# Friday, 27 September 2013

Did you ever get lost in the myriad of SDKs and Microsoft Nuget packages? If you did then let me tell you a secret: you’re not alone. Luckily Microsoft listens very carefully to feedback from their users and community and has put a couple of pages together with some handy overviews:

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Nuget | SDK
Friday, 27 September 2013 13:11:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 06 September 2013

Get it while it’s still hot people! You can download the .NET universe 2013 poster here.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Poster
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:59:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 31 May 2012

I just noticed that the Developer Tools blog got an update and now try to get things more closely together from one starting screen on. If you want to read more about it all I suggest you take a look at the announcement made by Lisa Feigenbaum.

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Another cool news is that the Dark Theme for the upcoming Visual Studio 11 will look like the following when it’s going to be released:

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And

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I think that’s awesome. Now the next thing on my wish list is that Microsoft Research Labs finally starts making those red lightsabers Smile.

And while we wait for all the great stuff coming we can still listen to some nice music:

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:31:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 22 December 2011

Recently Microsoft released a new web site where you can see what will be covered by

  • Live meetings
  • Offline events
  • Community events

Be sure to check it out at www.msdn-events.be.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 22 December 2011 22:24:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 10 August 2011

When I look outside I see quite some clouds passing by. Not what you want during summer, especially when rain starts. However there are also fun clouds. They are colored in Azure. Microsoft Belgium provides a new summer course for us: Dive into the Windows Azure platform this summer.

I also blogged about other courses you could take a look at:

Have fun diving into the cool stuff!

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Grz, Kris.

Azure | Belgium | Course | Microsoft | MSDN | Tutorial
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:48:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 03 August 2011

A couple of weeks ago you could already find yourself getting knowledge about Windows Phone 7 Mango and Visual Studio 2010 ALM.

Because there’s always more to learn Microsoft put a new summer course online: Dive into HTML 5 this summer. Cool and refreshing, so what are you waiting for to get your feet wet. Happy diving!

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Grz, Kris.

Belgium | Course | HTML5 | Microsoft | MSDN | Tutorial
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:53:29 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 22 July 2011

Either you’re melting away like an ice cream put in the oven or you’re being washed away by rains but there’s one certainty since last summer: There are several dive in courses from Microsoft to keep you nice and comfortable in front of your pc trying out new stuff and enjoying updates on technologies.

This year Microsoft Belgium has foreseen 2 courses for us:

Take a dive like this person already did:

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Grz, Kris.

Friday, 22 July 2011 20:03:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 28 July 2010
In Belgium you can never be sure of the weather. It might be great, it might be too hot, it might be too rainy, …
Belgium | Course | MSDN | Tutorial
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 19:24:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 22 July 2010

Sometimes you just stumble upon something new that looks interesting. After a short vacation, too short, I was surfing the web, following twitter, … and ended up at a new page at MSDN: scriptjunkie{} Serious web development.

It’s a new place for people working with HTML, CSS and Script. I like it that Microsoft shows the love for these 3 quite essential parts of technology as most people became so dependent on them during the last years. In addition to that, after a reorganization on the ASP.NET forums there’s one dedicated to these 3 too: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Grz, Kris.

CSS | HTML | Javascript | MSDN | scriptjunkie
Thursday, 22 July 2010 18:58:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 July 2010

Just noticed on the US version of the MSDN site that it had a great new look and feel:

newmsdn

Microsoft apparently made it more focused on 4 major directions:

  • desktop
  • web
  • cloud
  • phone

I like it.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 01 July 2010 22:20:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 27 January 2010

From the Swiss MSDN blog:

In this 108 page hands-on lab you will learn how to use Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and Beta 1 of Microsoft Silverlight 4 to create a data driven line of business style rich internet application that implements many of the new features that Silverlight 4 introduces. We will base our solution on the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) RIA Services.

The solution will be an order-management system that shows a list of orders in a data grid and details of a selected order in a details pane. The system will validate user entries and have the capabilities of printing order reports and exporting order lists to Microsoft Excel.

Download the hands-on lab manual in PDF and Word format, the database and the final sample solution.

These features are implemented in the lab:

  • True multi-tier architecture.
  • Entity framework and service layer definition.
  • Data filtering, paging, sorting and grouping.
  • Data modification and validation.
  • Foreign key management.
  • Projections.
  • Programmatic printing from a Silverlight application.
  • COM interop with Microsoft Excel and running full-trust out-of-browser.

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Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 07:33:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 12 August 2008

I just found out about the new training kit thanks to the blog of Guy Bernstein. While I'm downloading this kit I'm also downloading the latest MSDN library optimized for VS 2008 SP1, a whopping 2205Mb.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 19:25:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 11 August 2008
Well, just after last week SQL Server 2008 was released, SP1 for Visual Studio 2008 came out today. Normally a service pack only contains some patches but this time there's a lot of extra added features inside the package. The things I'm most looking forward to are these:

  • ADO.NET Entity framework
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Classic ASP support in Visual Studio.
  • ASP.NET Dynamic Data
  • ...
I noticed the links on the MSDN subscription pages and you can also download the goods here.

