October began yesterday with an email from Microsoft congratulating me for receiving Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. I’m a connected system developer MVP, which kind of describes my work – working with distributed systems, connecting clients and servers, building WCF services, ASP.NET applications, working with IIS servers, etc…
This is the first time I receive the MVP award, so I’m quite excited. Special thanks to the people who helped with my nomination – Guy Burstein and Meir Pinto from Microsoft Israel, to my managers at Sela Group – David Bassa and Ishai Ram, and of course to all of you that are reading my blog, that come to my sessions in conferences, to the hundreds of people I trained over the years, and to those whose nickname I only know that marked my answers as correct in forums. Congratulations also to my colleagues in Sela – Arik Poznanski for his new MVP in Visual C#, and to Gil Fink for his third year in a row of being a Data Platform MVP.
As I said before, this month bears many good news – next week I’m heading to Microsoft HQ in Redmond, where I’m going to attend an Azure Platform Metro course. Metro courses are special Microsoft courses that are constructed by DPE teams in Microsoft (developer and platform evangelists) and are intended to teach new technologies for eager developers. I’m going to participate in this course with several other trainers from all over the world, and learn the newest stuff in the Azure platform from Microsoft’s experts, so it’s going to be a great experience for me, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
October goes on with good stuff – the following week after the course I’m going to attend the Visual Studio Live! conference in Redmond (17-21 of October), this time not as a listener, but as a speaker.
I’m giving two sessions in the conference, about the new features of WCF 4, and about the new face of web development – ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, and Razor.
And for the finale of October – after my two sessions, I’m catching a flight to San-Francisco to attend the North-America 2011 MCT Summit (Microsoft Certified Trainers Summit), which is also during 19-21 of October. In the summit I will be presenting yet again the new features of WCF 4, but will also probably spend some time talking about teaching tips for the official WCF 4 course (10263A) that I co-authored last year for Microsoft.
If you are working in the area of Seattle or San-Francisco, and interested in WCF consulting or training, let me know as I have a few days off that I can dedicate to consultations and courses. I will be available in the Seattle area between 14-17 of October, and in the San-Francisco area between 21-22 of October. I also have a 9-hour connection in Newark on the 23rd, if you want a quick consultation
October started great with my new MVP, and it’s going to end great with two weeks of learning and speaking in the US.