Microsoft Technical Guru – June 2015

The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (June 2015) have been announced and for the fourth straight month I have been selected as a winner.

This month two articles have been chosen for medals with a mention for a third. The TechNet Wiki articles were entered in the following categories:

  • Wiki and Portals Technical Guru – June 2015
  • Visual C# Technical Guru – June 2015
  • Microsoft Azure Technical Guru – June 2015

The first article was entitled  Wiki: How to Subscribe to the Wiki Ninjas Blog through RSS in Outlook 2013. It won a Gold Medal in the Wiki and Portals category:


The second article was How to enable line numbers for C# in Visual Studio 2013. It won a Bronze Medal in the Visual C# category:


The third article was Azure portal keyboard shortcuts. It received a mention in the Microsoft Azure category:


These wins brings my total number of TechNet Guru medals to six.

Thanks to the judges for all their hard work and kind comments. And thank you to everyone at TechNet Wiki who makes this competition possible.

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Speaking at CloudDevelop 2015

CloudDevelop 2015

I have been accepted as a speaker at CloudDevelop 2015 in Ohio this October. This is one of the few conferences dedicated to cloud computing.

CloudDevelop’s mission is to “bring together the brightest minds in cloud computing for a day of networking, sharing, and learning about all things cloud computing.”

This is the first time that I applied to speak and fortunately my submission was accepted. My talk will be on Building high-performance software with Application Insights.

If you are planning to attend what should be a great CloudDevelop conference, then please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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How to enable line numbers for C# in Visual Studio 2013

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

Within Visual Studio line numbers are not enabled upon first install. This wiki will show you how to enable them for C# and any other language.

The steps listed are for Visual Studio Community 2013 edition but are transferable to all newer versions of Visual Studio.

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Click Tools > Options.1121.01
  3. In the Options dialog, click Text Editor and then C#. Click the Line numbers check box.5852.02

    Note: Clicking the language name is the same as clicking the General menu item.
  4. If you wish to set line numbers for other languages select the language name and click its Line numbers check box.
  5. To modify every language installed, click Text Editor > All Languages. The Line numbers check box will have a small box inside it. This means that only some languages have their Line numbers check box selected.7737.03
  6. Click the check box once to clear it and once more to place a check in it. It should look like this when finished:1220.04
  7. Now, when you open a .cs file you will have line numbers down the left side.3817.05

As well, since line numbers now appear in the file you can use the Go To feature within Visual Studio. This will enable you to move the cursor to any line by its number. The line number for the current cursor position will be listed in the bottom toolbar (see image above). To enable the Go To option, click Edit > Go To or type the short cut Ctrl + G.

See Also

TechNet Article Spotlight for Application Insights article

The second Application Insights article I wrote for the TechNet Wiki was spotlighted today on the site.

My article entitled Using Microsoft Application Insights in an MVC application received the TNWiki Article Spotlight for the week.

This article has won a Microsoft TechNet Guru Award in April 2015. It was also the TechNet Featured Article for May 2015.

The Wiki Ninjas blog spotlights a different article each Tuesday. Thanks to the Wiki Ninjas blog for the spotlight!

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Microsoft MVP in .NET!

MVP Notice

Today I received the best news in that I was selected to be a Microsoft MVP for the .NET Platform. I feel honoured to have my efforts in the developer community recognized by Microsoft. When I started working with developers, it was because I wanted to give back. This award is the icing on the cake.

This congratulatory email made my day, my week, and my month:

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in .NET technical communities during the past year.

For those that do not know about the award, Microsoft explains it like this in their welcome letter:

The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.

With fewer than 4,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs
share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

MVPs’ efforts enhance people’s lives and contribute to our industry’s success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. MVPs are technology’s best and brightest, and we are honored to welcome Ken as one of them.

To give you an idea of what I have done to earn this award, here is a sample of some of my efforts over the past year:

  • Spoke seven (7) times at various user groups and conferences.
  • Ramped up my participation in the TechNet Wikis and MSDN Forums.
  • Helped facilitate local Azure and IoT camps.
  • Continued my volunteer commitment to my local user group (@CTTDNUG).
  • Wrote over 15 blog posts.
  • Tweeted and re-tweeted tons of times.
  • Completed a technical review of an Azure book.
  • Plus, multiple other activities.

So, thank you to Microsoft for the award and to everyone on the Canadian MVP team for facilitating this process. Special thanks to my two nominators to whom I am especially grateful. (You know who you are.)

Now, onto a new 12-month adventure as a Microsoft MVP!

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