TechNet Guru Awards – May 2013

The votes are in! And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, May 2013.


The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!

Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges, and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.

See the links at the bottom, to find out more about the competition and how to enter.


We have picked the top three highest scored contributions for each category to bestow our awards upon.

The awards are in gold, silver and bronze, the gold obviously being the top winner of the category.

The last column is a few of the comments judges made during the judging process.


My fellow wiki ninjas will be digging deeper into some of these articles in this blog series, so watch out for those. Also, I will be printing more extracts from the comments we received, in future posts.


A big thank you also to the other authors who did not make the top three of each category.

Some articles only just missed out, so we will be returning to discuss those too.


Gold Award Winner  SharePoint 2010 Technical Guru - May 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Matthew Yarlett Adding Charts to Webparts
  • "I know I’ll need this code some day."
  • "The article of Matthew is written in such a way that even if you have almost no experience with SharePoint development, you would be able to build a working proof-of-concept version by following the step by step guide he wrote. "
  • "Interesting solution, and it is clear."

Silver Award Winner


Christopher Clement How to filter a list dynamically
  • "Clever thinking, I like it!"
  • "It is a good workaround."

Bronze Award Winner


Christopher Clement How to delete crawled property
  • "Handy tip!"
  • "Good tip!"


Congratulations to Matt for leading the SharePoint 2010 category this month. Perfectly written article that is exactly what we like to see.

Congratulations to Christopher too, for taking silver and bronze. your contributions are gratefully received.



 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - May 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Naomi N Dynamic Pivot on Multiple Columns
  • "Great example of what we want on TechNet Wiki"

Gold Award Winner


Naomi N SQL Server PIVOT
  • "Clean, clear and well presented."
  • "I liked this more than the dynamic entry, based on the explanation and presentation."

Silver Award Winner


SQL Server resource re-balancing in Failover Cluster
  • "My favourite, based on the technical level."
  • "Perfect contribution, includes original forum link"

Bronze Award Winner


Naomi N T-SQL: Date-Related Queries
  • "Well described; includes original link."
  • "Great post; just what we need for the wiki."


A big thanks to Naomi. This was exactly what we'd hoped for, and Naomi swept the board.

Naomi takes two gold medals, as both articles scored exactly the same, when all votes were added up!

Also thanks to Andrew for another excellently crafted article, that ticked so many boxes.


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - May 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Reed Kimble How to Create Video Games in VB.Net (Windows Forms)
  • "This article starts out super well."
  • "The how to create a video game article was a subject that is often asked about in places like the forums. It addressed the subject with well written text and code examples to match."
  • "It was pitched at just the right level for hobbyist/early learners that are often the ones trying to achieve this."
  • "It covers very well the concept of a game loop and how to make one somewhat performant (best made-up word ever)."


Silver Award Winner


Paul Ishak How to convert a 32bit integer into a color
  • "I like how this article walked me through each aspect of the code, showing snippets of each section. It felt more professional." 
  • "It does address an important item about breaking values into their constituent byte values. The code examples are simple and straightforward and easy to understand without even a need to have VB running."
  • "Well-written; it explains another concept that mature developers might take for granted."

Bronze Award Winner


Paul Ishak Virtual memory in Visual Basic.Net
  • "Nice code sample."
  • "Was actually the most informative in some ways, particularly for the professional developer."


Congratulations Reed. That was just the ticket. Your MSDN/TechNet contribution is exactly what we wanted to see!

Thanks also to Paul. Well written and useful articles exactly in the spirit of the competition.


 Visual C# Technical Guru - May 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Sachin  Spelling Check in Windows Store App
  • "This provides a good article layout. With a simple description about what it is, screenshot, and also a working sample for WinRT."

Silver Award Winner


Carsten Siemens How to Query Trees Using LINQ
  • "It is very concise and clear what is going on. There are not extra words or asides."
  • "The motivation really helps sell the context and set expectations."
  • "He took the time to call out possible shortcomings of this approach.  This is very useful to people trying to use this code."

Bronze Award Winner


chriga Creating a simple plugin mechanism
  • "Excellent example of copying content in from MSDN Forums."
  • "A very useful subject and great article."


Congratulations Sachin. Almost every judge chose yours as top. All the extra work makes this the best.

Great work Carsten and chriga! Hope to see you again in next month's awards!


 Windows Phone Technical Guru - May 2013  

Gold Award Winner


isenthil     Retrieving the Screen Resolution for Windows Phone 8 Emulator
  • "Excellent tip. Just what we want on the wiki."
  • "Nice fact article, useful snippet!"

Silver Award Winner


isenthil Windows Phone 8 SDK and Windows 7
  • "Simple but useful fact"
  • "He learned something; he passed it on. That's the point"

Bronze Award Winner


isenthil Oxygene and Windows Phone 8 - Introduction
  • "Interesting article."
  • "Not sure if we will continue to accept 3rd party s/w references in the future, but gratefully received nonetheless."


"isenthil" was our only entrant for the Win Phone category and is walking away with a box of medals! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for holding up the WinPhone category, isenthil. Maybe you can help drum up some competition!


