“Boundary” - Something that indicates bounds or limits. Also called frontier.
Most of us have heard about “pushing yourself to the limits”. It’s something I associate with performing ones very best for a given end result. New personal record at the local 10k race? Getting to market with a new product? Landing the stage 1 rocket after it’s delivered payload into orbit?

Focusing on the end result can be a powerful motivator, and also a door-opener to new possibilities, but there’s something lost there. Is it really only¬†about the end result?

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How are you, Really?

“How are you?”

A simple question that usually is followed by a polite response expressing our contentment with our daily life situation. I’ve been answering it a little differently lately: “Not so good, really. I’m completely burnt out!”

People are taken aback by this brutal honesty and many don’t know how to respond. I don’t want to make things hard on them, but I can’t stand lying to others (and myself) anymore. Regardless of peoples responses, it’s been a relief to come out in the open.

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The boy scout rule

Recently I had the discussion with a colleague on how new code was being added to a code-base without maintainability in mind. The discussion was sparked by a code-review that had been ping-ponging between the reviewer and the developer where readability and ( as a result ) maintainability was an issue.

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I originally posted this on the dolittle blog.

There’s a new task waiting for you in your inbox… a¬†bug¬†in production! Maybe the bug is completely unrelated to ¬†code, you’ve created, but the report is there waiting for you. It’s critical, and has to be fixed “today” or “ASAP”! And with a number of consequences, like “this feature is vital!”, “support center is being called down by angry customers”, “we’re losing millions!”.

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This post is signalling an end to my time at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), even though it’s just¬†a few months since I¬†announced my career-move¬†there. Before I go on about whats happening, I’d like to emphasise that NRK is a great place to be. I’ve met a lot of talented people and been exposed to a company culture that oozes of professionalism and encourages peoples creativity to flow.

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Transitions

As some of you may know, I’ve left the domain of scandinavian e-commerce and am no longer part of the web-team at Komplett Group. My time at Komplett has been quite a ride; I’ve met some extremely skilled people, and worked on some really exciting stuff. Contrary to what some people might believe, the web-team is small and covers a lot of area. There was a lot of responsibilty and pressure, but also a lot of fun to be had.

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Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) is a the largest conference in¬†Norway¬†targeting the .NET community. It’s a 3 day conference with 2 days of workshops beforehand. The speaker line-up was also awesome, and the topics offer something for everyone. I’ve had the opportunity of attending the conference and have had 3 intense days of learning, networking and eating… yea, lots of food. Expectations This has been the first time I’ve attended a large conference of this kind, and I didn’t really know what to expect.

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In this past year at work, we‚Äôve been in the process of developing a new platform from the bottom up with new functionality. One of the goals was to move away from an old unmaintainable solution to a new maintainable solution based on expected coding standards, and of course to meet the business’ needs about scalability and rapid feature development. With an overloaded domain, responsibilities were mingling with each other and business rules and validation was all over the place.

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2011 has been hectic, to say the least. Full of enriching life-experiences (personal and professional).¬†I had a few goals for the past year: my health, family, profession.¬†Some things worked out quite well, other things…not so well (so what’s new?). A friend of mine is going on about his¬†big hairy goal. It’s intimidating and inspiring. Here are some things I’m hoping to dive into this coming year: JavaScript Norwegian .

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Here are the download links for ASP.NET MVC 3 RTM: Web platform installer Microsoft Download Center Be sure to read the release notes for the breaking changes since Release Candidate 2

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Pavneet Singh Saund

ūüĎč I’m Pav. A father, husband and product developer. I care about attending to needs by building better user experiences and finding better ways of working.
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