Liberty – Shill?


Recommends2 Okay, I never thought this was an issue I was likely to face, but the folks in Marketing wanted to run this ad, and so I was faced with that interesting question of what we used to call “Selling Out.” (yeah, yeah, i work for Microsoft, so my radical friends would say that happened long ago!)

And, actually, that was how I decided it was fine (and very ego enhancing I admit). That is, I work for Microsoft, and specifically in this job, because I don’t have to say anything I don’t believe; and this ad doesn’t ask me to say anything I don’t believe, and wouldn’t say – in fact I say it all the time. (In fact, come to think of it, I’m not getting paid for the ad so how can this be a sell out?  Hey! I wanna sell out, please?)

I do recommend Expression Blend, heartily and with no hesitation to anyone writing Silverlight applications. In fact I did a video, Green Eggs and Blend on “why I gave up a 15 year commitment to working in a single Integrated Development Environment and came to discover I do so Like Expression Blend.”

But…. since it is weird, I thought I’d post about it. Of course the biggest reaction may not be “how could you?” but rather, “who cares?”  That said, to the extent that anyone does; I thought I’d say out loud that here, as with Silverlight, C# and etc.; the enthusiasm comes before the recommendation, job, book or whatever.

The picture of me, by the way, is by Rachel Liberty; age 12.  Nice shot.

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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