Redux?  Yes, that seems to be appropriate.  I think I've done 2 or 3 of these "first post" entries now, but a new endeavor calls for a new First Post for what I'm sure will become the millions of my fans out there. So here we go...

Welcome to my blog!  My name is Irwin Dolobowsky and I've been a Program Manager at Microsoft for 3.5 years now, all within the XML group.  After interning at Microsoft in 2000, I came back to work on SqlXml, which I've owned since about month two of my employment.  Since then I've also had the opportunity to work on various technologies here, including System.Xml and the SOAP Toolkit.  My latest gig is this place - I've now taken ownership of the MSDN XML Developer Center from Dare.  Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

What can you expect out of my blog?  Well, I must admit my knowledge of all things XML is not nearly as extensive as my predecessor, but I think I can hold my own.  Expect to hear about what the latest out of the XML team is here at Microsoft as well as comments and pointers on whatever pops up on my XML Radar (which is actually RSS Bandit and a Search Folder searching titles, but it works quite well).  I've also have some ideas on how to update this Developer Center to make it more dynamic and a one-stop shop for all XML related info at Microsoft.  If you're curious, the following are a list of items I'd like to change here:

  • Bring out the MVP's - I love these folks.  I always enjoy meeting up with them at conferences or chatting with them over MSN Messenger.  They're out there championing our technologies every day.  I want to let everyone know who they are and what they do!  Other Dev Centers have the MVP of the month, links to blogs, latest posts from them, etc.  Well, so too shall the XML Developer Center
  • Bring out the Team - My goal is to walk around the office here and poke some folks with a stick to get them to start up (or post to existing) blogs and newsgroups.  We've got some brilliant folks here, and while we many not always have the most intellectual conversations, a lot of the time we do.  A number of people here are already blogging, but you have to find them! We'll make that easier.
  • The Latest and Greatest - Releases, Newsgroup Postings, KB articles.  These are dynamic things and to keep track of all of them requires visits to several sites and applications.  Instead, come here to see what the latest happenings are and decide what you want to drill down into.

You'll see some other changes as well, perhaps a few tweaks to site layout and organization.  I've gotten a few comments already, but if you have more feedback for me on the above or anything about the Dev Center, please drop me a line.  I look forward to hearing from you!  And now, off to play a little Halo 2...