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MVP

Hello everyone:hearteyes: 

 

I'm sitting at home at noon, on a lovely weekend day, looking out the window to our small garden, the sun is lovely and the temperature in Israel is about 24 Celsius. Perfect day to go to the beach, but this is not an option today, so what is better than spending the day in writing some blogs and schedule it to be published during the week.

 

I am thinking to myself... How should I open today's post... Surly we have some amazing news coming soon, but those will come in few days, so you will have to continue follow the blog or join us on Facebook. Maybe it is best to go straight to our topic of the day, since today we have awesome opportunity to meet one of the community Wiki ninja and Microsoft MVP Vincent Maverick Durano.


Today I want to present you Mr. Vincent Maverick Sanchez Durano.

 

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Vincent is a veteran Microsoft MVP and an active author in the Microsoft Community Wiki. He registered with MSDN in 2009, published 11 articles so far and won multiple medals for his articles. He joined the Microsoft Community Wiki on Facebook group in 2016, and you will probably notice his name whenever there is a call for volunteers.

 

Vincent is a Software Engineer and Architect and he is active in multiple developers communities activities. You can find Vincent's MSDN profile page here.

 

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Well, it’s time to hear from Vincent…



Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

First of all, I’d like to thank Ronen Ariely, Ed Price, Syed Shanu and the rest of the folks from TechNet for having this great opportunity to be interviewed. It’s really an honor.

 

My name is Vincent Maverick Sanchez Durano and I’m a proud Cebuano. I am married to the most beautiful and smart creature on planet - Michelle Anne and have two wonderful children – Vianne Maverich and Vynn Markus.

 

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I was born and raised in the Philippines (known as Pearl of the Orient Seas). I’m now based in Minnesota USA and I work as a Solutions Architect / Sr. Software Engineer in a research and development company where we build cool things that will help people improve their health. I’m passionate about learning new technologies and sharing what I learned in the technical community. My exploration into programming began at the age of 15; Turbo PASCAL, C, C++, JAVA, VB6, Action Scripts and a variety of other equally obscure acronyms, mainly as a hobby. After several detours, I am here today on the VB.NET to C# channel. I now work on Web Apps + Client-side technologies + Mobile Apps + Micro-services + REST APIs + Databases + Cloud and Containers , which go together like coffee crumble ice cream.

 

I’ve written and reviewed a few technical books including the following:

 

And I’ve created the following open-source projects:

 

Check out my blog to get updated with my latest articles here: https://vmsdurano.com

 

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I have been awarded Microsoft ASP.NET MVP each year since 2009 – 2017 and 2020, awarded C# Corner MVP for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, CodeProject MVP CodeProject MVA, CodeProject MVE for 2017,2018 and 2019, Microsoft Influencer, Dzone MVB , Microsoft ASP.NET Hall-of-Famer with ALL-STAR recognition level (the highest attainable level with 100,000+ points) and a regular contributor at various technical community websites.

 

My main interests include technologies, travel, beer, whiskies, beaches, mountains, paintings, arts, supernatural, ghosts, angels, vampires, mythology, mysteries, para-sciences , sci-fi ,music, guitar, cars and motorbikes.

 

To know more about me, you can give this boring post a read: Tale Of A Professional Developer - Untold

 


What are your big projects right now?

Well there are lots of project on my plate now. One of my primary job is working on a development architecture and leading teams on building projects. On the personal side, I’ve recently written a book entitled “Understanding Game Application Development: With Xamarin.Forms and ASP.NET” which bagged four awards from BooksAuthority. I am planning to work on a new book about ASP.NET Core  5 with VueJs, and planning to write some articles about them very soon.

 

With the current pandemic that we are experiencing, I find it inconvenient to get the latest case updates regarding COVID-19 globally and locally here in MN where we currently live. Social media info is most of the time outdated, inaccurate and other bogus websites presenting nonsense information. So, I have decided to create a simple web app that gives us the core information in a glance without having to lurk the internet that works in both mobile and web browsers: http://trackncov.vmsdurano.com/#/us

 

Aside from being a computer geek, I was also a frustrated musician. Here’s me during a battle of the band event

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What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

TechNet Wiki is an online collaborative content (a.k.a wiki) platform for all developers regardless of their level of expertise that focuses mainly on Microsoft technology stacks. It provides a massive number of tutorials that you can use as a reference for your day-to-day development journey. What makes the TechNet Wiki unique from other platform is that it allows you to collaborate and contribute to any content that are you’re interested in aside from sharing useful information about new technologies. This is because TechNet Wiki is for everybody who has a passion on writing awesome stuff and loves to share your knowledge to the world in a form of writing. It’s a great place to learn things!


