Congratulations David Silverlight

18. April 2007 21:22

Earlier this week, Microsoft made the big announcement that WPF/E had been renamed to Silverlight.  Unless you have been in a parallel universe, I imagine you have already heard about it.  However, it wasn't until today that I found out the really interesting part of this announcement. 

It turns out that Microsoft Silverlight is actually named after David Silverlight.  When I first read about it, I thought it was a joke.  It sounded just like some kind of practical joke that David would try to pull off due to the coincidence that it matches his last name.  After further investigation, it appears to be the truth.  Several people in the blogosphere have already been chatting about it.  Check out Wally and The Elder's take on it.

If you don't know of David Silverlight, he is an extremely busy guy.  David is the mastermind behind numerous sites such as:,,, and others.  I first met David at the Alabama Code Camp in Huntsville, AL back in April 2006.  He was quite a character.  It was a lot of fun hanging out with him during that weekend, and I keep waiting for another opportunity to meet up with him.  You can read his account of how the product name came to be here.

It still seems hard to believe.  I keep waiting for David to post something entitled "Ha Ha...Everyone Fell For It".  At any rate, congratulations are in order for this awesome achievement.  David devotes a lot of time to the community and it is cool to see Microsoft recognize his efforts...even if it does make me insanely jealous.  I many people do you know that actually have a product named after them? 

Gratz David!  This is a very cool honor!


4/20/2007 12:46:28 PM #

I don't know the best  word to describe about this.
But I would ceertainly say that its more than achievement....

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