I’m Diego Dagum, the new editorial director for MSDN Magazine. Because I’m new to the magazine, I’ll tell you a bit about myself before getting into the details of this month’s issue.
Developing software has always been a passion for me, since my teenage years when a new range of so-called home computers replaced the first wave of console games (these last mainly dominated by Atari). Home computers were also console games, but started coming with programming capabilities. There would typically be some BASIC dialect built-in, plus the possibility of getting alternative languages via cartridges like LOGO or Assembler.
That led to university training in computer science, with the goal of becoming a professional developer. Once graduated, I worked as a developer for different types of industries (from manufacturers to communications, from startups to large corporations and so on), having to learn not just the ways of the various platforms being used, but the tricks of the trade for each business. That helped me better match up the capabilities of technology with the need of businesses to “do more with less.”
When you’re able to analyze technologies not for what they are but for how much they help leverage business, you become an architect. That’s what I’ve been doing as editor of The Architecture Journal (a sister magazine) for a year and a half now; I’ll keep doing that job as well.
Back on the MSDN Magazine side, I’m working with our new editor in chief, Keith Ward, to make some changes to the magazine. A key goal of that is to better align our content with your needs as a developer. To that end, I’ve written a blog entry discussing that new focus at http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnmagazine/archive/2009/10/07/9904758.aspx.
To summarize here, there are five core areas we want to stress going forward:
We are also tweaking our content, which will have an effect on features and our column lineup. These changes will be incorporated incrementally, and we’ll be actively seeking your input, to help us shape the magazine to best serve your needs as active developers.
Regarding this issue, I want to highlight certain articles we are featuring:
I hope you enjoy this issue. Keith and I, together with our production team, will keep working on ways to improve MSDN Magazine. Tell us
how we can make it even better by sending your comments to email@example.com.
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