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Last night, I fell asleep at my keyboard for a bit. (Cut me some slack, it was 2am.) While dozing off, I had a dream about the MVP Summit. Not so much a dream really as a kind of an instant replay. I do this sometimes... it's my brains way of processing things later (on a separate thread I guess.) In my dream, there were several semi-related events boiling down to a single slide-show: 1. Drunken Podcast in the Westin Hotel lobby. I watched several intoxicated MVPs attempt to pontificate on (something... ...
Amazing... you let someone go to ONE MVP Summit and sit in a couple VB sessions and now he's a man on a mission. You're preaching to the choir here D. (Not that your message isn't right, because it is... I just find the newfound enthusiasm amusing.) Read more here... He's right of course... the lang wars are soooo 5 years ago. The divide is getting narrower and narrower every year. One thing I've noticed is that you don't really see the VB guys bashing C# nearly as much as the other way around. Wanna ...
While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed for an INETA Board Position. Specifically, the VP of Membership. I have no idea if I'll get it, though I hope I do. If I do get it, there's going to be some ch-ch-ch-changes. If I don't get it, I hope whoever they do pick takes these suggestions to heart. #1 The membership committee needs some SERIOUS house cleaning. As a User Group leader, I can count on one hand (actually one finger, with room to spare) the number of unsolicited emails I have received from ...
ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle has come to a close. What a great time it was and it met every expectation if not exceeded them. Currently I'm in the Seattle airport waiting for my flight home which just got re-arranged. Anyhow, I'd like to wrap up my thoughts for the first day of the event. Setting It Up I arrived one day early for the event to make sure we were set up appropriately. I was able to meet up with Dave Laribee, Glenn Block, Scott Bellware, Jeremy Miller, Greg Young, Scott C Reynolds, Ray ...
Ola Karlsson on SL/HTML, Michael Washington with a SL2 Toolbar, Pete Brown with a Chat Client, LeeOnTech on StoryBoards in DataTemplate, Robby Ingebretsen with SL2 Kaxaml, Cheryl (SilvelrightSDK) on the Popup Control, and Frank LaVigne on Cross Domain Proxy's and his Policy File Checker Utility. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight on top of HTML Ola Karlsson sent me this one while I was at the Summit, and am finally getting to it. This is a nice step-by-step explanation of using SL over HTML. ...
I just got back from attending my first MVP Summit and have to say the level of access we received to the product teams and other people within Microsoft was outstanding. Since this was my first Summit, I don't really have a frame of reference to know how it compares to previous years, but it did quickly become apparent to me that Microsoft really does listen to community as much as they are able. Obviously some groups and products are better able to do this than others, but that seems to be mostly ...
Now that I've had a few hours of sleep, here's a bit more involved report on Alt.NET day 1. Also, if you want to see video of the opening of the conference, Jeffrey has video of it on his blog here. First off, we went over the 4 principles of open space: - Whoever comes is the right people - Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened - Whenever it starts is the right time - When its over, its over Now these might seem a bit airy at first glance, but they make a tonne of sense. The ...
At the beginning of the MVP Summit, we had these talks called Open Spaces. The idea behind this was a free exchange of ideas with little or no agenda... just a topic. It's been done other places with varying degrees of success, but unfortunately the sessions I attended would have to be classified as a failure. Why? The first problem was the lack of moderation. We had a facilitator, but honestly he lacked a strong enough personality to reign the group in. It eventually got to the point where an MVP ...
I was here in Seattle a few years ago and I remember my wife and I driving around for HOURS looking for a place to eat...and finding nothing...and going back to our hotel and ordering pizza. I have two similar stories to add, and let this be a warning to you if you travel to Seattle and like late-night snacks/eating. Wednesday Night This was the EMP party night, and after coming back to the hotel and hanging out with the gang in the lobby for a bit, I called it a night...well, I intended to. What ...
