MVP!

Microsoft made me a C# MVP! . I don't have to add that I'm very very very happy with this title and I hope I won't disappoint as an MVP in the coming year.

The story is a little funny so here it goes. First they mailed me (in March) on an account which I don't read anymore because it receives a truckload of spam every day (and bounced emails because it apparently is used by spammers as from-address). Then, I received an email on... April 1st, which was sent via this blog. Needless to say, I was a little sceptical . However .Text also includes the IP address of the sending host which was a Microsoft IP address. Strange things happen then: sceptic thoughts fight with pure joy. After replying the email, it turned out to be a legit email, and I became an official C# MVP!

Published Wednesday, April 7, 2004 7:03 PM by FransBouma
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# re: MVP!

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:15 PM by senkwe
Let me be the first to say congratulations! You certainly deserve it. Believe it or not, even though you've soured on Stored Procs, to this day I still use the original LLBLGen at work and it's saved me counless hours as well as provided good source code to analyze. Congrats!!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:32 PM by Robert Hurlbut
Congratulations on well deserved recognition!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:35 PM by Wallym
Congratulations!!!! I am sitting in a C# MVP talk right now.

Wally

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:44 PM by Shannon J Hager
Congratulations Frans. I hope this will spur you to blog more often. :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:00 PM by AndrewSeven
Congratulations Frans.

I have greatly appreciated your blog.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:08 PM by Mike
Congratulations!

Mike

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:13 PM by Paul Wilson
Congrats -- too bad its too late to be at the Summit this week. :(

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:47 PM by Lorenzo Barbieri
Congratulations! And perhaps they'll send you to the TechEd 2004 for free...
I hope you haven't already registered yourself! ;-)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:55 PM by Alex Lowe
Congrats Frans!

Hmm, I guess this means that MVPs really *can criticize* Microsoft. Who would have ever guessed that we'd want feedback to improve our products and services? =P

# re: MVP!

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 3:08 PM by Daniel Auger
Congratulations Franz! This is well deserved.

# re: MVP!

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 3:10 PM by Frans Bouma
Thanks all! :)

Alex: :) I *hope* my critisizm is always based on arguments. (although large groups beg to differ that my understanding of what an argument is is valid ;) )

Good news is that I've realized that the amount of critical blogs of me is higher than the amount of educational blogs and that's not what I intended. I hope to get it more even soon!.

Lorenzo: no I haven't booked yet, still undecided if it's worth the money.

Paul: yeah, that was a bummer, but hopefully I'm there next year! :)

Senkwe: heh :) good to hear the tool is useful to you! :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 3:31 PM by Omer van Kloeten
Congratulations!
Well deserved! :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 3:53 PM by Marcus Mac Innes
Well done Frans, you deserve it!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 4:08 PM by Patrick Steele
Congrats dude!! Well deserved!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 4:33 PM by stefan demetz
congrats to the flying dutchman!!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 5:44 PM by Doug Reilly
Congratulations, Frans. Certainly a deserved honor. Hope to meet you at next year's MVP summit!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 7:16 PM by JosephCooney
Congratulations Frans - justified recognition for your efforts in the .NET community.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 9:49 PM by wojo
Good job Frans! You had this coming to you :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 9:53 PM by Yannick Smits
Congratulations! It was about time, think you deserved to years ago already.

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 1:52 AM by Paul Gielens
I was wondering when you'd step out with this, all eyes are on you from now on, mr Dutch MVP. So when can we expect a talk on the Dutch DotNET group ;)

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 2:18 AM by Sam Gentile
Congrats on a well deserved award. Welcome to the C# team.

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 3:16 AM by Zef Hemel
Congratulations :)

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 3:21 AM by Patrick Bes
Congratulations! Well done Frans. You deserved this.

# re: MVP!

Thursday, April 8, 2004 3:27 AM by Frans Bouma
Thanks all! :)

Paul G.: I don't know :) First I have to find a subject to talk about (I think the 'manager model' is a good start).

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 4:03 AM by Paul Gielens
FB: Are you participating at the DotNet meeting 22/4? I always wanted to hug an MVP, target acquired :D

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 4:08 AM by Frans Bouma
Paul G: I'm planning to go yes :)

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 8:42 AM by Gabriel Fogante
Congratulations Frans!
I’ve learned many interesting things with your posts. I’m a component developer too and like you, I’m not a native speaker English, hahahaha!
My best desires for you.
Regards from Argentina.

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Thursday, April 8, 2004 4:28 PM by Dennis v/d Stelt
Congrats!

And is it normal to hug an MVP when you come across one? Or is this something special between you and Paul!? ;)

# re: MVP!

Thursday, April 8, 2004 5:09 PM by Frans Bouma
heh :) I really don't know, I never met an MVP in person :)

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Friday, April 9, 2004 4:27 AM by Paul Gielens
A handshake would be fine though, I don't want to push my luck.

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Friday, April 9, 2004 10:59 AM by Niels Wewer
Congratulations!
I think you deserve it.

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Saturday, April 10, 2004 10:02 AM by Alex Thissen
Congratulations again. Sure makes one wonder where you get all the time to do all of these things.

Oh, and on MVP's: Michiel van Otegem and Sander Gerz are MVP's, aren't they? Group hug next time at the dotNed meeting! ;)

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Sunday, April 11, 2004 8:36 PM by Slavo Furman
Congratulations! And welcome!

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Monday, April 12, 2004 4:00 AM by SpiderMan
Congrats! That's cool!

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Monday, April 12, 2004 11:08 AM by Cadmium
I guess Microsoft if following the old adage "keep your friends close but your enemies closer" ;) I'm kidding of course. Congrats and keep fighting the good fight.

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Monday, April 12, 2004 3:59 PM by Sriram Krishnan
Congrats! You've some of the best criticism of Microsoft and its products....keep it up. Too bad you couldn't make it to the MVP summit though...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2004 3:20 AM by Joost van de sande
Congrats Frans! You deserve it, enjoy it!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2004 4:00 AM by Ryan Heath
Hey Frans,

Thats totally awesome!
Gefeliciteerd!

// Ryan

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Thursday, April 15, 2004 8:06 AM by Mats Helander
Well Done, Frans!

Couldn't have been more deserved!

/Mats

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Thursday, May 6, 2004 1:01 PM by Christian Nagel
Congratulations! Welcome to the MVP community :-)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004 12:38 PM by Noah Coad (C# MVP)
Yippy! Yet another congratulations! Welcome to the ranks... :)