Interview with Ronen Ariely - many times TechNet Guru Competition winner


Today I want to introduce Ronen Ariely - long term SQL Server developer and winner of several TechNet Guru Contributions.  

Sailing with a friend 20 years ago...

 

Let's start the interview:

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

My name is Ronen Ariely, I am from Israel. I am over 40 years old and playing with computers from 1983 as a child, when I first learned programming.

I'm a senior consultant & developing architect, a professional programmer, architecting SQL & BI enterprise level solutions. I have more than 12 years of experience in variety of programming languages and technologies, leading and managing development teams and BI projects.

My passion is designing complex applications and troubleshooting. I like challenges and I do not like being told that something is impossible. I am using Microsoft's Technologies. I write blogs for several years, and working on the next blog all the time. I help in several forums and communities in the fields of SQL Server, T-SQL and Programming in general and Dot.Net specifically since 2001. My nickname on the internet communities in the last several years is PITUACH or PITOACH. "PITUACH" is the word DEVELOPMENT in Hebrew. I started to use this nickname a few years ago, after I got sick of seeing every child calls himself in the virtual world (like forums) "genius" or "king" or "The King" or "the best" and so on... So I decided to choose simplest nickname as I can, and I chose to say: I am just a "developer" πŸ™‚

In early January, I'll open the new year of the Israel SQL Server Group with my lecture on VSS. So if you are in Israel, I'd love to see you.

http://isug138.eventbrite.com/ 

Please tell a bit about Israel SQL Server Group, and Israel TechNet Wiki members and who do you plan to bring to Wiki.

The best way to describe our group will be by explaining why I am going there at all. At first I went to hear lectures on subjects which interested me professionally. I soon found myself enjoying it socially, I found that I enjoy the conversations during breaks and after the sessions, not less than the lectures themselves. At that time I found myself Hooked πŸ™‚ coming regularly each month.

Some members in US user groups need to travel more than two hours to get to the nearest user group meeting. In Israel you can travel half of the country in that time. I understood there are some Users Group with more than 1500 members that come to each meeting. In Israel everything is a bit smaller, I think this is an advantage. The core members know each other personally, so the Israel SQL Server Group is more than just a professional group, it is a members group.

Unfortunately, there are not many Israeli Wiki members, as far as I know. There are several reasons I can point. But mostly, there is just need for more writers in Hebrew. The WIKI interface is not easy to work with languages ??written from right to left. The transition between writing code (using left to right text), to plain Hebrew text (using right to left) is very uncomfortable. I suggested several times to add RTL/LTR buttons, to switch between directions, as there are in most text editors. Meanwhile, this is not yet done.

I can certainly see the potential of the system. Perhaps in the future I will try to focus on writing articles in Hebrew (in addition to articles in English), in order to bring more audience.

Also tell us more about your interests.

Mmmm... It is a tricky' question πŸ™‚

I grew up in Eilat. Eilat is a seaside city with everything that implies. In the past I used to write that my interests include: software development, playing open source strategy games (like Freeciv or Wesnoth), sailing and diving. OK… it is true that I have a diving license from the age of 15 and I had hundreds of dives to date, and it is true that I have extensive experience sailing sails, including in competitions. But seriously... I do not remember the last time I went out to sea πŸ™

I think that I spent most of the day near the computer these days. When I work on an application that I develop, I can forget myself. I do not have schedule. Sometimes I work (or play) all night and quite possible I'll sleep during the day. 

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

TechNet Wiki is probably one of best platforms where Developers, IT people and DBA people can meet together in the virtual world for co-learning and sharing. This is a Unique platform, where an article can be written by everyone together (not like a book or a blog) and bring us one article with different perspectives of technology.

I want to thank all the people who contribute their time to communities at forums and writing blogs and articles on WIKI in order to help others. I am glad to be part of a great community. 

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

Shrink SQL Database During Restore
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18481.shrink-sql-database-during-restore.aspx

Everyone knows that we always remember our first… this is my first WIKI article, and it gave me a good starting point when it won the gold medal at the TechNet Guru contest, July 2013. This article was actually very simple to write, since it is written as a "step by step" tutorial. There is no long discussion, it includes mostly short explanation and code.

