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It's been lying around for some time, but I just saw the pilot of the CodeRoom, the TV reality show for developers that Microsoft is currently promoting.

Inside an intercity warehouse sits a desk, a laptop, and a few partially charged batteries. Three attendees are taken to The Code Room by host Jessi Knapp, following a free developer seminar and asked to complete a complex software challenge. With limited battery power, they must achieve the impossible – design and develop an commerce website in just a few hours.

After 30 minutes of boring show that is actually a commercial for Visual Studio 2005 I must say I'm deeply disappointed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but there is just no way watching two guys and a girl, typical uncool developers clicking wizards on a laptop screen with HUGE fonts and no room for code could be fun.

The only good part was that I instantly spotted typical things about almost every developer working in a team:

  • we all want to code and have out hands on a computer, not stand in the back and watch,
  • when we are not coding and just trying to tell something to a guy/girl coding, we get a real urge to grab a mouse and click,
  • no one wants to design user interface,
  • we just want to code the stuff we know, if possibly more than was requested and just get it over with the stuff we don't know.

But nevertheless I suggest you check it out. You can watch it on-line or download.

Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2005 11:07 PM | Filed under: Developement |


# re: The Code Room is a cold, dark show 1/7/2005 8:58 AM dejan
I agree every word with you! Show sucks and MSDN front page has not changed for three weeks! C'mon...

# The CodeRoom has a new executive producer 4/18/2005 9:50 AM

# The CodeRoom has a new executive producer 4/18/2005 9:50 AM

# CodeRoom 2.0 5/24/2005 10:37 PM

# re: The Code Room is a cold, dark show 4/27/2009 5:06 PM נקיון
no one wants to design user interface ??/

why not?? i like it

# re: The Code Room is a cold, dark show 8/31/2009 3:21 PM ביטוח רכב
i will check it out. thanks

# re: The Code Room is a cold, dark show 2/26/2011 4:02 PM חברת ניקיון
I am familiar with visual. It has a lot of features

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