My place in Microsoft is within the Developer Division (DevDiv), which makes tools for programmers. Among various things, DevDiv produces a free set of tools called the .NET Framework, and the .NET Framework provides a technology called XAML (pronounced zammel). XAML is a software language that allows programmers to write down complex operations in simple text, and then it performs those operations for them. It’s what I work on. My division recently released a preview version of the next planned release of our Visual Studio product.
I moved to Seattle! Yes, it finally happened. No, the thesis isn’t done; I’ll have to fly back when it’s done to defend it. Seattle couldn’t wait any longer. I would have written about this sooner, but I’ve felt so tired in the evenings since I moved here. Moving is always such a chore. Thankfully Microsoft made the move very easy by shipping my belongings and car here, providing temporary housing and a rental car, and connecting me with a rental agent in the area.
I first heard the song Name Of The Game by Crystal Method in the movie Tropic Thunder. It’s an awesome song and it’s great to play on a loop because the end and beginning meld together pretty well. I’m jamming to it right now.
Ah! It’s good to be done with that. It was such a burden, having that hanging over my head. Kind of like the ring of power, except not really cool, or gold. Looking back, I can’t believe how long it took to write. Sadly, there’s still more to do, too. I’m waiting to get feedback from my adviser, after which I’ll probably have to make some changes. I still have to finish up a coding project that goes along with the thesis document, but hopefully that won’t be too much more work.