Showing posts with label mvp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mvp. Show all posts

Reading Notes #301





  • My First Year as an MVP, part 1 (Jen Kuntz) - Interesting post. It feels soooooo familiar, and yet so far now. I look forward to meeting you in March fellow Canadian MVP.

Reading Notes #280



Reading Notes #266

Retropie_SplashSuggestion of the week




  • SQL Database Query Editor available in Azure Portal (Ninar Nuemah) - I was looking for this since the old query tool was removed. I will probably continue to use SQL studio management or VsCode, put what a time saving, and you are investigating a problem... Open a blade right from the Azure portal and voila!


  • MVP API Intro (Daron Yƶndem) - I love it! I already have few ideas in mind, and I'm curious to see what you will do guys.

What did you say you are, an MVP?

A few years ago, I decided to put myself in a situation where I’d be in contact with more people. Of course, I got a lot of technical questions, but also, and more often than you may think, people ask me about my MVP title. What’s an MVP? What do you need to do to become one? What do you do when you are an MVP? What do you get as an MVP? You can always come see me and ask me; it would be a pleasure to speak with you. However, for those who want to stay in the shadows, or are not sure how to ask, I decided to write a blog post about it.

What is MVP?

MVP_Logo_Preferred_Cyan300_RGB_300ppiIn short, MVPs are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). For more than twenty years, Microsoft has given that award to technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. There are close to 4,000 MVPs around the globe specializing in approximately seventeen different categories. MVPs share their passion by writing blog posts, articles, and books, answering questions in forums, and giving presentations in community groups and events.

How I Became an MVP

Firstly, I didn’t do anything to become an MVP. I became an MVP because of what I was doing. And that’s how I think it should be approached.

I’ve always read a lot about new technologies and enjoy working on home “pet projects”. I find that the optimal way to learn is by doing whenever possible. Having real struggles with “features” are the best brain push-up you can get. Because things are changing quickly, and because I was playing with a large variety of technologies, I was keeping notes on my work. First, my notes were on a disk; then I put them online. From time to time, when someone would ask me a question at work, I would search through my notes. Although my online notes were public, the URL was purposely not a friendly one. Before long, co-workers started to ask me if they could have the URL to my notes and I knew it was time to take the first real step into the light.

I still remember clearly that talk I had with Dom, an "Eagle" (tech prime) at the office. I was shy but he told me to give it a try; some people were already liking what I was sharing, and after all, I was doing the work for myself anyways so why not share it with others? Since getting out of your comfort zone is a good way to learn, I decided to start my blog. And just to add a level of difficulty, I decided to do it in English since at the time I only knew French.

I started my blog,, and changed all my funny avatars to my photo. Since starting my blog, I publish my reading notes every Monday. And exactly like the saying goes, “build it, and they will come.” The weeks passed and the number of weekly views on my blog grew from dozens to hundreds. Encouraged, I decided to publish the notes from one of my home projects. Immediately the number of views jumped. I was trying to write more, but it was a very long process since I was definitely not fluent in English. However, every time I published a post, I was really proud. Not only had I successfully finished a project and learned something new, I had also written a post that would help others learn too. At the same time, I joined the Canadian Windows Azure Community Experts group and participated in events.

Sharing my passion through presentations, blog posts, and meetups was enough for me to be welcomed into the big MVP family.


What I’ve Been Up to Since Becoming an MVP

Having been recognized as an MVP didn’t change me. I’m still very nervous before a presentation or publishing a blog post. I continue to code late at night on personal projects. More than ever, I’m excited when after a long battle with a bug, I finally find the way to make everything work.
What is different is that I now have more opportunities. All those friends reaching out to me (and other times it’s me reaching out to them) to ask a quick question or invite me to join them at an event. It’s up to me to embrace those challenges, get out of my comfort zone and continue to share my passion and my journey through the technology I like so much. I’ve started a second blog, in French this time, called I’ve also joined the MSDEVMTL (Cloud) community group in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a co-admin and started a new community in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada called OttCloudTech.

Thank you for reading my blog posts and asking questions. Next time you have the chance, reach out to me, it would be terrific to finally meet you.
See you soon.


Reading Notes #254





Reading Notes #228


  • But Why Do You Trust Your Data? (Buck Woody) - I consider this post as a really great teaser. After ready his post most chances are you will check the video it recommended... and next give a shot to Azure data Catalog.



  • Analyzing your Azure Search traffic (Berni Torres Garayar) - Great post that explains how to improve our services by listening to our client's search requests, leveraging the new Azure Search Analytics and PowerBi.



MVP Award 2016!


Thank you

Since two years now, the first of April is very special for me. Not because of all the April fool, but because that the date you made me a Microsoft Azure MVP.

I'm very proud and happy to be renew this year again. I wanted to take time to thank you all. I will continue to write and talk about my passions!
See you soon...

