# Monday, 16 January 2012
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, 11 January 2012

If you haven’t seen it, check out my online TV show Technology and Friends. I interview guests about topics that I think technologists will find interesting.

I published over 50 episodes in 2011. Below are my favourites from the year:

Episode 132: Josh Holmes on WebMatrix
I love Josh’s enthusiasm. He had just walked offstage at CodeMash where he presented the debut of this product, a privilege ordinarily reserved for a Microsoft Vice President.

Episode 133: Richard Campbell on Developers in Developing Countries
Richard Campbell is one of my favourite podcasters. I’ve heard him speak on air many times, but never heard him reveal details of how he helps kick-start developer communities in third-world countries.

Episode 156: Jesse Liberty and Jon Galloway - Remote Pairing
Liberty and Galloway created a cool project while collaborating from opposite coasts. It’s clear they enjoyed working together and their banter in this conversation is priceless.

Episode 157: Charles Stacy Harris III on The Micro Framework
I recorded two episodes in an actual TV studio. The content is great, but the production is what makes this video stand out.

Episode 160: Charles Petzold on History and Science
It’s not often I get to meet a legend.

Episode 161: Seth Juarez on Machine Learning
Seth is a fascinating interview. He’s doing work on things that I had not seen before. I love how he explains things in a way that simplifies complex topics.

Episode 179: Bryan Hunter on Erlang
Bryan is a .NET developer who learned Erlang in order to solve a business problem It has given him a unique insight into the limitations of the .NET Framework.

Episode 182: Mark Minasi on Windows Server 8
One of the few IT interviews I’ve conducted. Minasi is a great speaker and a charming man. I loved talking with him.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:55:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, 09 January 2012
Monday, 09 January 2012 22:17:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, 04 January 2012

Recently, Dave McKinnon, the brains behind 1DevDay, the Detroit Java Group, Detroit Dev Digest, and a host of other happenings in the Michigan developer community, called me to ask a few questions. My responses are part of an article he wrote about me, which you can read at http://detroitdevdigest.com/2011/12/26/mvp-dave-giard/

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:07:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 02:54:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Tuesday, 27 December 2011

 

2011 is drawing to a close and I'm ready to declare it a success.

My sons are happy and healthy and getting good grades. I had the pleasure of watching my son Nick play basketball for Michigan State this year and I hired a personal trainer for Timmy this past summer, which improved his game a great deal.

This year, I co-authored my first book - Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight [http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/Real-World-NET-C-and-Silverlight-Indispensible-Experiences-from-15-MVPs.productCd-1118021967.html], which was released in November by Wrox. I wrote a chapter on ASP.NET 4, MVC, and jQuery.

In my day job at Sogeti, I spent most of the year at the same customer (a large auto manufacturer in downtown Detroit) and I've been able to deliver several different projects for them. My managers saw fit to promote to Manager Consultant at the end of the year. Among my new responsibilities are engaging our consultants with the developer community and promoting Azure within the region.

In November 2011, my two years as president of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group came to an end. I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish the past two years and confident that the impressions I made on the group will be felt for years to come.

I received some recognition this year. I was renewed as a Microsoft MVP in July and I was promoted to Senior Manager at Sogeti a couple weeks ago. I attended my first MVP Summit in February and March and I enjoyed it so much I'm planning to return in 2012.

I love speaking at conferences and user groups and I continued to do this in 2011. In addition to deliver numerous presentations at user groups and community conferences in Michigan and Ohio, I spoke at MADExpo in Virginia, at CodeStock and DevLink in Tennessee, at the Chicago Code Camp in Illinois, and at the Redmond .NET User Group in Washington.

I attended a few conferences at which I did not speak, including CodeMash, the Telerik Insiders Summit, the Microsoft MVP Summit, and DevConnections.

Not everything was positive this year. My father has fallen very ill and has moved to a nursing home near his home in Florida. And I'm still trying to figure out why a relationship lasted 5 years and ended so suddenly.

But all in all, my life seems to be moving in the right direction after some bumps over the past few years. I'm looking forward to the emancipation of my sons in the next 18 months as they graduate - one from high school and the other from college. Things may really get interesting then.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 14:35:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 02:52:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, 19 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:35:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Thursday, 15 December 2011

Grape City Evangelist Russ Fustino records and produces the RussCam online TV show. I've met Russ at a few conferences in the past and I've always enjoyed his high-energy show.

So I was excited when he asked me to appear as a guest on RussCam when we were both at DevConnections in Las Vegas a couple months ago.

We talked about my experience teaching Active Reports years ago (before it was a GrapeCity product). As a bonus, I also recorded the intro to the show.

You can watch my interview and the rest of episode 30 here.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 22:26:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Wednesday, 14 December 2011