22 hours of podcasts – 3 nuggets to share – level 200

This weekend I was a groomsman at Kevin Dulaney’s (great friend from grade school) wedding in Missouri.  I drove from Austin, TX on Friday and returned Sunday.  11-hour drive each way.  I stocked up my Windows Mobile phone with podcasts and listened the whole way there and back.  For those who ask “why would you do that”?  It’s my study time.  Constant learning.  I get to attend virtual lectures by industry experts.  Invaluable.

There are three things that I MUST follow up on:

  • CI Factory
    • This is a configuration management tool that does the basics of integrating CruiseControl, automated testing, NAnt, MSBuild and other build-related things.
  • Windows 2009 (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,128888-c,vistalonghorn/article.html)
    • So far Vista isn’t the smashing hit many hoped it would be.  I’m currently running XP on my home machines, XP on one work machine and Vista Business on my main work desktop machine (no issues so far).  I’m curious to see what changes will be in Windows in less than 2 years!
  • Windows Developer Powertools: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596527543/infozerk-20
    • From James Avery and Jim Holmes, this book covers so many tools and frameworks including many open-source ones I use on a daily basis.  This book reaches out and brings to light that there are many, many great things out there that are not from Microsoft but aid in Microsoft development.

I’m still 3 weeks behind on my podcast list!!!! Arg!