mike's web log/about

About Me

Your host: Mike Pope from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. My interests, as you can see from this blog, have included ASP.NET and related Microsoft Web technologies, reading, home improvement, various kinds of music, software, writing, and editing. I'm interested both personally and professionally in languages. I've studied German and Spanish, and for fun I have a separate blog devoted to evolving English. I am a perpetual guitar student. (I've been a first-year beginner for many years now, to quote a fellow student.) I ride a Honda Shadow Phantom (750cc).
I'm a technical editor and technical writer. Until July 2012, I worked at Microsoft in the the Developer Division, specifically in the ASP.NET group. (Please see my disclaimer). Since August 2012 I've worked at Amazon in the Amazon Web Services—that is, cloud—division. (You can see more about me in my LinkedIn profile.)

In 2002, I wrote a book about Web Matrix, a very early version of Visual Web Developer Express. The book was aimed at novice programmers who wanted to learn Web programming. That effort was the starting point for this blog, which I began as an exercise while writing. ("How hard could it be?")

About this blog

I created this blog not only to have a place to journal about whatever manner of topics, but as an exercise in working with ASP.NET and the original (2002) version of Web Matrix. The code was written in Visual Basic. It is way, way overdue for a rewrite using a more recent version of ASP.NET. Real Soon Now.