The spectrum of MSFT technologies has exploded in the past few years! Even as a developer, now to create something compelling, you need to up to speed with so many disparate technologies – it is QUITE a challenge! I don’t mean to sound full of myself or toot my horn, but I think personally I’ve done quite a good job at keeping up with a large # of MSFT technologies, not everything – but quite a broad spectrum. But then again I have no life, and I’ve been in this industry for many years now, and I have a very unidirectional brain – excellent at computers, and super sucky at most everything else (As I type this, I am sitting in a hotel lobby, and I just almost set the waffle iron on fire!! Not kidding .. trying second time around now).
The challenge is, when I teach! When I teach, it is very difficult for me to ask everyone to have a certain set of pre-requisites, and expect everyone in the class to exactly be of the same prerequisites! It is hard to say – you need to know ASPNET, there is so much else than that! And then every single class I have taught, has come with a mixed bag of audience. Sometimes the course runs quicker than expected, because I am not covering as many basics, sometimes it runs slower – because I have to cover basics. My approach is always to carry more content than I can cover. Because heck – I don’t know what the class will look like! And I don’t know how fast things will run. If I have more material, I can always use it … if not .. attendees get to carry it back home!
Now, this challenge has been around for a while! But why this blogpost now?
Because y’all – as I look into .NET 4 and SharePoint 2010, it’s getting out of hand! I mean, it was a challenge with SP2007, but it’s getting nuts going fwd!
So, my friends, how are you keeping up with technology these days? I am HELLA interested in your views on this!