What do you do with TechNet Wiki?

I’m a member of the TechNet Wiki Mentor but I contribute mostly on writing articles at this point.

 

One of my stress reliever is to explore nature beyond limits:

 

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What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

The people and the content are amazing. To be honest, I knew about this community a very long time ago, but I didn’t really participate in the community until I met my friend Syed Shanu at the Microsoft MVP summit 3 years ago. We talked about a lot of things (Geek talks) during that time and then in the middle of our conversation he mentioned about meeting with TechNet Ninjas and invited me to join the group and TechNet Wiki. Until that moment, I lurked the web to know more about “TechNet Wiki” and I found many great contents there which makes me really more interested. So here I am today, very happy and proud as one of the member of the TechNet Ninjas.

 

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In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge? 

I contribute in various technical community website such as CsharpCorner, CodeProject, Microsoft ASP.NET, Xamarin Forums and run my own blog at http://vmsdurano.com where I also post technical content about new technologies related to Microsoft.


What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

All of them but so far, I like my ASP.NET Core and SignalR article series as those brought me a few challenges before I got them to work. If you haven’t read them, you can find it here:

 


What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?

In no particular order, here are my top picks:

 


What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?

When someone finds your article helpful and somehow solves their problem - that I consider a “success”.


Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

If you are reading this and are new or planning to become a technical author one day, then TechNet Wiki is the right place for you. Remember that we are a “community” and we’re here to help, guide and assist you. If you’re ready, don’t wait another day to start your journey as an Author.

 

And oh, did I mention that I love traveling and going on road trips?

 

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Before I close this interview, here are some tips if you will consider contributing to writing articles for TechNet Wiki:

  • Choose an interesting topic
    Yes, choose a topic that best interests you and you are comfortable to write about. It would be a waste of time writing something that you are not into.

  • Choose a title carefully
    Title should be short and as meaningful as possible.

  • Give more time
    Writing a good article takes a lot of time, so make sure you spend more time on it. And don’t forget to review, yes review!

  • Think about your audience
    Always keep in mind that when you write something you should pretend that the one reading your article is the dumbest person in the world. So, don’t skip simple steps and don’t provide incomplete codes.

  • Do some research about the topic before you write
    It’s very important to do research especially if you are presenting some codes. Remember that submitting an article is not the end of it. You will have to support it too when someone posts a comment outlining some issues or questions, so make sure you know what you are writing.

  • Provide screenshots 
    Images and figures are vital parts of the article especially if you are giving steps of instructions. Some people prefer visual instructions rather than plain text so make sure you cover them both. If your figure needs details then make sure to provide an explanation supporting your figures.

  • Explain code samples
    Codes are an important part in the article but it will be useless if you don't explain what the code is doing. Better explain each method and functions that are used in the example.

  • Don’t flood your article with images
    As I’ve said, images are important, but articles which contain a series of images with no or very little written content and explanation aren't going to be helpful at all.

  • Don’t write about something if you have no actual experience
    When writing technical articles such as “how to’s” then make sure that you have hands on experience on the topic that you are writing. Make sure that your code is tested and working. In my case I typically write articles which I’ve done in my project or something that is frequently asked in the forums.

  • Don’t write for the sake of gaining points 
    Because chances are you will not focus on the content but instead on the points. This can lead you to produce poor article content because you’ll be thinking about the quantity over the quality of articles you produced.

  • Don’t make it too short
    Articles should be rich in content and not just with a few words and images.

  • Don’t stop writing
    Technologies are changing so fast, so keep writing and stay up to date. Remember time and practice makes you better.

 


Thank you so much Vincent for contributing to the technical community and to the Wiki! It was great to hear from you directly, and nice to know more about you.

 

Please join me in thanking Vincent!

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By the way, above image, is a combination of two banners created by Mustaeen Rahaman and Roshan Jayendran. These banners came in the first and second place in the yearly contest of Banners created by Ninjas under the age of 15.

 

5 Comments
Occasional Contributor

Awesome Interview Vincent, nice to meet you virtually. Thank you @R A for sharing this interview with us.

MVP

It was awesome to learn more about Vincent after so long time we see his work in the Wiki and his contribution  to the technical community.

 

I'm really honored to have this interview :hearteyes:

Senior Member

@Kamlesh Kumar , @R A  This is really awesome! So proud to be part of this wonderful community and I'm very honored to have been interviewed. :) 

New Contributor

Amazing Interview! Good to know more about you. Vincent :cool:. Thank you for sharing with us Ronen 

Microsoft

Thank you, @R A!

Vincent, it's great to learn more about you! Thank you for all your contributions to the Microsoft community!