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TechNet Guru Competition Winners! October 2018

All the votes (for October) are in!

Below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, October 2018 !!!!


The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!

Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.

See the links at the bottom, to find out more about the competition and how to enter.


We have picked the top three highest scored contributions for each category to bestow our awards upon.

The awards are in gold, silver and bronze, the gold obviously being the top winner of the category.

The last column is just a few of the comments judges made during the judging process.

In some cases, we have not obtained permission to use the judges names, so they have been reduced to initials.


My fellow wiki ninjas will be digging deeper into some of these articles in this blog series, so watch out for those.


Any of our judges can exercise their right to veto an article, if they do not feel it meets minimum requirements for a medal.

When this is the case, we will at least give an indication of the reason, so you understand why.


A big thank you also to the other authors who did not make the top three of each category.

Some articles only just missed out, so we may be returning to discuss those too, in future blogs.


 ASP.NET Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner RajeeshMenoth Cognitive Services : Convert Text to Speech in multiple languages using Asp.Net Core & C#
Khanna Gaurav: "Great article. Nicely explained required steps for text to speech in azure portal, and code to use it in multiple languages."Jeff Fritz: "Very nice article... I really appreciate the use of an embedded video to demonstrate the completed application working"Sabah Shariq: "Looks good. Would be better if code block was used instead of screenshots. I have to search 4 time in the article from where "LanguagePreference" list is getting called. Also a description how "LanguagePreference" list is getting bind with cognitive services would be good."Jaliya Udagedara: "Nice article about Microsoft Text to Speech API."
Silver Award Winner AnkitSharma007 Blazor: CRUD Using MongoDB
Jaliya Udagedara: "Perfect article. Great technologies, well explained and the complete source is available. What else you can ask for!"Sabah Shariq: "Nice."Khanna Gaurav: "Very useful article for developer planning to create application with MongoDB database"Jeff Fritz: "Great article! Very well described and complete demo"


 BizTalk Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner El Bo Aggregating (Batching) to Disk and Learning to Leverage WMI
Valerie Robb: "Great article regarding batching with good instructions and code samples. Thank you for this information."Kuppurasu Nagaraj: "Nice article"


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Bhushan Gawale Azure Data Factory - Cost effective way of running pipelines with Integration Runtime
Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Beautifully Written."Lasse Wedø: "Good article, shows how to use scaling smart, could be a better introduction explaining these economical goals"
Silver Award Winner George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Azure Storage: Overview Of The Azure Storage Services (Part 1)
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A truly amazing reference article for anyone getting started with Azure Storage!"Lasse Wedø: "Nice overview, but since this is a series it would be great to have a series overview: How many parts, what does each part cover"
Bronze Award Winner Jayendran Arumugam Azure: Daily Reports using Logic Apps
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Good demonstration of logic apps and their configuration."Lasse Wedø: "Nice example of using logic apps"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner AnkitSharma007 Animation Using Angular 6
Lasse Wedø: "I like the walk-through and buildup. I would have changed the introduction, not sure we need to explain animation, rather talk more about what this article will teach us"Richard Mueller: "Very interesting affects demonstrated."
Silver Award Winner AnkitSharma007 Angular 7.0: Getting Started and Upgrade Steps
Richard Mueller: "Great introduction."Lasse Wedø: "Would be great if there was a brief description of what Angular actually is, and to list the prerequisites including hw and os."


 SharePoint Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Ramakrishnan Raman Consume AAD secured API in SharePoint Framework Solutions
John Naguib: "Nice work, keep it up"Tiago Costa: "I can see the following msg in the article: "InProgress - please do not edit". Should I vote for this article? This is the only article in the SharePoint category."Mohamed El-Qassas: "Awesome article! I love the well formatted and detailed content, I just have the below bit notes1. Please use the HTML Objects Templates to highlight the important notes ( Please add the Display Name for the URLs in the See Also section.3. Please remove the work in progress tag"


 Small Basic Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Nonki Takahashi  Microsoft Small Basic Online v1.0: Installation Guide
SYEDSHANU: "Great article Nonki,Nice to know about Microsoft Small Basic Online v1.0,Thank you for sharing."


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mohsin_A_Khan SQL Server: How To Perform Piecemeal Restore and Partial Backup of a Database
Diederik Krols: "Very well written, thanks!"Visakh16: "Nice detailed article giving thorough description and illustration of how to perform partial db recovery. The examples used for the illustration are great with self descriptive names etc. The flow of the topics along with associated explanation is really helpful even for a beginner to self try the code."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Awesome work! Detailed information followed by excellent description. Well formatted as TechNet Wiki article. Well Done!"


 System Center Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Leon Laude DPM 1807 Step-by-Step Guide: Performing a Bare Metal Recovery from Microsoft Azure
Adam Fowler: "Great amount of detail with very clear screenshots - clearly a lot of time was spent on this!"Eric Berg: "Well done. Thank you!"Joseph Moody: "This is an awesome guide!! The step-by-step pictures are incredibly helpful!"