Up-comming events

Reading Notes #218

GuyAndErikSuggestion of the week




Reading Notes #206



  • Learn You Node with VS Code (G. Andrew) - This post is really an excellent starting point to learn Node.js. It gives good references, tools, and tips.


  • MVP Award Update - Oct 2015 - This post explains the changes done to the MVP program to improve it. A must to all current and future MVP candidates.

Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference, one more day to go

MVPvConf 2015

Yesterday, was the first day of the #MVPvConf 2015. I already write about this event presented by MVP for everyone.

I really enjoy switching from one path to the other following the best fits of my interest. I even got some real though decisions to take because two sessions were at the same time! But wait; there is more!

Today it's Day 2, and many great presentations will by available.

Developer track with topics like: Roslyn Windows 10 ASP.NET Azure Cross-Platform...

IT Pro track with topics like: DevOps System Center Hyper-V Migration Office 365...

Consumer track with topics like: Pivot Table Data Windows 10 Cortana OneNote Security...

LATAM track with topics like: Power BI Exchange Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Office 365...

Brazil track with topics like: Azure Active Directory Hybrid Cloud SQL Server...

Build your own agenda, and come join-us!

The first ever Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

Did you eared about that great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on in May? On the 14th and 15th (yes two days!), join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

by MVPs, for everyone


Gigantic event

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.  Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Key Note Address.

Still not sure if you will found what you are looking for?

The conference will have 5 tracks:
  • IT Pro English
  • Dev English
  • Consumer English
  • Portuguese mixed sessions
  • Spanish mixed sessions
There is something for everyone! Learn from the best and brightest MVPs in the tech world today and develop some great skills!

Join Me!

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.


The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

Reading Notes #181

Post It - MVP V-ConfSuggestion of the week




  • Making the Complex Simple - Not sure how to "classify" this post, is it a top list of the best bad practices, or literally "du bonbon"? A post to read, and relax.

From Ottawa to Montreal in April 2015

This April two event kept my attention, let me present them.

The MVP Cloud RoadShow - April 11

Where: Ottawa
Register: Meetup

Bored that every one is telling you to move to the cloud, but don't explain how to get there or are how it's working in the cloud?

The MVP Cloud RoadShow, is the perfect opportunity to meet Microsoft Azure MVPs. These specialists will talk about: Intune, Hybrid Identity, Rights Management, SQL Business Intelligence and Building a Lab in Azure.

Here all the information you need on the Meetup page.

Global Azure Bootcamp (Montreal edition) - April 25

Where: Montreal
Register: Meetup

Azure Bootcamp logo
This year is marks the third edition of this great event. In more than 190 locations around the globe, people will develop Cloud Computing applications for Azure, this is definitely a great learning opportunity. Many goods hands-on-labs:
  • Infrastructure as a Service in Microsoft Azure (Virtual Machines)
  • Getting started with Azure Websites and ASP.NET
  • Building a web application with ASP.NET MVC using DocumentDB
  • Get Started with the Azure WebJobs SDK
  • Get started with Mobile Services
  • How to Use Azure Redis Cache
  • etc.

For all the detail about the Montreal edition be sure to go on the Meetup page. For more information about the global event go on

~Frank B.

Microsoft Azure MVP 2015

With April came the MVP nominations, and I'm very happy to receive the 2015 Microsoft Azure MVP award, and to join the great MVP's family.

I would like to thanks everyone who helps me to share my passion, push me to always move forward, stimulate me to get outside my comfort zone to meet other passionate around the globe. Be sure that this is only the beginning!

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs is an award that Microsoft gives to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities.
To know more about the MVP program, or to know how you could become an MVP, visit Microsoft MVP website.

See you soon.

~ Frank B

Reading Notes #43


from Wely's Cloud Journey blog


  • Need A Cloud Monkey? Netflix Unleashes Simian Army - Monkeys is the name of all those programmes or applications that are used by Netflix to watch their system. This post report that Netflix announce they will give the code as open source.
  • Outside-the-Box Pizza, Part 3: Mobility & Responsive Web Design (David Pallmann) - In this post all the CSS tricks to support the Responsive web design will be explains. The goal is to support the army of different mobile devices.
  • Why you need to learn async in .NET ( - Nice post with a code sample that illustrate the advantage of using the async framework. Let’s the code represents “the what” of what you want to do not “the how”.
  • WCF-SQL Adapter and permissions - Well explain. I got this once, and I remember spending few minutes trying to understand this error message... It's a shame that it's not the good one that is display first...
  • Lowering the Barriers to Code Generation with T4 - If you are not already using T4 or if you think code generation is only for "big project", this post is for you. This very nice tutorial shows how to use T4 to improve the quality, the stability and the readability of your code. A must for all serious .Net developer.