Interview with a Wiki Ninja & Visual Basic Guru Winner - .paul.

Today's Interview with a Wiki Ninja is with...


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Other than being noteworthy for his unique name, Paul has contributed 20 innovative articles to TechNet Wiki! His specialty are tutorial-like samples! It's fantastic to have a diverse plethora of article types to meet all the different learning needs!

Here's a recent example:

Bronze Award Winner


.paul. Decimal Places / Significant Figures Richard Mueller: "Good introduction to methods to display numeric values."

More classic articles from .paul:

Maths Revision V1.0

Multi-page DGV Printing


Let's get the interview started!


Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

Hello, I'm .paul. _ (well originally .paul. but somehow an underscore was added:D). You might've seen me around the MSDN forum or TechNet sites.

I'm a UK based student, amateur programmer, and developer. I live about 50 miles east of London in rural Essex.

I tend to specialize in Windows Desktop technologies, in VB.Net, but I'm learning C# now too.


(My office today...)

What are your big projects right now?

I've just finished a Maths Module at University and I was very pleased with my exam result. Throughout the Module I've written revision aids, and tools. The latest of these was a Triangle Solver, which I didn't finish before the end of the Module.


What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into your role as a student?

I've recently in the last few days, downloaded VS2015 Community edition, and I plan to rewrite my Triangle Solver in VB2015 and possibly release that in this month's TechNet Wiki competition.

I sometimes need help from the MSDN and VBForums communities, as although my Maths is improving, I still need some help and there are plenty of great people helping out there.


What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

As a student, I'm always working on my descriptions, and presentation skills. Using TechNet Wiki is a two-way deal. I share ideas and programs, and in return I get feedback and tips on my articles.

This is great practice for University assignments, which in many ways are similar to TechNet Wiki articles.


What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?

My favourite Wiki contributions were my Multi-page DGV printer, which is also very popular in the MSDN Samples Gallery, with 12,414 downloads currently. I received a Gold medal for that.

Another favourite is my Factorizing Equations article which only won a Silver or Bronze medal.

It's crazy as I've only won 2 or 3 Gold medals, but I'm still rated in the top 20 in the Total Medal Winners list... (Maybe it's not up to date?).


What are your top 5 favorite Wiki articles?  

My all time top 5 favourite Wiki contributions are:

  • Generate Color Sequences Using RGB Color Cube in VB.Net by Reed Kimble

  • Braille Code in .Net by Paul Ishak

  • Visual Basic.Net: Using Trigonometry to draw graphics (Parts 1 & 2) by tommytwotrain

  • Parse a JSON stream to show TechNet Medals on WPF ListBox by Emiliano Musso

  • VB.NET: Size and Rotate Images Using Matrix Transforms in GDI+ by tommytwotrain


Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

For any new Wiki authors, I'd suggest several things:

  • Follow the rules and guidelines in the Wiki competition entry page.

  • Make sure that your code or program is bug free and that it works as you intended.

  • When preparing an article, I tend to write it all out in Word (I have Office 2007), then paste it into the Wiki editor a chunk at a time.

  • Use a Table of Contents. The advantage of using Word as an intermediary step is that your headings will be used as menuitems when you add a [TOC] tag at the beginning of your article.

  • When uploading pictures in the Wiki editor, be prepared to wait for it. I don't remember who, but someone said you have time to go and make yourself a sandwich while waiting.:D

  • Check your uploaded work and be sure to post a link to it in the Wiki competition entry page.



Thank you .paul. for all your accomplishments and contributions!

Everyone, please join me in thanking .paul.!


Remember to Wiki while you learn!

   - Ninja Ed