This past week I had the pleasure of attending my 5th Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, WA. In July of 2008 Microsoft awarded me my first MVP in the area of Client App Dev. At the time, I was becoming deeply involved in the start of Silverlight and owe my nomination to Tim Heuer. In 2009 Microsoft asked a handful of us if we would be interested in moving to a new area of expertise, Silverlight.
It was that time 5 years ago that really changed who I am as a developer. Not because Microsoft made me an MVP, I certainly appreciated the recognition, but it was the relationships I have made The MVP program opened my eyes to a group of developers that are some of the most intelligent, passionate and inspiring developers in world. Listening to them present, reading there blogs and listening to their passion for technology, inspires me. It’s this inspiration that has shaped me into a great developer.
The MVP program has taught me that you can’t always find the exact answer to your problems, but if you and look deep enough, it will show you all you need to assemble your own answer.