Who am I
Well howdy folks, I’m one of the dorks who works on F# itself at Microsoft. My title is Program Manager, but that title is basically meaningless. I focus mostly on doing the other stuff aside from core F# development: designing our releases, some language design, some bug fixes here and there, community outreach, owning the “strategy for F#”, owning the F# documentation, and generally advocating for the community to Microsoft, and advocating for Microsoft to the community.
When not doing dorky Microsoft stuff, I’m often at the computer doing miscellaneous F# things. Fixing up language benchmarks, helping out newcomers, or brainstorming things with other F# community members.
When not at the computer, you can find me on a bike during the summer, a snowboard during the winter, and in the kitchen cooking cool stuff like Korean Kare from scratch.
Why I’d like to be on the board
I was initially apprehensive about running again, in part due to the fact that it’s impossible to separate my actions as a Microsoft employee focused on F# from an FSSF board member. Since my employer has me under salary, there aren’t any clear cut hours when I’m on “Microsoft time” vs. “other F# time”. I sought some advice and got it from Reed Copsey, who told me that the goal of the board wasn’t for people to clock in hours and do things specifically for the board (aside from meetings, helping answer questions the community has, participate in votes to sponsor conferences, etc.). In my case, if it led to more focus on community-oriented aspects of F#, then that could certainly count as a successful tenure.
I’ll leave the question of successful tenure to someone else, but I feel that I could help incite more positive change in the F# community by continuing to be on the FSSF board. Some specific areas I’m interested in are:
- Continuing some user studies around getting started with F#
- Helping people contribute more to Ionide + VSCode
- More OSS contributions to F# ecosystem components
- Helping the FSSF land a website redesign this year
As always, I intend on being responsive, transparent, and open about things. I also intend on being as present as possible in the FSSF slack for anyone to chat with about stuff.
Thanks for the consideration!