My New Focus

25. April 2006 06:23

This post serves two purposes.  It is somewhat of a personal rant about myself and also functions as a statement of my new focus.

You don't have to look back very far through my existing blog posts to see that I haven't really "produced" a lot of useful information.  Instead, I have served as more of a conduit of information about various topics of interest to me.  This bothers me for a couple of reasons. 

First, I initially started this blog last year with the vision of eventually becoming a frequently read blog that was considered to be a good source of useful information, particularly among the local developer community.  While it could be argued that I do provide useful information, the majority of it was not created by me.  Based on my logs, some of the most heavily viewed posts on my blog are the weekly "Blog Spotlights", which anybody could get on their own if they subscribe to the same blogs that I do.  I would like to get out of this rut in which I am simply posting links to other blogs or typing a couple of quick paragraphs about a hot topic.  It is hardly useful information.

Second, it is no big secret that I have always ambitiously desired obtaining the honorary status of Microsoft MVP.  Say what you will about MVPs, but I consider it to be quite a distinguished achievement that indicates a person is very active in the community and possesses an expertise that has been recognized by Microsoft.  Recently, I have developed a renewed interest in striving toward this goal.  Besides, I have always said that someday I would love to work for Microsoft.  Regardless of whether that ever comes to fruition, MVP status certainly wouldn't hurt in making it more of a possibility.

In order to make a concerted effort to achieve these goals, I am going to get back into the habit of spending a minimum of a few hours a week answering questions on some of the well-known technical forums, such as Microsoft and Experts Exchange.  I have also made a decision that I am going to dive very deep into Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation in an attempt to learn their every possible detail. 

It won't be easy.  It won't happen overnight.  However, this is the type of stuff that I love to do.  WinFX is going to be another major shift in development skills and these specific areas are some of the ones that interest me most.  I really have enjoyed getting more involved with the local user group and code camps.  This is the sort of thing that really motivates me.  I truly hope both my career and the development community will benefit from me becoming intimate with the technology so that I can help share the information with others.

So, as I conclude this lecture to myself, please take note and start checking back here for more information about WCF and WWF as I begin to pour through the information.  I am sure that I will continue to share pertinent links to other blogs.  However, in the future, I intend to be much more of a producer of information rather than a conduit.

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I'm a passionate software developer and advocate of the Microsoft .NET platform.  In my opinion, software development is a craft that necessitates a conscious effort to continually improve your skills rather than falling into the trap of complacency.  I was also awarded as a Microsoft MVP in Connected Systems in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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