Ok… I have conceded at last. I’m going to learn ASP.NET
Not that it’s that hard, but — until recently — I haven’t really wanted to do any work with it. It just seemed like a waste of time.
So what’s changed? Well, for starters, the company I work for is going down the path of getting more of their development done by contractors. In and of itself, that’s not a big deal. Tonight I met one of the guys who will be doing some of the contract work, though.
I was actually impressed. He was a young guy, but was already the Director of IT at a company and had extensive experience with enterprise-level solutions. We talked a bit about the project we’d be working on together and a little about .NET 2.0, SQL Server 2005, etc. Quite a knowledgable guy, actually… And he mentioned that he had some friends who were at our disposal if we needed anyone for performance-tuning, SQL development, or pretty much anything else.
…and that’s when it happened. I felt that competitive spark within me flicker a bit….
And what happened then…?
Well…in Who-ville they say
that the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
…or something like that. I’ve needed something to work towards and someone to learn from. Granted, this situation still doesn’t quite do that as well as if I was in a development shop working with talented folks every day, but I’ll certainly settle for a reasonable approximation to it for the time being, I suppose.
I look forward to seeing what this guy and his buddies can do — if only so I can attempt to learn from and then surpass them soon.