I’m writing this blog post from a hotel room in Seattle. I’m attending the Microsoft MVP Summit. To attend this summit, you have to be a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
I was fortunate enough to receive this award from Microsoft back in 2009 and every year since then.
Originally, I received this award for DirectX/XNA. I’ve written a few books and two of them were on game programming using XNA. XNA was the game programming framework created by Microsoft that powered the vast majority of Indie games available on the Xbox 360.
If you want to do HoloLens development, I’d highly suggest you get going with the Unity engine.
One of the big benefits of being a Microsoft MVP is that you get to meet the product teams at Microsoft and provide feedback.
Here’s a secret…
If you are into web development at all …
If you want to know what it’s like to be a MVP, then watch the weekly stand-ups of the ASP.NET team. The work is done in public and everything is open source. Your feedback can be heard. You don’t need to be a MVP to talk to the product team.
User Voice is another great way to get in front of the product teams.
The Forums is another great way to get in front of the product teams.
If you have a suggestion for Microsoft, you can make it heard all of those ways. You don’t have to be an MVP to get your voice heard.
Microsoft is very big on feedback. They want to make products that you want. So if you see something that should be done better, let them know!
It’s a great privilege to be able to come out to Seattle every year and meet with the product teams. I’m hoping I’ll be fortunate enough to be able to attend next year.
I’ve heard over and over again so far this week from Microsoft that they want feedback. And it is true, they take the feedback and they make products and/or product changes because of the feedback.
It is a great time to be a software developer. HoloLens and augmented reality is really exciting. I’m grateful that a great community is building in the Learn HoloLens site.
If you are interested in HoloLens development, make sure to check out the Learn HoloLens site and sign up for the notification list.
If you are wondering if you should get into software development in general, then go check out code.org and try it out. You just might like it… and being able to tell the computer what to do is a pretty satisfying feeling!
I made a companion video to this blog post, which you can see below: