It is with great pleasure that I announce that I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP Award for 2009! I don't particularly care to "toot" my own horn, but I would like to thank everyone that helped me achieve this goal. The Microsoft MVP program is probably among the most respected "community MVP" programs in the software world, and I am honored to join the ranks. For those unaware, the Microsoft MVP Award is granted annually and it serves to recognize those people that go above and beyond serving the Microsoft community. It doesn't necessarily recognize the most talented developers in the world (though many great developers are often MVPs)- it is devoted to recognizing technical leadership and community involvement. I've been technically awarded as a "C# MVP," but that doesn't mean I can't relate you VBers out there. Last year's survey (run on this blog) should be proof enough of that. What is does mean is that I will continue working hard to serve the .NET community and make it as easy as possible for people to use .NET to write software. In any event, it's a great way to kick-off 2009 and it's further proof that Telerik is dedicated to being a leader in the .NET community. Happy New Year to everyone and here's to a great 2009!