Archive for April, 2010

Last Thursday I was given the opportunity to present my first live meeting. It was part 2 of a live meeting series organized by Microsoft to get people familiar with Visual Studio 2010 and .Net framework 4.0. I spoke about C# 4.0 and Parallel computing.

Things I covered included

  • C# 4.0 Language and compiler features
    Dynamic support, Named and optional parameters, Variance (CoVariants, ContraVariants), Office Programmability
  • Visual C# IDE featues
    Call Hierarchy, NavigateTo, Reference Highlighting, Generate from usage, Intellisence suggestion mode, Live Semantic Errors
  • and Parallel programming in Visual studio 2010
    Parallel API, Parallel Profiling, Parallel debugger, Concurrency visualizer in VS2010

It was a whole different experience from other events I’ve presented since the lack of live audience (they were online) kept me focused to the topics I wanted to present. Overall I think it went very well as people seemed to be very interested and stayed online to listen till the end of the meeting.

As usual I’m posting the slide deck and source code I’ve used in the presentation so that everyone can have a look and play with the new technologies. By the way the meeting was recoded and will be published shortly at www.techdays.gr, so if you missed it, visit the site.


Last week I had the pleasure to attend the CEE MVP summit which was hosted this year hear at Athens. Having the experience of the MVP summit I knew that I was going to have a great time and was proven right. I had a great time talking with my fellow MVPs listening to their experiences and socializing with them.

I guess that’s one of the benefits of being an MVP, you get the chance to know and speak with a lot of people. For those of you that are still skeptical I hope the next gallery will show you all the fun you’ll have by becoming an MVP.

For those that don’t know what an MVP really means, check out the MVP Program site and then read my interview at Alessandro’s (my MVP lead) blog as well as my interview at MicrosoftFeed hope these will clear things out for you.

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This weekend I got the chance to speak about IE8 and the future (the next version IE9) in a different event from the ones I’m used to speak, MediaCampAthens.

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MediaCampAthens intends to bring together new media enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future of the web, arts, new media, interactive advertising and marketing throughout one day. MediaCampAthens hopes to unlock the potential of new opportunities within the new media industry in Athens. Topics may include – but are not limited to – Web 2.0, entrepreneurship, design, interactive advertising, wi-fi, mobile media, business/marketing perspectives etc.

The event has more likely an open space format in a way that the attendees decide what they want to hear and discuss.

Although the attendees didn’t come from the Microsoft camp (if you get my drift :D) they seemed pretty interested, un-bias, and eager to learn how they can promote their sites and services using IE8 features, like web slices, accelerators and Search providers as well as see what’s new on IE9 with the IE 9 platform preview.

For those of you that didn’t get the chance to be there here is my slide deck.


MVP Re-Awarded

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Great news arrived last week. I was re-awarded with the MVP title for the fourth consecutive year. It feels so great being part of this community not only because of the benefits (which are great too :D) but also because you get the chance to actually reach out and help other people.

As I promised last year and the year before that I will try to engage more in the community through my blogging, speaking, and writing on Software and web development and hope that I will meet MVP program’s high entrance standards next year as well :D.

Stay tuned… more is coming…

P.S. For those that don’t know what an MVP really means, check out the MVP Program site and then read my interview at Alessandro’s (my MVP lead) blog as well as my interview at MicrosoftFeed.