Recognizing Our Top Community Contributors - Summer 2016
This post was written by Jeff Sandquist, General Manager in the Cloud + Enterprise Division.
A couple of months ago we announced that we will be revamping our documentation experience through the launch of docs.microsoft.com. One of the key parts of the announcement was the move to an open model, where anyone, regardless of experience with documentation and developer tools, can help make our documentation better, from submitting GitHub pull requests against existing documentation repositories, to submitting valuable suggestions on Twitter.
The amount of contributions was overwhelming. We've seen individuals from all over the world jump in and help us create more accurate and useful content. Starting today, we will be recognizing and highlighting their work on a regular basis.
The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it does highlight some of the most active and committed contributors in different specialty areas of our documentation stack. We are excited to see this list grow in the months to come.
F# documentation is one the largest programming language documentation sets that has moved to an open-source model. Despite being a fairly fresh addition to the documentation family, it had tremendous success with the community.
Libo is a mathematician turned programmer, interested in F# because it reminds him of elegant formulas and proofs. Not only did he contribute fixes to existing docs, he also wrote entirely new documentation pages, such as those for Array.distinct and List.distinct.
Libo can be found on GitHub.
Mark helps programmers make code easier to maintain. His professional interests include functional programming, object–oriented development, software architecture, as well as software development in general. Apart from writing a book about Dependency Injection he has also created several Pluralsight courses, written numerous articles and blog posts about programming, and created or contributed to various open source projects.
Reed is the Executive Director of the F# Software Foundation, and the CTO of C Tech Development Corporation and a 7-year Visual Studio and Development MVP. As an enthusiastic F# developer, he's always ready to work with the community to teach and advocate F#, so he jumped right into the world of open docs the moment those were released.
Fascinated with simulations since school days, Georg studied physics at the LMU Munich. For his master's thesis in computational astrophysics, he tried F#, and haven't strayed from it since. Aside from contributing to F# documentation, Georg has been working on his own projects and tutoring in math. He dreams of being able to create software projects that can scale and change while maintaining quality.
Eriawan is a 4-year Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP and a polyglot software developer. His daily job is a Senior Technical Lead Developer using .NET languages (F#, C#, VB, C++). Eriawan also has a keen interest in Scala and Haskell. He has made several contributions to the docs and is a continuous provider of feedback on our existing experiences.
While ASP.NET is transitioning to docs.microsoft.com, there are still numerous contributions to the dedicated ASP.NET doc site. Thanks to the individuals below, our ASP.NET docs are now much more comprehensive and up-to-date.
Damien is a software engineer currently in Perth, Western Australia and is driven by a passion for learning. He also loves to travel and living in new places around the world. His projects have focused around utilising iOS, ASP.NET and Azure but is always interested to see how technology can be utilised to change the world.
Steve is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible. He provides mentoring and training workshops for teams with the desire to improve. Steve has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for over 10 consecutive years, and is a frequent speaker at software developer conferences and events. He is one of the top contributors to the ASP.NET Core documentation and an active .NET advocate. In addition to the above, you can also find Steve's work in the MSDN magazine. Steve enjoys helpings others write maintainable, testable applications using Microsoft’s developer tools.
Back in June we announced that .NET Core docs will find their permanent home on docs.microsoft.com. With the help of the many passionate contributors, we grew and expanded significantly in just two months.
Toni is a Nigerian Software Developer with 4+ years experience working with a variety of technologies including PHP, Java, Python and .NET. Toni's passion for continuous learning has given him the opportunity to build solutions that cut across several industries from education to finance and more. Toni currently works for a New York-based software development firm and through them he's consulted for a number of companies - from building out the backend infrastructure for a prominent Silicon Valley startup in the airport car rental space to full stack development for a widely used digital library. His primary aim is to add value through software.
Allan has a masters in computer science and has been working with .NET and Microsoft technologies for the last 10 years. He’s currently working as a consultant in Stockholm, Sweden.
Petr is a Czech programmer studying at Charles University in Prague. He is interested in language design, meta-programming, concurrency and performance. He likes to answer questions on Stack Overflow.
PowerShell is yet another product that moved to an open documentation platform, accepting community fixes and additions.
Dan is a Technical Specialist at IAG NZ Ltd, responsible for PowerShell DSC and automation. He lives and breathes all things PowerShell and PowerShell DSC, Azure, containers and Windows Server. He is currently an MCSA in Windows Server 2012R2 and an active contributor to the Microsoft DSC Community Resource kit and PowerShell Documentation.
Windows Containers provide operating system level virtualization that allows multiple isolated applications to be run on a single system. The Windows Containers documentation site was among the first to move to our Open Publishing platform.
Michael is a product manager at Docker where he works on Docker for Azure and AWS, and tries to make Docker work with Microsoft technologies. Previously he was at Heroku and before that AppHarbor, a .NET platform as a service. He is also actively working on ensuring that we deliver the best messaging for Docker through our documentation.
Michael can be found on Twitter.
Aleksandar is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a Microsoft Azure MVP, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and a community manager of PowerShell.com. He is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor. Aleksandar is experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft customers, and is skilled with describing complex management and automation tasks even to beginning and novice users and scripters. He has more than 18 years of experience as a system administrator. He also delivers PowerShell and Azure training courses around the world and is a frequent speaker at IT conferences such as MMS, IT/Dev Connections, NIC, MS Sinergija, MS Windays, MS NTK, PowerShell Conference, SCU Europe, PowerShell Summit and others. Aleksandar also helps us keep our walkthroughs in their best shape, for Virtualization, PowerShell and Azure.
Stefan is a developer and architect. He is currently a Software Engineer at SEAL Systems working on a scalable microservice architecture. He enjoys automating things and uses Docker at work in various test environments. He is an early adopter of Docker on Windows, giving feedback and sharing his experience as our first Windows Containers MVP and Docker Captain. Among many things that he's doing, Stefan is also dedicating time to help us build virtualization documentation.
We thank all our documentation contributors and are looking forward to moving more of our technical docs to the Open Publishing platform, where you can submit changes with the ease of a single pull request. In the future, we'll share more stories about our most active contributors.