Many of you know who Justice Gray is, a self proclaimed metro-sexual developer living in Edmonton who tries to provide organizations and developers with insight on best practices, coding standards, and hair care tips. Recently, there was much buzz about Justice becoming an MVP...to which he took dramatic license on his blog to tell the world "I can't be one until my well deserving brothers are acknowledged!" Now, that's how I know he meant it to sound even though reading the post you would think ...
Technorati Tags: Canadians @ MVP Summit 2008 Thursday was the last day of the MVC summit and it went out with a bang! We assembled at the convention centre and were treated to keynotes and question/answer sessions with Ray Ozzie and Steve Ballmer. The Canadians were assembled en-masse and we definitely made our presence known. This was the first time I'd heard Ray Ozzie speak, and although he'd definitely not the rah-rah guy that Steve is, he has the same thoughtful demeanour that Bill Gates has. ...
Technorati Tags: Canadians @ MVP Summit 2008 Wednesday night was the party at the Experience Music Project here in Seattle. It was a *fantastic* time, where we had access to the entire EMP museum, the Sci Fi museum, great food, a free bar, rooms for Rock Band and Guitar Hero...but the BIG draw, the BIG ticket item was...KARAOKE! "Say what? Karaoke? That doesn't sound fun." you say. Well, what if its Karaoke with a LIVE ROCK BAND?! Oh yeah, then it all of a sudden becomes an event of LEGEND! So below ...
So I purchased a Canada SD 870 IS before coming down to the MVP summit. I was *very* happy with my purchase until just a couple of days ago. The camera takes great pictures! They're very clear and colours are excellent. I do find sometimes the flash is a bit much, but I haven't played enough with what's available with shutter exposures to figure out how to tweak it. The screen on the back of the camera is huge, and I don't miss the manual viewfinder at all! All would be good...except for one thing: ...
The MVP Summit is over, and it rocked. Totally rocked. It was very cool seeing so many of my friends and colleagues again. Definitely way too many people to list here. I also made a bunch of new friends. I can't wait for the next event. I spent some time talking with Microsoft about VB Community, and even got to present some of the VB XNA stuff I had been working on at the Summit. It was very exciting to be addressing Microsoft and a room full of MVPs. I also spent some time with the INETA Board ...
Yep it's another 3 post day...My brain has too much filling inside that wants to release itself in words today. Either that or this is excess insanity due to rain and eating oreo cookie moose. So it's no surprise that I want to be an MVP some day some of you may know this fact. The question I have asked people is how do I get there? So far I have tried to pick up a couple speaking gigs at the KC Office Geeks and I spoke at MOSS Camp in St. Louis. I plan on speaking at any MOSS Camp in KC or St. Louis ...
I'm sensitive to the fact that not everyone is an MVP. If you're reading this, and you aren't then go back and find some of my posts that talk about my travails. 3 years ago at this very time, I was out of work and having trouble finding work. Life has some funny twists, and today ends my first MVP Summit. Because I'm taking vacation time and paying my own flight, etc.. I'm leaving tonight and will get to Phx about 11:30, and be back on the 101 heading to work tomorrow morning at 7 :) This was an ...
Today was extremely busy and exhausting as well. The routine here is to wake up early, grab a boxed breakfast and coffee in the huge ballroom at the hotel and then run off to where the buses are parked to take you to the Redmond Microsoft campus. I scheduled meetings with some Microsoft personnel today along with poking my head into some of the sessions that were going on at the Conference Center. I continued to evangelize computer science education and spoke with interested people about the concerns ...
Today was day 2 of the Global MVP Summit. We spent it in Redmond, on the Microsoft Campus. For my part I spent the whole day in the RIA (pronounced "reee-ya") track, focussed on Silverlight (mostly) and WPF (a little). I won't say much about it for two reasons: Either the code we saw was very similar to the one shown in Vegas one month ago, or I don't have the right to talk about it because of NDA Generally speaking, it's safe to say that really great things are going to be built on top of Silverlight. ...
Well the weather in April is quite different than the weather in Orlando, FL at this time of year. However, I did notice that there is more color in the trees and plants even though it's cold. I spent most of the morning at an XNA workshop. Even though I'm an ASP.NET MVP, there are certain events that we can go to outside our area. It was interesting to listen to the XNA concerns that the MVP folks had. The speaker who is a senior manager mentioned XNA being used in colleges and that opened up the ...
