Dear Disney-World: You can keep that harness I ordered... Turns out inversion of control has very little to do with writing code from an inverted position. My bad.
I learned how to use and at least somewhat understand all of those technologies, techniques, approaches and patterns with my teammates at Mitchell. I drank form the fire hose of .NET goodness, and while the learning curve was steep and required a million extra hours of personal time researching, studying and practicing, in the end it was absolutely worth while. I'm still not a ninja, but I believe that I leveled up a few times as a developer at Mitchell.
I will miss my teammates dearly... They are a wonderful and talented group, and I very much hope that my professional life will cross with at least some of theirs in the future!
Not only am I excited about the development practices they employ, I'm also a huge fan of what they are developing as well: I'll be helping to work on their web version of a platform for digital text books. This is the kind of thing I would have loved to have had when I was in school, and I still tend to massively prefer digital to physical books of any type. I like being able to carry a huge amount of books with me with taking up a ton of space, and without being ridiculously heavy to try to transport. I like being able to search my books using an actual algorithm, rather than hoping the index and/or table of contents will give me the hooky-hook on finding exactly what I'm looking for. The product is called Thuze, and for the insatiably curious, you can check it out here!
To infinity... And beyooooond!!