Making the Grade



Making the Grade


By David Riggs


My wife Beth is a fourth-grade teacher at a local elementary school. The end of the school year always brings a mixture of joy and sadness as Beth says farewell to her little charges; sad to see (most of) the kids move on to a new grade, but proud of the growth she has helped to foster. And don t forget about the joy of summer break. But before she can pack her bags for the beach, Beth must get through a final Report Card Weekend.


Three times a year we endure Report Card Weekend. I say we because Beth must hunker down to calculate her students grades and provide insightful comments regarding their academic and social development, and the rest of the house must provide the requisite leeway and peace and quiet for her to accomplish her mission. Sometimes an assessment is simply a matter of averaging test scores; other times it can be more subjective. In every instance, it is a contemplative exercise not to be taken lightly.


This concept of report cards got me thinking: How are we doing at asp.netPRO? Are we making the grade? Are we fostering your growth as a developer?


Many of you renew your subscriptions, so I guess I can take that as a sign that we are providing what you need. And I used to get e-mail about The Language War, but I assume our efforts in recent months to provide code samples and downloads in both C# and VB.NET, when appropriate, precludes the need for any more correspondence regarding that matter.


But I d rather not guess or assume. We publish technical how-to articles, product and book reviews, product announcements, and opinion pieces. How does this content jibe with your everyday use? Is it too easy? Too difficult? Is the content germane to the kind of work you do? Do you get your issues in a timely manner? Is our Web site easy to navigate? Do you like the magazine covers? Is the layout easy to follow? You get the idea.


At asp.netPRO we value your perspective and opinions. Be objective. Be subjective if need be. I welcome your feedback and constructive criticism regarding every aspect of how we serve you, from content to customer service to the Web site. What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong? Write to me we won t know if you don t tell us.


I believe this kind of communication is key to fostering our growth as a teaching tool. Let me know what you re thinking. Your feedback is invaluable in our efforts to provide the best magazine we can every month.


Thanks for reading.


David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].



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