I’m Robert McLaws, and I’m thrilled to start the new year with bang joining the development team here at Gibraltar Software. In my previous job on the Impulse team at Stardock, I used Gibraltar to help me understand issues with my deployed software, sometimes even before my co-workers had even finished writing me an e-mail to report the problem. It has absolutely changed the way I look at software development, laid bare all of my coding mistakes, and made me a better programmer.
At Stardock, I spent most of my time working in .NET 4, and I was constantly talking to the team here at Gibraltar about ideas for the product, and ways to make the developer experience better. Between their quick product releases, and the VistaDB acquisition, they always seemed to be on the “right track” when it came to developers. They reminded me very much of how SourceGear and Eric Sink were pushing the “ISV Way” back in the early part of the 2000’s.
Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure (and occasional frustration) of working with a lot of Microsoft’s 2010 wave of technologies, including the latest Windows Azure CTPs, and some Windows Phone 7 / Silverlight work as well. The Gibraltar guys spent a lot of time talking with me about exciting ideas for taking Gibraltar further. And the more we talked, the more I realized I wanted to be part of the team that would make it happen.
Though I don’t really tote pistols to work, I jumping in with both feet lending my insight and abilities to take our products and web sites to the next level. Initially I’ll be enhancing the community and customer support areas of our web sites. I’m also participating in the design of product enhancements that will include some of the cool new technologies above. Stay tuned for more details in the days and weeks ahead.
I’d like to take the opportunity to say thanks to everyone here at Gibraltar, and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of our users, and to making 2011 a breakout year.
As always, we love to hear your ideas on what we can do to help our products deliver for you. You can drop me a line directly or contact support if you’d like. I’m also on Twitter as RobertMclaws.