Joining Windows


Big news in DevHawk land: I’ll be taking on a new role in the Windows division after I come back from TechEd Europe (plus a week vacation visiting my bro-in-law in Germany after TechEd).

You guys have heard of Windows, right? They just released a new version recently you might be aware of…Actually, I hear it was your idea!

Seriously, I am stokedto be joining the Windows team. I can’t say much about the new job beyond a) it’s in Windows Client (as opposed to Windows Server) and b) I’m working on a team that’s focused on the Windows developer experience. The Windows team is deep in what you might call “building on teh awesome that is Windows 7” but that they simply call “planning”, so sorry if specifics are kinda sparse. I’ll be back working for Mahesh Prakriya, who originally hired me into my current role on the IronPython team. Someday I might tell you the Mahesh PyCon Lego Story, but for now I’ll just say I was great working for Mahesh the first time and I think this time is going to be even better.

Working on Windows…focused on developer experience…for Mahesh – It’s like the perfect storm of work geekdom for me.

Of course, starting a new job means my time on the IronPython team is coming to an end. As excited as I am about this new opportunity in the Windows division, I’m a little sad to be leaving Developer Division and the IronPython team. I’ve joked with audiences that I care about Python because Microsoft pays me to care about Python, but that’s not completely true. Python is a fantastic language and IronPython’s combination of Python + .NET is hard to beat in my opinion. IronPython has made significant progress while I’ve been here the last eighteen months – two major releases (well, 2.6 is almost done), redisting the Python standard library, Visual Studio 2010 compat – but there’s still much for IronPython to accomplish. And of course, leaving behind such great teammates like Dino, Dave, Jim and Jimmy is ALWAYS hard.

The Windows team is somewhat tighter lipped than the totally transparent approach we use in IronPython. Not to worry, my evangelism skills were part of the reason I got the job so you’ll be hearing plenty from me soon enough. However, my posting here will be kinda sparse until I get my bearings over there. Until then, I’m sure that you will be absolutely fascinated by non-work-related-but-still-sometimes-geeky minutia I post on Twitter.


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