MVP

A 13-post collection

Inside the Microsoft MVP summit chocolate factory

Being awarded an MVP title and attending the annual summit is a little like getting your hands on one of these: Suddenly you feel all Charlie Bucket, ready to gorge on the wonders that exist behind the doors of the mysterious Ballmer Wonka chocolate factory. Whilst an extensive amount of the information shared remains under NDA (more on that shortly), I’d like to share some insight from the program and the event which might shed some light on some of the mystique. The conference that money can’t buy The MVP summit – and the MVP program in general – isn’t something you can buy your way into. You can’t study for an...

Microsoft MVP of the Year, 2011

Well this was a very nice email to receive: Congratulations on being awarded MVP of the Year based on your contributions in 2011! It seems I must have done something(s) pretty right in my first year of MVPdom and word has it that my free OWASP Top 10 for .NET devs eBook tilted the voting in my favour. So for everyone who downloaded, RT’d, +1’d, liked, emailed and otherwise said nice things about my work, a heartfelt “thank you”! Now I’m not the only MVP to receive this award; there are some other names that also received the same accolade and it’s very illustrious company to keep. I joined...

The accidental MVP

An unexpected email was waiting for me when I got off the plane from a recent work trip to Thailand on Saturday: Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Developer Security technical communities during the past year. Given this was sent out on April 1st, one could be forgiven for being a little sceptical. Being loaded up with healthy doses of overwork and jet lag when I read the email didn’t help make things any clearer but a couple of days on, after the dust...