• DaveDev

    Today is my last day at Microsoft

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    After over six years I have decided to move on from Microsoft.  I joined in May 2007 just one month before the launch of the iPhone.  Our industry has changed so much during that time and I feel honored to have taken some small part in it.  When I sat down to write this post there were many topics I thought about covering but in the end it was the people I met that made the journey so worthwhile.  This post is for you.  In no particular order...

    Joe, Joe and Asli - you taught me how I can work hard and still play hard.  I'll never forget MIX, Chicago and AC.

    Harry - for helping me remember that little kid from Toms River I was who thought he could change the world.  I had forgotten him.  You taught me that true leaders stand alone.

    Ian and Jit - for making me believe again that technical excellence was valued.  I never enjoyed ramping up on new platforms as much as when I had you guys with me. 

    Jim - we've known each other for so long you already know how much I admire you.  Hammock up!

    Hong - for being the other half of the perfect partner team.  We drove huge wins and it was so much fun together on Xbox Apps. 

    Dani - We have a bond that was formed in the trenches of hours on the road together and hardened with faith.  I'm looking forward to many more burrito lunches.

    Tara and Lindsay - My sisters in DPE! I'm constantly amazed at your understanding and ability to connect with students.  Keep believing in yourself there is nothing you can't do.  

    Andrew, Brian, Chris, Jim, Joe, Peter and Rachel - we grew up as TE's together before people even knew what Twitter was.  No matter how much change came along you guys were the anchors and we always had each other’s backs.  Never let the experiences and lessons we've learned fade away from the team. 

    Nora, Viv, Andrea, Rebecca, Niels, Erin, Susan, and Connie - we had so many great ideas, not all of them made it through, but you made the ride worthwhile!  I couldn't have asked for a better marketing team.

    Dan, Jim, Bill, Carlos, Bob, Scott and Mark - for creating such a fun place to work and helping me realize how much I love being a technical evangelist.

    Brett - for being the best example of what a manager could be.  You helped strengthen my belief in my career and to never stop growing.  Even if that means taking a different path than I thought I would.

    Jesse - You’re one of the brightest and charismatic people I know.  You've kept me sane.  It brings a smile to my face to see what a great Evangelist you have turned into. 

    Bill and Rob - I've learned a ton about community from you guys.  Thank you for always being there and supporting me. 

    Fellow TE's - I was involved in so many of you coming to Microsoft and know how amazing you all are.  Never underestimate the impact of what you do.  You make a difference every day in the lives of developers.

    I've almost certainly left others out you know who you are.  Please reach out to me or on my new Blog if you ever want to catch up.

    As to what's next?  People leave companies for a variety of reasons and my story is no different.  Microsoft is an amazing company with some of the best people I've ever worked with.  The direction it has set up for itself will only solidify its place in the future.   For me it was time to take the next step in my career, doing the job I love, with an even bigger opportunity for impact.  I want to thank the communities I’ve been a part of, the people I’ve worked side by side with, and the leadership team that’s supported me through my career.  I’m not going to say goodbye because I know we will all run into each other again.

    -Dave

  • DaveDev

    Learn The Cloud. Make A Difference. @home with Windows Azure

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    Via my teammate Peter Laudati

    How does learning about cloud computing while contributing to scientific research sound to you? Join us for @home with Windows Azure to get a solid understanding of the Windows Azure platform while giving back to a very deserving cause.

    Learn the Cloud @home

    What is @home with Windows Azure?

    Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where you can kick the tires and run an application in the cloud 24x7, cost-free. Why not use that free compute time to give back to a deserving cause?  The @home with Windows Azure project is an online activity where you use those 90-days of free compute time (or your MSDN Subscriber benefits) to contribute to Stanford University’s Folding@home distributed computing project.

    The Folding@home project helps scientists provide insight into the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow disease, ALS, and some cancer-related syndromes, by running protein folding simulations on thousands of machines world wide.

    You will deploy Stanford’s Folding@home application to Windows Azure, where it will execute protein folding simulations in the cloud, thus contributing to the research effort. In essence, your participation is a donation of your free compute time to the Folding@home project!

    Get Started

    It’s easy to get started in 4 quick steps. The @home with Windows Azure site has a series of short, easy to follow along to, screencasts that walk you through deploying Folding@home to the cloud!

    Learn The Cloud

    Want to go deeper? Join the @home team for a live webcast or catch one of their recordings on demand to learn more about Windows Azure, including: compute & storage services, debugging in the cloud, and patterns for achieving scale.

    Make A Difference

    In addition to directly contributing CPU cycles to the Folding@home project, from the start of March 2012, Microsoft is donating $10 (up to a maximum of $5000) to Stanford’s Pande Lab for everyone that participates!

    See Your Impact

    You can see your impact by visiting the detailed World Stats page on the @home with Windows Azure site.  For example, to date, over 6,300 VMs have contributed over 3.5 million compute hours!!!

    Learn more about the project and join in at the project’s website: http://distributedcomputing.cloudapp.net

  • DaveDev

    MIX08 is sold out!

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    Mix

    Mix08 is sold out!  Official announcement here.  I am lucky enough this year to be attending in person (and it is also my first time to Vegas).  Shoot me an e-mail if you will be out there as well and would like to meet up.

    For those of you who cannot attend in person most of the sessions will be posted online like at previous Mix events.  This is one of the best resources on the web and I highly encourage you to check it out.  There are some really great ones on Silverlight, WPF and Expression.

    The search is pretty good too, typing in "Silverlight" will give you a bunch of good sessions.

    Check it out here.

    See you at MIX!

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  • DaveDev

    Even developers and designers are not immune to this economic downtown - Microsoft wants to help.

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    Internally at Microsoft there has been talk about how we can help developers and designers in this economy. The beginning of those efforts is now launching with ThriveDev a website dedicated to offering FREE resources on training, certifications, videos, as well as job posting and integrating with your local developer community.

    “ Although the economic news is looking a little brighter, we know it’s still tough out there…. to help Microsoft has put together Thrive -  a website all about helping you survive the recession and manage their careers in this tough economy.  Thrive pulls together a ton of great resources to help you learn new tasks faster, get access to discounted training, and certification and connect you with your local community. Thrive has lots of interesting insights from members of our own developer community who are sharing their stories and advice about what they are doing to manage their career in the downturn. “

    Some great upcoming features include:

    • .NET Rocks “Development in a Downturn” podcast series – 10 part podcast series focusing on developers in the community sharing their stories of how they have handled the recession, what they have learned and advice they have to share to others based on their personal experiences
    • Step by step resources to help you ramp quickly on new tasks. We’re being asked to take on more with fewer resources and limited training, these step  by step scenarios help save time and money.
    • How to be a better Developer” series – everything from community MVP’s weighing in with their advice, to how to leverage social networks to benefit your career, to “Driving your Career Forward” , a  32 part screen cast series on how to develop key soft skills that can help you be more successful on the job.
    • Job search functionality on thousands of development job openings across the country
    • Industry resources and articles on how to land a job; including a 4 part webcast series on “Getting a Development Job in the Current Economy” 
    • Community Connection to find local developer events and user groups

    Be sure to stop on by and check it out as well as letting us know if there is anything you'd like to see on the site.

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