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  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki Ninja Belts - Updated (April 2015)

    Hello all Wiki Ninjas and much valued TechNet and MSDN members! The Ninja Belt Calculator has just been run, and the list of Ninja Belts have been updated in the following TechNet WIki article: Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking The calculator has been run monthly, due to the constant...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki Ninja Belts - Updated! See which members gained a rank...

    Great news Wiki Ninjas! The Ninja Belt Calculator has just been run, and the list of Ninja Belts have been updated! The result has been updated in the following WIki article: Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking The calculator has been run bi-monthly for the last two runs...
  • Blog Post: How to compete in the Imagine Cup

    When I wrote my last blog post http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2014/12/25/the-imagine-cup.aspx about the Imagine Cup I didn’t fathom how popular it would be. Because of that we decided to write about this topic once more and create a TechNet Wiki How To article about competing in...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup

    Of course we have our own TechNet Wiki Guru contest where I participate in judging recent Wiki articles. This is great fun, and I appreciate that people take the time and effort to create something to help and inform others. Even for the Wiki articles that don't turn out to be so great, I always...
  • Blog Post: Fibonacci Numbers

    I know it's out of left field, but I thought it would be fun to share. In my daily work, I'm finding that more often than not Scrum is the de facto standard framework for dealing with complex software products. Although strictly speaking not a part of Scrum itself, the game of Planning Poker...
  • Blog Post: Wiki World Cup

    The FIFA World Cup football is currently taking a fairly significant amount of my personal time, and so far my favourite team, the Dutch team is absolutely great. This is at the time of writing, it is very possible that by the team you read this blog post we’ve been eliminated, but I have good...
  • Blog Post: Hunting the unknown species

    I guess that when you're the right person for that particular brand of excitement, the recent finding of a new mineral called "Putnisite" ( http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/minsoc/mag/2014/00000078/00000001/art00010 ) will be quite the event. When I stumbled upon a new MS product...
  • Blog Post: Rubber Duck Ninja

    It came to my attention that we, as TechNet Wiki Ninjas, are not the only ones proudly using “ninja” as a “geuzennaam” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geuzen ), but on the latest SharePoint conference I found out there was a company that used the term “SharePoint Ninjas”...
  • Blog Post: The Subtle Art of Not-Convincing People

    Next to my regular job as either developer/architect I enjoy teaching classes about SharePoint. Ultimately, when I do that, my goal is to inspire people. If I can’t attain that goal, at least I want to explain the concepts included in the course as clear as possible and add some additional related...
  • Blog Post: My Eleanor

    The end of a year is a natural time for reflection and thinking about New Year resolutions. Although I do have some mid-term and long-term resolutions (such as implementing some ideas for gallery downloads, writing a couple of technical and extensive blog posts for my own blog, writing a new book and...
  • Blog Post: Field of Dreams

    Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, is one of my favorite movies of all times. It only gets a rating of 7.5 at IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/ ). It’s not that bad a score, since you need to have at least 8.0 to get in the top 250. But still, people saying that movies like Harry...
  • Blog Post: The Super Secret Wiki Ninja Secret

    I tend to keep myself extra busy with pet projects. One of my pet projects is getting more and more serious, but it’s a secret. As a Wiki Ninja, I have to go double secretive about it. Shall I tell you what it is? Of course I will! I’m working on some algorithms that employ advanced statistical...
  • Blog Post: Wiki Statistics as a future feature?

    Statistics are an important part of using TN Wiki. “Are” I say? I should say “should be” an important part of using TN Wiki. If you’re creating or contributing to Wiki pages, it’s natural that you want to know if anybody reads it, to justify the effort you’re...
  • Blog Post: The TOC Template to Best Practice Pattern

    The other day I was busy setting up a new SharePoint 2013 development environment, and it occurred to me that it becomes more complex to do so with each new release of SharePoint. I also noticed how I end up searching for the same information again and again. For instance, I like to keep the service...
  • Blog Post: Change of Mind

    I find that a new version of a software product or a breakthrough in technology can change perspective on things tremendously. That’s the time when everybody starts pointing out what was wrong with the old technology. For example: Until ASP.NET I wasn’t aware how LiveWire and ASP technology...
  • Blog Post: The Oscar Speech

    I was recently re-awarded with the SharePoint MVP title and a person who must not be named asked if I thought it was a good idea to write about it on the Wiki Ninja blog. Normally, I'm not sure about thank you speeches as I'm not sure I'm all that comfortable with placing the spotlights on myself, but...
  • Blog Post: TNWiki Article Spotlight - SharePoint 2013 Best Practices

    Hello and welcome everybody to our TNWiki Article Spotlight on Tuesday. Some time ago I found some articles from Margriet Bruggeman about SharePoint best practices. It was a perfect example how a community can work and win together . Since this time Margriet posted a lot of articles about SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Tale of Two Gunslingers: Challenging Ed to a Duel!

    Disclaimer: I always wanted to write a Western story, but I don’t really have the talent to do it. Instead, it’s better to ask me something about SharePoint, I have a lot more talent for that. So, I thought I’d abuse TN Wiki Sunday Special as a stage and write some sort of a Western...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Wiki Ninjas: Margriet Bruggeman (SharePoint author) brings us SharePoint 2010 Best Practices

    Welcome to the "whenever I do it" Top 10 Wiki Ninjas of the week ! =^) We've featured Fernando and myself, so today we're going to feature SharePoint author and former SharePoint MVP, Margriet Bruggeman! Here is Margriet's profile: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Profile/margriet%20bruggeman...
  • Blog Post: Community Win: Vote for Gokan, Margriet, and Dmitry - Top 25 SharePoint Community Influencers in Europe

    Here's a random post for today's Community Win! It's a win when three of our Wiki Ninja contributors get nominated for awards like this! Please vote here for our SharePoint Wiki Ninjas... http://harmon.ie/top-25-european-sharepoint-community-influencers Gokan Ozcifci (Belgium) Margriet Bruggeman...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Ed Price

    The long awaited interview with the one and only Mr Wiki Ed Price: Ed's Profile First question… I think for a lot of the readers (including me), you are mister Wiki. You have been there since, what I call, the First Light article ( http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles...
  • Blog Post: Music, Lyrics & Wiki: Pros and Cons

    I’m a big movie fan. Not the kind that makes me think deep though, I do that enough already. I like the kind that’s entertaining, the kind that makes your mind go blank. My favorite genre is romcom. One of my favorite romcoms is Music & Lyrics, starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore....
  • Blog Post: The Yoga Swami

    Once, I’ve visited India and took some Yoga classes from a swami. His viewpoints on life were quite different from mine, which resulted in an interesting experience. There’s one story the swami told me that I really want to share: “I’m not a very courageous man. In fact, I am...
  • Blog Post: Drinking the poison cup

    Socrates drank a cup filled with poison because he stuck to his principles. This post is much like that, in the sense that I’m sticking to the plan I originally had, although I feel that my chances of surviving the writing of this blog post are actually a lot better compared to the odds Socrates...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Margriet Bruggeman: SharePoint Author, SharePoint TechNet Forum admin, former SharePoint MVP, Maxer creator, and SharePoint 2012 guru

    Welcome to our Monday interview with a Wiki Ninja ! Today we're interviewing Margriet Bruggeman. Margriet's Profile Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies? I’m Margriet Bruggeman, live in The Netherlands, and I’m the owner of my...