Interview with WPF expert dev hedgehog and an interesting twist

Today interview is with dev hedgehog - several times WPF category TechNet Guru Contributions winner.

I initiated a contact with Dev hedhehog and I was up to an interesting surprise. Turned out that this account was a shared account by a group of people. Some of them are WPF experts and some prefer to ask questions in forums. 

So, below you'll find answers by one of the group who is WPF guru. I hope you like these answers and don't hesitate to ask more questions:

Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

I am dev hedghog. Actually few people use this account to ask or answer questions usually in C# forum and Wpf forum. I am currently in Germany. I am interested in C#, WPF, ASP, SQL...


What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

It's a mix of articles about hacks, tweaks, new technologies and new tools that makes me check Wiki on regual base. I love to read techy articles. Wiki is like a super cool library full of helpful things, tips, tricks, chats and other amazing stuff. So far I placed only few articles. All of them were based on WPF technology. I know I started answering question recently so I am still a "newbie" to this community but I plan however on writing more.


What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

I like uniqueness. So I thought my first article should be something pretty cool and something not many people tried out. So I picked speeding up TreeView. That is my favourite article so far. Many people hate TreeView because with virtualization enabled it doesn't scroll smooth anymore. I have to say Microsoft is not impressing much with the implementation of their WPF Controls. The TreeView, GridView, DataGrid could have been done better. That is not just my opinion. Many people share it. I wish I could chat to a original Microsoft Wpf controls developer. :)


Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

Pretty much everybody, who likes spending time explaining things to original posters and posting techy articles, impresses me. No matter if in wiki articles or forums questions, it is not so easy to understand what is being asked. Especially when no additional code  was posted. In such case answerers have to recreate the issue by themselves. That takes a lot of time. Finding hacks and posting aricles about them also takes alot of time. Therefore in my opinion those guys are amazing. I usually have time on weekends to take a look at new questions and try to answer them. I hope one day I could be moderator in wpf forum so I can improve questions.


What are your big projects right now?

When I have time I like to work on a 3D wpf control that shall give a completely new experience of data to user. The idea is to dive into complex data structure. The user shall feel relations between data. No more boring flat lists to scroll through or simple tree view. When I am done I think I ll upload the project here or on codeplex. (If wpf hasn't died till then, joke)


What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?

My job is currently about WPF, C# and consulting clients. Actually I like checking out things that do not really involve my work. Currently I am seeking for articles and tools which allow me to measure performance of .NET apps.


Hope you liked the interview and see you soon with more interviews.