A comment was just made in the session today about preventing developers from doing something. The response was, in a nutshell, "Well, tell them not to do it." I've noticed this in a few sessions/discussions that I've been part of at the MVP summit. Yesterday in our ASP.NET open space, we talked a lot about the MVC framework and the challenges coming up between MVC and Webforms. Alot of the discussion revolved around what this means for developers and learning, knowing what is the best practice, ...
We have had many friendly Americans who have graced our great Canadian landscape, but none have committed so much to the Canadian developer landscape than Rod Paddock. (the below picture was entirely ripped from Justice Gray's blog...click the link to see the associated post) As you may (or may not) know, all the Canadian MVP's show off their colors at the MVP summit by wearing Canadian hockey jerseys which are the *envy* of all at the summit (Russians did their own shirts, France MVP's have berets, ...
I arrived early at the airport and met up with our Microsoft local leader Joe, Devfish, Healy. Joe was in high spirits banging away on his keyboard at 7 am! Joe drove from Tampa to Orlando to take the Alaskan Airlines direct flight to Seattle. Joe feels so committed to the MVP program that he makes sure he has money in his budget to go to this event and hook up with the user group leaders at this event. Shawn Weisfeld, a C# MVP and Onetug leader, was next to arrive at the gate. We all boarded the ...
There's no denying that the MVP summit is a great time of socializing and partying...everyone gets together with their peer group and has a good time. I'm hoping though that through this week there will also be some time to "get work done". I have some things I'd like to raise with other ASP.NET MVP's and also community leaders on a whole (most MVP's happen to be community champions). How do we inject good coding practices for existing ASP.NET webform dev? I was talking with someone after my TCCC ...
What a day...a long, somewhat exhausting, but ultimately enjoyable day. It started early for me: I caught my plane out of Winnipeg at 8:00 AM, flying through Denver and landing in Seattle at 1:15 this afternoon (local time). After Donald, Tom, and Dave landed about an hour later, we headed to the hotels. After settling in, we left to go register for the MVP summit along with the Quebec contingent of MVPs. Dave decided to try and hit on the girl running one of the tables and at the same time get information ...
It's my second year as Microsoft MVP but I didn't attend the global MVP summit last year, so I am really excited to attend this year. I am currently on my way to Seattle (via Frankfurt), and will spend next week there getting loads and loads of information about the newest trends and technologies from Microsoft. Like any conference, the summit is also (and before all) a way to network, meet new friends that I know from their blogs or Twitter or any other e-medium, and meet again with friends from ...
As I prepare for my yearly pilgrimage to Microsoft (also known as the MVP Summit), I also happen to be wrapping up my current gig through Magenic. When I get back from Redmond, I'll have a day left here and then the weekend. After that, I'm off to whereever Magenic sends me next. I also got some good news via email today. I've been appointed to the Magenic Technology Council. From the email: The purpose of the MTC is to recognize Magenic consultants/associates who are evangelizing Microsoft technologies ...
Actually, I wanna be like ScottGu and ScottHa and Phil Haack, and.... well you get the idea. I have been thinking about things I want to accomplish in my career for awhile now. I have set out some goals for myself. Like Becky Isserman, I want to become an MVP. This is a bit longer road for me because, I have not been super active in the developer's community here. It's not that I don't want to, I just haven't figured out how. I haven't figured out how ScottGu and ScottHa and Phil manage to do it. ...
This weekend rocked, but it was also very stressful. I started to think about what I want to do with my career. I have to admit that where I want to go is at least to try to obtain MVP Status. I have to want it enough and head myself in the right direction. I need to stop sitting back and assuming what I am doing is working out. So you guys are going to see some changes happening soon. I have to thank a lot of people for helping me out, especially Sahil Malik and David Isserman. They spoke to me ...
