.NET Rocks!

Brian Harry Live in Durham, NC

Episode #556 Friday, May 7, 2010

Brian Harry talks about his experiences at Microsoft on the Visual Source Safe team and the TFS team, and his favorite new ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) features of Visual Studio.


Brian Harry

Brian Harry is the Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio Team Services organization. He is responsible for the Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server product lines. Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server are a team collaboration product designed to dramatically improve the productivity, predictability, and agility of software development teams by ensuring that all team members have easy access to the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time. Harry worked at start up DaVinci Systems doing electronic mail software from 1988 to 1992. In 1992 Harry left DaVinci Systems with two others to create One Tree Software. One Tree, was a classic garage-type startup company that developed and sold SourceSafe (the same product that is now Microsoft Visual SourceSafe). One Tree Software was acquired by Microsoft in 1994. After joining Microsoft, Harry worked in what was then the Tools and Databases division. For a couple of years he worked on SourceSafe and then on Microsoft Repository. In 1996 he and others began working on the problem of improving the approachability of API for the developer masses. Although this started as investigation of ways to extend COM it eventually grew into what we now know as the .NET Framework. Harry served as the Development manager for the Common Language Runtime and then as the PUM through the rest of the V1 and most of the V1.1 product cycle. He has also previously owned the Application Insights and Kusto product lines.

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