# Monday, July 03, 2017

I’m happy and honored to announce I got awarded as an Azure MVP for the coming year.

Since 2007 I made it as an ASP.NET MVP until last year where I became an Azure and Visual Studio Development and Technologies MVP. As I’ve been doing more and more in the Azure space it goes naturally that I didn’t make it in the VS Development and Technologies space this year. I’ll see if I can earn that one again next year back.

But the most important is the community stuff I’ve been involved in. It’s been an interesting year on that part, organizing quite many events in Belgium with azug, CloudBrew, going abroad to speak at conferences, …

If you want to check out my MVP profile navigate to this url.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you would like to keep up date with Microsoft Azure and can spare some hours watching videos this might be something for you:

Azure Skills Training

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A couple of weeks Visual Studio 2017 was released to the public. If you want to see the announcements and keynotes be sure to navigate to https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Visual-Studio-2017-Launch/100.

Something I found pretty cool was that this time there was also a free poster which you can download here which provides you with an overview of all the new stuff they put in in VS and the languages. Nicely done.

There’s also a bunch of small intro and overview videos of the new features: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Visual-Studio-2017-Launch.

Be sure to also check out the newest sample application provided by Microsoft: BikeSharing360. You can find the code on github:

Grz, Kris

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# Thursday, March 16, 2017

If you’re interested in data, analytics and artificial intelligence or just like to see Scott Guthrie talk you likely would like to join Microsoft on April 19th at Data Amp – where data goes.

Another event that might be of interest to you is the Microsoft Data Insights Summit in June.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Are you ready for it?

Be sure to download it and give it a try and watch the keynotes today when VS2017 is being launched: https://www.visualstudio.com/. Exciting times for developers!

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Last week Thursday I did my first presentation in Germany at the Basta! conference in Frankfurt. I had a fully packed room and had a blast. Being one of the few English only sessions kind of made me to believe up front that I would only have a couple of attendees. Luckily for me that didn’t turn out to be the case. Attentive audience and interested in what I had to say and show. I got a good interaction and was able to make the German audience laugh on several occasions. Not sure if that happens a lot but I found it a positive indication.


After the session I also got a question about chatbots as I mentioned it during my presentation that I’m currently working on one at my client (Bing spellchecker, LUIS, Watson). He introduced me to his manager and I had a lengthy talk about the subject with them about chatbots, data privacy, differences for freelancers/organizations between Germany and Belgium. Later on I saw some of the attendants of my session and asked for some feedback. They liked the session a lot and wanted to install Visual Studio Code and give it a spin. Mission accomplished! All in all I had a blast during Basta!

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# Monday, February 27, 2017

Years ago I started github.com/KvdM as a place to fiddle around with code and to try to make pull requests from. For reasons I got sidetracked by work a lot and I didn’t participate much in it. Lately I got more interest, and time, again but I found myself locked out of my github. I turned on 2FA (two factor authentication years ago and noted down the recovery codes. Due to a change a couple of years after that, simply signing in and changing my password, apparently also the backup codes were changed and I didn’t notice (or got notified).

Long story short, I wanted to connect with the app on my phone, didn’t work. Tried again, didn’t work. Contacted support, got the  advice to check the time and date on the phone and try again. Didn’t work. Tried one of the recovery codes, didn’t work (then I found out they were apparently outdated and I didn’t know). Contacting and trying with support didn’t work out as I couldn’t prove that it was me.

So, I ended up creating a new Github account under github.com/KrisvanderMast. Hope to see you there. Already got 2 pull requests of open source projects accepted but that’s worth  a future story.

Bottom line: when you want to make use of 2FA be sure to add your cell phone number, on a regular basis check if your recovery code are still ok (or backup them locally every now and then) or work with SSH keys.

Grz, Kris.

2FA | Github
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# Tuesday, January 03, 2017

2017 already is going to kick off with presentations. Besides Microsoft Cloud Summit I’m also going to speak at the Basta! conference in Frankfurt Germany. This time about Visual Studio Code. I hope to see you there. It’s the first time I’ll be speaking in Germany so I’m looking forward to the adventure.


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# Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Do you like Azure Functions or just want to know what all the fuzz is about? Then be sure to check me out speaking about it in Paris during the Microsoft Cloud Summit in January 2017. I hope to see you there.

There’s a great lineup of speakers at the event: http://mscloudsummit.fr/en/speakers/. Check it out and come if you can.


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# Tuesday, October 04, 2016

It’s not the first time I speak in the Netherlands but I was happy to get asked again by the organizational team to come back this year. Unlike the year before when it was in The Hague, this year the venue was in the larger RAI building in Amsterdam. A lot of attendees showed up. From what I heard from the people at Microsoft Netherlands it was a record amount and they didn’t expect that many people showing up in the first place.

The session itself about Azure Web Jobs, same like what I gave the day before in Poland, went great and I had quite some attendees.

In the evening there was a cozy speaker dinner with climbing wall at XPirit.

Grz, Kris.

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