6 Years = 6 Dozen Peanup Butter M&M Cookies in Front of 41/4802


I’ve been here for 6 years; let’s make sure the cookies aren’t.  Thanks to everyone that’s made this a great place to work.  Here are some little known factoids from the last 6 years.  

  • First Product I worked on: Visual Studio .NET Academic Tools. Now available as a shared source release.
  • First reported bug: 145422 (VisualStudio7 PS database) Painting issue with properties window when buttons take up more than one row.
  • First piece of code I wrote that shipped to Microsoft customers. Tic-Tac-Toe
    • 0 Number of bugs reported against that code by customers. J
  • Developer that had to fix the most bugs reported by me as a tester: Larsberg with ~80.
  • Number of times my hard drive has been seized as part of an international investigation: 1.
    • 4 – The number of hours I waited after my hard drive was seized before calling my former employers to ask if their offer still stood.
    • 1 week – The amount of time I lost re-writing all the code that hadn’t been checked in yet from that machine. Source control is your friend.
  • Other VS features I’ve owned at one point or another: (Otherwise known as the “You might be able to blame josh for list”:  Start Page, Dexplorer & anything help related, Toolbox, Task List, Proj/Soln configuration, Splash Screen, Help About, Community Window (I didn’t say they all shipped), IE Integration, Tools Options, Keyboard Settings, Command Window, Shell Window (just shipped aftermarket!!), and External Tools.
  • Number of blog posts written… 548
    • 2700  – Number of comments & track backs received to blog
  • Initiative I helped get going for my team & still have to warn teams about: Community Room
  • # of Shared Source Developer Tools (Power Toys) Released: 10
  • First Feature as a PM that won’t quit: What happens when the user clicks the “Ask a question” button?
    • I can’t say this one is yet completely solved, but we’re up over 4k questions per week and we started the modernization of Microsoft’s online communities with forums.microsoft.com. J
  • Best Excuse I’ve heard why not to talk to customers: “My chair isn’t comfortable enough”.

Thanks for 6 great years!

Josh

Comments (7)

  1. Norman Diamond says:

    > 1 week – The amount of time I lost re-writing all the code

    > that hadn’t been checked in yet from that machine.

    > Source control is your friend.

    Are you sure?  It seems to me that if you’d checked in your source code each day, the international investigators would have seized the server’s hard drive together with yours.

    > 0 – Number of bugs reported against that code by

    > customers. J

    I understand the smiley, and I understand the likely absence of bugs in that particular piece of code.  Nonetheless you KNOW why, in general, there’s no relationship between the number of bugs reported by customers and the number of bugs.

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Nope, it had nothing to do with any investigation your thinking of.  Checking code in would have just saved me a week.

    Yup, I get a lack of relationship between bugs reported and potential bugs.   That’s why I was very specific in my statement.

  3. Norman Diamond says:

    > Nope, it had nothing to do with any investigation your

    > thinking of.

    There’s only one international investigation of Microsoft that I’ve read about.  I didn’t think they would seize hard drives, so I assumed you were talking about an investigation that I haven’t read about.

    Whatever investigation it was, when they had whatever reason to seize your hard drive, if they knew that you had diligently copied files from your hard drive to the server, then surely they would have wanted to seize the server’s drive too.  Ummmmmm …..  or did you store something else inside your drive case besides files ^_^

    > Yup, I get a lack of relationship between bugs reported

    > and potential bugs.   That’s why I was very specific in my

    > statement.

    Thank you very much.  I do appreciate your understanding, very much.  Thank you.

  4. Lauren Smith says:

    What’s with VC Express chewing up 380MB of memory for when I’m editing files? I can’t seem to understand how it needs that much memory just to edit a couple of XML files.

    Maybe it’s related to IE7 Beta… Is there a list of people responsible for that available too?