s largest organisation of ISVs, but overall I think they’ve done a great job on the site, and should be applauded for aiming high.

Debian DPL Threatens to Leave SPI Over Sun Java

An anonymous reader writes "A three-week-long flame war in debian-devel over the new Java Distribution License has culminated in Anthony Towns, the newly elected Debian Project Lead, offering to separate Debian from its legal representative, SPI. This came as a response to SPI member John Goerzen's objections to the Debian project's interaction with Sun's legal team around the new JDL license without review from SPI's lawyers."

2006 OpenBSD Hackathon Well Underway

An anonymous reader writes "KernelTrap is running a two part who's who at the 2006 OpenBSD Hackathon. Starting on the 27th and running for a full week, developers get together and concentrate on communication rather than just development. Project leader Theo de Raadt was quoted as saying 'I don't think anybody else does this, developers suspend their lives for a week to focus entirely on just development.'"

[admin] Content Oddities

If you were attempting to visit and read some of the articles last night (Saturday, 4-6pm EDT), you might have noticed some "new" stories appearing, disappearing, published, and a variety of other things. This was due to the testing of a new module that has been added to CodeSnipers to improve the content flow. No content was lost or changed anywhere in the system.

A cry from a voice in the wilderness ...

My name is Steve (say "Hi Steve") and I'm a recovering manager. There I said it, and everyone knows the first step to recovery is recognizing you have a problem.

In any case (and for better or worse), I've been invited to post for the next three months, so I'd like to give you a little background. Bob Walsh, in his introduction a few weeks ago, stated that it was odd writing about yourself, but in my case, I'm more concerned that it's the most boring topic I could talk about. Here goes!


This week I said to myself, "Wow! Bob Walsh is going to be posting on Code Snipers!" immediately followed by, "Damn, I wish I hadn't just resigned my contributor status!"

But, even with new contributors coming on board whose talent I could bask in reflectively, I feel it is time for me to take a turn on the bench. Oh, I'll still be heard heckling from the side line, and may occasionally submit a guest post to the editor (who should promptly recycle it if he knows what's good for the site). I'll also be blogging occasionally over at my original blog site that has gathered cob-webs since I started posting here.

I hope you enjoyed my posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thanks for your comments and thoughts. Stay cool and be sure to call me this summer so we can hang out 555-450-5948.

-Rusty Divine

Bob Walsh - An Introduction

Writing about yourself qualifies as a definitely weird experience, but since you're reading this, I'll give it a shot.

I used to be a fairly normal contract programmer, going from project to project, contract to contract. And then a few years ago, I realized I had been doing the same old same old, just with different tools and languages, for over 20 years, that I was 46, and life is not a rehearsal and I'd better get cracking if I still want to change the world.

Now, don't click the back button or I'll whack you with my cane. I don't want to change the entire world; just the part where millions of people spend their lives getting beaten down and going nuts working for some clueless giant corporation. After all those years of contract programming I've seen all of that I ever want to see.

Call for Conferences

Yes, normally it works the other way around. A conference announces a Call for Papers/Presenters, but we're doing it the opposite way here. If you know of a conference - preferably that you're attending - that it isn't listed, please let me know.

First, we have the New York PHP Conference & Expo 2006 which is in New York, NY in mid-June. It's focused on PHP in the business community looking at both the Business Strategy and Technical Solutions. There are four of us from the DC PHP Group planning to head that direction. Registration is open, the Call for Presenters is closed.

Next, is the YAPC or "yet another Perl conference" which is in Chicago, IL in late June. The focus of this conference is Perl as a whole though they've widened their net to look at more scripting languages and concepts such as "Python for Perl Programmers". Nola brought this one to my attention and I believe she's attending. Registration is open, the Call for Presenters is closed. [Correction: Call for Presenters is closed, but the "Call for Virtual Participation" is still open. And the 15% registration discount expires on April 30th. - KC]

Next, is the Better Software Conference in Las Vegas, NV in late June (same week as YAPC above). This conference is all about software project management, process improvement, metrics, etc. I initially heard about this one because Joel Spolsky is a keynote, but don't worry... I'll be there too. Registration is open, the Call for Presenters is closed.

Finally - and near and dear to my heart - is the 2006 DC PHP Conference in Washington, DC in mid-October. This conference is focused on PHP in the Federal government with a special look at non-profits therefore we take a specific look at PHP Security, Integration in the Enterprise, and a Show & Tell. I say "we" because I'm one of the people organizing it and will definitely be attending. Registration is open, the Call for Presenters is open.

If we're missing one of your favorite conferences, please let us know. As these pass, they'll be replaced with new ones.

DC PHP Conference - Announcement and Call for Papers

PHP in the Federal Enterprise and the World:  Secure Solutions for Federal Agencies, IT Companies and Non-Profit Organizations

We are hosting the first DC Metropolitan area PHP Conference this October.  Not only that, but since we're in a unique location with opportunities and potential impact like nowhere else in the world, we're taking a slightly different look at PHP. Our mission is to demonstrate and teach how PHP is a solid, sensible, cost-effective, and low risk development language to use for government and non profits.

Therefore, our Presentation Tracks fall into four areas:

  • Integrating PHP with Federal Operations and the Enterprise
  • Security & Accountability
  • The Art of PHP
  • The Business Case for PHP

The Call for Papers ends on July 7th and gives suggested topics in each of these areas.  Your presentation will be up to 400 people including decision makers for some of the largest and most influential organizations in the world.