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Laurent Bugnion

Laurent works as Senior Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft after almost 10 years spent working for IdentityMine and Valorem, two leading firms in Microsoft technologies. He is one of the foremost experts for XAML and C# based development. He codes in Windows, WPF, Xamarin (iOS and Android), Unity, ASP.NET. On his free time, Laurent writes for technical publications such as MSDN Magazine, and his blog is on blog.galasoft.ch. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Microsoft MIX, Build, TechEd, VSLive, TechDays and many other international events. Prior to joining Microsoft, Laurent was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows development from 2007 to 2017, a Microsoft Regional Director from 2013 and a Xamarin Most Valuable Professional from 2015. He is also the author of the well-known open source framework MVVM Light for Windows, WPF, Xamarin, and of the popular Pluralsight reference course about MVVM Light.

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Laurent works as Senior Global Azure Advocate for Microsoft after almost 10 years spent working for IdentityMine and Valorem, two leading firms in Microsoft technologies such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Xamarin, Windows 10, XBOX, HoloLens, Azure, Office 365 and more. Employing developers and designers working closely together, Valorem was mainly active in the US market, before 2008 when it opened a European branch based in Zurich, Switzerland. Laurent was Valorem's first European employee, based in Zurich Switzerland.

Originally an Electronics engineer, Laurent's interests moved to software very fast and he achieved a postgrade study in Software Engineering in 1999. Before joining Valorem and then Microsoft, he worked at Siemens Building Technologies from 1996, where he helped introduce WPF and other .NET technologies at Siemens worldwide. His job involved developing with the mentioned technologies, training and coaching his colleagues, coordinating and integrating the graphics designers' work, and relationships with Microsoft.

Prior to that, he first wrote embedded C/C++, and then moved to desktop computers in Java, JavaScript, VB6, VBA and eventually .NET (WinForms and ASP.NET).

Between October 2007 and October 2008, Laurent wrote the book "Silverlight 2 Unleashed", published at Sams. Then in 2010 Laurent wrote "Silverlight 4 Unleashed", also published at Sams. These books are a complete tutorial about Silverlight, filled with code samples and illustrations in full color.

Privately, Laurent has also been very active, first by developing websites and web applications in HTML, JavaScript, CSS, ASP and ASP.NET. He has done his best to contribute to the community, first in the JavaScript UseNet newsgroups, and then in the Microsoft community related to Windows Phone, Windows Store, WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET, C#. More recently he also started being active in the Xamarin community. He writes for MSDN Magazine and blogs regularly on http://blog.galasoft.ch. In 2008, he earned a MCTS for Windows Presentation Foundation. In 2009, he published the MVVM Light Toolkit, a well-known open source toolkit helping to build decoupled applications in Windows Phone, Windows 8, WPF, Silverlight. This toolkit is today the basis for many applications, small and big. It is still maintained and extended regularly. Laurent published a popular reference video course for MVVM Light at Pluralsight.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Laurent was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (Windows Application Development) since 2007, a Microsoft Regional Director since 2013 and a Xamarin MVP since 2015. He was awarded "MVP of the year" in 2010 and again in 2013 and is recognized as one of the most prominent experts worldwide for XAML, C#, Expression Blend and the MVVM pattern. He is a frequent conference speaker, and was invited to talk in very large conferences such as the MIX conference in Las Vegas (2009, 2010, 2011), Microsoft Build (2015, 2016), TechEd Europe (2010), Xamarin Evolve (2014 and 2016), VS Live (2015, 2016, 2017) as well as multiple TechDays and other local conferences in the USA and in Europe.


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