Now that I have an IPOD, I finally have a means of listening to DotNet Rocks. I cannot listen to it while I am working and cannot just sit in front of the computer doing nothing, listening to the show either. So, I downloaded a bunch for my six hour drive to Syracuse this week. Among them was a recent show with Michele Leroux Bustamante where she talked with Richard and Carl about WS Security, Infocards and Indigo. In New York state you are not allowed to talk on the cell phone while driving. I literally pulled off to the shoulder of the highway because I just had to call Michele when I finished listening to tell her how blown away I was by the show. To put things into perspective, I have been working with WSE and WS Security for about 1 1/2 years and have finally started digging my teeth into Indigo. So I have some context to what she is talking about. However, since I work with so many different technologies, I am sometimes very sadly a “Jack of All Trades, master of none”. And I do not use the term “master” lightly here. Michele is absolutely and solidly a master of these technologies. Her knowledge is so deep. She is not just about “how to” but also about who, why and when. She understands how these technologies fit into the bigger picture, not just about interop, but architecturally, historically and with a very knowledgeable eye to the future. Michele constantly amazes me – almost every time she opens her mouth.
I remember the reaction from the VTdotNET user group when she spoke there last fall. It was the same. Most were not familiar with her so they saw this beautiful blonde get up to the podium and might have expected some cute little drag and drop session in ASP.NET. It was fun to watch their faces, both the men and the women, as Michele opened up the guts of ASP.NET and explained to everyone how it worked. Here is one VTdotNetter’s reaction, caught on his blog.
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