Tech in the 603, The Granite State Hacker

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

Jim Wilcox – 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP – Developer Technologies

This showed up in the mail today! Despite the April 1st date, it’s not an April Fools’ gag after all! I’ve only ever seen one of these trophies in person before this one. I’ve been trying to stay chill about it…. but heck, here it is…

I’m profoundly honored and thankful to say that Microsoft has chosen to award me with this 2019-2020 “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award, in the category of Developer Technologies!

If you’re not familiar with this award program, check out the program’s official web site: https://mvp.microsoft.com

I won’t deny it… the MVP award always struck me as “the big award” for Windows-realm programmers… the closest thing folks in my trade have to, say, a Grammy Award for musicians, or Oscars for movie folks.

As a young programmer, especially someone who used Microsoft tools constantly, I was in (sometimes grudging) awe of the Microsoft MVP program since its early days (in the mid 1990’s).

More than a decade later, circa 2010, I still remember the first seemingly mythical MVPs I met in person… folks like Dan Stolts, the “IT Pro Guru”, Chris Bowen, John Garland, “The .NET Gator”, and Jason Himmelstein, once aka “SharePoint Longhorn”. I remember the first time I saw Bob Familiar, curator of the “Undocumented API”… (I was fully too star-struck to introduce myself the first time I saw him.) Jim O’Neil, Chris McNulty, Chris Bortlik, Bob German, Scott Jamison, Rob Windsor, Adam Mechanic, Sade Van Buren, D’Arcy Hess, Marc Anderson, Julie Turner, Carl Barton, Jason Haley, Oren Novotny, Lance McCarthy… oh wow… so many… and many, many others… as a participant in software developer community events, I have enjoyed (then and now) the opportunity to learn from, even meet and talk shop with these brilliant people. [I don’t usually like to ‘name drop’ and there are lots of folks who are not (perhaps yet) MVPs (Thank you, too!), but when it comes to saying ‘thank you’ it’s hard to stop.]

Clearly these folks pulled me deeper into the high-tech community with them, even helped me find career adjustments that landed me sitting at desks next to theirs from time to time. I’d been building cool technology for years with some great folks when I got to Edgewater Technologies… From there, to Jornata / BlueMetal / Insight Digital Innovation… (I still geek out that my desk at the office is beside Jim O’Neil’s, and a ton of those other “mythical” people have also had nametags on desks in the office in Watertown in recent years, too.)

I’m also psyched to say that most of the folks I mention above (whom I’m still in awe of) have come to also know me… for being a community-enabled solution architect and coder… that’s to say… for being someone who helps them with their work.

In any case, the award’s not a goal. It’s a side-effect of helping to build great technology with a great tech community.

An MVP award is also a sponsorship. As a sponsorship, it provides additional connections and resources… all of which is to a) help me enable my clients even more, and b) to further strengthen community.

I’m psyched that I’m able to bring these new connections and resources to build up the Greater New Hampshire Area software development community (which includes, but is not limited to the Greater Boston Area). šŸ˜‰

I’m an application architect and coder by trade. Clients and their projects come first… and clients are strongest when community-enabled too. Better community makes better solutions. Better soluitons make heathier work lives. Healthier work lives make happier personal lives.

You are worth it.

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