 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Jayendran Arumugam T-SQL- Bulk Insert Azure CSV Blob into Azure SQL Database
Manoj Pandey: "Very informative, nicely detailed step-by-step writeup. Will he quiet handy if something comes similar to set up any data transfer."Diederik Krols: "Very informative, thanks!"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Neat and self-explanatory content! Great job."Richard Mueller: "Good code examples. I should note that the word "we" is first person plural."Visakh16: "Simple article explaining how BULK INSERT can be done from CSV which is stored in Azure blob storage. The step by step explanation is great with accompanying code. The links included in See Also are external links which is not allowed in Wiki articles."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great article. Well formatted and useful topic. Well done!"


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Karen Payne SMO/SQL-Server (VB.NET) Part 1
Diederik Krols: "Very informative, thanks."Khanna Gaurav: "Great explanation of how to use SQL-Server Management Objects (SMO)."SYEDSHANU: "Great Article Karen,Good collection of code which explains in detail using SMO/SQL using VB.NET.Thank you for sharing.If the download link is hared with MSDN or in Gallery it will be more nice."Richard Mueller: "Excellent code examples demonstrating lots of things admins would find useful."
Silver Award Winner .paul. _ VB.Net - Split Decisions
Richard Mueller: "An interesting game. Good use of Wiki guidelines. Great code examples"Diederik Krols: "Nice article, thanks."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"SYEDSHANU: "Nice article Paul,Code part need more explanations in detail which will adds more value to the article.Thank you for sharing."
Bronze Award Winner Karen Payne VB.NET: Dynamic filter (WHERE) conditions when working with SQL server queries
Khanna Gaurav: "Very useful article to learn dynamic filter conditions."SYEDSHANU: "One more great article for VB.NET which explains in detail about dynamic filter for SQL queries.Thank you for sharing.If the download link is hared with MSDN or in Gallery it will be more nice."Richard Mueller: "Lots of code examples help make use of dynamic WHERE conditions."Diederik Krols: "Nice overview, thanks."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • VB.Net - Three-card Monte by .paul. _
    SYEDSHANU: "Still remember this game as usually play during college time.Great to see how to code the game using VB.NET,Thank you for sharing Paul."
    Richard Mueller: "I like the links in the text to explain terms. I would like to see more comments in the code. At one point I could not tell if the variable "r" was a random number or a rectangle. Maybe use different variable names."
    Diederik Krols: "Well written, thanks."
    Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"


 Visual C# Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Karen Payne C# Processing CSV  files part 1
Diederik Krols: "Very well explained, thanks."Jaliya Udagedara: "Great article with code snippets describing a common requirement, perfect!"Khanna Gaurav: "Very well documented processing CSV files. Look forward to next part."


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Dave Rendón Azure Service Fabric Mesh: Survival Guide
Peter Geelen: "Nice overview! Got a Azure Service Fabric mesh portal (with Wiki articles) too?"Richard Mueller: "Great to have a Survival Guide for this topic. Thank you for putting this together. And good use of Wiki guidelines."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "The quality of "Survival Guides" are measured by the amount of useful links which are presented. It is hard to start with a perfect Survival Guide and usually in time more links are added. This article has a huge potential and I would love to visit it again in the future to check what was added to it. The article is well formatted and brings a great base for awesome Survival Guide. Well Done!"


 Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mandar Dharmadhikari Azure PowerShell: Setting Up Alerts to Monitor Disabled Logic Apps
Adam Fowler: "Always like seeing a problem scenario, well written but the PowerShell script I'd put the variables up the top for things like email addresses that the user will definitely change"Joseph Moody: "Very good walkthrough, Mandar! As a person who does not have use logic apps, you did a great job explaining the problem and the solution."Peter Geelen: "Nice layout, well structured, good job!"Richard Mueller: "Fantastic use of the Wiki guidelines. Great references, although the See Also should be just Wiki articles. Great to be informed of problem logic apps."


 Windows Server Technical Guru - October 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mahdi Tehrani Active Directory: A practical way to clean up dead SPNs in Active Directory
Eric Berg: "great article and valuable help. Thank you!"Mark Parris: "Good housekeeping is not always easy and this article helps to address one of the regular challenges faced by admins."Peter Geelen: "Nice! Well written"
Silver Award Winner Richard Mueller Active Directory: Document Connection Object Schedules
Mark Parris: "Important insights to AD internals, always good to know."Eric Berg: "Thank you for this great writeup. Well done!"Peter Geelen: "Wow, great stuff! What a detail!"
Bronze Award Winner George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Azure VM: Windows Updates Troubleshooting
Peter Geelen: "Great article, well done!"Eric Berg: "Good summary of tips. thank you!"Mark Parris: "Good knowledge on how to fix Windows Update."


As a little teaser, we may have something special planned for next month, especially for all those Ninjas who continue to contribute wise and worthy reading for all of us at TechNet Wiki. Keep giving and please call out for fresh contributors!


A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed an article to last month's competition. If you think you can do just as good (or better) there's still time to enter something for November! Click here!

Best regards,
Pete Laker


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