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Give Us A Break

Posted by editor on November 19, 2007 at 8:27 AM PST

Short week for US members

One of the long-standing in-house rules that I observe for the editorial side of the site is something that Daniel Steinberg was doing as the original editor of the site, and that is that we don't shut down for U.S.-only holidays. One of them, Thanksgiving, is this coming Thursday, and despite that, you can still look forward to a regularly updated page that day, as well as Friday, the unofficial "Black Friday" shopping holiday. Of course, for the latter, I'll have to pre-load the page so we can get in the car and head to Fry's and Discover Mills at 7 in the morning.

But that's really neither here nor there. My point is that with a lot of people in the U.S. taking the whole week off -- I got an "I'm on vacation" auto-reply from Chet Haase this morning -- things may be a little slower than usual this week in terms of the usual activity of blogging, committing code, posting to forums, etc.

Of course, that leads me to wonder: how many people are going to come back from this break only to face a December crunch to deliver projects by the end of the year? In our industry, crunch times are more often forced by arbitrary deadlines or trade-shows, more so than calendar milestones like the end of the year. Yet I can remember a lot of late-year programming crunches that cut into end-of-the-year activities.

So how about you? Are you pushing to finish a project by the end of 2008, or will the next few weeks be pretty typical?

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