A big Thank You to Microsoft!

I received a nondescript piece of email this morning.  A cursory glance at the address revealed it was from “support” at some company or other.  The message above it seemed more interesting so I moved on to find that Jason Bock, one of my colleagues at Magenic, was awarded Microsoft MVP – Visual Developer – Visual C#.  I though that that was great and fired off a congratulatory email.

I then moved back to my piece of unremarkable email.  I opened it up and just about had a heart-attack.  Here’s the meat of the message:

“Dear Steve St. Jean,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award!

The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft. …

Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer – Team System technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.”

All I can say is “Thank You…I’m honored.” 

But the excitement is tempered but gut-wrenching fear.  MVPs are considered to be experts in their Product Group.  Team System is a huge product platform and I’ve only scratched the surface in a number of areas.  What will I do if I have to answer a question in an area I’m “shallow”???  Somewhere in my travels I came across a quote that poignantly sums me up… “Jack of all Trades, Master of Some.”  I guess this is the impetus to broaden my knowledge of the platform.  

So thanks again to the folks at Microsoft, all the folks that post questions to the MSDN Build Automation and MSBuild forums, sit through my presentations and to all of you folks that read this blog.  We’ll see what the next year brings…

– Steve