 

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

Yes, as I mentioned before I highly recommend to add RTL/LTR buttons, to switch between directions, as there are in most text editors. In addition I think that Microsoft should combine several learning interfaces like asp.net site with the TechNet WIKI, the Hebrew Interface (like the blogs) with the English one, and so on. Sometime less is more πŸ™‚

 

Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

 Oh… yes… I can think about some:

  • Remember you can edit the article… don’t try to write it all at once. Check the article if you are not sure and then edit it to continue the writing.
  • At the start of the article add "[toc]" (without the Quotation marks). This will add an index to the article base on heading (titles).
  • Using code: don’t add line numbers to the code. It might be pretty but it make it very hard to copy the code without the line number.
  • Format the code using the build in "code block" and choose width 97%
  • A Wiki is not a personal blog. Use less "I" and more "we". Writing a personal story like "I went to…" might look strange after the WIKI article will be edited by someone else. Remember a WIKI is a Joint article.
  • Add pictures and codes… it is always good
  • Always add References and Resources

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

About a decade ago I wrote Wikipedia articles. I really liked the idea of ??collaborative articles. The concept has not changed and my interest has not declined. As I see it, now is the time to do the same with Tech articles.

 

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

Due to the fact that I started writing TechNet WIKI articles as a result of Naomi's posts and Ed's posts, at the T-SQL forum, I spent most of my time on articles which handle topics about Microsoft SQL Server, and later on I read some articles of C#. I commented on some and edited others. The final step will be writing… maybe my next article will be on C#...  

 

Thanks, Ronen, for this great interview and very interesting answers. If you have more questions for Ronen or just want to tell him something, please, don't hesitate to add comments to this blog post.

Comments (33)

  1. pituach says:

    First of all I want to thank you for the wonderful interview Naomi. I'm glad for the opportunity to be a part of the community and help as i can πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Ronen,

    Firstly Congrats on being interviewed and secondly I liked your tips for new wiki authors.

    Thanks for all your contributions!!!!!!

  3. Durval Ramos says:

    Congratulations Ronen,

    His work is excellent, but please do not forget that family and friends are your greatest asset.

    His work is excellent, but please do not forget that family and friends are your greatest asset. Live longer with all that is good and environment which certainly made ​​him very happy, the sea. I'm sure, you will be much better "Developer" (or PITUACH) than it is today.

    Thanks for sharing your history.

  4. Hi Ronen,

    Congratulations!!!

    I will always remember you as the one who once advised me saying "A Wiki is not a personal blog. Use less "I" and more "we". Remember a WIKI is a Joint article."

    Thanks for the advice πŸ™‚ and keep the good work going.

  5. Saeid Hasani says:

    Hi Ronen,

    Please tell us which one is you in that nice photo?

    Thanks!

  6. Hello Ronen.

    Excellent interview. I really enjoyed the photo. Congratulations.

  7. Great interview. And Ronen, you give excellent advice for new authors.

  8. Ronen,

    Regarding adding a localization feature to switch from the current left-to-right over to right-to-left... did you add this as a feature request?

    social.technet.microsoft.com/.../4703.feature-requests-for-technet-and-msdn-profiles-and-social-platform-tools.aspx

    And you should also know that we still have bugs from 2010 we're looking to get fixed. So it's pretty slow moving in general.

  9. Ronen,

    Do you have a link to the Hebrew blogs? I'd like to check it out and see how it's different.

    Sites like ASP.Net are separate because they are open-source technologies. The teams who run those technologies wanted separate communities from the MSDN technologies, which are not open source.

    Thanks!

  10. I love the tips for new Wiki authors! These are my favorites...

    β€’ Format the code using the build in "code block" and choose width 97%

    β€’ A Wiki is not a personal blog. Use less "I" and more "we". Writing a personal story like "I went to…" might look strange after the WIKI article will be edited by someone else. Remember a WIKI is a Joint article.

