New Visual Studio Lab Lead

Erich Gamma Joins Microsoft

Jessica Thornsby

‘Design Pattern’s author to lead new Visual Studio development lab in Switzerland.

Erich Gamma will be joining the Visual Studio team as a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer. According to the announcement, Gamma will lead a new Visual Studio development lab in Zurich, Switzerland, and will join the lab in early August.

Gamma has a long list of achievements in the Java ecosystem: he co-authored the ‘Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software’ book, which has reportedly over one million copies in print, was lead of the Eclipse platform’s Java Development Tools project, developed the JUnit unit test framework with Kent Beck, and was an initial member of the IBM Rational Jazz project and the technical lead of Rational Team Concert. He has also sat on the Project Management Committee for the Eclipse project, and masterminded The Eclipse Way alongside John Wiegand and Kevin Haaland.

“The Visual Studio team is passionate about inspiring developers to create great software. We want to make developers successful and enable them to continuously deliver value. We are constantly looking for better ways to accomplish these goals. I’m very excited to have someone like Erich who shares our passion join the team. Please join me in welcoming Erich to the Visual Studio team!” said Jason Zander, Corporate VP for Visual Studio.

It is currently unclear what projects Gamma will work on, and nothing has been said on why he is leaving IBM.

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