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  • The CMS ecosystem and Microsoft

    CMS is extremely important strategically for any web company. About 35% of web sites use a CMS, and the top ones are all PHP (WordPress on its own is more than 20% of all web sites). In other words, if you care about the market share of your web platform, you need a good CMS running on it. Before I left Microsoft, I was working on Orchard . I’m one of the people who founded and built it, from within the ASP.NET team, with great support from management, even after I left the company. Today, the team has one engineer working full-time on the platform, and that’s marvelous. It’s not just any engineer either, it’s Sébastien Ros , one of the best developers I know. Microsoft is one of the main sponsors of the Harvest conference , and they also use...


  • TypeScript first impressions

    Anders published a video of his new project today , which aims at creating a superset of JavaScript, that compiles down to regular current JavaScript. Anders is a tremendously clever guy, and it always shows in his work. There is much to like in the enterprise (good code completion, refactoring and adoption of the module pattern instead of namespaces to name three), but a few things made me rise an eyebrow. First, there is no mention of CoffeeScript or Dart , but he does talk briefly about Script# and GWT . This is probably because the target audience seems to be the same as the audience for the latter two, i.e. developers who are more comfortable with statically-typed languages such as C# and Java than dynamic languages such as JavaScript....


  • Leaving the Evil Empire

    TL;DR: I’m leaving Microsoft to found my own company . My involvement in Orchard continues unchanged. It’s been almost nine years. Nine years at Microsoft, first as a developer, and then as a program manager. I’ve worked on ASP.NET versions 2.0 to 4.0, ASP.NET Ajax, Ajax Control Toolkit, then on integrating jQuery into the Microsoft developer’s toolbox, and of course, on Orchard. I’ve made mistakes, errors of judgment, but I like to think I’ve learned a lot along the way, that my blog has helped many who were learning or struggling with the technology, and that I’ve built a few really cool things. Most of all, I’ve changed. When I got hired by Scott Guthrie et al. , Microsoft was for me the Mecca of software development, the place where the...


  • Visual Studio 11 Beta in Context

    Today Visual Studio 11 Beta is released and available for download. Don't want to read a big blog post? Phooey on you then! ;) Visual Studio 11 Beta & .NET 4.5 Beta Announcement by Jason Zander + Downloads Windows 8 Consumer Preview Announcement by Steven Sinofsky + Download Made it this far? OK, cool. I wanted to do a post that would not only point you to a bunch of other resources, but more generally answer the obvious questions. The questions that I asked before I went to work for Microsoft four years ago. I always ask: What's changed, and why should I care? "One ASP.NET" One of the things that the fellows and I are working on that will be more obvious  after the beta and even a little after the final release is...


  • About Orchard Governance and Microsoft

    Back in September, we did something with Orchard that is kind of a big deal: we transferred control over the Orchard project to the community. Most Open Source projects that were initiated by corporations such as Microsoft are nowadays still governed by that corporation. They may have an open license, they may take patches and contributions, they may have given the copyright to some non-profit foundation, but for all practical purposes, it’s still that corporation that controls the project and makes the big decisions. That wasn’t what we wanted for Orchard. We wanted to trust the community completely to do what’s best for the project. This is why we organized elections for our new Steering Committee and had five members elected. Anyone who had...


  • Last Day at Microsoft

    Well, as I wrote before , today is my last day at Microsoft. Last night we had our office Holiday party in the observation deck and lounge of the Space Needle. The party was just fantastic and we were lucky to have a nice clear evening with spectacular views. What a great way to go! I had a brief exit interview where I handed over my badge with an air of finality. However, I am still an employee until midnight tonight. So it’s not so final just yet. Which is a good thing as the NuGet team is working to deploy the new NuGet.org gallery tonight if all goes well. Once that’s been up for a few days and we’re comfortable with it being stable, we’ll release NuGet 1.6. In the meanwhile, my office has been razed of all the good equipment including my...


  • New ASP.NET website launched

    A few weeks ago we introduced a beta of a freshly designed http://asp.net website. Today we launched it. Jon , myself, and the team that manages the site took lots of your feedback (lots from the comments of the Beta Blog Post ) and did our best to incorporate as much as we could. This is just the start, and we've got lots of plans for the future including responsive design, more text content, localization, more HTML 5, HD Video, closed captioning and lots more. It is a big site with a thousands and thousands of pages. However, a lot of those pages were hard to find. We're continuing to try to folks what they need in fewer clicks. There's new content for people getting started , including " choosing a technology " videos...


  • Four Years At Microsoft

    Today, October 15 2011, marks four years of being a Microsoft employee for me. As such, it’s time for a little introspection, but in many ways, Tim Heuer already introspected for me . Much of what he writes echoes my own experience, thus leaving me with less to write about. It’s the Microsoft way, or the highway. Which is conveniently located near Microsoft Way. - Photo by Todd Bishop , CC BY 2.0 Looking back in my archives, I realized I haven’t written a whole lot about what it’s like to work here. I do have a few posts such as… My announcement about being hired . I was really floored by the number of folks who commented (112) to wish me well. Thank you! Not long after, I blogged about drinking from the firehose . I blogged again at the one...


  • Mix 11 - Web Platform and Tools Keynote Demo Script

    It's Day 1 of the Mix 11 conference here in Las Vegas. I work for the Web Platform and Tools (that's ASP.NET, IIS, IIS Media, etc) group and I did the Web Platform demos for Scott Guthrie's part of the keynote. A lot of people in Dev and QA worked hard all year long to make some fun and cool products and as the designated "talking head," I had just 16 minutes to make all of them (people + products) look good. I hope I did them all justice. We built a backend and a front end for Rob and my sie http://www.thisdeveloperslife.com . The show is something Rob Conery and I do moonlighting on the side (it's our hobby, not our job nor a Microsoft thing) but we needed a new site and this was a fun idea since we built the original...


  • Want to work on datajs?

    A colleague of mine from the Data and Modeling Group mentioned that they have a new senior developer position open working on their new datajs project. This developer would be responsible for defining how modern web and mobile applications use and interact with data on JavaScript platforms. We deal with and work on defining a number of standards including HTML5’s IndexedDB and OData, as well as provide a new set of end-to-end experiences for accessing, managing, and storing data in JS. What’s interesting to me is that datajs appears to be an open source project under the MIT license ! From its description on the datajs CodePlex page , datajs is a new cross-browser JavaScript library that enables data-centric web applications by leveraging modern...


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