I was at a MSFT event for the last 2 days on future VS.NET / .NET FX stuff (I’ll avoid the pre-MSFT-Scoble-esque Longhorn-rocks-but-I-can’t-talk-about-it-because-it’s-NDA posts). I ran into a bunch of Software Legends who all knew me.
- Don Box, who made a big deal of remembering my name.
- Chris Sells, who knew me from my Messenger.NET stuff I built on his imcli classes.
- Jeffrey Richter, who doesn’t work for MSFT like Chris and Don, but has been consulting w/ the VS.NET team since early in the .NET FX dev cycle. I took an early class on .NET (Dec 2000) from Jeff.
This is part of why I love working for MSFT. You add Paul DiLascia (author of Windows++) to that mix and you would have the core group of authors that helped me learn Win32, MFC, COM and ATL. I doubt my previous jobs would have afforded me this opportunity.