Not long ago I had a question about some accessories for my telescope.  I called up Tele Vue, one of the premier makers of eyepieces and telescopes in the amateur astronomy market.  I told the lady who answered the phone that I had some questions, and she routed me to someone in the back office.  He answered my question, but something he said made me realize I was probably talking with Al Nagler, the founder, owner, & optical designer for Tele Vue.  I asked and he confirmed it was indeed him.

After I thanked him and hung up the phone, it occurred to me that you would never be able to call Microsoft and talk to Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer if you had a question about or a problem with a Microsoft product.  Of course, Microsoft is a huge company, but then again you can't exactly just call up the development team for a product if you have an issue either -- you can get through to us via the website, calling PSS, etc. but historically the access between the product teams & customers (especially individual customers as opposed to big corporations) is nothing like my experience calling up "Uncle Al" at Tele Vue.  My blog probably won't change that, but hopefully I can do a little to help users of Visual Studio learn more about the solution & project systems and hopefully learn a lot myself about the issues people run into.  (We do of course work closely with PSS to understand customer issues but it's never the same as direct contact.)

I'm what's called a "development lead" on the Visual Studio Core team, which in Microsoft lingo means I manage a team of programmers.  (If I was really a bigwig I'd have "manager" someplace in my title.)  Among the things our team owns are the parts of Visual Studio that deal with solutions (the code that manages those .sln and .suo files) as well as key pieces of the project systems for VB, VC#, and VJ# (it's actually more complicated than that, but that's the general idea).  We're also working on some really cool "secret projects" that I'll tell you about later on when the time is right.

Alas, I'm now leaving for a week-long vacation in Minnesota, so you'll not hear from me until after the 4th.

Thanks for stopping by, and clear skies. -Chris