# Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If you are into web development you know there are a bunch of tools out there to make your life easier while concentrating on the things you want or need to focus on. One of these tools is gulp.js. It is an easy one to start with though and it is supported in Visual Studio.If you like a good read and want to get up to speed with gulp fast or already have experience but just want interesting code samples you can download this free ebook at Syncfusion.com.

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The name of the writer of this particular book should ring familiar: Kris van der Mast. Yes indeed, that’s me Smile.

I made up a contract to write another book about Azure Web Jobs and I hope to have it ready by end of this year.

Grz, Kris.

Books | Free | Gulp | Syncfusion
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# Monday, May 09, 2016

Last week witnessed the gathering of Microsoft loving people in Belgium. There were 19 different nationalities at the venue in Mechelen based Kinepolis cinema center.

I was there myself as a speaker about Meteor.js.

Me presenting

Slides:

Grz, Kris

Monday, May 09, 2016 10:38:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hi,

when you’re a developer from around Belgium you might have heard about our user group AZUG. Well, we also have our own Facebook page so be sure to check that one out. Also be sure to follow our Twitter account. See you there at one of our next gatherings! Actually, that’s going to be on the 16th of April.

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, April 11, 2016

Last week I reported on this very blog that I got renewed again as an MVP. Today I got the official box with the award in it and I noticed that I’m no longer an ASP.NET MVP. That was expected as the titles have changed a bit with the internal changes at Microsoft. I’m now happy to announce that I’m an MVP in two categories:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Visual Studio and Development technologies

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Friday, April 01, 2016

April 1st is always an exciting day, did I make it again as an MVP for the annual renewal or not? Well, I’m very happy to announce that I made it again. Due to the changes in the program I’m not an ASP.NET MVP as such anymore. The title has changed to Visual Studio and Development Technologies MVP.

To all other MVP’s who got renewed and to all new ones: congratulations!

Grz, Kris.

MVP
Friday, April 01, 2016 8:38:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, November 09, 2015

Last October Microsoft held its Windows 10 Developer Day. Hosted in several cities around the world Russia and Belgium had the chance to kick off these global events. In Belgium they were held at 3 different places during the same day: Kortrijk, Hasselt and Brussels. The Hasselt presentations were recorded and put on Channel 9.

The following videos were brought:

Jan Tielens - Introduction to Windows 10 UWP (Universal Windows Platform) Jan Tielens - Introduction to Windows 10 UWP (Universal Windows Platform)

Wesley Cabus - Building an adaptive UI Wesley Cabus - Building an adaptive UI

Gill Cleeren - Live Tiles And Notifications Gill Cleeren - Live Tiles And Notifications

Kris van der Mast - Microsoft Edge and Hosted Web Apps Kris van der Mast - Microsoft Edge and Hosted Web Apps

Yves Goeleven - Cloud Services Yves Goeleven - Cloud Services

Jan Tielens - More Personal Computing Jan Tielens - More Personal Computing

Gill Cleeren - Store And Monetization Gill Cleeren - Store And Monetization

It was a great day as we had 150 people in Hasselt alone.

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, September 20, 2015

Next Saturday I’ll be speaking at WebNextConf during its second edition. I spoke there in the past about Orchard CMS in 2012 as well.

This time I’m going to be talking about gulp.js. It’s a great tool that once setup can save you as we (web)developer quite some valuable time and keyboard strokes. Best of all, it also ships with Visual Studio 2015 templates for ASP.NET 5.

The purpose of this session will be to explain what gulp.js is, going through the api it exposes. I’ll be presenting an introduction and some key takeaways to get up and running at work or your hobby project from preprocessing Less to automatically refreshing your browser.

I hope to see you there.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 6:32:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, August 01, 2015

Since a couple of years I like to play the game Ingress. It's been a great ride so far, I got to know many new and interesting people, got to visit a lot of new places and (re)discovering places in my own little town. It's been awesome!

Saturday, August 01, 2015 8:07:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, May 03, 2015

While looking through some documentation about Microsoft Azure App Insights I noticed a typo in the documentation. In the past that would mean trying to get into contact with the author by email, convincing her/him to update the article, ... Nowadays Microsoft provides an easy link to update the content via Github and markdown and that's what I did. Once you updated the documentation and are satisfied with it you can make a pull request so that the owner of the original repro can either accept it or deny it. Mine got accepted pretty quickly and is already online. It's great to see this kind of potential involvement by the community from Microsoft. So..., what are you waiting for? Go check out the documentation and improve it where possible.

The pull request that got accepted itself is: https://github.com/Azure/azure-content/pull/3463#event-295012378

The documentation that got updated: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/app-insights-javascript/

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, May 03, 2015 9:12:16 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, May 01, 2015

It's great to see that one of your own workarounds is getting obsolete. This morning I checked social media and noticed that Github put a new extension on the market that integrates nicely with Visual Studio 2015.

Be sure to check it out at https://aka.ms/ghfvs. Also be sure to check out the following post GitHub Inside Your Visual Studio and video: video I recorded for Microsoft's Channel 9 site

Grz, Kris

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