NOTE: This post was originally published in March 2014, but has since been revised with updated profiles as well as new names suggested by the .NET community. Do you know of other experts who should be included in this list? Please send suggestions to @NewRelic on Twitter, using hashtag #dotnetexperts.
Want to know what the best .NET developers in the world are up to? Want to get their take on how to write better code and develop better products? You’re in luck, because many of them have a significant presence online.
To get started, in alphabetical order, here are 20 of our favorite .NET developers to follow:
1. Scott Allen
Founder of Ode to Code, teacher, writer, speaker, podcaster.
2. Iris Classon
Cloud Architect at Konstrukt, Microsoft MVP, member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET), writer, speaker.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/984153/iris-classon
3. David Ebbo
Microsoft dev manager on Windows Azure Functions, focused on Project Kudu (the OSS git engine).
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/111888/david-ebbo
4. Damian Edwards
ASP.NET program manager at Microsoft, creator of SignalR, and Web Forms MVP.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/405892/damian-edwards
5. David Fowler
ASP.NET software developer at Microsoft. Creator and lead developer on SignalR.
6. Jon Galloway
7. Damien Guard
8. Scott Guthrie
Cloud and enterprise executive vice president at Microsoft. Runs or has run development teams building ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF, CLR, IIS, Media Server, and the Visual Studio Tools for web development and Windows Phone 7. With Mark Anders, creator of ASP.NET.
9. Phil Haack
Director of engineering for Client Apps at GitHub. Previously senior program manager on the ASP.NET team at Microsoft.
10. Corey Haines
“The software journeyman.” Co-founder and CTO of Hearken. Speaker, teacher, cofounder of Code Retreat, developer on MercuryApp and Slottd.
11. Scott Hanselman
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/6380/scott-hanselman
12. Anders Hejlsberg
Microsoft Technical Fellow. Lead architect of C# and core developer on TypeScript. Original author of Turbo Pascal, chief architect of Delphi. Co-author of The C# Programming Language.
13. Scott Koon
Senior application developer with Russell Investment Group. Co-host of Herding Code podcast. Contributor to Witty, a WPF .NET Twitter client.
14. Eric Lawrence
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/126229/ericlaw
15. Drew Marsh
Chief software architect at Mimeo.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/185859/drew-marsh
16. Chad Myers
Director of development at Dovetail Software. Speaker at the Austin .NET Users’ Group and the ADNUG Code Camp.
17. John Papa
Google developer expert and Microsoft regional director specializing in Web technologies. Host of Silverlight TV. Former technical evangelist at Microsoft on the Silverlight and Windows 8 teams. Speaker, writer.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/13375/john-papa
18. Jon Skeet
Software engineer at Google in London. Usually a Microsoft C# MVP. Author of C# in Depth.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/22656/jon-skeet
19. Mike Stall
Principal architect at Microsoft.
20. Rick Strahl
President of West Wind Technologies. Writer, speaker, co-publisher of CODE Magazine, C# MVP.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/11197/rick-strahl
More folks to follow
Since we published our initial list, we’ve gotten suggestions from members of the .NET community about additional great .NET experts out there who should be included. We’re adding them here in alphabetical order, and we will update this list as needed going forward. Thanks for the feedback!
Program manager for the Visual Studio Debugger at Microsoft, frequent presenter at tech conferences nationwide.
Principal program manager at Microsoft, frequent presenter at conferences and hackathons.
Senior cloud developer advocate at Microsoft, specializing in data visualization, machine learning, and AI.
Michele Leroux Bustamante
Co-founder and CIO of Solliance, Microsoft Regional Director and Azure MVP, author, and keynote speaker.
Program manager working on .NET Core and Languages, including Visual Basic. Microsoft MVP and author of Code Generation in Microsoft .NET.
Senior software development engineer at Microsoft Research.
Web developer, Microsoft MVP, contributor to popular .NET open source projects such as scriptcs, Nancy, and Serilog.
Stack Overflow: stackoverflow.com/users/682105/khellang
Principal software engineering lead at Microsoft Research, former tech lead for the Observability team at Twitter.
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