Hi. My name is Mike Sampson and I'm a developer here at Microsoft on the VB team and I work on deployment. Specifically, I work on Setup and Deployment projects (MSI's, Cab files, and MSMs) as well as the cool new web-ish ClickOnce deployment. In VB, we work on the tool side of ClickOnce rather than the runtime but I'm going to try and shed some light on that part of ClickOnce as well. Also, I'm going to work to extole the virtues of our cool Generic Bootstrapper to help install prerequisites for your ClickOnce or MSI app. But enought about the technology, here's a little about me:
I was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia about 22 years ago. My parent still live there and so did I until I went off to college at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. While there, I got my Computer Science degree with a minor in Japanese (I even spent a semester in Japan). I also did 2 interships at Microsoft on the Visual Basic team, my first as a SDE in test and my second as an SDE in development. After graduation, I moved to Bellevue, Washington and started full-time at Microsoft as an SDE on, you guessed it, the Visual Basic team. I've been at that for almost a year now and I love it. Hopefully, I can share some of the wisdom that I've gained here on this blog. I look forward to blogging!