Friday, April 7, 2006

What a small world

I was reading a post by my friend (and ex-coworker) James Avery today that made me want to checkout the status of the NHibernate project.  I had heard of this project a long time ago, but never looked into at all.  So, browsing the first page I see a name I am pretty sure I recognize – Mike Doerfler.  He is listed as one of the main contributors to the project on the homepage.

The funny part is that Mike and I used to teach classic ASP together back in the day when we both worked at Ernst & Young.  I think the market had slowed or something and we needed to keep busy, so we took the job as an internal project to teach the basics of ASP programming.  I can still remember how easy it was to crash the NT4 servers when students either put their database or UI code into infinite loops.  Having 20 generally horrible developers work on a single IIS server and one database server is like locking a couple sheep into the same room with a bunch of wolves... the poor things never stood a chance.

So, I am pretty sure Mike left in 1999 or 2000 and we slowly lost touch.  I have a ton of MSN Messenger contacts and Mike has been on there forever though the chats have been fewer and fewer until non-existent.  To be fair, I almost never chat with anyone anymore.  First, I am hardly ever online with Messenger, and second, I just don’t have a lot to chat about.

Anyhow, I had to send Mike an IM to see if it was the same ‘Doerfler’.  Turns out it was!  Now, I wonder who else is on my IM list that has gone on to fame and fortune…  I really need to do a better job of keeping in touch with people.