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When Something New Is Released, Is It Really Completely New?

I’d like to start off this edition of the MSDN eNews with a question: When something new is released, a new technology or framework, is it really completely new for you as a developer? Or perhaps it is a better, more optimized and feature rich implementation of something that you already know how to work with…


The question comes as I reflect on a recent developer event. I got into a very interesting discussion with a developer about keeping up with the evolution of things in a developer’s world. His point of view was that if you look at how often something new comes out, there’s no way that a developer can get their day-to-day work done and learn new things at the same time. When it was my turn to throw in my two cents, I asked the question above. Pause. Silence.


I proceeded to give a few scenarios. ALM was the first. When you boil it down, it’s about people + process + tools. Most ALM tools, and certainly Visual Studio/TFS, handle multiple different processes. So if you know the people you work with, you know and are comfortable with the tools you work with, the only thing to learn is a new process. Take a look at these upcoming Microsoft Virtual Academy courses and you’ll see what I mean: Using Kanban, Using Git with Visual Studio 2013, Fundamentals of Lean Software Delivery, Enterprise Agility is not an Oxymoron.


Second scenario I gave was Windows Azure. Windows Azure has a ton of different services that can be used when building web sites and apps. But at the end of the day, you talk to it via C#, Java, PHP, and others. The language is familiar, so just the actual API calls are new to learn. I shared these courses to demonstrate the point: Getting Started with Windows Azure, Designing Applications For Windows Azure, Building Modern Web Apps, Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure.


There were other scenarios, but I believe I’ve made my point. But that’s just me. What do you think? Throw your two cents into the conversation in the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn. I’d love to hear from you.

 

JR

 
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