I just read Shaun Walker's tweet, and unusually short blog post that he is leaving his position at DNN Corp, as the CTO. In the post Shaun say's:
"After nearly 14 years of working on one of the most widely deployed open source CMS platforms, the company and I have concluded that it’s time for me to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products and ecosystems that make an impact on the world is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines."
I read and think 14 years? Has it really been 14 years? I remember first meeting Shaun, and several old time DNN'ers like Joe Brinkman, Scott Willhite, Dan Caron, and others in Philadelphia at the first "board" meeting. There we met Scott Watermasysk who was the one that started .Text, a popular web blogging open source project on the .NET stack, who was working with Rob Howard's Community Server start up, which became Telligent. There were so many trail blazers of open source on the Microsoft stack that we encountered over the years. I met many of my fellow DNN'ers at .NET SIG events, as well as working for new fledgling company, DNN Software as a Sales Engineer.
We were building something cool, free for folks to use, and met people from all over the world. Shaun Walker's idea of building out IBuySpy, to IBuySpy Workshop, which eventually became DotNetNuke, and now Evoke was really revolutionary in the traditional enterprise development mindset, and commercial software trends of typical Microsoft shops. DNN built community, and several Microsoft MVPs came out of it. Even some of the Patterns and Practices still being used today, DNN had some influence over them.
Anyway, Shaun, it's been real. I hope our paths cross again. Good luck with whatever is coming next in life.