Fabulous Adventures In Coding
Eric Lippert is a principal developer on the C# compiler team. Learn more about Eric.
Tomorrow, the 30th of November, 2012, is the first day of my fifth decade here on Earth, and my last day at Microsoft. (*)
I've been working at Microsoft full-time since 1996 and had two years of internships before that. Microsoft is an awesome company. We do great work here: work that changes the way people interact with information in a fundamental way. And I in particular, have had the pleasure and the privilege to work on technologies that change how developers like me get their jobs done. There is no place doing better work on the design and implementation of real-world, production-strength programming languages that ship to millions of developers.
A number of those developers read this very blog, which I've been writing for nine years now. Sharing my fabulous adventures in coding with you all has been one of the most enjoyable parts of this job. I mean to continue writing it, but unfortunately, Microsoft's (entirely sensible) policy is that only full time employees get to post to MSDN blogs. I am therefore, effective right now, moving my blog to ericlippert.com. Please subscribe to the RSS feed, which is at http://ericlippert.com/feed/. (**)
I also intend to finally start "tweeting" occasionally; if you haven't already, please follow me on Twitter where I am @ericlippert.
A number of people have asked me what motivated this decision. Of course any life decision of this magnitude has a lot of reasons behind it, but the biggest one is simply: I've been here for 40% of my entire life, I've been feeling for some time that it would be good to take on a new challenge, and an opportunity has arisen that is tailor-made to my skills and interests. I'll describe that new opportunity in the first post on my new blog. As you'll see, I am very pleased that it will still involve supporting the C# development community, just in a different way.
Were I to try to make a list of current and erstwhile coworkers to thank it would be extremely long and I would undoubtedly embarrass myself by omitting someone. I've had the opportunity to learn about programming languages and developer tools from literally hundreds of developers, testers, writers, editors, program managers, managers, mentors, architects, distinguished engineers and at least a couple of technical fellows. (***) Thank you all; I hope to continue to work with you in the future.
And thanks to you all, who have been reading this blog these past nine years. Your comments, praise and always constructive criticism have helped me learn what customers need and helped everyone here shape C# into the amazing tool it is today. I hope we can continue sharing this adventure; see you at ericlippert.com.
UPDATE: Holy goodness, the outpouring here, on the new blog, on reddit, hacker news and twitter of both well-wishing and FUD is delightful for the former and distressing for the latter.
Regarding the former: thank you all for your kind thoughts; I appreciate it very much.
To dispel some of the rumours that are floating around regarding the latter:
(1) C#, Roslyn and .NET in general are doing fine; rumours of their deaths are greatly exaggerated. I certainly would not go to work on yet another C# static analyzer if I did not think there was a bright future to all of them, and to the Microsoft ecosystem in general. The C# language is in good hands; Anders and Mads are still deeply engaged in that process, and I am just one (albeit highly visible) member of a kick-ass team of dozens of people who are building Roslyn. I am leaving it in excellent hands and in excellent shape.
(2) As I said, this was a personal decision based on many factors; the main factor was a desire to pursue a new set of challenges that use my existing skill set. I certainly was not fired, and I look forward to having a close working relationship with the C# team in the future.
(3) The first day of my first decade was the day I was born. So tomorrow being the first day of my fifth decade makes me 40, not 50.
Thank you again for your kind thoughts.
(*) That timing is not coincidental.
(**) Since I will no longer have the ability to reply to comments, they are shut off as of now. If you have comments, please leave them on the new blog. Thanks!
(***) The most hilarious job title at Microsoft as far as I'm concerned.
I'd write a long goodbye and describe all the ways in which your work at Microsoft over the years, and in particular your blogging here, have enriched us all, but I've got to go short Microsoft's stock first. Thanks for all the incredible work. And best of luck with all your new Fabulous Adventures.
You're turning 40, correct? Because of course your first decade of life started the day you were born, so naturally... However, granted that you're a computer scientist, you might consider the first ten years of your life to have been your zeroeth decade, meaning that you just turned 50.
Regardless, happy birthday, thanks for all your amazing work and writings while at Microsoft, and I look forward to the new goodies at ericlippert.com!
I'm assuming there's so few comments so far because everyone is speechless...
Good luck Eric - it always makes me smile a little when I see a little (1) appear next to Fabulous Adventures in Google Reader. I'm not sure whether I smile more when I do understand the post, or when I don't! Reading them is a pleasure both for themselves and for the warm feeling that the future of C# is rosy. I guess I'll still get the warm feeling at the new place, and will just have to hope that you've left C# in safe hands (I'm sure you have).
Will you move the posts in this blog to the new one?
Eric - Best wishes to you, although I'm sure you won't need luck to be successful wherever you're going next. We'll miss your keen insights and pithy prose on this blog! I hope this blog can be archived somewhere for long term access -there's a lot of wisdom and insight here that should be preserved.
C# has always been my favorite. Good luck with your next career move, I can't wait to see what becomes of it
Wish you the best of luck.
Good luck, I'll be following you on your new blog :)
Best of Luck Eric
with your new home, where it is.
Thank you, and good luck!
What are you gonna do now?
Good luck Eric. I hope your new role will be satisfying.
This makes me even more worried about the future of C# as a language, however. Anders, Mads, and other C# team members have moved to TypeScript, and now you're leaving before Roslyn is even complete. Is C# a sinking ship at Microsoft or is this just a big coincidence?