Friday, April 15, 2011

Starting an Eight Week Contract thorugh Robert Half Technology

On Monday, I'll be starting an eight week contract with a company in Morristown through Robert Half Technology. This means I'm off the market for a while and we can improve the cash flow around here a little bit.
Today, I'm just paying some bills and winding things up, getting ready for the big change on Monday.

Friday, April 8, 2011

That was fun!

Well, my one week job lasted 11 hours.  It was fun -- html and css stuff.  But, I was a very efficient programming ninja and, so, it did not last long.

A lot of the sample code on the Silverlignt 4 Training Kit does not seem to work, so I switched over to improving my design patterns and, especially MVC.  I started reading the Gang of Four.  And, I also started pouring over the code for the Orchard Project, which makes heavy usage of Dependency Injection, Unit Testing, and Integration Testing -- all areas where I want to improve my skill set.  I submitted a bug fix to the Orchard Project yesterday:, which gave me an excuse to dig into the code a little bit.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One week of work starting tomorrow

Starting tomorrow I'll be starting a one week position at [confidential] helping them to integrate their [confidential] with their [confidential].  I'm really excited about this.  The stinky thing is I'm only getting a few hundred dollars more than I would already be getting from the unemployment office.  It's nice to get some of the many years I have paid into unemployment.  And, of course, it's only fair that I should work for hire when an opportunity comes.  Although, it doesn't involve any new technologies that I'm interested in, but who knows what other doors may open as a result of this.  And, I really enjoy these short gigs.  They let me dabble in some things, get paid for it, and get a change of scenery.

Also, I recently finished reading Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship.  It was a pretty good read.

The problem going through these recruiters is, well, there is more than one problem.  First problem, they make you sign all these confidentiality things so you can't actually say much about what you are doing.  Second problem, they add $$ to your hourly rate so that you end up costing more to the customer than you actually charge.  But, it seems that employers like them because they do some technical interviews and give you a test to filter out people who really know absolutely nothing about such and such a technology.

So, I'm just continuing to work through the Silverlight 4 training kit from Microsoft. Then, I'll work on improving my design pattern skills more.  Then, if I still don't have a contract, maybe I'll build one or two quick demo website in MVC or Silverlight to showcase new skill areas.