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Monday, February 21, 2005

Raymond is wondering what people think of CodeBetter.com. Let me tell you what I think.

The real problem with group blogs is the number of people who post breaking news – like “Microsoft is going to release IE7!”. Oh, wait – that’s not a problem on CodeBetter.com.

It’s good to see the CB’ers function as a group. Instead of sounding like a scratched CD, they feed off each other to build better content. It’s collaborative and interesting. CodeBetter.com is what a group blog should be. I like Darrell’s agile news, Brendan’s forays into the .NET framework, Geoff’s quirkiness, and then there is Sahil. Let me tell you about Sahil. Sahil came to the Columbia user group meeting last month to give a talk on serialization. During the talk he serialized DataSet objects, customer objects, and Star Trek characters with two different versions of .NET. I thought I was going to leave the building as a blob of 1,568 bytes on Sahil’s hard drive.

Keep up the great work CB’ers, and Raymond – keep the OOP articles coming. These articles are well written and I know many people will benefit.

P.S. I know many people don’t like the amount off “off-topic” material on other group blogs. Me? I like to know what people are feeding their cat every now and then. For example, you never know what you’ll see or hear on the John Elliot and Bill Ryan blogs, but I find their blogs delightfully entertaining. Perhaps they are never boring because John cuts code 20 hours a day and Bill is a philosophy major and insomniac. I say this even though John calls me names and Bill leaves me hanging in San Francisco. Thanks, guys.