2014 Microsoft MVP!


I received great news from Microsoft saying that I have been re-awarded the ALM MVP award for 2014. I’d like to thank all those involved in my nomination and look forward to another successful year working with the MVP family. A fellow MVP who is now joining Microsoft put it greatly in an email to…

A healthy and fun ALM Ranger Sabbatical


It’s been a few days since returning from my ALM Rangers sabbatical in Seattle and the nausea of jetlag has finally waned. All in all it was a successful and healthy week. The trip over the Atlantic, Canada and into Seattle was fairly uneventful, though it took two landing attempts to touch down in Calgary,…

ALM Rangers Sabbatical — mid flight in 48 hours


In January I had the honour of being awarded an ALM Rangers sabbatical based in Seattle, mostly Microsoft Building 41 in Redmond, but for those who live outside a 200mile radius of Seattle, let’s just call it Seattle for simplicity. Unfortunately, that trip and the opportunity to present at an internal Microsoft conference was cruelly…

2012 Microsoft MVP!


I received great news from Microsoft last week saying that I have been awarded a MVP 2012 Award! I’d like to thank all those involved in my nomination and look forward to another successful year working with the MVP family. Mike

2012 MVP Global Summit


I was fortunate to attend the 2012 MVP Global Summit in Seattle this past week. It started with a great day of MVP to MVP sessions where 3 ALM Rangers projects were presented, followed by 4 intense days with the product teams. The summit is always a special event with great product team interaction and…

Merry Xmas Dogs


I recently received a payment from advertising revenue on two open-source projects I run (MSBuild Extension Pack and Controlled Vocabulary). I’ve matched that payment and donated all proceeds to DogsTrust. Thanks for the support… “Thank you so much for your kind donation! Your support will help us to look after the thousands of dogs who…

Thank you for all your support Rangers…


In April I was honoured to be nominated as the ALM Rangers Champion of Champions. Yesterday I heard that my peers had once again voted for me and I’ve once more been named Champion of Champions. I get to keep my place on the ALM Rangers MSDN page and am joined by Martin and Robert!…

Reflecting on April 2011


April goes down as a great month in my books. It started on the 1st (no joke) with the news that I’d been awarded a 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award for Visual Studio ALM. This is my third award and comes fresh after a trip to the 2011 MVP summit in Redmond where it was fantastic…

Line Counter Update


I’m working on v4.0 of this little utility, however in doing so I found a nasty dependency bug in the current v3.0. You can grab an updated v3.2 release on the Stuff I Write page. Mike