Mario Cardinal

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

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Renew as a Microsoft MVP

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.

mvp-2020For sixteen 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. As usual, 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! 16 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:

Monday, June 8, 2020

0244 – Karol Deland – Team Topologies
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

0243 – Serge Tremblay – Microsoft Teams et la pandémie
Sunday, April 19, 2020

0242 – Luc Labelle – La plateforme Power Apps
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

0241 – Etienne Tremblay – GitHub Actions
Thursday, February 13, 2020

0240 – Anthony Giretti – Le protocole gRPC
Thursday, January 9, 2020

0239 – Chantal Bossé – Mieux présenter
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

0238 – Guy Barrette – Kubernetes
Monday, November 4, 2019

0237 – Spécial Certification
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

0236 – Nicolas Georgeault – Microsoft Teams
Saturday, September 14, 2019

0235 – Michel Perfetti – Azure DevOps
Friday, August 2, 2019

0234 – Jerome Laban – La plateforme UNO

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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.