Friday, 25 July 2008

I started my career when I was still in university. I started a company named Sitechno that did webapplications and custom solutions. The last few years, I’ve been hired as a consultant on some big projects.
The role I was given on my last project, allowed me to do some crazy cool stuff, using nHibernate and winforms. I was able to push WCF, WF and WPF into a big client/server application, and had great success with it. We reformed a monolithic data-oriented application into a domain-oriented loosely coupled application.

It’s easy enough to find new projects, but the market for the cutting edge technologies is not very big ;-)

When I was asked to join Microsoft, my main attraction to the offer was the opportunity to work on cutting edge technology with a group of passionate people. When I talked Microsofties on the Redmond campus, it became clear that they could certainly offer just that.

I was torn between working on EF (which, I’ve been very involved with lately) and on Silverlight.
In the end, Silverlight won, because I strongly believe it to be the strongest contender in the client space, there is an interesting ‘war’ going on right now, and I have really enjoyed working with the WPF-framework in the past. I was torn by the decision because whatever choice I made, I knew that a great opportunity would be lost.

We will be heading to Vancouver, Canada in September and I will work for Microsoft Canada for a year. After that, I will be allowed to work in the U.S.A. and we will move to Redmond.

You can not believe how excited I am about this opportunity. I will be working for Shawn Burke on Silverlight Controls. I’m not sure yet who else is working on the team, but I believe/hope I’ll be working with David, Ted, Kirti and Jeff.

As for EFContrib: although I’m dedicated to it, I’m having a hard time finding the time to work on it. Also, since version 2.0 of EF will feature some nice Poco capabilities. So, I’m not sure if people are waiting for the solution. It would be nice to make it work with SL though! So, if I find the time, or get lots of mail of people wanting me to finish it properly, I’ll work on it some more.

Friday, 25 July 2008 10:33:28 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats man!
I am so jealous! :-)
Friday, 25 July 2008 10:35:35 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Great news Ruurd,

I wish you good luck in Redmond, and don't forget to post regularly. There are still a lot of people who like to read about cutting edge technologies.
Friday, 25 July 2008 10:59:55 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Good luck, Ruurd!

I hope you will be a PostSharp trojan horse ;).
Friday, 25 July 2008 17:48:15 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats, Ruurd!

But I'm sorry you won't be working with the Entity Framework team. They need all the help they can get.

Friday, 25 July 2008 19:53:32 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Hey, great news Ruurd! :-)
Julia Lerman
Saturday, 26 July 2008 18:28:45 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Gefeliciteerd :-)
Sunday, 27 July 2008 08:53:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Congratulations Ruurd! Looking forwards to seeing your contributions :)
Monday, 28 July 2008 10:16:33 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Gefeliciteerd! Good luck at Microsoft and please provide us with great Silverlight controls so we will be able to move internet applications to the next level.
Monday, 28 July 2008 13:31:24 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks all! I'm really forward to it..
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