A Good Run

Editor s Comment

A Good Run

I recently read Matt McCarthy s book Odd Man Out (Viking, 2009), wherein he chronicles his one year as a pitcher in minor league baseball after graduating from Yale with a degree in molecular biophysics. McCarthy didn t have a blazing fastball, a sweeping curve, or a deceiving delivery, and after he completed one full season, then a brief stint at the following year s spring training, the Anaheim Angels decided he didn t warrant further time or expense. There were other prospects to develop. It was simply a numbers game, a business decision, and he was the odd man out.

I recently experienced a similar fate (unfortunately I was not drafted by the Atlanta Braves to play first base). My position with asp.netPRO, as well as that of the production coordinator Diana Nishimura, was eliminated. (Diana has skillfully helped produce asp.netPRO from the beginning. Every issue, for more than eight years. Cover art, design, layout, graphics; you name it, she did it with aplomb and professionalism.) Like Diana, I have been with Informant Communications Group/Penton Media for close to 14 years, and have worked on many magazines, websites, and tradeshows. I started as an editorial assistant. As I learned the business, I worked my way up to managing editor and editor in chief. Over the years I had a chance to travel, work with world-class developers, and make some life-long friends. I am grateful to Mitch and Nancy Koulouris for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a rewarding experience.

When I took over asp.netPRO five years ago I followed the very capable leadership of Paul Litwin, Elden Nelson, and Jerry Coffey. To each of them I am grateful for their guidance, especially Jerry, with whom I worked for many years. Throughout my tenure I could not have produced asp.netPRO without the plentiful and skilled contributions of too many writers to list here. You know who you are; I thank you, and offer my heartfelt gratitude for making asp.netPRO the premier magazine it is. Keep up the great work.

These are tough times. And tough times demand tough decisions. Unfortunately, in order for asp.netPRO to survive and keep moving forward, cuts must be made. It was simply a numbers game, a difficult but necessary business decision. So now I pass the stewardship of asp.netPRO to the capable editorial team at Penton Media, led by Sheila Molnar. I m sure there will be changes. But change can be good. New blood will invigorate this magazine and the community it serves. What will not change is asp.netPRO s promise to deliver cutting-edge content that challenges you, keeps you informed, and helps you in your everyday development efforts.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve you these past five years. Thanks for reading.

David Riggs is the former editor in chief of asp.netPRO and its companion newsletter, asp.netNOW. He currently works as a freelance writer and musician.

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