Bloggers Page on Webservices Developers Center


Being the Content Strategist for the MSDN Web Services Developer Center, one of the things I am responsible for is the list of bloggers that I have in the community section.  This page has not been updated as much as it could and I have to admit that it a bit self-serving to put my own entry at the top of the list, so I’m about to re-up the list and I thought I would get some feedback from anyone willing to give it.  So here’s my proposed list along w/ a little eval of each blogger (on a scale of 1 to 10 … 10 is high — and you don’t want high noise).  Note that the topic is Web services, so posting about other stuff, although interesting, means a higher noise rating.


!!! I want your feedback on this !!! (please add comments to this post).  Who should be added who is not listed (maybe yourself)?  Who should be higher/lower in the list.  Promises of more frequent and on-topic postings are considered.  And please, no wagering.


Don Box Signal: 9, Noise: 2.  Entertaining and worthy of our top spot.


Christian Weyer: Signal: 9, Noise: 1.  Not a msft employee but stays on top of everything.


(New) Hervey Wilson: Signal: 8, Noise: 2. New entry to the list – focused on WSE.


Omri Gazitt: Signal: 6, Noise: 2.  Recent high quality posts bring Omri up the list.


(New) Martin Gudgin: Signal 6, Noise: 2. Another MSFT WS Spec guru.  Not many posts before Oct. but if hopefully can maintain a consistent presence.


Clemens Vasters: Signal 9, Noise: 6. Clemens dabbles in a lot of interesting things.  But not too much is specific to Web services.


(New) Jorgen Thelin: Signal 6, Noise: 4.  New entry from MSFT Web Service specs world


(New) Doug Purdy: Signal 7, Noise: 5. Doug has a lot to say outside of the world of Web services, but he usually has some high quality posts when he does.


Rebecca Dias: Signal 5, Noise: 4. Becky brings a refreshingly different view into the Web services world from most of the others on this list.


(New) Jeffrey Schlimmer: Signal 3, Noise: 1. PM from the MSFT Web Services specs world.  Not a lot of content but it is on topic.


Tim Ewald: Signal 2, Noise: 1. Tim’s spout flows in spurts.  Recently it has been off (although almost always on topic and high quality).


Keith Ballinger: Signal 2, Noise: 4. Keith has fallen off the edge of blogland but has had some consistent high-quality content in the past.


Matt Powell: Signal 4, Noise: 4.  Me.  I talk about the Web Services Dev Center more than Web services themselves although I suppose it is a different view on the world of Web services.


Chris Sells: Signal 10, Noise: 6. Chris doesn’t post too much on the topic of Web services but he does talk a bunch on related technologies and is generally high quality and entertaining.


Simon Fell: Signal 9, Noise: 6.  I’m sure there are people at msft who would like to see him dropped from our site since not everything he says is particularly flattering to our company–in fact most of what he says about our company is unflattering–but I like his perspective.


(Dropping) Sam Ruby: Signal 9, Noise: 9.  Sam is very popular but has left the world of Web services as we know it.


(Dropping) Yasser Shouhoud: Signal 0, Noise: 2. Yasser, where are you?


(Dropping) Eric Rudder: Signal 0, Noise: 9. We had hopes for an interesting MSFT VP perspective–oh well.

Comments (29)

  1. Chris Sells says:

    Wow. I had no idea that I was perceived as *that* prolific. I can’t hold a candle to guys like Scoble or Winer. But I *love* your description of Sam Ruby! : )

  2. Scott F. says:

    Why not add Rob Chartier?

    http://weblogs.asp.net/rchartier

    He has helped me out many times with all web service questions i have had in the past.

    Scott

  3. Sam Ruby has left the world of Web Services only if you have a very limited view of what Web Services are.

  4. I’m trying to do let other MS devs know about WSE and the great web service support coming from Indigo. My Web Services RSS category feed is useful if you want to cut down the noise.

    http://benjaminm.net/

  5. And this is why blogs, as a source of technical information, are such a hit-and-miss – too many blogs are too high on noise, too low on the signal.

  6. Peter Wolf says:

    My 2 cents: a must read is Werner Vogels, research professor at Cornell (http://weblogs.cs.cornell.edu/AllThingsDistributed). signal 9 noise 2 (not 1 because he at times write about other CS stuff also).

    See for example his "Web Services are NOT Distributed Objects essay" at http://weblogs.cs.cornell.edu/AllThingsDistributed/archives/000120.html

  7. Jason Nadal says:

    This post on my site has gotten 80,000 web views in 2 days:

    http://weblogs.asp.net/jnadal/posts/34413.aspx

    And i’m not even an a-lister.

  8. To augment your list, I enjoy reading [Web] service-related blogs of the following individuals:

    Benjamin Mitchell

    Drew Robbins

    Fumiaki Yoshimatsu

    Ingo Rammer

    Kevin Hammond (MS)

    Werner Vogels

  9. Anonymous says:

    > This post on my site has gotten 80,000 web views in 2 days:

    And that has to do with Web Services how?

  10. Dilip says:

    If you can include Simon Fell, you should consider Mark Baker[1]. You need someone who can balance out the Web Services madness that is out there. His RSS feed is: http://www.markbaker.ca/2002/09/Blog/xml

  11. Danny says:

    Dare’s point is spot on, Sam’s breaking new ground in Web Services with Atom, and blogging about it regularly.

    In any case, if your decision is based on signal/noise ratio, then you’d better drop yourself too – same ratio as Sam.

    +1 to Mark Baker, +Dare, btw.

  12. Sam Ruby says:

    Suggestion for a replacement: Dave Chappell

  13. I too am confused by the sentence "Sam is very popular but has left the world of Web services as we know it". Should discussion of web services be limited to SOAP?

  14. Joe says:

    Simon,

    Indeed, if you restrict yourself to just "W3C Services" (The Web is silent) then it is true that SOAP and WSDL are required:

    http://bitworking.org/news/The_AtomAPI_is_not_a_Web_Service

  15. Dave Bettin says:

    Me! Me! Me! Seriously, I believe I deserve some thought on being placed on the service blogger’s list. My noise level is possibly zero, my entire site is dedicated to .net service programming. http://www.davebettin.com/me/. Also, I know I have a couple of readers, in particular Christian Weyer. (alright, maybe just one reader)

    Also,

    Ingo Rammer

    Benjamin Mitchell

    John Bristowe

    should be placed on the list.

  16. I have (still relatively quiet) blog about web services too!

  17. Here my 2 cents.

    Adding to most of the guys already listed above in Matt’s posting, I would complete my personal Web services buddy list with those (no particular oder or ranking):

    Steve Maine:

    http://hyperthink.net/blog/

    John Bristowe:

    http://www.bristowe.com/blog/

    Benjamin Mitchell:

    http://benjaminm.net/default.aspx

    Dave Bettin:

    http://davebettin.com/me/

    Lluis Sanchez Gual:

    http://primates.ximian.com/~lluis/blog/

    Ingo Rammer:

    http://www.ingorammer.com/

    Fumiaki Yoshimatsu:

    http://www.luckypines.com/blog/blog.aspx

    Scott Hanselman:

    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/

    Cheers,

    Christian

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