It's been a while since I've written in my blog, primarily because I finally went on vacation and then went straight from Jackson Hole to the Visual Basic User Group Tour in Asia. Matt Gertz and I visited Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in 6 days. Yes, that's right 4 hotels in 6 days and 15 presentations in 5 days. It was, however, pretty energizing because we had a chance to meet with a number of different users and just missed getting hit by the typhoon that rolled through Japan.
I'll write more about that later, but I wanted to quickly blog about a job opening associated with VB. Duncan Mackenzie, whom many of you know as the MSDN face of Visual Basic, has decided to move positions within Microsoft. We're going to miss Duncan, who has done a fantastic job as the content strategist for the developer center, but congratulate him on the move and on the new addition. However, that does mean that we need a new content strategist for Visual Basic. Matt Powell has posted the job description here and answered a few questions, but to copy the description:
MSDN is looking for a Content Strategist for the Visual Basic Developer Center - a site on MSDN Online dedicated to all things related to Visual Basic. The subject matter expert acts as the public face of MSDN for the subject area to both external and internal customers, and leads the content planning and development for the developer center. As content strategist, planner, and writer, the SME must partner deeply with the product teams to understand the technology and the overall developer strategy.
Major responsibilities include:
· Coordinating with the product and marketing teams to produce a content plan on an ongoing basis
· Commission, review, and acquire content
· Manage ongoing review of content and the appropriate archiving of old content
· Working with site management on publication schedules, headlines, hot topics, featured books, and other content features
· Participating in the community by being actively engaged in the newsgroups and listsrvs; attending appropriate conferences and tradeshows as the MSDN representative; and responding, or coordinating responses, to technical questions directly from customers (ex: via feedback from the Web site)
· Act as a major stakeholder with regard to future site features, improvements, and evolution.
Required skills include a deep technical knowledge of historical, current, and future software security issues, the Visual Basic (.NET) programming language and other .NET languages, the Visual Studio environment; a clear understanding of Microsoft's direction and strategy; ability to work in a rapidly changing environment; solid coding and writing skills; ability to assess content for quality and customer value; proven ability to work across organizations to align goals and execute against them; and an intense passion for and knowledge of the Microsoft developer.
Details for applying are on Matt's site.