TechNet Guru Awards – June 2013

The votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, June 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.


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 may be returning to discuss those too, in future blogs.


Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Ron Phillips BizTalk: Monitoring and Automatically Starting Host Instances Via A Scheduled Task Mandi Ohlinger: "This is a very helpful script that users can implement now. "
Peter Laker: "Excellent article, loads of detail and nice format."
Ed Price: "Great introduction! I love how this incrementally takes you through the process."

Silver Award Winner


Abhijit Mahato Implementation of Routing slip pattern using ESB Toolkit 2.1 and BizTalk Server Mandi Ohlinger: "Great example of using ESB! The screen shots are a nice addition."
Ed Price: "Great formatting with the different sections! The images help visually explain everything."
Peter Laker: "Nice tip with lots of detail"

Bronze Award Winner


Mohit Gupta Complex FlatFile Conversion using Biztalk schema and Map Peter Laker: "Details, code and images make this a great article"
Ed Price: "The code blocks are very helpful!"
Mandi Ohlinger: "Great FlatFile example. We need more of these."

Ed: "Thanks to Ron, Abhijit, and Mohit! We had a great collection of articles for our first month for the BizTalk Technical Guru competition! And congrats to Ron! We'll feature your article in a variety of ways! The four BizTalk contributions are here."


Guru Award SharePoint 2010 Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Matthew Yarlett Uploading (and Resizing) Images to a SharePoint Picture Library via a Webpart Margriet Bruggeman: "Handy to have this code!"
Peter Laker: "Nice article. Who's the mugshot of?"
Ed Price: "It's very clear! It's great how you take us through this, with the code and image for clarity."
Tom Van Gaever: "Please do not set AllowUnsafeUpdate to true"

Silver Award Winner


Sunny Dasgupta SEO Friendly SharePoint Sites/Pages Margriet Bruggeman: "Good to know!"
TVG: "SharePoint 2013 PG has invested a lot in making SharePoint a better WCM solution. I would create a series that lists all the improvements for public facing websites (image rendition, device channels,...)"
Peter Laker: "Top tip"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet! Good use of images! Sunny, I think you ended up with two of the top three because you write well on very important topics!"

Bronze Award Winner


Sunny Dasgupta New! SharePoint 2013: Branding Solutions as an App! Showcase your solutions now! TVG: "I like the showcase idea"
Ed Price: "This is an important business lesson! It would be great to follow this up with technical "how to" examples, with all the details. As I mentioned, you have a good business mind to know what people want to learn about!"

Ed: "Peter, the mugshot is of Matthew! I've got to admit it... SharePoint was truly an amazing category. First, there were 20 contributions. 20! Can you believe it??? Second, it was an incredibly tough call for our judges. There were so many great contributions, and they are so different. Personally, I thought Gokan delivered some fantastic articles, and I was a little sad to see that his didn't make these top three! (But the three winners were also excellent; therein lies the problem... so much excellence!) I love how Gokan formats the articles and devotes little sections to explaining concepts (using bold and bullets to help make them pop). To everyone: Please leave a comment if you'd like any suggestions on how to improve your articles! I think we'll leave those suggestions on your article comments, if you want them. And to Sunny, as I mentioned, I think you ended up with two of the top three, even though they were short, because you write very well and you have a fantastic business mind to know what people want to learn about! And congrats to Matthew, who maintains the gold medal two months in a row (but it was a close call)! Overall, I just want to say thank you to all the contributors (Sunny, Matthew, Usama, Stefan, Ashish, Gokan, Libin, Mohammad, Suresh, and Joydeep)! It really makes us want to be able to reward you all, because there was so much quality!!! Check out all 20 contributions here."

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: How to Make a Turtle Maze Game RZ: "This is very cool. Nice layout, screenshots, and details instructions."
Ed Price: "I love this article! It's fun, and it takes you through the whole process in a fun and clear way, complete with great formatting, images, and code. Great job!"

Silver Award Winner


Jibba Jabba a Development Map for Becoming a Good Programmer using Small Basic and MSDN RZ "Very useful information. Content is nicely structured."
Ed Price: "This is an incredibly valuable resource!"

Bronze Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Did You Know? RZ: "Very useful information. Especially concerning known issues."
Ed Price: "Chances are that you didn't know that... which makes this article very valuable!"

Ed: "I have a soft place in my heart for Small Basic, an investment for Microsoft to give to the community and to make programming so fun, social, and simple that 8 year olds love to learn it. I'm glad to see the new Small Basic category for June and that Jibba Jabba jumped in and gave Nonki a run for it! Thanks to both Nonki (with 6 great submissions) and to Jibba Jabba for their contributions! See all of Nonki's contributions here."


Guru Award  SQL Server Analysis Services Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Yogish Bhat Aggregations in SSAS

Peter Laker: "Excellent subject. Excellent detail. Nice formatting."
Ed Price: "Great explanations, clearly written, and good job breaking up the sections so that it's easy to read and to use the TOC."

