•How did you get started working with the Twitter platform?
In 2008, I was writing LINQ Programming/McGraw-Hill and needed a data source to show how to build a custom LINQ provider. (btw, LINQ is language integrated query and is a way to query data sources in .NET languages such as C# and VB - cool stuff). Looking around, I happened accross Twitter and noticed they had an API and thought it might be fun, humorous, and a tad bit off the beaten path to build a LINQ provider based on Twitter. I also wanted to publish the code as open source. Initially, it was a very simple example with limited functionality, just something to prove the concept. To my amazement, people started using it and requesting more functionality. From there, I was really drawn into the concept and and felt like it was a worthwhile endeavor to continue development. Today, LINQ to Twitter (http://bit.ly/5Opr0J) is used by .NET developers around the world and feedback is generally positive.
•What projects are you/have you worked on (whether Twitter-related or not)?
I’m an independent consultant, specializing in .NET technologies. My work varies and my clients generally have contract terms that allow them to line me up in front of a firing squad if I talk about it.
•What do you do when you’re not developing?
You mean there’s something to do other than development?
•Have a favorite bird?
Chicken - roasted - Yum.