From time to time folks ask me what I do, and one of the wonderful things about working for ScottGu and more immediately Simon Muzio is that to a large degree my job is self-defined. So, while my task is to "build a developer community" on Silverlight.net, I've worked with Simon to set goals that fit in with my personal goals and what I think plays well to both my strengths and what I'd like to learn. These include creating tutorials, videos, writing a book on Silverlight, presenting at shows, writing examples large and small and so forth.
The organization sees my job as within the "Evangelism" track, but the folks I work for know that I see myself as a developer first, and writer and trainer second; and "evangelist" is a word I have a hard time getting my head around.
All of which is background to say that Tim Heuer is joining the team in the "same" role as I have. I put the word same in quotes because we'll have the same job, the same responsibilities, the same boss and title and so forth, but Tim will bring a different perspective, different enthusiasms, different skills, different energies, different interests; and so it won't look the same at all.
Which is perfect. Together, we should be able to create many useful videos, tutorials and other helpful information; we'll also be co-authoring Programming Silverlight for O'Reilly, and, to quote Humphrey Bogart, "…I think this is the beginning of a beautiful Friendship."
I don't know Tim well, but I do know him to be a rare combination of technical excellence and social grace, and he is a caring and calm man with a true dedication to his work and the people he interacts with.
Working with Tim will take one of the best jobs I've ever had, and step it up a notch.