Don Box

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Don Box is a Distinguished Engineer currently working at Microsoft.

Along with Bob Atkinson, Mohsen Al-Ghosein, and Dave Winer, Box was one of the original four designers of SOAP, a basic messaging layer for web services.

In January 2011, he joined Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) as a developer on next-generation platform technology for entertainment and gaming.

Prior to joining IEB, he worked on Brad Lovering's team working on model-driven runtime and tool support at Microsoft, including "Oslo". Box was an architect on Windows Communication Foundation (formerly known as "Indigo") and related technologies.

Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Box was a contributing editor and columnist at Microsoft Systems Journal, which later became MSDN Magazine. Box was a conspicuous figure in the Component Object Model (COM) community, where he coined the phrase "COM is love." He is a series editor for Addison Wesley where he launched two successful series targeting the Microsoft developer audience. He was one of the founders of the DevelopMentor software training company. He left DevelopMentor to join Microsoft.


  • Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime, with Chris Sells
  • Essential COM
  • Essential XML: Beyond MarkUp
  • Effective COM: 50 Ways to Improve Your COM and MTS-based Applications, with Keith Brown, Tim Ewald and Chris Sells

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