Visual Studio Tools for Office- Day 1

Well, today marks my first day on the job in the Visual Studio Tools for Office tools team. I actually only have 24 emails in my inbox right now (should last for about 30 or 40 minutes).

My old group and team gave me a huge send-off, and it was very, very nice. I was torn about leaving the Office division and people I have grown to appreciate so much, but the allure of the tools for managed Office solutions code was too great. You can read my comments about the change on the main Office Developer Center.

I’ll still be the voice of Office programmability as I have always been, and my blog will not be just about VSTO now. I’ll keep blogging tons about WordProcessingML, Excel, SharePoint, and more. My blog will also be viewable on the dev center in some fashion or other, but my photo is either moving or coming down- I’m not sure yet. BTW: I am wearing my black hat today.

I found out this weekend that Jon Heder (Napoleon from Napoleon Dynamite) has joined the cast of a comedy set for release next years: Benchwarmers. I hope he is not type-cast. I like David Spade more than Rob Schneider (other cast members). It would be infinitely better with Chris Farley- no matter what it’s about!

 Rock Thought for the Day: Here’s an album that is a must-have: Candy-O by the cars. I listened to it so many times in jr. high and high school that the needle nearly went throught he vinyl. The music was definitely pop- but not for its own sake. Each song was instantly pleasing, and the melodies loaded with hook. The Cars mastered a sensible blend of rock, glam, pop, melody, and the “let’s quit worrying so much and have a little fun” spirit that helped carry us out of the doldrums of the last half of the 70’s in the US.

Rock On

Comments (6)

  1. Ken Getz says:

    Congrats on the new job. Can’t wait to dig more into VSTO 2005!

  2. Russ Ramirez says:

    Good luck on the new gig.

    Ditto on Candy-O; except now, the only girls in my car are my 10 yr old daughters friends.

  3. Thanks, Ken and Russ. The fact that I moved from Office to the VSTO team says something about my confidence in our managed story and developer tools story for Office solutions development. My instincts tell me that this is the future. I think we will see tremendous support in the community for VSTO 2005, and if the interest shown at the Office Dev Con in Feb is any indication, we are on the right track.

  4. Christian says:

    hey John, are you at all involved in the open source movement around VSTS?,1995,1784814,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

  5. Congratulations on the move and good luck with the VSTO team. Just do me a favour and make fixing Excel’s culture issue your #1 priority (no, reflection isn’t a fix), so I can start to play in the sand pit too!


    Stephen Bullen

  6. Joe Wikert says:

    Hi John. We haven’t hooked up in a bit but I hope you’re doing well. Congrats on the latest addition to your family!

    OK, now the real reason why I’m chiming in on this post… The Cars. Candy-O! OK, it’s not a bad album, but geez, the greatest Cars album of all time was the one right before that…their self-titled debut! Outstanding! Did you talk about that one in an earlier post and I missed it? Btw, I saw these guys in 1982 and they were simply awful in concert! Definitely a studio band who had trouble creating a stage persona…also, their highly synthesized sound didn’t reproduce well live at that point.