Hi there,

the blog language changed, and so did the interviews :)

This week I had the pleasure to have a chat with: Konstantinos Pantos

Konstantinos Pantos

Technical Expertise: ASP/ASP.NET

MVP Profile:

https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=5FBDB6C6-C8F4-42A2-ADEF-60EE3B1BB5F1

Blog: http://blog.pantos.name

Occupation: Software Solutions Architect

Azienda: Metadata SA

1) Hi Kostas,

Let’s start by asking you what you do for a living...

[Kostas] I’m currently working as a software solutions architect for a Company called Metadata, in Greece. My last projects include the design and development of a Content Management System and an E-Market solution built using .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET. Before that and over the past years, I’ve worked for a number of large companies focusing on Web Development and working with the latest technology (ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, WPF, Linq to SQL, Entity Framework and so on) to build wow! experiences

2) Being an MVP: what does that mean to you?

[Kostas] Being an MVP gives you the opportunity to reach and help people and the opportunity to interact closely with Microsoft Product Groups and other fellow developers

3) Which were the most important successes you achieved from a community perspective?

[Kostas] Well I would say being able to participate to a number of community and Microsoft events was the best thing that happened to me as an MVP. Especially being able to participate at TechEd 2007 and 2008 at the Ask The Expert Booth as well as the MVP Summit were the best experiences ever as I got the chance to speak and exchange ideas in person with a lot of smart people..

4) What is the drive that motivates you to help a lot of people solving their technical issues?

[Kostas] I guess it’s a character thing, I like passing around what I know. I like being able to mentor and help when someone faces a problem

5) What kind of suggestions would you give to the ones who want to deepen their knowledge on ASP.NET?

[Kostas] I would suggest taking advantage of all available resources, webcasts, tutorials, blog posts, conversations and samples offered to ASP.NET developers as well as interact and participate at various software development communities. Some that come to mind are:
the ASP.NET website – a great starting point that includes a lot of webcasts, tutorials, conversations and sample code. Channel9 – where you can find all the latest development on Microsoft Technologies including ASP.NET. And of course DotNetZone – the Greek regional software developers community ;-)
Lastly, I would recommend you attending as many Community and Microsoft hosted events as possible

6) What do you do when you’re not online?

[Kostas] I’m rarely offline but when I am I really enjoy going to the movies, playing and watching Football (that is Soccer for our American friends :)). I am a huge Olympiacos fan, travelling and playing with my son. I’m also a big fun of photography so I regularly take small photography excursions

7) Last but not least, where can we be in touch with you (online and/or offline)?

[Kostas] There are quite a lot of places you can use to catch up with me. Some online include Facebook , Twitter, my personal blog, the Greek Developers Community, the Microsoft Connect Site, on the Microsoft Newsgroups and through MSN on my blog page. If you’d like to get in touch with my in person then your best chance is at the next Greek community event ;-)

Thank you so much for your time and see you @ one of the Greek technical Community events !

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