Ok, so my announcement is 6 days late. I'm proud to announce that I received the coveted Microsoft MVP award for Visual Basic (currently the only MVP in Arkansas). I'd first like to thank the Academy ... oh wait wrong speech again. Actually I would like to thank the following people for their help and encouragement. My apologies in advance if I neglected to mention you. Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group - a great bunch that has been an exciting group to get to know and share with Travis Doyle - ...

Well, folks...My MVP award for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server was renewed another year!  woot! 

See you all at either Summit or TechEd 2008 (dev week) !

Bill Reiss -- Congratulations on getting MVP once again!!! Bill is the Silverlight guy that's been posting all the game stuff... Well, ok, him and Andy Beaulieu (Hi Andy!). Bill's site is Silverlight Games 101, and he posted about his re-award here early this morning. Bill also talked a bit about what it takes to be an MVP and what it might mean. I thought about Bill's post and thought I'd take the opportunity to add onto it. There is a wide variety of MVPs as can be seen on the MVP Site. Becoming ...
I was at the VS2008 "Heroes Happen Here" Launch Event in Phoenix yesterday so am somewhat backed up on everything, but before the day gets rolling, there are some congratulatory messages to pass along, and I'm going to do them alphabetically by first name: Adam Kinney -- Happy Birthday man... hope you have a great day. Great job in the movie :) Frank LaVigne -- Congratulations on getting MVP once again!!! I'll give a link, but can't test it from inside this facility, just go to FranksWorld.com and ...
Yes, I have been awarded Microsoft MVP Award once again for my contributions in C# community. It is second time that I'm getting this award. Last time, I got it for the same C#. I came to know about this last (4/1/2008) evening No! it was not an April Fool trust me it was as real as it was last year . I thank everyone who supported me in doing this, thank God to give me courage to have more time working for knowledge sharing and learning, my fiancee who always loved and appreciated what I've been ...
so yesterday I received some great news, I have been awarded an MVP for Team System..... how do I feel? awesome..... but I got this through meeting and learning from the most amazing individuals both in my company and inside Microsoft, working with these people has been the most amazing ride... so I'm going to give thanks to my colleagues and friends, because you are the ones that help keep my fire burning Aaron and ET, thanks for everything I owe you guys so much, thanks for helping me find the ...
I just learned that we have some new BI MVPs that were awarded recently On the SSAS front Vidas Matelis (of www.ssas-info.com fame) has received a SQL Server MVP award. And two of my fellow countrymen and PerformancePoint specialists Adrian Downes and Nick Barclay have both been awarded too ...

Congrats to Dave Woods for his MVP award in the area of Security (which is funny since most fathers lock up their daughters when Dave comes around...)

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Congrats to Tom Opgenorth for his recent MVP award for C#!!!

There's one off the Justice Gray nomination list!

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What do you know, I actually won something! That something happens to be a super-fly clip on 8-bit tie that I'll be sporting at the MVP Summit's Party with Polermo!

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Microsoft EDC 2008 Website is UP. You Can Click Here To Register. EDC will be April 13 and April 14 - In Cairo International Conference Center (Agenda) But Watch out. The Attendance Fee is 100 EGP. There're Invitations Available. An Invitation Code is required to register, and you get that by calling the guy mentioned in the right top part of the registration page, and you can call his mobile phone only on Egypt working hours. I've written about Microsoft EDC 2008 (Egypt Developers Conference 2008) ...
The VS.NET 2008 launch tour has rolled into Winnipeg! Last night we had a fantastic Community Connection event hosted by Microsoft and CIPS. There was a great turnout and great discussion. Today I'm blogging from the Silver City Polo Park theatre where the event is happening. Looks like a great turnout (I had heard numbers around 350 a few days ago). In another "I really need to lose weight" moment though, my XL MVP jacket isn't quite "D'Arcy" XL if you know what I mean...but that's ok, I still rock ...
