Meet the team

XAML Studio
Developers now have a tool that enhances their ability to prototype UI, test it, and deploy it into their app.
Michael A. Hawker

Garage Team

Michael A. Hawker

XAML Studio

Redmond, WA

Backstory

Originally having worked a lot with WPF, Michael A. Hawker missed the rapid tools like XamlPad and Kaxaml used for rapidly testing ideas in XAML as he started working with UWP.  During the company Hackathon in the summer of 2017, Michael started experimenting with if such an app would be possible as a UWP app itself!  Turns out it was!  After the hackathon, he continued experimenting, eventually prototyping the visual binding debugger seen in the app today.  This inspired him to broaden the scope of his vision to a Studio for testing and prototyping all things XAML.  The 2018 hackathon brought a refreshed look and IntelliSense.  The release today is the first step in a journey made possible by the Microsoft Garage.

Michael is a Senior Software Engineer for the Partner, Analytics, and essential eXperiences (PAX) team at Microsoft.  PAX focuses on driving the ISV ecosystem through technical engagement with partners and industry as well as providing essential first party experiences.  Michael is a Contributor and Core Team member of the Windows Community Toolkit and prior “App Ninja”.  Previously he’s worked on Windows Protocols, Message Analyzer, and Network Monitor.