# Monday, 11 April 2016

Last week I reported on this very blog that I got renewed again as an MVP. Today I got the official box with the award in it and I noticed that I’m no longer an ASP.NET MVP. That was expected as the titles have changed a bit with the internal changes at Microsoft. I’m now happy to announce that I’m an MVP in two categories:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Visual Studio and Development technologies

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Friday, 01 April 2016

April 1st is always an exciting day, did I make it again as an MVP for the annual renewal or not? Well, I’m very happy to announce that I made it again. Due to the changes in the program I’m not an ASP.NET MVP as such anymore. The title has changed to Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP.

To all other MVP’s who got renewed and to all new ones: congratulations!

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Wednesday, 01 April 2015

I got renewed as an MVP for ASP.NET. I’ve been renewed every year since 2007 when I first got the award.

I’ll keep doing my best for the community for the next year(s) to come as well. Being an MVP is all about community work and interaction and I really love that community. Thanks to that I got to know a lot of interesting people, became a better developer and person. It’s been an awesome ride so far.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 01 April 2014

That time of the year again where you hope you get that email that states yes you made it again. This year it was earlier than usual so it made my day Smile.

I got renewed as an MVP for the next year for ASP.NET/IIS.

Congratulations to all the others who also got their renewal or did become an MVP for the first time.

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Yes! I got the email message in my inbox yesterday evening that I got renewed as an MVP. I’m of course very happy to be renewed for the efforts I made during the past year in the community.

I also got to hear that several of my buddies also got renewed and that Mike Martin got his for the first time. Congratulations to all!

As you can see I had to celebrate this last evening with another MVP: Bilal Haidar who was visiting Belgium.

Bilal and me

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Saturday, 23 February 2013

This year I went again to the MVP summit in Redmond and Belle Vue. I had a blast to see so many familiar faces again, get to know many more people and having lots of interactions and networking. The technical sessions were interesting but the most awesome times were the after hours meetups. As I got awarded as MVP of the year this year I also got the opportunity to go out on a nice dinner with several other MVPs holding that title and several high ranking managers at Microsoft. The day after I also met up with people from the TFS online group and several program managers of the Windows Azure Web Sites group. It was very nice to interact and provide feedback.

On the last day we also tried to gather as many of the ASP Insiders as possible and have a cool picture of the gang Smile. I’m the third person from the left with the green sweater.

Microsoft ASP Insiders

Of course I hope to be there again next year as well Smile.

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, 01 April 2012

Woohoo! And another year of being an MVP. I’m glad I made it again and that my contributions to the community get appreciated by that same community and Microsoft.

The last year for sure was busy with being active on the ASP.NET forums, being a board member of the Belgian Windows Azure user group (azug), I became a MEET member, …

Grz, Kris.

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# Friday, 01 April 2011

I just got the great news that I’m renewed as a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). I’m of course very happy about and feel honored by it. Woohoo!!

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Thursday, 01 April 2010

Today I got the message that my MVP got extended for another year. That’s great news and I’ll make sure to keep up the things that are community related during the coming year. A good example of this is that next week during my vacation to Lebanon I’ll be giving a presentation about MVC 2 for Lebdev, a local user group. It’ll be my first foreign talk so I’m looking towards to it with a lot of excitement.

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Got the mail today with the great news that I’m renewed as an MVP for the year 2009. I must say, a week after hearing that I became an ASP Insider this is also very good news. I also got the news that my colleague Marc Gregoire, one of the 3 colleagues I went to the MVP summit with, also got renewed. So also my congratulations go to him.

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Just noticed that I just wrote my 10.000th post on the ASP.NET forums. Cool! Well I hope many people enjoyed my replies and possible answers during those years.



Grz,  Kris.
ASP.NET | Forums | MVP
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 12:43:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 April 2008

I just noticed this message in my inbox:

Dear Kris Van Der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way to say thank you for promoting the spirit of community and improving people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. We appreciate your extraordinary efforts in ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year.