There were a couple of hundred Code Campers on Saturday in Heathrow, FL at Seminole Community College. The day was jam packed with 56 sessions and 13 tracks. Kudos to Microsoft MVP Shawn Weisfeld for organizing the event and running around to make sure everything was working correctly. Another kudos to Microsoft DevFish Joe Healy for always trying to hook you up with someone he knows that would be a good network contact for you. I heard that the infamous Microsoft Guru Russ Fustino was there but ...
Location This month's (and possibly future) meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://march-gcnug.eventbri... Topic The Mole Visualizer For Visual Studio has taken the developer ...
I've been gone. Did you notice? Well, even if you didn't, you get to hear why... I've been sick again. One of the realities of my life is that when I do too much, my body rebels. This time, it caught a flu-like bug and decided not to let it go. I am finally crawling out of the worst of it to try and get caught up on things. I'm still not fully up to speed, but I did want to update you all on a couple of sites you should check out. First, my good friend Tim Heuer is out traveling the western part ...
It's No Joke! Fool Your Audience with PowerPoint Magic Brought to you by Eli Journals & AudioSolutionz Tuesday April 1, 2008 3 pm ET/12 pm PT Length: 60 minutes Format: Audioconference and Webinar PowerPoint can help you create attractive presentations, but you can make real magic with little-known tricks and techniques that will amaze your audience. Learn how to use animations, hyperlinks, and other basic PowerPoint functions in new ways that will take your slideshow to a whole new level and ...
So I was supposed to go to Party with Palermo for Tech·Ed 2007 but didn't manage to make it to town in time. Now that I know I'm going to the MVP Summit this year, I'm planning to go to the MVP Summit edition. As always, the cover charge is one business card, which will get you in the door and registered for the grand prize drawings. This is free to attend, with free food, drink, and swag. April 13, 2008 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM Jillian's: http://www.jilliansbilliard... 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, ...
...and they'll all be at the MVP summit's Party with Polermo! If you're an MVP attending the summit and have *never* experienced a PwP, then you *MUST* ensure that you don't miss out on this event! Highlights include: Chris Williams after 10 glasses of Chardonnay acting out his last Dungeons and Dragons session. Donald Belcham down 5 SUCCESSIVE PRAIRIE FIRES before finding the closest Earl's Eric Legault go toe to toe with pints of Guiness before launching into a riveting air guitar rendition of ...
If you're near Columbia, SC tomorrow be sure to drop in to catch Karl Shifflett's presentation on Mole Visualizer! Here's the information on the meeting! Topic – Mole Visualizer for Visual Studio The Mole Visualizer For Visual Studio has taken the developer community by storm. It has been written up on major developer blogs all over the world including several at Microsoft. It has been downloaded by tens of thousands of developers worldwide. This session will cover using Mole on WPF, WinForms, ASP.NET, ...
The Rockville .NET User Group (RockNUG) will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 from 6:30PM-9:00PM. This month, they'll be having a pretty interesting topic on refactoring in C# with Jonathan Cogley. I've had my refactoring and agile boots on lately, so I can definitely relate. I don't know what I would do though without my Resharper 4.0 Nightly Builds... I've had a few issues here and there, but nothing to discourage me from continuing usage. Anyhow, here are the details: ...
So, I've been avoiding this whole ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC pattern) thing for a while. That it, until late last week, when it landed squarely in my lap. We're going to be using it at a client, so I better get familiar with it. I had read a few articles online about the Model View Presenter (MVP pattern), and those read like stereo instructions, only not as exciting. So, as you can probably imagine, I was less than enthused at having to pick up YANT*. Fortunately, fate was smiling upon me ...
I just posted the Day 1 and 2 Interviews. Click here: Ch8 @ MIX08 - Interviews Day 1 & 2 Here is some of the coverage I did at Mix for you guys. See the first two days at MIX08 through student eyes. I had a great experience and I hope you enjoy it. Dan Waters, ADE - says good morning Following people give advise to students: Day 1: Jim Duffy, TakeNote.com Rob Zelt, ASP.NET MVP Miguel de Icaza, MONO Project Infragistics crew Day 2: Andrew Flick , infragistics, past MS Student Ambassador PIXEL8 ...