JetBrains, plugins + me

by Matt 20. June 2012 06:35

I've just checked, and I've been working on the xUnit.net ReSharper test runner for nearly 3 and a half years. I've always enjoyed writing tools and plugins, possibly more than server side or front end coding, the stuff that's paid the bills. I like building tools that help make people more efficient, and then gets out of the way. I love the idea of tweaking or extending a tool and making it to do new and interesting things.

One of my all time favourite tools is ReSharper. I’m a huge fan, use it constantly, and don’t know how I managed to develop without it. I know ALL the keyboard shortcuts and everything.

Which means that I'm VERY excited that from the start of July, I'm going to be part of JetBrains' .net developer evangelism team, working with Hadi, Jura and the others. Specifically, I'll be focussing on the extensibility features of ReSharper and the other .net tools (dotCover, dotTrace, dotPeek - yep, these guys are extensible too).

In other words, I'll be working on plugins.

Or rather, working with the whole plugin ecosystem. While it will involve writing, maintaining and publishing plugins, it's also a very community facing role. I'll be involved in, and provide support for, the existing community of plugin authors - helping out with issues and updates, gathering feedback, improving the ReSharper SDK. I’ll be encouraging new plugins by working on blog posts and tutorials, and participating in JetBrains events and community gatherings. Everything I can to improve ReSharper as a platform.

In some respects, this is quite a departure to what I've done in the past. I've worked in C++ and C#, a bit of Java and even some Flash (don't tell anyone). I've been a developer, team lead or architect in small code shops and several big enterprises. Now I'm going to be working from home (which beats the London commute I've been doing for the past few years), with a very social, community focussed role, working full time on the kinds of things I've been tinkering with in my spare time.

I'm massively looking forward to it.

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Hadi Hariri
Hadi Hariri
6/20/2012 6:51:09 AM #

Matt it's great to have you on board. Welcome!

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matt
matt
6/20/2012 10:51:44 AM #

Thanks Hadi!

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor
6/20/2012 8:53:05 AM #

Awesome job.  Can I buy it off you? Smile

Look forward to seeing your output (and thanks for all that work you've done on R# xUnit runner).

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matt
matt
6/20/2012 10:51:26 AM #

Thanks Ben. No.

And don't worry, the xunit runner is still going strong. Should have a pretty significant update to share fairly soon...

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Igal Tabachnik
Igal Tabachnik
6/20/2012 8:28:39 PM #

Congratulations, Matt!

Hope to see the xUnit runner becoming a core part of ReSharper/dot* soon!

Hey JetBrains, I also develop plugins Smile

Good luck!

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matt
matt
6/20/2012 9:07:48 PM #

You write plugins, too? You should mention that some time.

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Steven De Kock
Steven De Kock
6/20/2012 8:46:37 PM #

Very nice!

I would love to see a better ecosystem around the ReSharper plugins:
better delivery mechanism, better documentation, more engagement from the community!

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