  11. pituach says:

    First.. Thanks everyone for feedback, comments and responses in general. I will try to respond to all questions and would love to hear comments, notes, and insights. Great to see you all here πŸ™‚

    Just for accuracy ... The photo older than 20 years, i think I  wrote "more" originally :-), It is still most appropriate picture to show me sailing, since I do not have a more recent photo.

    I sent 5 photos to Naomi, to choose from. Probably the sailing look best, but the rest are new. I called this picture a "the before", and i called last picture "the after". Now You can't see the after πŸ™‚ but think about the two people in the picture, combine as one... and to answer Saeid's question... i am the small one in the picture(Responsible for the mainsail, steering and tactics).

    There are two pictures from Saturday jeep trip with friends, and a picture sitting with friends at authentic restaurant (This is "the after"). The last picture i sent was our dog, "fighting" for the ball with his friends... I will post it on Facebook maybe πŸ™‚

  12. pituach says:

    Thanks Ed,

    1. Regarding adding a localization feature I post this thread directly to the developing team. it is the same in the blogs, wiki articles and forums:

    social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../dont-forget-to-check-the-rtl-looks-like-in-the-hebrew-forums

    * I did not know about the "feature request page"... i will ad it there soon

    I published this blog specifically for developers of Microsoft. I wrote all the code basically, just need to adapt it to the system.

    Adding RTL/LTR buttons to Telerik Editor on DotNetNuke System:

    ariely.info/.../Adding-RTL-LTR-buttons-to-Telerik-Editor-on-DotNetNuke-System.aspx

    2. You can see lots of Hebrew blogs on my system πŸ™‚ check this for example:

    ariely.info/.../Closing-Main-Form-Without-exit-the-application.aspx

    You can see text is written RTL and code use LTR. Moreover... inside the Hebrew text (RTL) we need to use some English text (LTR). that is why I use 4 buttons and not 2. two are for paragraph direction, and 2 are for inline text direction. This blog was written in the same editor as Microsoft use (Telerik editor) using my RTL/LTR buttons code above.

  13. Pituach, regarding the LTR feature, that was to the Forums team. It won't be tracked there for the Wiki. To get it on the Wiki list, please add it here:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/.../4703.feature-requests-for-technet-and-msdn-profiles-and-social-platform-tools.aspx

  14. Regarding blogs, okay, I understand. Thanks!

    And thank you in advance for adding the Wiki LTR feature to the list!

  15. pituach says:

    OK Ed,

    I added the request to the list πŸ™‚

    Good night all... 23:30 in Israel... Thanks again for all the feedbacks and thanks Naomi for the wonderful interview. I will be here tomorrow...

  16. Hey Naomi and Pituach, great interview. It's nice to get insight into some of the other authors. I totally agree with "I do not like being told that something is impossible"! Good tips to!

  17. Eran Sharv says:

    Hi Everyone. in behalf of Microsoft Israel I want to thank Ronen for his great contribution to the local SQL Server Community. His passion, commitment and involvement   can be example for every one of us. thank you!

  18. Excellent work Ronen! Thanks for all!

  19. pituach says:

    I really feel like i want to thank each and one of you on the feedback πŸ™‚

    Thanks again

  20. Naomi N says:

    Thanks a lot for all the comments.

  21. Good interview and compliments to Ronen πŸ™‚

  22. pituach says:

    Thanks Danny & Carmelo πŸ™‚

  23. Shanky_621 says:

    Congratulations Ronen for interview and you commitment to technet wiki you deserve it.

  24. pituach says:

    Thanks Shanky, Sorry I did not see the message before πŸ™‚

  25. Anonymous says:

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Good Sunday to you all, As you may all remember, at the end of November Gokan Ozcifci published

  27. The technet GURU is a commendable place and this is a celebration for a good job and well done.Interview with Ronen Ariely - many times TechNet Guru Competition winner

  28. pituach says:

    Thanks hassan sayed issa20014 πŸ™‚

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