New Year, New Blog!

New Year, New Blog!

Well, it is not exactly a new year just yet, but we are pretty close. A lot has happened to me and a lot has changed around in my professional career during this last year or so, and as a result, I am taking up blogging again.

One of the big changes is in my MVP Status: I am proud to say that I am now part of the Emerging Experiences MVP group, focusing on what Microsoft calls More Personal Computing: Cortana, inking, gesture driven computing (Kinect), Microsoft Band, Windows Hello and of course, Holographic Computing with HoloLens. The Emerging Experiences group is part of the larger Windows Developer MVP group, which is awesome, since I have and will be doing a lot of things in this area, too.

One of the biggest projects I am finishing up is my course on Pluralsight, called “Introduction to Universal Windows Platform Development with XAML”. I’ve put a lot of work into this course, and I am very proud of the result.

What About the Old Blog?

I have to leave my old place at http://vbandi.dotneteers.net – that blog runs on a very outdated blog engine and my own server, and I just can’t keep maintaining it. I’ll do my best to at least reserve the old posts somehow – I still get a decent amount of traffic, and sometimes my own searches take me back to that old site. But new posts will happen here.

And what will be Here?

I’ve always been fascinated by how computing can be made available for an ever growing audience – about new human-computer interaction paradigms, user experience. I thoroughly enjoy living in the sci-fi world of my childhood – there’s so much stuff possible today that has only been a dream 20 years ago. And what’s even better, I get to be a small part of bringing this future to life, making it happen. Being a software developer is the closest you can be today to being a real life wizard. Making thoughts materialize, turning ideas into joyful moments for millions, making people more productive or even changing or saving lives – it’s all possible through software. It is a difficult profession though – sometimes even creating something small can take months of hard work, and not just whispering a few magic words or waving a wand. But this is the kind of magic that works!

I don’t have a planned set of topics. I’ll go where my professional career and my passion towards the magic of technology – takes me. Right now, it is my UWP course on Pluralsight, my fascination with HoloLens and other emerging experiences. It may be something entirely different a few months from now. The only way to find out is to begin and walk the walk. I’d be happy to have you along the ride!

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