One of the beautiful things about being the Editor-in-Chief at TheServerSide.NET was that I got the opportunity to sit down and interview all these interesting and fascinating folks, and one my favorite interviews was the one I did with Ward Cunningham, which just went live on TheServerSide.NET. Ward’s a very approachable and down-to-earth guy, a quality I highly respect in somebody who is so respected within the industry.
(And yes, by the way, Ward DOES work at Microsoft now. His reasons for doing so are… well, just pretty typical of his personality:
Me: We know a little bit of who you are, you are Ward Cunningham but what do you do at Microsoft? What are you part of, which group and what is your job here?
Ward:At Microsoft I am an architect in the Patterns and Practices Group. I had consulted to Microsoft on a patterns project and I was impressed that they were investing money in organizing and harvesting patterns. They said "Why don’t you come and join us" and I said "Well that will be different." It was just at the right time to try something different.
Gotta love a guy who ups and takes on a full-time role with The Borg just to do something "different". 🙂 )
Meantime, there were a bunch of other interviews I did that are available for your viewing pleasure on the site, as well:
Rocky Lhotka (whom I just hung out with last night in Sacramento as he came to speak at the Sacramento .NET User’s Group on his CSLA.NET framework–more on that in a future post, there’s some interesting concepts there)
Bryan Keller, the PM for J# and JLCA, whom I interviewed about a week after the April 2nd Microsoft-Sun agreement went live and we were both still kind of in shock over it….
Bryan Harry, who’s involved with Team Studio now but is most famous (infamous?) for having been the principal involved in creating Visual Source Safe (which, despite the bad rep it’s been given, was a pretty cool product back in its day)
Keith Ballinger, Lord of All Things WSE up until a few weeks ago, but still has one of the better Web services books on the market…
Billy Hollis, another extremely down-to-earth guy and a great person to hang out with, as I do at the patterns&practices Summits…
Keith Short, whose book "Software Factories" I’m thoroughly enjoying right now….
Doug Purdy and this Other Guy Who Just Happened To Show Up When He Heard That I Was Going To Interview Doug….
Jim Miller, one of the CLR Architects and quite possibly one of the brightest (and humblest) guys I’ve ever met…
Harry Pierson, who runs the Architecture DevCenter on MSDN and is a blast to hang out with around small race cars at TechEd….
Lori Lamkin and Chris Lucas were two fun interviews for me to do, because they were about Team System prior to its announcement; Prashant, the PM in charge of Team System, gave me the OK to interview them ahead of time and release the interviews on the day (literally on the minute) that he announced it at TechEd. I loved that. 🙂
There’s a few more coming that I won’t tell you about (oooh, the suspense), but they were with people of similar stature and interest to those in the .NET (and maybe a few even to the Java) community. Don’t want to keep checking the site? There’s this little "XML" icon on every TSS.NET (and TSS.com) page that links to an RSS feed, and since you’re here, you probably already know that that means…. 😉
In the meantime, for those who hadn’t heard, TSS.NET and TSS.com are now property of TechTarget, and The Middleware Company has been effectively dissolved as a result. Looks to be another interesting new chapter in the life story of TheServerSide…. Good luck to Floyd and the others in their new home….