Interview with a Wiki Ninja: Alexander Belotserkovskiy, Windows Azure MVP


Today we get a bonus interview! Welcome to our Monday blog topic, Interview with a Wiki Ninja!

 

Today’s interview is with…

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Alexander Belotserkovskiy – Profile

 

 

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

I am Alexander Belotserkovskiy and I am Windows Azure MVP Russia (first and the only one for now 🙂  ). I am working in Tomsk Polytechnic University as engineer and my responsibilities include such activities as supercomputing cluster maintenance, content writing, teaching, and many other. I am also the manager of Microsoft Innovation Center in Tomsk. I am specialized in ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HPC (MPI).

Here is my site (http://ahriman.ru) and my blog (http://hpcru.wordpress.com).

 

What are your big projects right now?

I consult customers on how to use Windows Azure properly according to their product architecture. I am writing now a book on Windows Azure in Russian. My articles are often published on MSDN, TechNet and other resources. Now I am planning to write a course on Windows Azure for Intuit.ru.

 

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

TechNet Wiki is a great collaboration tool that enables many scenarios. It looks like it is a simple Wiki, but it embraces tons of developers and ITPros.

 

What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?

Fairly – TechNet Wiki is not related to my job at all. I am writing articles and other content and then post it to TechNet Wiki for my own fun.

 

On what articles have you collaborated with other community members on #TNWiki? What was that experience like?

I don’t have any experience of writing content in collaboration with someone. It is not my style – I am writing content when I have the inspiration for, so it is very complicated process to align my inspiration with someone.

 

On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?

On the ones that have many formatting issues, haha. 🙂 

I think that Wiki syntax is not as simple as I want it to be. But I spend most of my time on big articles like “Windows Azure & Java”.

 

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

Any articles on Windows Azure architecture. When I saw some details on that for the first time, I couldn’t imagine how a man could design such a complicated system.

 

Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

German guy Horizon_Net. He is very bright and he invests a lo-o-ot of time into community content development.

 

Do you have any comments for product groups about TechNet Wiki?

It would be great if I could transfer my achievements to a new Wiki account.

 

Since Alexander has humbly not included links to show off his great work, I will! Here are some of his articles:

 

Thank you to Alexander Belotserkovskiy for contributing so much to TechNet Wiki, which impacts Windows Azure content and the Russian Microsoft community!

Please ask Alexander your follow-up questions in the comments below!

 

   – Ninja Ed 

Comments (12)

  1. I have the first follow-up question! Alexander, one example of collaboration is a list of resources. It's very easy to collaborate in that way. Another example is to build a portal structure, where you see who's content would fit into a nice categorized list of content on TNWiki. For example, a portal about Windows Azure content could categorize your articles along with other key contributors of Azure content. Have you thought of collaborations like that?

    Thanks!

  2. Another question for Alexander: Do you have any other links I should add?

    Thanks!

  3. Congratulations Alexander.

  4. Hi Ed,

    thank you for nominating me for a Wiki Ninja, it is superb 🙂

    Concerning your questions, first one:

    Seems like you mean something like a view containing Windows Azure (i.e.) articles list. If so, i think that a very good implementation of this idea is the idea of the featured article. If not, then please give me more info 🙂 i am constantly looking into new opportunities of collaboration with my colleagues from IT.

    Second one:

    Yep, i think you can add links to my site (http://ahriman.ru) and my blog (http://hpcru.wordpress.com). Thank you!

  5. I added the links to this blog post. Thanks!

  6. Well, for collaborations, I was thinking of articles on the Wiki that are link lists or other lists. Like they could be lists of Known Issues that then link to KB articles (social.technet.microsoft.com/…/2368.wiki-known-issues.aspx), or a Portal that lists out links to the related articles on the Wiki (social.technet.microsoft.com/…/275.wiki-technologies-portal.aspx), or a Survival Guide (social.technet.microsoft.com/…/125.hyper-v-survival-guide.aspx) that exhaustively lists all the community resources on that topic.

    It looks like we don't even have a Russian version of the Technologies Portal (social.technet.microsoft.com/…/275.wiki-technologies-portal.aspx). The link on the Russian Wiki just goes to my English one and there isn't a Russian language listed on the bottom with the rest. So that would be a great collaboration project for the Russian community to tackle.

    Thanks!

  7. Ed, hi,

    I taking it offline. 🙂

  8. Nice to meet you Alexander!

  9. Alexander, I think you're the first author of Russian content that we interviewed! We need to interview more Russian contributors! =^)

    Thanks!

  10. Alexander,

    Would you like to join the Advisory Board? You would be our first MVP in the Windows Azure area: social.technet.microsoft.com/…/2495.technet-wiki-advisory-board.aspx

    Thanks!