A great big thanks to EVERYONE who contributed an article to the wiki in May.

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in the June lists.


If you have not yet contributed an article for June, and you think you can produce a more useful, clever and better produced wiki article than the winners above, here's your chance! ๐Ÿ˜€


Best regards,
Pete Laker

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Comments (31)
  1. I have been definitely impressed by the hard work put in by all the contributors. Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations to all the contributors! These are some fantastic articles!

  3. All the articles are great! Each contributor "Well Done" and keep your fantastic work going !!

  4. bshwjt says:

    All are doing well. Congrats.

  5. Latheesh NK says:

    Congrats to everyone!!!

    Myself being more involved in Transact SQL forum, Special Congrats to Naomi!!!

  6. Guys, quick question.  Are you able to annonymise the feedback for authors on articles that didn't win?  I'd like to submit some articles for June onwards but would appreciate what I may have not have gotten correct, or if the information was deemed irrlevant and so on.



  7. Oh, and of course, a big congratulations to the winners.  Well done to all.  Some educational stuff in my own category!

  8. Pete Laker says:

    @Steven: We have considered this as well. Our intention is not to criticise submissions, but to celebrate what is good about them.

    Also, as this is TechNet Wiki, anyone is able to edit the article, to help improve the actual content, which slightly complicates matters. But that is how I suspect any mistakes will be handled.



  9. Hi Pete,

    Thanks for your response.  Appreicate the fineline but might be different if asked for?  I'd like to contribute the best articles I can (as others do I'm sure), so positive feedback always encouraged.



  10. Naomi N says:

    Latheesh, when you're answering think if one of the problems you answer can make a good article. If yes, you can enter June contribution.

  11. Congratulations to everyone!

  12. Paul Ishak says:

    Congrats to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Pete Laker says:

    @Steven, I get you now. I replied to your question on the forums :…/9488b61b-1a4c-4ed8-947c-6bdf0f18ab01



  14. Steven, an exercise I recommend is to go through all the positive comments that were not about your articles… and take those into consideration. You'll see themes that everyone should follow.

  15. Naomi N says:

    I have a few questions:

    1. How can I post a blog here? I see several community members posting blogs, so I assume everyone can create a blog, right? If yes, how?

    2. What exactly this winning means in terms of points, achievements, etc.?

  16. isenthil says:

    I have the same question like Naomi too ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Pete Laker says:

    1. Mostly only Microsoft employees can blog on However, the TechNet Wiki has a team of bloggers, but we only blog about the Wiki, not our own exploits.…/wikininjas

    Wiki bloggers are chosen by invite, so you should let Ed know you're interested, and join the queue.

    2. Winning means what it says on the entry page "One winner in each category will be selected each month for glory and adoration by the MSDN/TechNet Ninjas and community as a whole. This includes a dedicated blog post in the Wiki Ninjas blog, a tweet from the Wiki Ninjas Twitter account, an announcement on your forum, and other acknowledgement from the community." This should be enough for 'bragging rights', so to speak…

    As this is such a new initiative, it is unclear at this stage if and how it can be integrated into the recognition system (points, medals, etc)



  18. Naomi N says:

    I don't remember, were there any forum announcements in regards to winners?

  19. Regarding becoming an author on this blog… anyone can follow these steps:

    1 – Author at least 30 Wiki articles.

    2 – Get interviewed for the Monday blog posts, "Interview with a Wiki Ninja".

    3 – Comment on key Wiki articles and on these blog posts (and in the Wiki Discussions forum) so that we can get to know you. Do this a lot.

    4 – Accomplish something unique for the TNWiki community…

    – For XAML Guy/Peter Laker, he made a TechNet Wiki Windows 8 widgetโ€ฆ And now leading the TechNet Guru contest

    – For Yottun, he has a monthly list of progress each language is doing

    – For Luiz, he has a contest (TechNet Wiki Day) once or twice a month where he awards Portuguese and International articles

    – For Margriet, she had her popular SharePoint best practices series, and very colorful blog comments

    – For Steef-Jan, he wrote these amazing BizTalk articles that seemed more authoritative than the Microsoft versions (and now his blog posts are similar and get a lot of views)

    – For Naomi, I think itโ€™s that she won the May TechNet Guru contest for T-SQL (tied for the two winners, she has the #3 place as well, and she has contributions for the June contest)

  20. Pete Laker says:

    I agree. Congratulations Naomi!

  21. Sachin S says:

    Congrats to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Anonymous says:

    This is our Silver Medal winner from the June TechNet Guru competition:

    Windows Phone

  23. Anonymous says:

    And the TechNet Guru winners keep rolling in!
    Congratulations to Reed Kimble , our VB Guru winner

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  25. Anonymous says:

    It’s time for our next June TechNet Guru winner!

    Multi MCC award winner, two-time TechNet Guru

  26. Anonymous says:

    Let’s showcase another June TechNet Guru winner!
    Matthew Yarlett is our SharePoint TechNet Guru for

  27. anonymouscommenter says:

    It’s time for another TechNet Guru winner!
    Congratulations to Tiziano Cacioppolini , our Windows Phone

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