Distinguished T-Shirt Engineer Best Hits


One of the fun things I used to do while running the CLR team was help pick out the final design for our t-shirts (not that picking out code generation strategies wasn’t also fun).  Fortunately Sonja Keserovic on our team is a master at designing awesome shirts (while not doing her day job designing engines and languages).  She just sent me the “best of” shirts from over the years:

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“Enter the Core”

You’ll notice a big movie inspiration in the designs.  The matrix style green text is actually the MSIL for “Hello World” run through ildasm.  You can read through the PE file header and string table in addition to the IL instructions themselves.

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“Roll Call”

Always the analytical bunch, this shirt has every email name for everyone on the team. Colors denote discipline (I’m white for ‘pointy hair’), font size denotes how long you’d been on the CLR team.  The island behind the front logo is Whidbey island, the code name for V2.0.

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“One Runtime to Run them All”

Around the time of LOTR, this text that makes up the ring is actually the source control root for every Microsoft project using the CLR at the time (with a nice Elvish style font).

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“Don’t Panic”

The final build number for the V2.0 product was V2.0.50727.42, just around the time the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie came out.  Did I mention we like geeky stuff?

Sonja is now a SDE on the languages team in VS and is creating an awesome new VS design involving pi calculus, can’t wait to see it!

Comments (14)

  1. Tom Kirby-Green says:

    Damm these are awesome. You could sell these you know :)

  2. Alex says:

    You should definitely sell them. If you decide to…i want to place an order or can I do it now?

    They look great…and I’d love one (all) of them :)

  3. danp says:

    Reminds me of the old joke: Do you know how many Apple employees it takes to screw in a light bulb? 9: one to screw in the light bulb and 8 to design the t-shirt.

  4. Einar G. says:

    I would love to wear "One Runtime to run them all" at work where I have few anti .net people :)

  5. Kim Hamilton says:

    I think all of us joined the CLR after Sonja left would also like to order them…we missed out!

  6. Tanveer Badar says:

    Same holds for Windows.

    "One operating system to shine on all."

  7. Nishchal says:

    One for all and all for one, beautiful  T-shirts.

    Would like to have at least one

  8. TheCPUWizard says:

    "Around the time of LOTR"….

    I would love to see how the CLR runs on hardware that was available between 1937 and 1949……

  9. JohnMarshall12 says:

    These are really nice.  You can never have enough cool t-shirts and sadly, it is often hard to find good ones when you want them.

  10. Required says:

    Hello !

    The pics are available ????

    Not displayed :(

  11. jossy says:

    seriously I have no idea why you people waste your time with these bloody t-s, its just cotton

  12. jossy says:

    seriously I have no idea why you people waste your time with these bloody t-s, its just cotton

  13. Neil says:

    You wouldn’t know what cool was if someone put you in a freezer.

  14. Riji says:

    One for all and all for one, beautiful  T-shirts.

    Would like to have at least one