# Monday, 27 May 2013


just in case you haven’t heard about it yet: community day 2013 is around the corner. I hope to see many of the Belgian/European community over there.


Grz, Kris.

Monday, 27 May 2013 16:05:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 22 June 2012

It’s becoming a bit of a tradition in Belgium. No I’m not talking about the great beer or the weather this time but about Community day, again like last years a fest for community minded people like myself.

The sessions

One of the important parts to gather a lot of people together is content and this year again there were lots of sessions to choose from. I took the following:

  1. Brewing beer with Windows Azure (Maarten Balliauw – Panagiotis Kefalidis):

    A very nice session by 2 of my buddies and AZUG comrades. The first part was about a new hobby they’ve mastered: brewing beer. Then the session took a small turn and showed the new site running on Windows Azure Web Sites, integrating temperature probes via Service Bus and making use of ACS. A very interesting concept of what can be done with Azure and all the new stuff that shipped only a couple of weeks ago.
  2. Creating rich, responsive display and editor user interfaces with KnockoutJS (Tom Van Gaever):

    KnockoutJS is that one very interesting MVVM javascript based framework. Both Tom and me were amazed to see that practically no one in the audience had tried, used or heard about it. It’s awesome! The session was taking a slowly paced introduction with small samples and building it up nicely for people who’ve never saw it.
  3. CQRS, only a buzzword or a suitable architecture for your problem domain? (Tim Mahy):

    For me this was the best session of the day. It was well put up and brought a nice story and in the end showed why certain decisions in one of their projects was chosen, which the difficulties were and how they got around them. Very well brought session.
  4. Github for .NET developers (Bart Wullems – Kristof Mattei):

    Most people make use of SVN or TFS but the new kid on the block is Git which increasing popularity. Both my Ordina colleagues brought an introduction session about Git via the command line, then going over making a repository on Github. After showing everything with the command line tools just to get people to know where it all started with the new handy tool I like myself, Github for Windows, was made use off to show that most common Git tasks can now also be done with a graphical tool.
  5. Little productivity tools every professional developer should know about (Dennis Doomen):

    A lot of this session was about OneNote. A cool tool from the Microsoft stables that I also like to make use off for personal reminders or quick jot downs. Dennis showed how they make use of it in an agile team, which conventions they make use off and how they share/work in such a way. Interesting approach. I didn’t see all of this session though as it was getting so extremely hot in the room that I wanted to go for some fresh air.
  6. NodeJS and Azure – what you need to know (Rob Ashton):

    NodeJS is one of those technologies which are either already popular or becoming popular fast depending on the area in the world. Of course it’s also a first class citizen in Windows Azure and this session was all about it. A very short but interesting and entertaining session.

The community

Aaaah, the community. The bunch of people who’re interested in learning more and keep up the motto: “Sharing is caring”. We love it! This year again there were a lot of people talking about technology, sharing ideas, talking about tech stuff, the new Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, … The community is strong in Belgium and it shows.

Also a bunch of MVPs and MEET members were present, even some from Holland and it was as usual a nice gather up and in the evening several of us had a very well tasting (geek)dinner in the restaurant of the cinema complex where the entire Community day was held.

The sponsors

Being a board member of AZUG myself I know all too well how important sponsors are for such events. This year there were again a lot of great sponsors and unlike other technical events there was a good interaction between the people before and after the stands. Most likely because no active recruitment was allowed and that gives more confidence of not getting harassed with uninteresting talks.

Likely one of the most appreciated sponsor initiatives was the Combell ice cream stand.


This was a great day and well spent time to interact, learn, meet people, laugh, enjoy ice cream, … Up to the next one!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 22 June 2012 21:05:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 09 May 2012

It’s becoming one of those yearly traditions in Belgium: rainy weather, great beers, … and since the last years also the yearly Community Day. This year there will be 40 sessions in total with 6 tracks! I’ll be there as well and hope to see a lot of community people. Azug, the user group of which I’m a board member will also be doing several sessions.



Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:49:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 25 June 2011

Well organized and in a great location last Thursday the fifth edition of Community day was held. I gave a presentation myself about giving applications a second life in the cloud. It was a lot of fun to do so and I already got some great feedback from people in the audience. For the people who couldn’t make it, here are my slides:

If you’re interested in getting me over for your community to talk about ASP.NET (MVC), Razor, WebMatrix, jQuery, Azure, … just drop me a note or follow me on twitter: @KvdM.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 16 June 2011

Next week, on June 23rd, there’s not only a new edition of the Belgian Community day. It’s also the fifth time it’s being held. A lot of Belgian, and this year also a Dutch, user groups are having several sessions. The agenda can be found here: http://www.communityday.be/cd/tabid/130/Default.aspx. And yes that’s right, my name’s also on the list Smile.

I’ll be presenting a session about moving existing applications to the cloud. I hope to see you there.


Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:01:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 24 June 2010

When I arrived early this morning there were cookies made by Subway. For my non Belgian friends: Subway only started in Belgium last year. The sessions I intended to follow were mostly good to great. The catering were special delivered sandwiches from Subway again. I got to know several new people, even got in face to face contact with someone I knew from the ASP.NET forums but never met in real life before. During the sessions one of the sponsors gave away coupons for books during a per session prize draw (mostly with some quiz from by the presenter). And at the end of the day I won a Bongo bon for a one night stay with breakfast for 2 in one of the 40 hotels you can choose from. Cool! I’m looking forward on going again next year and hopefully be on the speakersboard too.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 24 June 2010 19:37:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Tomorrow’s Community day in Belgium. Meaning: a day full of great content provided by all Belgian user groups. I plan on following these courses:

  • Keynote
  • Visual Studio 2010 Lab Manager
  • What’s new in .NET 4.0
  • Taking care of a cloud environment
  • Linq for supermodels
  • Building an enterprise application with Silverlight and NHibernate
  • Developing Windows Phone applications with Silverlight


Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 20:49:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 17 April 2009

Last year it was only a half day but apparently this year it’s going to be a full blown day of content by several of Belgian user groups. Keep June 25th reserved for this day.

Read more about it here as long as the new site’s not up and running: http://www.communityday.be/CD/.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 17 April 2009 09:55:48 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 29 June 2008
On June 26th, community day 2008 was held in Keerbergen. Last year I couldn't make it so I really wanted to go this year. It was all thanks to the sponsors that this event could be held in the first place and it was fun to see so many familiar faces. Old colleagues, other MVPs, ...

I followed these 3 presentations: Entity Framework, new things in SQL Server 2008 and 10 greatest new additions to SQL Server 2008. During the first session I even won a book (Programming Microsoft LINQ) given by one of the sponsors of the event. Tip: it pays off to be a Star Wars fan when you get a question.

After all the sessions we still had some time to enjoy a dinner in company of our peers. Of course a lot was talked about community day, technology, ... during that time.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 20 May 2008

In case you're still unaware of it, Community day is going to be held on June 26th. This is a free day with interesting technical content provided by the combined forces of several Belgian user groups. Be sure to check out the agenda of what's provided that day.

I'm also going to be there so if you'd like to say, hi just come over and do so.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:26:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |