30 May 2008
Preface: One thing I've been meaning to do on my blog is introduce a number of the team members that I've been working closely with, to help give some insight into life inside the Microsoft Developer Division. This marks the first of hopefully many such introductions.
The software industry has shipped excellent products in English, for United States keyboards. But with modern frameworks fully supporting globalization and localization, we really should be spending more time making sure that we properly develop our applications to support a worldwide audience. Dennis is one of many folks working day and night to improve the development process, overall quality, and education of developers to improve the state of things.
Dennis Dietrich is a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) who is passionate about doing globalization and localization right. And right the first time. A German expat living in Bellevue, WA, Dennis has created a body of excellent blog content that is worth taking a look at:
Before working in the division on projects like Silverlight & code-name "Acropolis," Dennis was a developer in localization in Dublin, Ireland, where he was a member of the team that shipped Office for Macintosh in Dutch for the first time.
I hope you find Dennis' blog interesting, I'd highly recommend subscribing to it. He's been pushing hard on globalization and localization scenarios in our Silverlight 2 work.
Jeff Wilcox is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Open Source Programs Office, helping Microsoft scale to 15,000+ engineers using, contributing to and releasing open source.