Ward Cunningham Abandons Microsoft, Joins Eclipse

Via http://www.peterprovost.org/archive/2005/10/17/8707.aspx: …this link from EclipseZone.com announcing that Ward is going to be joining the Eclipse Foundation…

Ward Cunningham’s joining Microsoft was (rightly) touted by that company as a bit of a coup. Cunningham is univerally admired for his ability to conceive of and implement simple yet powerful concepts, including the Wiki and FIT and was a prime early mover in the promotion of software pattern languages. He was touted, at Microsoft, as bringing credibility towards their efforts to improve their programming-in-the-large experience. Seemingly, all that came of that was the MSDN Patterns & Practices section, which is almost certainly not the culmination of Cunningham’s hopes and dreams for working at Redmond .