A Tribute to the WPF Disciples

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A very long time ago, I was contacted by Marlon Grech who asked me to join a new Google group he had just created called the WPF Disciples. I was quite new in WPF back then and didn’t know many members of the community yet, and I must admit that it slipped my mind and I didn’t register (when you blog, and your blog gets a certain visibility, you get all kind of requests. I do my best to satisfy most of them, but sometimes I am just too busy and I cannot follow up).

Later, I met Josh Smith and Karl Shifflett for the first time at the MVP summit 2008 in Seattle, and we started talking. Josh told me “We are inside this awesome group, you should really join, the level of the conversation is fantastic”. I told him great, please sign me up. To my surprise, however, he told me a few days later “You are already signed up, but never confirmed”. Yeah I felt really weird that day. The request that had slipped my mind months earlier was just that, an invitation to join this great group. Josh, Marlon and I worked to solve this technical issue, and this is with a low profile and an ashamed face that I joined the WPF Disciples.

Since then, the group has grown and gathers a fantastic collection of some of the best WPF specialists worldwide. This week, we are proud to welcome 3 new members extraordinaires: Mark Wilson-Thomas, Ian Ellison-Taylor and Scott Guthrie just accepted to join the list and to contribute to the discussions. Needless to say, we are all very excited about having these 3 WPF makers and users join the group, and I think they are already bracing themselves for all the “constructive feedback” they are going to receive :)

In case you are wondering, the initial disciples decided from the start to make this group public for all to read, but not for all to write. Yes, this is an exclusive writers’ club, and the reason is simple: We don’t want to have another WPF forum (that’s what MSDN is for). All of us get a lot of requests and feedback regarding our work, which is great, but we want to have a place where we know personally the people who post, and see this as a way to guarantee the quality of the content (which doesn’t mean that we’re not goofing off, oh no it doesn’t). We like to think that many can learn a lot from reading the WPF Disciple feed. So if you are into WPF and enjoy advanced discussions about the technology (and if I consider the feedback we got after the “Hiking Mt Avalon” workshop, many of you do enjoy this), you may want to subscribe.

More info about the WPF Disciples

The Google group:
http://groups.google.com/group/wpf-disciples/

A list of disciples:
http://dotnet.org.za/rudi/archive/2009/01/21/wpf-disciples.aspx

Combined blogs of the disciples:
http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=Jp_ob_fn3RGFP6DnBRNMsA&_render=rss

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