Hi, welcome to my blog !

This is the English version of my blog in French, so please forgive my clumsy English, and don’t hesitate to correct me…

My name is Thomas Levesque, I’m 31 years old and I live in Paris. I work as a senior C#/WPF developer at an ISV in Paris.

I’ve been writing software since the age of 12, when I wrote my first programs on an Atari ST using Omikron Basic, for those who remember ;). Since then, I got my hands on many different languages : QBasic, Turbo Pascal, TI-Basic, Visual Basic, C, C++, Java, Perl, Korn Shell, PL/SQL, and even a bit of PIC and Motorola 68000 assembly…

I began to play with .NET almost as soon as it’s been released, towards the end of 2001. At first I programmed in VB.NET, because I had some skills in VB6, but I soon discovered C# and was convinced by its elegance… I’ve been using it ever since. Because I have a very inquisitive mind, I spent quite a lot of time digging into the MSDN documentation, and as a result I acquired a pretty good knowledge of the .NET Framework, particularly about the development of desktop applications. I like to know how stuff work inside, so I use Reflector on every occasion to dissect this or that framework class…

I’m very interested in the recent evolutions of C# and the .NET Framework, especially Linq and WPF. Lately I’ve been especially focusing on WPF, that’s why most posts on this blog are on that topic. I don’t consider myself a WPF expert yet, but I’m working on it ;).

I’m currently a forum moderator at Developpez.com, the largest French speaking online developer community. I also write a few technical articles for this site, if you understand French you can find them on this page. Perhaps someday I’ll translate them… if my English gets much better !

Apart from writing software, I do have a few hobbies… I love listening to music, mostly rock, trip-hop and electronic (Radiohead, Noir Désir, Pink Floyd, Sublime, Massive Attack, Portishead, Morcheeba are among my favorite artists). I’m also a book addict, I love thrillers, fantasy and science fiction. My favorite writers are Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and Bernard Werber. I also like sports, I do rock climbing regularly, snowboarding in winter, and sailing in summer.

As you may have guessed, this blog is mostly aimed at .NET developpers… I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, all comments are welcome 🙂

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