Ambrose Little, Software Guy

Ambrose Little
5 min readJan 29, 2017


I’ve been making software professionally since the late nineties, in companies ranging from tiny shops to large enterprises, making both internal corporate and commercial software.

I’m currently a staff software engineer at Built Technologies. On the Platform Team at Built, I led an effort to update the micro-frontend architecture, abstracting away dependencies and centralizing much horizontally-concerned code into shared libraries to maximize maintainability and speed development time for customer-focused teams. This included a goodly amount of internal documentation, high test coverage, and focus on ease of use. As of writing, I’m leading an effort to further refine how we ensure quality across our architectural profiles.

My current tech focus is full stack. On the front end, that is mostly with React, TypeScript, and of course the usuals of HTML5+, CSS3+, JavaScript, Apollo, etc. On the back end, that is GraphQL and REST APIs with Node, having a variety of data stores, including DynamoDb, MySQL, and more. I’m also proficient with Python, C#, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL.

Before these recent years as an individual contributor, I was the first director of engineering at a little company called TelTech. They “hack” the mobile phone experience with apps that give people more control of what happens with their phone calls. I led a small but dedicated team of great engineers responsible for the whole kit and caboodle. And for almost a decade before that, I worked at Infragistics, a commercial software vendor with a long history in UI and UX tools for software developers and designers, where I served in many roles over the years, ending up as the director of product development for over 90 software developers in their developer tools division.

In my time I’ve held many roles spanning most disciplines in software development: developer, architect, product manager, interaction designer, and more. (See LinkedIn below for the whole history.) I’ve worked in and led software efforts in many contexts and many stacks, and I always love tackling new challenges.

In my free time, I like growing my beard, spending time with my wife and kids, smoking meats, brewing beers, and just generally chillin out.

People Say That I’m…

  • A thoughtful, fun-loving but driven guy who really cares about the people who work with and for him as well as making awesome things with them.
  • Something of a perfectionist, but reasonably so.
  • A strong writer, and also that I am pretty good at naming things.
  • A peacemaker — tries to listen to all sides and to be fair and help others to see each other’s perspectives.

Other Writings

Selected Writings by Ambrose Little


  • Professional ADO.NET 2: Programming with SQL Server 2005, Oracle, and MySQL — Wrote a few chapters for it, the most interesting being the custom ADO.NET Data Provider, which was an ADO.NET to LDAP/Active Directory mapping layer that allowed for SQL- like queries to be issued rather than the obtuse LDAP syntax.
  • ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips — Part of a horde of ASP.NET MVPs contributing. I authored the Cache Hacks chapter that showed how to create an object- oriented cache for ASP.NET as well as a cache viewer (similar to ELMAH).
  • Silverlight 1.0 — I was involved from very early with Silverlight, and wrote this together with my co-workers at Infragistics. I wrote the chapter on coding with JavaScript and XAML as well as using Silverlight with ASP.NET.
  • Silverlight 3 Programmer’s Reference — This started as a Silverlight 2 book, but they outpaced us shipping, so it became 3. I wrote the chapters on Silverlight architectural tour, styling and dealing with resources, using services (including HTTP-based and sockets), cross-cutting concerns, and “making the app come alive” — about events, responding to user input, personalization, and internationalization.


I’ve written so many articles and blog posts that I lost track long ago, but here is a sample. Unfortunately, as the internet has aged, a number of my blogs and articles have gone offline. Sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


This blog is my most recent professional blog. You may also find my blogging at:


Microsoft MVP

I was awarded Microsoft MVP for eight consecutive years, 2003–2010. The first few awards were in ASP/ASP.NET, then Software Architect, then Client App Dev, and finally ending with a few years of Silverlight.


I have been an ASPInsiders member since 2003. Originally it was a peer-based excellence recognition program partnered with the Microsoft Web platforms team.

INETA Speaker

Inducted into the INETA International Speakers Bureau (now defunct) in 2006. This was a select group of recognized speakers on Microsoft .NET technologies.



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Ambrose Little

Experienced software and UX guy. Staff Software Engineer at Built Technologies. 8x Microsoft MVP. Book Author. Husband. Father of 7. Armchair Philosopher.