Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust

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Hello World Road Trip is in Montreal

The Hello World Road Trip featuring Shawn Wildermuth will be in Montreal on June 6th at noon at the Microsoft office’s. For the occasion, I will be the guest for the “Hello World” podcast. During the live recording you will learn my story of how I got started writing software.


Following the recording, Shawn will be giving a talk: BUILDING APPS WITH ASP.NET CORE 1.0!

This event is FREE.  However, you must register on the website for the event.

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Your brand is a product

In this post, I present insights about how to reinvent yourselves in a structured way.

As I pointed out last April, I was renewed for a twelfth year as a Microsoft MVP. Sometimes, developers that I met at User Group or during conferences ask me how to become an MVP. The best answer that I read about it is this blog by Mike McKeown: How can I become a Microsoft MVP? I agree with the author that there is no clear-cut recipe on how to become an MVP. It is a happy pairing of passion and personal branding.

Regarding passion, you must let your desires become the determining factor, and it can hardly be taught. In return, it is different for personal branding.

vsts_300Your image and your mind are a product. If you speak French, I just recorded a podcast about personal branding with Frederic Harper. Frederic is the author of the book Success in Programming: How to Gain Recognition, Power, and Influence Through Personal Branding.

Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. If you wish to acquire very good knowledge about personal branding, here are two courses offered on the online training site Pluralsight that I attended in recent years and that I recommend:

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Podcast about //build/ conference

Last week, I was attending the //build/ conference in San Francisco. I took advantage of my presence at this event to record a podcast with a panel of Microsoft MVP.


Live from San Francisco, as part of the //build/ conference, I talk with Erik Renaud, Laurent Bugnion, Florent Santin and Rudy Huyn about the announcements made by Microsoft. Among other things, some of the panelists share their experiences with the HoloLens.

Please note that this podcast is in French.