Mario Cardinal

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

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MVP Renewal Day

Today, while processing my email on this beautiful Canada Day, I was happy to find my MVP renewal among the many messages in my inbox.

mvpFor fifteen consecutive years, I am the proud recipient of the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft. MVP status is awarded to credible technology experts who have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community. While there are more than 100 million technical community members on earth, only a small portion are selected to be recognized as MVPs. Each year, around 2,000 MVPs are honored. They are nominated by Microsoft and other community individuals for this annual award. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year. They come from more than 90 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in more than 90 Microsoft technologies.

I suspect that I am receiving this award mainly for my outstanding contribution as host of the Visual Studio Talk Show podcast. This French-language podcast, where we discuss software architecture, began in November 2004 (Yes! 15 years ago). With the help of co-host Guy Barrette, we publish a show with a French-spoken technology expert on a monthly basis.

Here is a listing of the podcasts we published lately:

June 5, 2019 0232 – Stephane Lapointe – Gouvernance dans Azure
May 6, 2019 0231 – Laurent Duveau – Vue
April 1, 2019 0230 – Alain Vezina – Le métier du DevOps
March 3, 2019 0229 – Maxime Rouiller – Durables Functions
February 9, 2019 0228 – Etienne Tremblay – Azure Pipelines
January 5, 2019 0227 – Vincent Hubert – IoT
December 9, 2018 0226 – Bernard Fedotoff – SaaS
October 25, 2018 0225 – Frank Boucher – Azure DevTest Labs
October 5, 2018 0224 – Michel Perfetti – Azure DevOps
September 4, 2018 0223 – Fred Harper – Programmer avec le SDK de Fitbit
August 12, 2018 0222 – Eric Coté – React
July 12, 2018 0221 – Mathieu Guindon – Rubberduck VBA
June 4, 2018 0220 – Jérôme Laban – WebAssembly

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Ten years of podcast

Slingboards Lab is not my sole active project. For those of you who speak French, you may know me as the host of the Visual Studio Talk Show, a podcast about software architecture. Each episode is an interview with a software development expert. This month, I am not only publishing episode #177 but I also celebrate the tenth anniversary of this podcast.


On November 22nd, 2004, I published the first episode of the Visual Studio Talk Show. Being online for 10 years now, it is probably the oldest French podcast discussing technology. At the time the word podcast was not even part of the standard vocabulary. To explain what a podcast was, I presented it as a radio show on the Internet.

vsts_300The guest for this first episode was Eric Coté . We discussed .NET certification and multilingual website programming. When I launched the podcast, I did not have a co-host so when I recorded the second episode, Eric became co-host. The experience lasted two years before he decided to leave the show. He was then replaced by Guy Barrette which is still the current co-host.

Already ten years. Time goes by too quickly. Anyway, this is worth celebrating.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our listeners across the globe. Through your emails, all over these years, we discovered that we had listeners on every continent. What a nice surprise this was, not to mention your kindness. Thank you!

Happy ten years. Let’s hope that we will still be online for the 20th anniversary.