At a certain level, computers are all about giving computational power and resources to the common man. Even though many of you may not remember it, it wasn't that long ago when computers were tools which could only be afforded by the very largest of companies. Today however; computers are a common fixture of our everyday lives. We can look toward companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft as well as Cisco, Sun, Novell, and countless others as being the driving forces behind making computers small, powerful and, more importantly, cheap enough to work their way into common usage. Power to and for the people.
However, when you look at the big computing companies and the executives who drive their success, it may be hard to feel a connection, a familiarity, or a friend in those faces. They are big individuals, making big decisions, and driving big industry in ways that are hard for you to relate to. Then there are some computing executives who break that mold, and feel like us. You can see in their faces their roots as an ordinary person, as a common man. Here at Microsoft, one of those executives is Scott Guthrie.
In the last 15 years at Microsoft Scott Guthrie has been a constant force in the ever-evolving .NET Platform. After starting out in the Internet Information Server group in 1997, he soon began the initial work on what would eventually turn into ASP.NET, and one of the core pillars of the overall .NET Framework. Scott has since become a fixture, if not a figurehead, of .NET development worldwide. His straightforward nature, and ability to still spend time deep in code, reminds developers that he is one of us. When we see Scott on a stage showing an audience upcoming features of a technology he is working on, we see ourselves, we see our future.
The great Robert Hess moderates this edition of Behind the Code.