Today I'm pleased to announce that I'll be taking the position of Sr. Program Manager on the team that builds docs.microsoft.com.
If you haven't heard of docs.microsoft.com, it's a new service from Microsoft, designed to provide a next generation technical product documentation (non-consumer docs) and learning experience. You may have used MSDN and TechNET in the past. docs.microsoft.com is a forward-thinking, re-imagination of those technologies, built from the ground up for the cloud and mobile web. You can read the announcement post here.
For a decade I've worked on front-end frameworks. However, my work on these frameworks (and other libraries) is really a manifestation of a larger area of interest that I have: Developer Experience. I care intensely about how developers experience the software creation process. This encompasses everything from frameworks and libraries, to tools, documentation, learning and more. As part of the http://docs.microsoft.com team I'll be able to help drive the adoption of powerful new doc platform features by joining my vision with that of my teammates and all the awesome technical product groups at Microsoft.
What about Aurelia?
A strict requirement of me taking the job was that I could continue my work on Aurelia while being employed at Microsoft. I also wanted to ensure that Blue Spire, the company that owns and manages Aurelia, could continue to operate, providing the Aurelia community with the resources it needs. I'm pleased to say that all of this is nicely in order.
Just to be crystal clear: Microsoft is not acquiring Aurelia and they aren't hiring me to work on Aurelia. Aurelia is an independent project on which I lead a team of 20+ technologists. I've run open source projects in addition to my day job for the better part of the last ten years with great success. So, Aurelia will continue marching strongly ahead as normal.
The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Sr. PM Manager at Microsoft leading the APEX Online Experience Platform team. Creator of Aurelia. Opinions are my own.