February 18, 2004
@ 04:42 PM

This is here mainly for me to be able to look back on in a few years and for any new readers of my blog who wonder what I actually do at Microsoft.

I am a program manager for the WebData XML team. The WebData team is part of the SQL Server Product Unit and produces the major data access technologies that Microsoft produces including MDAC, MSXML, ADO.NET, System.Xml, ObjectSpaces and the WinFS API.

As a technical program manager I am responsible for the nitty gritty of the design of the classes in the following namespaces in the .NET Framework

Nitty gritty design details means stuff like triaging bug fixes, designing new features or new classes, writing specifications, and interacting with internal & external customers to discover their likes and dislikes about the APIs in question.

 I am also the community lead for the WebData XML team which means I am responsible for things like XML Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program and the upcoming MSDN XML Developer Center. For the MVP program I am the primary point of contact between my team and the Microsoft MVP program and with our MVPs. I am also one of the folks who approves or rejects nominees. As for the developer center, I am the equivalent of what MSDN likes to call a “content strategist“ which basically means I am responsible for the content on the site. For the most part I am also the primary point of contact between my team and MSDN.

If you have any issues or questions related to the aforementioned aspects of my job at Microsoft (e.g. bug reports, feature requests or questions about writing for MSDN)  feel free to ping me on my work email address. If you don't know it you should be able to find it from a minute or two of Googling.  


Wednesday, February 18, 2004 5:59:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I think you forgot a few things, like author of the Extreme XML column (shared with others like Andy Conrad, when you can talk them into writing) and team malcontent (you were sharing this with me).

Michael Brundage
Thursday, February 19, 2004 1:23:09 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

>>I was sharing this with Joshua before he left our team) <<

With what's team is Joshua now?

Slavo Furman
Friday, February 20, 2004 8:44:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi Slavo,

I am in the subscriptions and commerce group of MSN now. I will try to continue blogging about my normal topics such as religion and semantic web, with an occasional work-related post. Dare is absolutely the best person to take over the API work I was doing, and I'm really glad he was able to. And you can bet I will still be involved in XML-related discussion, but now it is even better, because I can sit on the sidelines and make randomizing suggestions without having to take ownership of the issues.
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