As a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, I want to make sure that I’m staying on top of what’s happening in the Canadian technical community. To do this, I leverage a variety of events, sites, and tools. Among these, of course, is Twitter. (Follow me! I’m @jbristowe!) Here’s a list of some of the developers in Canada that I follow (and so should you):
This list is, by no means, exhaustive; I’m sure I’ve missed a few folks. However, I think this list demonstrates the connected-ness of the technical community. The bottom line is this: There is an awesome developer community in Canada. There are extremely talented individuals, working hard to build software that can change the world.
Outside of Twitter, there are a number of great places where my team and I stay connected – both in-person and online – with the Canadian technical community. These include TechDays (on now!), EnergizeIT (coming soon!), our Ignite Your Coding webcast series (coming soon!) our vibrant user group community, various groups on Facebook, the Ignite Your Coding LinkedIn group, the MSDN Flash newsletter, and, of course, this blog.
See you online!
Update (3/10/2010 9:13 PM MST): So, clearly I’ve missed a few folks in this list. A lot of folks have contacted me about this. 🙂 FWIW, this is why I wrote “This list is, by no means, exhaustive; I’m sure I’ve missed a few folks.” (above). Clearly, there’s a need for me to follow a lot more awesome Canadian developers. If you have a suggestion of someone I’ve missed, please let me know! Even better, why not let others know by submitting a comment to this post? Remember: Developers in Canada.
Update (4/10/2010 6:00 AM MST): Updated to emphasize the developer community in Canada.
Update (4/10/2010 6:25 AM MST): Brian R. Cline points out that there are a lot of folks listed here who build on our stack and there are a few that don’t. Given my role and the likelihood of who I meet while out in the community, I follow the former more prominently than the latter. However, over the years, I’ve come across some supremely-talented and smart developers who just so happen to not build on our stack. These are developers for whom I have an immense amount of respect. This is why I follow them. I think it’s important for me to read what these folks have to say, which is why I’ve included them here.