My interview on .NET Rocks.

My interview with Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell at .NET Rocks went up yesterday. Like all interviews or public speaking gigs, I had some butterflies before the show. But when Carl Skype'd me the world just floated away and I on! The whole interview was tons of fun but there were a couple things that I thought went particularly well.

The best parts came at the beginning and the end, I think.

Carl led off with a great story about installing a service using the old VS Setup and Deployment projects. He referenced this multi-page MSDN walkthrough and how it seemed like a lot of work. That allowed me to point out that the doing the same thing in the WiX Toolset is two lines of XML. Carl didn’t know it when he started the show but he set me up (no pun intended!) so well, I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction. It was awesome.

At the end of the show Carl asked me a fascinating open ended question that I expect is a staple in their line of work. The question went something along the lines of, “What problem bothers you the most in your line of work?” I stopped to think for a moment then gave an answer shocked me. It shocked me because it was so truthful and fundamental to the way I see things. I’m not sure I ever put it in words like that. Anyway, listen to the whole podcast to get all the context. Don’t skip to the end. <smile/>

Ultimately, I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. I also hope I didn’t talk too fast like I did when I was on Hanselminutes. If I did talk too fast, then I hope you feel like this guy did on Hanselminutes, “What an excellent guest! I had 50% more energy for the day just listening to Rob Mensching talk.”

In the meantime, keep coding. You know I am.