Nominated as MVP of the Year, Platform Dev MVP Matthieu Mezil was among those invited to join S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, and Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Server and Tools Business division, for dinner during last year’s MVP Global Summit. Matthieu seized the opportunity to make an unusual request: “I asked if could visit them during my vacation,” he explained.

This August, Matthieu traveled from France to Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond to meet with the Visual Studio team as an MVP in Residence. “For me, it was sort of a reward for all my community activities. Everyone was very open and inviting. I met many people and it was a very great experience.”

During his two-week stay, Matthieu rolled up his sleeves and helped build samples for Microsoft’s compiler-as-a-service (CaaS) project code named “Roslyn.” In fact, Matthieu did the initial coding to flesh out the “Implement INotifyPropertyChanged” sample which Microsoft Technical Fellow Anders Hejlsberg showed at the recent BUILD conference in Anaheim. “His efforts resulted in a lot of great feedback on our APIs and ultimately became an awesome demo at BUILD,” said Dustin Campbell, a program manager in the Visual Studio Managed Languages group.

 

If you’d like to find out more about Matthieu’s work, check out his technical blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/matthieu.