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Welcome weary traveler to the personal vanity blog of Bil Simser. Alpha-geek. Daddy blogger. Keeper of the fish.

Here you’ll find comic book art, illustrations, graphic design, animations, custom software, and computer generated images from what some would call an imagination.

The site is also a repository (or a jumping off point) for all the “little projects” that I have coded and shared with the community over the years. Here you will find custom SharePoint solutions and tools, games and game utilities, C# projects and libraries (VB.NET, what’s that?), DotNetNuke modules, applications, custom classes and code snippets, as well as any other useful information or resources I might come across, build, or otherwise dig up for you.

Who the heck is Bil Simser? Bil Simser is a Solution Architect and Software Craftsman that makes stuff, and I sometimes draw things.

With over 30 years in software development, I’ve built many large-scale mission critical systems along the way. In my role as a mentor, I guide clients on how to implement development standards and guidelines, evaluates and recommends new tools and technologies, and helps teams and projects progress into the .NET world. I also have a special interest in coaching clients on Agile and General Software Development Best Practices. Finally I have a history in the Arts and Entertainment business, working in advertising, animation, and comics over the years.

I’ve been involved with Microsoft’s .NET platform since the early 2000s and has a deep passion for good Architecture and Software Design. I specialize in SharePoint, .NET, Agile, TDD, and computer game programming using Unity and XNA/Monogame. I’ve also ran several successful open-source projects and continue to contribute to the software development community, taking the time to review and edit .NET and Agile publications, speak at user groups, code camps, and conferences, including TechEd, DevConnections, PDC, and DevTeach.

I earned the Microsoft SharePoint MVP award from 2004 to 2014 and was a member of the MSDN Canada Speakers Bureau. I currently live and work in Alberta, Canada, with my wife, a daughter named Vista, a Beowulf cluster of computers, every gaming console known to man, and a dog.

My work (if you can call it that) is splattered all over the Interwebs, including Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, and Stack Overflow. You can also view my IMDB credits here where I worked on a few animation films and shows in the 1980s.

I have a tumblr blog going that posts sketches and doodles I draw using Paper by FiftyThree Inc. You can follow that and view the site here.

You can also follow my technical blog Fear and Loathing for posts about SharePoint, .NET, Windows Phone, Windows Programming, Software Development, and more…

I continue to work in the field with Microsoft products and technologies. I’m also a member of the ASPInsiders, a select group of international professionals who have a demonstrated expertise in ASP.NET technologies.

Nobody likes spam, but for me I find it just as easy to always post my real email then to worry about spam, spam filters, spam and eggs, beef and spam, and whatever else flows into my inbox. It’s an odd way of going about but for me, it’s worked and I really don’t get that much of it. So please contact me directly if you have any questions or want to chat about something. You can contact me at: bsimser@shaw.ca

My daily email inbox is always flooded with questions, comments, complaints, job offers and suggestions on a daily basis. Try as I might, I simply cannot keep up with the sheer volume of email that keeps coming in. If you have written to me and not received a reply, please do not feel that I have been ignoring you – more than likely, I simply ran out of time to answer, and your letter “fell through the cracks”. Yeah, I know. A bit of a lame excuse but it happens. So if you’re finding I’m not responding either a) try again [might want to put a more descriptive subject in the email over something like “HELP” b) ping me other ways like on Twitter or Facebok. Sometimes regular email gets dropped into the junk folder and I don’t often check it. If your email contained nothing but links chances are it might have gone that way, so try again in text format.

Please take some time to peruse the website and find what you need and hey, thanks for chewing up my bandwidth!