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.NET Hobbyist Programmer Staying Confused in a Busy World

Each year, MSDN needs acknowledgement of life to keep sending me a free copy of MSDN Magazine.  It's a great magazine and you should race out and buy one at your local bookseller today.

I always have to smile and laugh at the inevitable marketing survey that is embedded in the web form. I have a small side business that supports the EDR, but it is not of any greatly significant magnitude.  Here is how I answered their survey (and I'm trying to be serious here).  The asterisks indicate mandatory items.  Basically, the entire survey was mandatory.


*A. What is your current job title? (Select the one that most clearly matches your current title):

  1. Director of Systems Programming
  2. Manager of Applications Development
  3. Supervisor of Software Engineering
  4. Chief/Head of Applications Development
  5. Team Leader
  6. Senior Developer
  7. Application Specialist
  8. Manager of Web/Internet/Intranet Development
  9. Software Project Manager
  10. Manager of Quality Assurance/Testing
  11. Software Developer
  12. Corporate Consultant
  13. Applications Architect
  14. Software Engineer
  15. Manager of E-Commerce Development
  16. Technical Vice President
  17. Chief Technical Officer/Chief Information Officer
  18. President/Owner
  19. Other

Since “Kahuna“ was omitted, I went with 18.  Of course, almost all of them could apply to me since I am the business.  My wife's job as Vice President of Shipping and Receiving was unfortunately omitted.

*B. What is your organization's primary business activity?

  1. Aerospace
  2. Government, Military
  3. Agriculture, Mining, Construction, Oil
  4. Transportation, Utilities
  5. Media, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment
  6. Finance, Banking, Accounting, Insurance, Real Estate
  7. Engineering
  8. Manufacturing other than computer hardware and software
  9. Manufacturing computer hardware and software
  10. VAR/Systems Integrators
  11. Communication Services, Systems House, Data Processing, Internet, E-commerce
  12. Computer related retailer, distributor, wholesaler
  13. Non-computer retailer, distributor
  14. Applications Software Development
  15. Education, Multimedia
  16. Health, Medical Services, Legal
  17. Consulting
  18. Other

I write software, so I went with 14.  This was an easy one.  Of couse, I write engineering (7) software and work for the military (2) and am technically a consultant (17) and have a degree in Aerospace (1) Engineering, but this should not be allowed to cloud the issue.

*C. Does your job include any Internet/intranet/web-related responsiblities?

  1. Yes
  2. No

I maintain our family website, our new intranet site (SBS 2003) and regularly cruise the web.  1!

*D. Which one of the following best describes your level of involvement in your organization's decision to purchase application development tools?

  1. Decide or help to decide budget
  2. Purchase or authorize purchase
  3. Specify/select brand or vendor
  4. Specify/select products or services
  5. Evaluate specifications/technical requirements
  6. Determine needs
  7. All of the above
  8. None of the above

Easy: 7.  I make the money and I spend it.

*E. Approximately what is the size of your organization's software budget?

  1. $1 million or more
  2. $500,000 - $999,999
  3. $100,000 - $499,999
  4. $25,000 - $99,999
  5. $10,000 - $24,999
  6. $2,500 - $9,999
  7. $1,000 - $2,499
  8. Less than $1,000

Since the MSDN Universal subscription costs around $2000, that puts me at 7, but with additional miscellaneous software I went with 6.

*F. How many individuals under your supervision or management are involved in software development?

  1. 20 or more
  2. 15 - 19
  3. 10 - 14
  4. 4 - 9
  5. 3
  6. 2
  7. 1
  8. None

Um 7, no 1, uhhhhh ... nuts.

I'm one of those people who help to skew the results.


Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:41 PM Programming , Software , & Etc. | Back to top

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