I admit that I'm at least a bit proud of myself. Especially because I was able to help out people that were in need of getting into the right direction. And for the next year? Well I'll try to do my best to keep on helping the community.

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Today I was one of the people that stood on the "Ask the expert" booth at Techdays Belgium 2008. It was the first time I did this and I really enjoyed it. If Microsoft would ask me again I would be happy to help them out again on the next occasion. The fun thing was that I got to know a lot of new people, even at the booth itself. This is something I really enjoy, talk to people, get to know new people, interact and share ideas/views with them on technology.

I also got the chance to help people out with their particular questions just like I would on the ASP.NET forums but this way it's more direct of course because you're talking to the person right in front of you. I found it a bit strange though that one of the askers was creating ASP.NET applications for quite some time but didn't found out about the ASP.NET dedicated website. I showed the wealth of information that can be found over there and he really enjoyed seeing that and immediately wrote down the url. The most asked question however seemed to be this one: "When is the Entity Framework shipping date?". That was also the one we couldn't answer at our booth unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 03 January 2008
Always nice to start the year like this. 2 of my friends I know of became MVP recently:
Congratulations boys!

Grz, Kris.
MVP
Thursday, 03 January 2008 16:39:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 01 July 2007

Today I'm celebrating my lustrum on the ASP.NET forums. That also means that I started developing with .NET 5 years ago officially. I learned a lot in those 5 years and not only on a technical level. With this post I would also like to thank Patrick Vanoverbeke for picking me out of the crowd to start developing ASP.NET applications back then and giving me the opportunity to grow on a steady pace.

First I was more of a person that asked questions, trying to seek knowledge for problems. After a while I suddenly noticed a certain post, can't remember which one though, that I could provide the answer to. I did and got a friendly reply with a big thank you back. Well that gave a good feeling so I started out giving more and more answers. Somehow I got noticed by the moderation team and when they asked to join them I became a moderator to help even more people out. This year I also became an MVP thanks to my strong participation on the forums.

XIII

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 23 June 2007

Since I became an MVP I also got into the VIP pool of people. This was my first time but it was nice to see some other Belgian MVP's but also others that made it to the VIP pool thanks to their outstanding community awareness. First we had an informal meeting as to what direction Microsoft sees the community going and where the VIPs see it going. Not all people were developers but also IT pro's were there. Some of them I already knew but most of these people were strangers to me. After we had introduced ourselves there was an IT pro that came to me and said: "thanks for the help on the forums". Apparently he had asked a question on the ASP.NET forums and I helped him out (and actually gave a correct answer too).

After that meeting we settled down in our hotel rooms, a very nice hotel in Ostend (Golden Tulip Bero). After that we gathered for a small game in Ostend where we had to find several key locations and put a card on a board that corresponded with something we could see in the neighbourhood. It was fun and actually the team I was in did win. After the competition we had a nice dinner in the Kursaal (a known building in Ostend). After that we gathered in a lounge bar with a lot of possible cocktails. I had some nice chats with several people that evening/night and not everything was tech related.

The day afterwards, which came too soon as I nearly couldn't sleep during those 4 hours I spent in the hotels bed, I was the first of the group to eat breakfast. But soon several other members of the group joined me so I immediately had some new conversations going on.

Normally at 10 o'clock the group would gather to play some other games but some of us had to leave. I was one of them as I went to Westend to team up with my parents.

Actually I had a lot of fun and want to thank the people that made it possible for me to attend it and I hope to see the other VIP people back soon.

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# Sunday, 01 April 2007

I just received this email from Microsoft:

Dear Kris van der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award!
The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft.  Microsoft salutes all MVPs for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success everyday.  To learn more about the MVP Program, visit:
www.microsoft.com/mvp.
Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.

Of course I'm very happy with this recognition and I hope to be able to help out even more people during the next years to come by writing articles, giving presentations, and being a moderator on the ASP.NET forums.

Grz, Kris.

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