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UPDATE: Wow, I’m truly humbled by the response. I expected all of about 3 comments. THANK YOU for your help here, it means more than you know.  I’ve updated the vote tallies (so far) below.

I have a confession to make. I’m hopelessly bad when it comes volunteering myself for all sorts of crap. I quickly get myself in over my head as is currently the case. But, I still like to have a project to peck away at during free time. Recently, there’s been too many things to peck at, that I don’t get much of anything done (too many thread context switches).

Given these facts, I’m hoping that a little crowdsourcing (or whatever the kids call it these days) will help me get my house in order here.

I’d like to get your take on these things, dear reader, and see if I can’t rely on your wisdom and the wisdom of the crowd to help me direct my spare time efforts more fruitfully.

Can you comment here or email me your suggested order for what I should be doing? I’d much appreciate it. I’m asking you kindly. If you don’t want to, or think this is silly, that’s fine. Thanks anyhow!

So here’s various things and ideas I’ve got on my plate right now (that I can think of), in no particular order:

  • #OMVC – (5 votes) – OpinionatedMVC  (no details, let your imagination run with this for a minute and let me know what you think)
  • #SMAP –  (3 votes) – Help with StructureMap Docs, Examples, etc
  • #FHDEV – (2 votes) – Fluent NHibernate Development (Mapping, Auto Mapping, etc)
  • #FHDOC – (2 votes) – Fluent NHibernate Documentation
  • #BOOK – (1 votes) – Work on a potential book deal with a major publisher (topic up for discussion, I was leaning towards Internal DSLs and language-oriented programming with C#4, but MVC might be cool too)
  • #POST – (1 votes) – More blog posts in general on various subjects
  • #STWF – (1 votes) – Spend time with family
  • #FHMM – Fluent NHibernate + NHibernate Mapping Model Merge Stuff
  • #FHFM – Fluent NHibernate Development (NHibernate development framework stuff – making NHibernate baseline development easier)
  • #BLOG – Finish various blog post series (I’ve started several and finished none, lol)
  • #ARTL – Article(s) for CoDe Magazine (as much as Rod Paddock will let me)
  • #STAR – StartingWith.Net – a new site idea with guidance from experts for junior and mid-level developers getting started or going deeper with .NET
  • #NEWB – A series of blog posts (inspired by Sheo Narayan) on basic guidance for junior .NET developers (similar to point 08)
  • #PART– More community participation on forums, community sites, etc
  • #PRES – More presentations at community functions in the central Texas area (travel is mostly out for me)
  • #ONLE – More online presentations (a la LiveMeeting)
  • #SCNC – More screencasts for sites like

Hopefully I can pull some wisdom from the cloud if you have any interest in this. I appreciate your time and any advice you can give me!


Chad “Scatterbrained” Myers

About Chad Myers

Chad Myers is the Director of Development for Dovetail Software, in Austin, TX, where he leads a premiere software team building complex enterprise software products. Chad is a .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 12 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He is a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, and participates in various development communities and open source projects.
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  • Wow – I was pleased to see Fluent NHibernate AutoMapping on your list, I’d personally love to see this progressed.

    2nd to that is some Opinionated MVC stuff – perhaps a VS project template would be a nice way to go?

    The blog posts are always enjoyable to read too, so keep em coming :)

  • mabsky

    I would like to hear and see more on OpinionatedMVC. From the presentation video I could say that this is definitely cool stuff.

  • If you could finish the Fluent NH AutoMapping, yeah, that would be great. Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too…

  • +1 on all Documentation projects. I know documentation is the scum of all development but, good documentation will really help open the door to people that are new to these projects(#SMAP, #FH)

    I would also really be interested in seeing more opinionated MVC stuff, I am not doing Asp.NET MVC development, yet, but you and Jeremey put on one hell of a presentation that really has me interested in seeing what I can do with it.

  • Ralph Balck

    #NEWB – guidance for junior .NET developers

    and maybe not so basic guidance. i have found it difficult to know how to really step up my game to the next level. more info from you guys who know whats up would be great!

  • Just in case nobody got it, my comment was supposed have been an Office Space joke. Chad, thanks for volunteering your personal time to help the community. It’s really appreciated.

  • +1 for #SMAP – with all the changes in Structuremap from 2.49 to 2.5 I am feeling a little lost.

    +1 for #OMVC – I watched the first half of this video, and I would love see some of the code made public.

  • #BOOK or really anything dealing with a practical usage of internal DSLs in C#

    #OMVC I would like to know more about how y’all handle rich-client behaviors (if you do at all) in your framework.

  • I don’t know man, I think #STWF (spending time with family) should be up there too. What does your avg day look like for being able to devote time?

  • @Justice: Yeah, probably.

    The kids go to bed around 9PM-ish and I usually don’t hit the sack until midnight or so. Some nights I spend with the wife, some nights she’s doing other things, so I have time to do whatever. I enjoy this kind of stuff, it’s my hobby, so it’s worth it to me.

  • +1 on documentation and examples for #SMAP and #FH*

  • Anders Persson

    +1 #OMVC,

  • Alper

    +1 #OMVC

  • Erik Forsberg

    +1 #OMVC

    Didnt quite see the code on the videos ;) Keep up the great work!

  • Dave Cameron

    +1 #OMVC

    Seems to take MVC that extra mile to make it really poweful.

  • Gabriel Schenker

    +1 for #OMVC: especially the part where you make your “thunderdome” principle fly (that is the plumbing stuff around it)

  • For those looking to get started on the OMVC, you might be interested in:

    It provides the necessary code (and explanation) on getting started with the TextBoxFor(u => u.Name); approach

  • +1 #OMVC

    Actually, make it +9,999,999,999,999,999 to #OMVC – I’m loving the idea of MVC, but finding I keep wanting to RoR as it’s so much cleaner. I’d love to see more about how better to do it in ASP.NET.