This week was my last at Microsoft. After six and a half years, I decided it was time to resign from the collective and seek out new opportunities.
What opportunities? Well, I have a few things in the works but for now here’s a vague Q&A using an icosahedral decision-making device:
Q Are you resigning from the WiX community as well?
A My sources say no.
Q Are you going to work for a Microsoft competitor?
A Don’t count on it.
Q Will you be available for consulting?
A You may rely on it.
Q Are you going to write a WiX book?
A Signs point to yes.
Q More than one WiX book?
A Outlook good.
Q Will you develop additional tools, custom actions, or extensions for WiX?
A Most likely.
Q Will you contribute them to the WiX project?
A Concentrate and ask again.
Q Will they all be available as open-source?
A Ask again later.
Stay tuned for details.
In closing, I’d like to thank Rob for creating WiX, doing the work to make it Microsoft’s first open-source project, and giving me an opportunity to contribute these past six-plus years. It’s safe to say it kept me moderately sane on more than one occasion. I got to know the original batch of core WiX developers and help the “next generation” come in. Along the way, I learned a lot, mostly (but not exclusively) about development, WiX, and MSI.
WiX was first released publicly a few months before I joined Microsoft and I was immediately intrigued. Then I joined Microsoft and helped ship WiX v2.0, v3.0, and v3.5. Now I’ve come back full circle, on the outside eagerly awaiting v3.6 and the opportunities it brings.