Silver Award Winner

Yogish Bhat MOD Function in MDX Peter Laker: "Useful tip. Thanks!"
Ed Price: "Great solution!"

Ed: "Thanks Yogish for jumping in there and representing Analysis Services!"


Guru Award  SQL Server Reporting Services/Power View Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Tim Pacl Sorting Elements of a Concatenated String Peter Laker: "An excellent article with some useful tips"
Ed Price: "This is a great article! You have a lot of code samples and a clear overview."

Silver Award Winner


Tim Pacl Adding Links in SSRS Reports Peter Laker: "Images really help to explain the procedure"
Ed Price: "The images help make the steps very clear!"

Bronze Award Winner


Tim Pacl Concatenating Data Column Values Into a Single String Peter Laker: "Useful tip, common problem"
Ed Price: "Good formatting on the code in this article."

Ed: "And thank you to Tim for 6 great articles about Reporting Services! Find all 6 here."


Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Naomi N How SQL Server Determines Type of the Constant Richard Mueller: "A good recommendation to explicitly CAST values, with an example of possible consequences if you don't."

Silver Award Winner


Naomi N SET ANSI_PADDING Setting and Its Importance Samuel Lester: "Outstanding contribution! I love the process of walking us through the debugging you performed. People who read this article gain an understanding of not only the SET ANSI_PADDING setting, but also how you arrived at discovering this as well as the technical resources available to ask in the MSDN forums. Very, very good!"
Ed Price: "Very in depth article with great code formatting!"
Richard Mueller: "This explains an issue I was not aware of. Well researched. Good to include a script to correct the situation."

Bronze Award Winner


Johnny Bell Jnr SQL Server Result Set In An HTML Email Richard Mueller: "Very instructive. I like this because similar techniques can be used for other applications."
Samuel Lester: "Great article and very handy for sure. I'm a big fan of code generation through T-SQL as you're doing with the @HTML parameter. I use similar tricks often to generate code for other programming languages. Very good!"
Ed Price: "The text does a great job setting up the code blocks!"

Ed: "Transact SQL was our second largest category with 9 submissions (4 from Naomi)! Naomi holds onto her title for a second month. Thanks go out to all our contributors... Kalman, Naomi, Sathyanarrayanan, and Johnny Bell! You made it tough on the judges to select from an excellent group! Please go check them all out here."


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Reed Kimble How to Communicate with a Microcontroller or Other Serial Device in VB.Net Richard Mueller: "A well written article with great information and a detailed code example. The explanation should allow someone to adapt this for many applications."
MR: "Well written and very descriptive."
Anthony D. Green: "This article has the most interesting topic but I wish it had a more concrete example like making a robot dance or something. Serial port communication is a common forum question as the writer points out - I'd be great if the user had something in the sample to run against/debug. Another suggestion I'd make is that the author break up the very long code sample into discrete steps with the paragraph describing the code following the code immediately. Right now a reader is confronted with a wall of text and has to try to grok it all at once before proceeding to the prose or scan back and forth to get it."
SB: "I like the article - I've seen many issues in the past with serial communication and its always a bit of a vague topic so any article is a positive in my opinion. It would be nice to link this to Micro-framework which added VB support and is another way of working with microcontrollers. Article is well written with good clean examples."
Ed Price: "Incredibly in depth with beautifully formatted code!"

Silver Award Winner


Paul Ishak Bitmap.Lockbits De-Mystified .Net Richard Mueller: "This was a difficult decision to rate these Wikis. This is a well researched article with good explanation of the steps required."
Mark Rideout: "Great details, though formatting makes it hard to read."
Anthony D. Green: "This was well written and well factored for reading. My only complaints are the lack of syntax colorization and the noisy line numbers. The topic is just obscure enough that it would have helped a lot to have a paragraph or two at the beginning to tell me what Lock bits is and why it's interesting rather than just jump into a deep dive. It links to another article which gives the motivation but it would have been great to have that inline."
SB: "Rather than an article I felt this was more a series of code snippets. Although very useful I prefer a narrative explaining things. I think that the content is OK but it alludes to the fact of performance improvements but would like maybe a bit more info as to how much more performance improvements can be made using this."
Ed Price: "I love how the article has its own banner image! Good code samples. Great job!"

Ed: "Reed and Paul grab the medals for a second month in a row! Great job, guys!"


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Dan Randolph Named Pipes IO for Inter-process Communication CW: "Well, rating this time around is pretty straightforward, what with there being one article. The only real dig I have against the article is that it brings up a GUI for this and I never see it. I know it isn't remarkable, but when you mention a GUI, I sort of expect to see it. Otherwise, this article provides a simple sample of using named pipes in c# code between two components."
Christian Lukito: "Good proof of concept showing how to use the API. But it will be more better if can provide real worlds example in what way this is more useful." 
Ed Price: "Very clear and easy to read! Great code snippets with good formatting!"

