Believe it or now it has been an year since I last blogged. Funny enough my last blog post last year was about Visual Studio 2010 Official Launch. I still remember the journey for releasing Visual Studio 2010. As one of the Visual Studio ALM MVPs, it feels like I am part of the team releasing Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2010. The information exchanged on daily basis with TFS Product Group from Microsoft is just astonishing. Just this month Microsoft released Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and TFS 2010 SP1. And you can be sure that Visual Studio vNext aka Dev11 will completely blow your mind <grin>.
Many other things happened during 2010, which I would love to write them all but I can hardly do that in a single post. I also managed to get the technical issues that blocked me in first place for posting here for quite a long time. I will start keep up my blog up to date so you can read what’s cooking now and get more troubleshooting tips. On the other side, I do started to use Twitter (@kulov) where I tweet on a daily basis interesting news and useful links related to Microsoft technology. Follow me to keep in touch with more frequents updates.
There is one thing that really marks 2010 as a great year to myself. Just about a month after VS2010 was launched, I was extremely happy to hear that I got accepted in the Microsoft Regional Director program. I plan to dedicate a separate blog post on what this program means to me and to our community. For a quick introduction I will just say that this is a program for independent professionals, and I am not in employed at Microsoft in any form.
“Regional Directors are members of an elite, worldwide group of technology thought-leaders known for their national and international speaking tours, their authorship of books, articles and blogs, and their business acumen. Regional Directors are well-versed on the totality of the software industry. They are recognized for their achievements in communicating the benefits of emerging technologies.”
It is a great honor to be part of this group of really smart people some of them I worship since my very early years in programming.
Second half of the year 2010 I tried to align as best as possible with the RD program and continued to help our community grow. Although I couldn’t write here, I probably saw many of you on local and international events, or at least I reached you by email announcements. Some of the results are still to come in year 2011.
As result, at the MVP Summit 2011, in Redmond this February, Microsoft awarded me with the Silver Global Impact Award 2010 for my contribution to the Microsoft Regional Director Program.
Looking forward for even greater 2011!