Once upon a time I was hard-core into Windows Forms. I worked at Infragistics in their WinForms Development Lab, helping build and maintain their awesome controls and components. After a while the urge to move to NYC became irresistable, so my girlfriend and I packed our bags and headed off to the big city. Ever since then I never found a job that even came close to being as cool as the one I had at Infragistics. Nor did I ever find a company where my co-workers were as hard-core into programming and cutting edge technologies as I am.
Fortunately for me, I was able to get a job at Infragistics again! My girlfriend and I will continue living in NYC, but I’m a full-time employee in the Infragistics User Experience Group. My official job title is “Guidisan” which I find rather odd, but it is fitting because my job is rather odd.
Guidisan is supposed to mean the combination of a Guide and an Artisan, which accurately describes what I will be doing there. I’m thrilled to announce that my job will entail helping developers move into the world of modern UI programming; by creating exemplars (something like a reference app), writing technical articles, creating demonstrations of how the Infragistics controls can be used in powerful and innovative ways, and generally staying in touch with the community by blogging and speaking at tech events. My manager, Ambrose Little, said that the User Experience Group is like the SWAT team of the company. So it looks like I should have a pretty diverse and interesting job.
They’re paying me to do what I love! I knew all this damn blogging would pay off somehow… 😉
I’m glad to say that Infragistics has done nothing but grow since I left. I was amazed at how many more people the company has now. I was also pleasantly reminded of how nice and smart the people are there. I’m thrilled to be back!!
On my first day some of the guys took me out to lunch. During the ride over to the restaurant I realized that, including myself, I was in a vehicle containing five Microsoft MVPs! How cool is that?! Talk about a Geek Squad…