Peter Laker: "Only entry! Win!"

Ed: "We've got new blood for the Visual C# category! Let's see if the contributors from May want to take on Dan in July (the contributions are already starting to come in)."


Guru Award  Windows Phone Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Tiziano Cacioppolini Maps and clusters Peter Laker: "Excellent subject, nice detail!"
Ed Price: "Great code and explanations! It could benefit from code blocks and headers/sections to break it up a little more. Great article!"

Silver Award Winner


isenthil How to Launch Windows Phone 8 Emulator without using Visual Studio 2012? Peter Laker: "Thanks for the tip!"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet. Great formatting with the TOC and sections."

Ed: "Isenthil grabs a medal for the second month in a row! Congrats to both winners!"


Guru Award  Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Sachin S Building an App using the DataviewModel from external XML Peter Laker: "Nice introduction to the subject. Excellent example and explanation."
Ed Price: "The image at the top catches your interest, and then the code blocks are great as well!"

Silver Award Winner


Sachin S Basic ColorPicker Control inside Settings Pane Ed Price: "Great job breaking up the article with the different sections! The different sections, code headers, links back to the top, the image... it all helps make a better experience."
Peter Laker: "Very useful code. Commonly needed."

Bronze Award Winner


Sachin S Insert ComboBox item separator which is filled through Data Binding Peter Laker: "Top tip. Will no doubt come in very handy."
Ed Price: "Great formatting on the code snippets!"

Ed: "Sachin (our May winner for VC#) is in his element here with the new Windows Store Apps category! Three entries and three medals! The competition is already growing for July!"


Guru Award  WPF Technical Guru - June 2013  

Gold Award Winner


Gaurav Khanna Set Brush for ScrollViewer Thumb Peter Laker: "Good to know if you're not adept at Blend"
Ed Price: "Great formatting on the code blocks!"

Silver Award Winner


XAML guy WPF: How to manage available/selected lists. Simple examples. MVVM and Code behind Ed Price: "It's beautiful. A work of art! From the TOC, to the image at the top, the breakdown of sections, the code snippets, and all the way down. It's easy to read and easy to follow. Great job!"
Peter Laker: "A common problem, and a tidy solution :)"

Bronze Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) Event handling in an MVVM WPF application Peter Laker: "Nice event/command primer, lots of detail"
Ed Price: "Good formatting on the code, and the image helps you visualize it! Good article!"

Ed: "Oh, hey. I do want to mention that just because Peter and I are the only commenters on a few of these, that doesn't mean we're the only judges. We just like to express ourselves, I guess. For our final category, we had a few people come out to compete! Thanks to Guarav, XAML guy, and Magnus! You can find all 5 of their contributions here."

A great big thanks to EVERYONE who contributed an article to last month's competition.

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in this month's listings?


If you have not yet contributed an article for this month, and you think you can produce a more useful, clever and better produced wiki article than the winners above, here's your chance! 😀


Best regards,
Pete Laker

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Comments (21)
  1. Pete Laker says:

    Congratulations again to everyone above and those that just missed out.

    It was a close run contest with many great contributions.

  2. Yes, congratulations to all that entered. Great contributions.

  3. SharePoint pretty much blew me away. 20 contributions! Wow!~

  4. Thank you so much 🙂

  5. Sachin S says:

    Congrats everyone!!!

  6. Sachin S says:

    Ed, I have a question, why we have only two rankings, Gold and Silver in Windows Phone Category when there are four entries in it?

  7. Congratz to eveyone !! Goob job!

  8. Pete Laker says:

    Well spotted Sachin. Thank you very much for pointing that out. Ken and Lohith's June contributions have been re-included in July's nominations, because they were last minute entries that missed inclusion into our voting tool. Sorry for the confusion. It's taken a month or two to establish the procedures and tools to coordinate voting for this competition, but we should be ok from now on.

  9. Suresh C says:

    Congratulations to the winners! And thanks for all the comments! Hope to contribute more in coming months.

  10. Congratulations all the winners!!!!

  11. Congratulations to the winners!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Nonki Takahashi is our Small Basic TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June

  13. Anonymous says:

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

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s time for another TechNet Guru winner!
    Congratulations to Dan Randolph , our VB Guru winner for

  15. Anonymous says:

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

    MCC award winner Tim Pacl is our SSRS TechNet

  16. Anonymous says:

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

    Multi MCC award winner, two-time TechNet Guru

  17. Anonymous says:

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

  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s time for another TechNet Guru winner!
    Congratulations to Khanna Gaurav , an MCC and our WPF Guru

  19. anonymouscommenter says:

    It’s time to congratulate another June TechNet Guru winner!
    Nonki Takahashi is our Small Basic TechNet

  20. anonymouscommenter says:

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

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