Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Chris Wilson interview on Tech Luminaries

Our latest Tech Luminaries episode features Chris Wilson, so I thought I would cross post it here, for those that are interested.

Chris Wilson is the Platform Architect of Internet Explorer, but has been involved in web browsers from close to the very beginning having worked on the original NCSA Mosaic. He sat down with us at the Ajax Experience conference in 2007 and kindly let us barrage him with a series of questions, like:

  • How did you get your start in computers?
  • How much of a role did math specialization in your schooling play in your software career?
  • Would you recommend college?
  • Would you study computer science if you went back to school today?
  • You started out with BASIC; how did you make the leap to more advanced programming languages?
  • How did you make the transition to architect from programmer?
  • How did you get from NCSA to Microsoft?
  • You’ve worked for small start-ups and one of the largest companies in the world; which environment do you prefer?
  • How do you manage a code base like IE?
  • What are some of your regrets?
  • What’s the back-story on CSS?
  • Are you sad about any of the Web’s missed opportunities?
  • Any features that you’re surprised people aren’t using?

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Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:54 am
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If you ask me the guy on the left looks more like “Mike Shaver”, the middle “Chris Wilson”, and the right “Doug Crockford”.

Comment by Jordan1 — January 15, 2009

@Jordan1, huh?

Comment by Nosredna — January 15, 2009

Chris Wilson is a jerk. A real knee-biter.

Comment by eyelidlessness — January 15, 2009

I agree 110% with Jordan1 on this issue

Comment by ianjmacintosh — January 15, 2009

Surely the one on the right is Shaver, as he’s the only one without a beard ;-)

Comment by AndyStevens — January 16, 2009

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