Winner of Code Project December 2008 VB.NET Article Award

January 27, 2009

Today I received the Code Project   Prize winner in Competition “Best VB.NET article of December 2008″.

The  Creating an Internationalized Wizard in WPF code and article is the one Josh Smith and I wrote together over the weekend when I flew out to New York City to hang with Mr. WPF.

This article is part of the MVVM series and is a good example for creating localized MVVM WPF applications.

Go For It

Writing an article is really a lot of work.  Not to mention that it is hanging out there for the world to see and comment on.

I want to encourage readers of this blog to go for it.  Write an article and start your blog.  You will grow technically and professionally. Additionally, you will also get a sense of satisfaction from contributing to the development community.

Have a great day!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Code Project MVP For 2009

January 5, 2009

I’m very proud to announce that I was selected as a Code Project MVP for 2009.  I was also a Code Project MVP in 2008.

Code Project has a been instrumental in me learning and sharing about WPF and .NET.  I have met many good friends on Code Project and love reading their articles.

If you have not jumped off the cliff and published a Code Project article, go for it!  You’ll be very glad you did.

This is a great beginning to another wonderful year as a .NET developer and WPF fanatic. 

Thank you Chris Maunder and Code Project.

Have a great day!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Won 3rd Prize at www.community-credit.com

January 1, 2009

I was notified this morning by David Silverlight of www.community-credit.com that I had won 3rd prize for logging my community work for December 2008.

This time I won The Lego Calendar.  How cool is this!  All prizes award this and every month can be viewed here.  Trust me, David awards only the super geek stuff.

Supplied in three blocks displaying day, month and year which can, thanks to their Lego brick type design be assembled at will, each yellow, white and red block measures in at 80mm square with the click over display being changeable with a simple depression of each of the blocks.

lego_desktop_calendar1 

I joined Community Credit on 21 Dec 2007.  It is a super web site where developers can log their contributions to the world of computing and developing.  You don’t log work related items, just things you do outside of work and then give or expose to world, usually over the Internet in the form of articles, tutorials, code examples, presentations, attending community groups and code camp.

This is an international site.  So you are in effect competing with developers all over the world.

This site is an awesome resource for logging your efforts for MVP consideration or as part of your on-line resume.

It’s all about sharing and learning from one another.  Trust me, you have skills, techniques, methods, ideas or programs that will be of value to many others.  So contribute and have fun too!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Name Plates for Classrooms

October 17, 2008

Many of my blog readers have read my Info page.  On there you will read that, “In 2003 attended a 13 week .NET Masters program at SetFocus.  One of my best decisions, getting intense formal .Net training.”

Today I received an email from Jonathan Lefkowitz forwarding the email pictured below.  Oh, my last name is Shifflett.  I wrote Jonathan back and told him I was BLOWN away to be in that list.  I’m enjoying a steak in celebration.  Thank you!

MyNamePlate

Personally I can not overstate the value of formal classroom training, formal training over the Internet, code camps, developer groups and reading .NET books.

I attended SetFocus Master’s Program so that I could retool my skills from VAX/VMS, UNIX, classic ASP & VB to Microsoft .NET.  Without this formal training, I would have struggled a great deal as I had never been exposed to an object oriented language.

The 13 weeks spent in isolation with .NET, backed up by patient and expert level .NET instructors was easily one the of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I would not hesitate recommending SetFocus for formal .NET, SQL Server, Business Intelligence and SharePoint training.  They offer both on-site and remote classroom instruction over the Internet.

Have a great day.

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Won 2nd Prize at www.community-credit.com

October 1, 2008

I was notified this morning by David Silverlight of www.community-credit.com that I had won 2nd prize for logging my community work for September 2008.

This time I won The Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium.  How cool is this!  All prizes award this and every month can be viewed here.  Trust me, David awards only the super geek stuff.

The Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium features three artificial jellyfishes that move in the water amid seaweed and coral reefs, and the LED backlighting highlights their movements. Each “jellyfish” has a silent, integrated motor which generates gentle currents, causing it to rise and fall in the water.

jellyfish

I joined Community Credit on 21 Dec 2007.  It is a super web site where developers can log their contributions to the world of computing and developing.  You don’t log work related items, just things you do outside of work and then give or expose to world, usually over the Internet in the form of articles, tutorials, code examples, presentations, attending community groups and code camp.

This is an international site.  So you are in effect competing with developers all over the world.

Let Me Encourage You!

Last year I was encouraged by Bill Apodaca to join Community Credit.  Hey, if your blogging, writing articles, tutorials or doing presentations, why not log your efforts and possibly win a prize too.  David Silverlight runs Community Credit and is a great guy.  He is very helpful, responsive and a pleasure to work with.

This site is an awesome resource for logging your efforts for MVP consideration or as part of your on-line resume.

It’s all about sharing and learning from one another.  Trust me, you have skills, techniques, methods, ideas or programs that will be of value to many others.  So contribute and have fun too!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Karl Received the Microsoft MVP Award Today

April 1, 2008

Microsoft MVP
I am so pleased to announce that I received the Microsoft 2008 MVP Award for Client Application Development.  This award is such a huge surprise and blessing for me and my company, thank you so very much Microsoft.

I want to thank all the super MVP’s and developers that mentored and encouraged me this last year.  The the MVP’s who counted me worthy of even being nominated for this prestigious award, not to mention winning it.

I also want the thank the many Microsoft employees I have had direct contact with these last few months.  You are the best of the best. 

As you might figure, I’m pretty juiced right now and words are escaping me.  Just know that that I’m thinking about all the people in my life who made the dream of this award a reality.  From the bottom of my heart to truly thank and appreciate you.

Have a great day!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


Winner of Code Project December 2007 VB.NET Article Award

February 5, 2008

Today I received the  Code Project VB.NET Article Award for December 2007 for my WPF Sample Series – Custom Dialog (Vista and XP) article.

I want to thank my mentor, Josh Smith who has encouraged me from the beginning to continue writing articles and blog entries.   I also want to thank all my peers at Code Project who voted for this article, I really appreciate it.  Want to know more about being a mentor or getting mentored, check out my Mentors article.

Writing an article is really a lot of work.  Not to mention that it is hanging out there for the world to see and comment on.

I want to encourage readers of this blog to go for it.  Write an article and start your blog.  You will grow technically and professionally. Additionally, you will also get a sense of satisfaction from contributing to the development community.

Have a great day!

Just a grain of sand on the worlds beaches.


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