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What an honor being part of this team running the largest Tech event in Greece.

Preparations for this year’s event have started.

Stay tuned…


Theme update

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Back in August when I migrated my blog to Windows Azure Websites and WordPress, I mentioned that I was also looking to change my theme. I wanted something fresh, and responsive so that anyone could navigate through it using any device and screen resolution, while adopting the Metro design principles at the same time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything I liked that would also fit all my requirements so I kind of stopped looking till today when I found the ideal theme.

Some of the new theme’s options are:

  • Responsive layout (1440px – 320px; on/ off via options)
  • Regular or Magazine homepage layouts available
  • Attractive slider (automatically resize images, auto-slide feature, supports video)
  • Tune background, panels’s opacity and 22 theme’s colors via Styling menu. Save your own color scheme or use 25 hand made skins
  • Your own logo (image) can be added
  • Google.Font support (500+)
  • 6 custom widgets (Blog, Portfolio, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Like Box, Video)
  • Basic contact form builded-in (sends form data to email)
  • Facebook comments integrated (on/off via options)
  • Shortcodes generator, integrated to visual editor (Galleries, Pricing tables, Testimonials, Logos, Aligned Content, Buttons, Lists, Icons, Videos, Infopanes, Tabs, Pricing Tables, Dropcaps and etc.)
  • Galleries manager (possibility to create galleries in the separate section and insert to any post/ page with shortcodes)
  • Multiple portfolio pages
  • 380+ built-in icons + country flags set available via shortcodes
  • Breadcrumbs builded-in (on/ off via options)
  • Rich theme options
  • Full localization support (contains .po/.mo files)
  • Supports WPML (The WordPress Multilingual Plugin)
  • 2 layouts for Blog (Full, Lite)
  • 2 layouts for Portfolio (3 column, Masonry)
  • Additional page templates (Full-width)
  • Recent posts shortcode
  • Recent portfolios shortcode
  • Custom sidebar for every page/post available
  • Custom sidebar position (right/left side)
  • Sliding sidebar
  • Custom login logo
  • Demo  XML  file is included
  • Contact Form 7 WP plugin optimized
  • Nested comments for posts
  • SEO  friendly and fast Loading
  • Professional author’s support

I hope you like the new theme as much as I do. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.


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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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.


Last week I was asked by http://microsoftfeed.com to give an interview about the MVP program.

Microsoftfeed.com is a Microsoft community blog focused mainly in the middle east region. It contains lots of valuable information and they’re currently running a section called “Interview with Microsoft Most Valuable professionals” which features a lot of interesting people. So when asked to participate I jumped to the opportunity, even though things have been pretty hectic lately (starting your own business can be really time consuming, believe me).

The interview was published the day before yesterday and you can find it here, I think you’ll find it interesting, especially if you’re interested in joining the program ;-).


Yesterday, I had the chance to speak in front of an audience about how ready is Silverlight for your business applications at a Microsoft DevDay event.

I really enjoyed it as I was mainly showing code and demos (did 7 demos in 1h.30m which is a personal record) instead of doing PowerPoint slides, and talked about a lot of new features coming up with Silverlight 3. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me. If you didn’t make it, I believe there’s a video coming up later on (it really depends on Isavella ;-)).

Till then you can take a look at the source code of the demos and presentation slides which I’ve uploaded here:


Microsoft MVP again

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mvp_logo Great news arrived this week. Didn’t have time to blog about it as I also had a Community presentation about windows Azure. So Microsoft has given me the MVP title, once again! This my third year in a row as an MVP, and hopefully not my last.

Last year I promised that I would try to engage more in the community through my blogging, speaking, and writing on Software and web development. Hope that I met everyone’s expectations :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.


MVP Interview

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Last week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Alessandro our MVP Lead about the MVP program and what’s it like being an MVP.

Well the interview is up and I think you’ll find it interesting, especially if you’d like to join the program ;-).


Yesterday I had the chance to talk at a DotNetZone event about Building Rich Internet Applications using Silverlight 2.0. It went very well, people seemed to have an active interest on this new Technology and anxiously looking forward to build real word applications (like this healthcare one announced yesterday by Tim Sneath) with it.

My session was quite long (2.5 hours – thankfully no one slept during it ;-)) so I had the chance to talk about almost all of Silverlight’s features and give a lot of demos, after all events like that, where you speak to developers, is all about demos right 😉 The topics that I covered were:

  • An Introduction to Silverlight
  • Core UI Features
  • Controls, User Controls
  • Styles and Templates
  • Networking
  • Data
  • Linq
  • Isolated Storage
  • Browser Integration

You can find all the source code from the presentation demos as well as the ppt here:


I’m also planing on uploading my session recording (yes I’ve recorded the whole thing 😉 I just need to find some space and bandwidth on the web.

Stay tuned!