While I will continue to write for O’Reilly, I did want to let you know that on July 9, 2007, I will begin my new job as “Senior Program Manager” in the Silverlight Development group at Microsoft; working on “building Developer Community.” (My goal is to do for Silverlight some of what Joe Stagner has done for ASP.NET and AJAX and a host of other technologies).
That said, it is my hope that I can remain a reasonably objective and informative voice about this new technology in my writing for O’Reilly. After all, I took this position because of my enthusiasm about Silverlight (and not the other way around), but of course, as a Microsoft employee my opinions and comments must be weighed somewhat differently (where’s that Kool-Aid?). Fortunately, my job is to make Silverlight understandable and usable; not to convince you it is desirable.
In any case, this is my first “real job” in 12 years, so it will be very exciting and consuming, and I will try to document at least some of it in this blog.
The folks I’ve met in and around the Silverlight team are quite extraordinary; and to tell you the truth, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been offered this position. (Actually, to really tell you the truth, I can’t believe they did give me this job, and maybe you want to check back mid-July to see if they woke up and decided it was all a hideous mistake!)
As part of my job, I will be creating new avenues of communication about Silverlight, both here, and of course through sites and portals and who-knows-what-else at Microsoft. Stay tuned… much to come very quickly, I suspect.