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September, 2005

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Who is Adam Nathan?

I'm not Adam Nathan the actor, although I did make an uncredited appearance as a "close-up extra" in the 1988 flop known as Tiger Warsaw because it was filmed in my home town.  (In fact, the Buhl Mansion mentioned on IMDb is where I got married!)

I'm also not Adam Nathan the pop star, because although I tried out for American Idol, I didn't make the cut. :)

Instead, I'm Adam Nathan the Software Design Engineer at Microsoft.  I'm created the prototype for what has become Microsoft Popfly, and am still on the team, loving every minute of it!  Prior to that, I was a member of the Common Language Runtime team for 6 years, so I got the privilege of being at the core of .NET technologies since the very beginning.

I'm the author of WPF Unleashed.NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide, plus a co-author of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code, and a contributor to .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Vol. 2.  I'm currently working on a new book, so stay tuned!

I'm also the creator of and its Visual Studio add-in, an online community-driven repository of PInvoke signatures that helps developers migrate to managed code.  I've also created the CLR SPY tool that opens the lid of the Common Language Runtime "black box" and enables developers to find and diagnose bugs in their managed code.  I've also recently put together, a wiki meant for sharing XAML samples.

I'm a regular speaker on the topic of managed code, interoperability, and WinFX.  I graduated from Cornell University with an honors B.S. degree in Computer Science.

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    ...was a parody video with Napoleon Dynamite and Bill Gates. It's too bad it couldn't be broadcast, because it was very funny! But Joshua Trupin has a blurry photo of it on his blog. Maybe there are more out there... Other highlights from Bill's part...
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    Light up on Windows Vista: The "Top 10" List

    PDC attendees got a "top 10" poster, but the details are now live on MSDN: " 10 things you can do to make your application shine when it runs on Windows Vista ." They are, in no particular order: 1. Follow the Windows Vista style guidelines 2. Enrich...
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    The artwork of PDCs through the years

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    XAML *Video* Playing Cards

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    There goes my dream of being a rock star...

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    Where I'll be @ PDC

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    SLAR v2 is out!

    Volume 2 of the book that Brad affectionately calls the "SLAR" has been published ! He stopped by my office with a copy last week (since I contributed some annotations to it). It looks like a great book! Congratulations, Brad!
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