Recently there was
an article by Daryl Taft on MS'
aggressive recruiting tactics. In my mind, Microsoft has always been an
excellent recruiter. This is demonstrated by the strength of the many employees
that I am surrounded by that have been here 1,2,4,10,20 years. This past weekend
a friend said to me, "all of the smartest people I know went to Microsoft."
Don Box is always trying
to recruit awesome folks because he likes to be surrounded by people that challenge
him to think in new and innovative ways. He was first to tell me about Glen and
Miguel not being ready YET to join our clique. BTW: Don isn't the only
one, it was my idea to grab Colleen ;).
A thread of discussion
around this topic has abounded. Are we all sell
What, eh, you talking ta me?
What are you calling
me a sellout for? Because I no longer working for a company that produces Java
So, does this mean
I am a sell out because I started programming basic when I was 6 and gave it up for
Pascal when I was in high school; somewhere between high school and college I gave
up Pascal for C; I was forced to do 8086 and ADA in college but never joined either
bandwagon; and my Freshman year at Santa Clara University I did a research paper on
Java and later helped change the curriculum to include it. All of the applications
that I wrote that went into production systems were in C++, but I wouldn't start building
a new app with it today! I helped evangelize and educate folks on CORBA to the
financial, government, and other industries. Am I a sell out for abandoning
Motif? And J2EE, well, I don't think I ever fully jumped on this bandwagon no
matter how much I loved Java.
Guess I am a sell out
for appreciating the innovations of new languages and platforms and wanting to work
with the best in my industry. Well, if you are interested in knowing the reasons
why I joined Microsoft outside of the obvious desire to work closely with great minds
like Don Box, Tim Ewald, and Keith Ballinger, come join me at the PDC this
year. It will all be disclosed.
more information on how to become a Microsoft employee, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/careers/default.aspx
idea is original, what is original is the ability for one to execute and deliver an
Little Love letter
Glen, I thought you were moving to Seattle so that I would have a partner in crime
when going to see so many of the awesome live shows that Seattle has to offer: Wilco, Brandi
Carlile, Interpol, Kinky, Longwave, Nada
Surf, MS Led (oh boy the list is too long).
Has the love affair ended?! Nope! cause we speak WS-* so we will always
get along very well ;) Tell David that I got him his Microsoft Jacket and I need
an address to mail it to. p.s. Congratulations
to you in your new role.