I used to blog extensively at http://developingfor.net, primarily about .NET topics but occasionally others. Strangely enough, I hardly ever blogged about Microsoft Expression Blend (the topic I’m best known for), mostly because I had other outlets for that information. I essentially quit blogging when I began writing my book, Expression Blend in Action: a developer’s guide. Anyone who’s written a book will tell you it eats up a significant portion of your free time, so I’m sure it is no surprise that I had precious little time for blogging.
As the book neared completion, Microsoft threw us all for a loop with the first BUILD conference and the announcement of Windows 8. Along with Windows 8 comes a brand new runtime and a new development stack. I’ve always been a generalist, happily bouncing from technology to technology, even platform to platform, but .NET was my core for nearly a decade. Amid the changes in the Microsoft desktop stack, I began working on a large ASP.NET MVC project, a rewrite of an old CGI application I had written in 2000. This project rekindled a passion for web development I had almost forgotten about. Along the way I also changed jobs, a big step considering I had been with my previous employer for over 11 years.
With a new job, a new focus, and a new platform, a new blog seemed fitting. I hope you’ll join me as I begin anew.