Coding for kids

My daughter Iris is 7 years old and sometimes I ask her, just for the fun of it, what she wants to be when she grows up. Sometimes Iris is going to be a police woman, sometimes she wants to work with pets, and sometimes she wants to be a superhero. Sometimes she says: “Or…


TechNet Wiki Ninja Belts – Updated (April 2015)

Hello all Wiki Ninjas and much valued TechNet and MSDN members!The Ninja Belt Calculator has just been run, and the list of Ninja Belts have been updated in the following TechNet WIki article: Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking The calculator has been run monthly, due to the constant work done of everyone involved to make Wiki Ninja…


How to compete in the Imagine Cup

When I wrote my last blog post http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2014/12/25/the-imagine-cup.aspx about the Imagine Cup I didn’t fathom how popular it would be. Because of that we decided to write about this topic once more and create a TechNet Wiki How To article about competing in the Imagine Cup. Years ago, I attended a presentation of my little…


TechNet Wiki Ninja Belts – Updated! See which members gained a rank…

Great news Wiki Ninjas!   The Ninja Belt Calculator has just been run, and the list of Ninja Belts have been updated! The result has been updated in the following WIki article: Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking The calculator has been run bi-monthly for the last two runs, but now we…


The Imagine Cup

Of course we have our own TechNet Wiki Guru contest where I participate in judging recent Wiki articles. This is great fun, and I appreciate that people take the time and effort to create something to help and inform others. Even for the Wiki articles that don't turn out to be so great, I always…


Fibonacci Numbers

I know it's out of left field, but I thought it would be fun to share. In my daily work, I'm finding that more often than not Scrum is the de facto standard framework for dealing with complex software products. Although strictly speaking not a part of Scrum itself, the game of Planning Poker is…


Wiki World Cup

The FIFA World Cup football is currently taking a fairly significant amount of my personal time, and so far my favourite team, the Dutch team is absolutely great. This is at the time of writing, it is very possible that by the team you read this blog post we’ve been eliminated, but I have good…


Hunting the unknown species

I guess that when you're the right person for that particular brand of excitement, the recent finding of a new mineral called "Putnisite"  (http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/minsoc/mag/2014/00000078/00000001/art00010) will be quite the event.   When I stumbled upon a new MS product, I had to wonder if I, as seen from the TechNet Wiki perspective, have stumbled on "Wiki…


Rubber Duck Ninja

It came to my attention that we, as TechNet Wiki Ninjas, are not the only ones proudly using “ninja”  as a “geuzennaam” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geuzen), but on the latest SharePoint conference I found out there was a company that used the term “SharePoint Ninjas” as an internal reward system. I suggest you watch the first 5 minutes…


The Subtle Art of Not-Convincing People

Next to my regular job as either developer/architect I enjoy teaching classes about SharePoint. Ultimately, when I do that, my goal is to inspire people. If I can’t attain that goal, at least I want to explain the concepts included in the course as clear as possible and add some additional related topics in the…