Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Iron Architect

If my memory serves me correctly, the architects of Redmond, Washington have a saying:

"Success comes not from the heart, but from the proper application of current
Microsoft technology."[1]

What if Chairman Kaga had a fetish not for food, but for software architecture? He'd be in Orlando next week at TechEd 2007, and his secret ingredient would be... attendee lodging and social networking!

Microsoft is hosting its Iron Architect competition again in Orlando next week, giving all TechEd attendees the opportunity to win a Microsoft Certified Architect certification[2] by developing, presenting and defending an architectural design to fulfill the requirements posted yesterday on the Iron Architect blog. Sounds like fun, right?

So I'm considering putting together a design and presenting it next week. I don't know if I'll have the time between now and then to get it done right, but it can't hurt to try, right?

[1] Yes, I just made this up. No, it's not really anything that they say at Microsoft.
[2] No, you can't actually win the certification itself - you need to earn that. What you actually win is the cost of going through the certification process, which is valued around $10,000 USD.

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