Here you can read more about what's inside.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 11 August 2008 21:27:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 07 August 2008

Yes, you read it correctly, SQL Server 2008 hit the RTM status. You can download a trial here or the real stuff at the MSDN subscription pages.

Hopefully SP1 for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 will arrive soon also?

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 07 August 2008 07:52:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 16 June 2008
Last week I attended an interesting presentation about version control with Team Foundation Server. Yves Goeleven presented about the different patterns when it comes down to branching and merging.

If you're interested you can watch the presentation online divided in 3 different pieces (taken from Katriens blog):
Grz, Kris.

Monday, 16 June 2008 19:47:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 19 May 2008

Wow, this is a cool application. Be sure to check it out and have Silverlight installed. Funny thing for me is that I worked in a team in 2001 that was also into adding/upgrading a software tool for patient handling in hospitals. If we only had the UI possibilities of Silverlight/WPF in those days to work out everything...

Personally, I foresee much more of these kind of applications with these great technologies.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Silverlight | WPF
Monday, 19 May 2008 20:06:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 06 March 2008

You can already start downloading the MIX08 sessions. I just finished watching the keynote and boy am I looking forward to Silverlight 2 final edition. Also the new capabilities of IE8 are looking very promising and I bet every web developer/designer is really looking forward to the support of CSS2.1 in it. Hopefully Microsoft decides to push IE8 to every windows installation as soon as possible after the final release so we can get rid of IE6/7 incompatibilities and CSS hacks just to get it to work.

Grz, Kris.

Links | Microsoft | MIX08 | MSDN | Web 2.0 | Webcast
Thursday, 06 March 2008 19:47:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 10 December 2007

Ok, it seems this year has been the year of new technologies from Microsoft and yet new stuff's coming out. I found this blog post from Julie Lerman that had a talk with Scott Guthrie on how to handle everything that comes out of the firehose: ScottGu on how to deal with the Microsoft firehose.

Grz, Kris.

Microsoft | MSDN | MVC
Monday, 10 December 2007 20:01:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 03 December 2007

To build software that meets your security objectives, you must integrate security activities into your software development lifecycle. This handbook captures and summarises the key security engineering activities that should be an integral part of your software development processes.

These security engineering activities have been developed by Microsoft patterns & practices to build on, refine and extend core lifecycle activities with a set of security-specific activities. These include identifying security objectives, applying design guidelines for security, threat modelling, security architecture and design reviews, security code reviews and security deployment reviews.

It's not a book that you would read but rather a security best practices checklist. Download the free eBook if you're interested.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | PnP | Security
Monday, 03 December 2007 12:03:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 29 November 2007

Yesterday evening I and several colleagues attended the MSDN evening about Visual Studio 2008. It was most of the time an introduction of the possibilities of the new IDE and there was a whole lot of talk about the enhancements to the C# language. Not that I mind because that's also my language of choice. Especially the principle of extension methods look great and very interesting. Too bad however that the new enhancements of VB.NET weren't shown as that's also a language that's used very often. My current project (winforms, .NET 2.0, NHibernate, SQL Server 2005) also is created with VB.NET.

Most of the stuff that they showed, enhancements for web developers, great integration of tools for CSS that I already used with Expression Web, I already knew off. The thing that I didn't saw before is the cool VSTO ribbon designer. No more crafting with custom xml files anymore, just design. Cool. I guess several of my colleagues, that are mainly using VSTO, were glad when they saw this.

Afterwards we all had a drink and it was nice to see some familiar faces again that I haven't seen for a long time. One of the reasons why I like to go to these evenings/events is the social aspect. According to some people I'm a walking Facebook application myself.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 29 November 2007 10:25:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Monday, 19 November 2007

Just signed in to MSDN subscriptions and apparently the Beta 2 after Visual Studio 2008 dissapeared. I know what I'll be downloading evening.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 19 November 2007 13:22:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 November 2007

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN event in Utopolis Mechelen dedicated to Silverlight. Not a really deep dive technical session and you could tell by seeing quite a lot of designer in the audience as well. Tom Mertens did a little keynote about the different versions of Expression Studio and where to locate  and Gill Cleeren presented the session. It was very interesting though not very technical but a nice showcase of what's possible with it and which products one can use to visually create stunning RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications).

Afterwards it was a nice gathering in the Movie Café. Nice because I had the chance to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in years. Afterwards several people hooked up together to get something to eat in La Fleche. They served quite a good lasagne. A very nice evening: some tech stuff, good food, nice company to talk with.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 01 November 2007 18:41:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 27 July 2007

Hi,

if you're into Microsoft technology you'll probably know about Channel 9 and On10. While I was surfing/investigating the revamped ASP.NET site I noticed a new entry in the community toolbar: Channel 8.

Channel 8 is THE place to be for STUDENTS who want to code, connect and create technology. Stay plugged into tech news and share in the experience with students around the world just like you who want to see their creations come to life. This is also a back door directly into Microsoft just like Channel 9 but from a student point of view. This means access to the inside scoop about our products and life working inside Microsoft and information on cool things coming out. This is your community – a place for you to share your tips and tricks and even your problems. Go check out what others are doing and talk about what you think is cool.

I hope a lot of interesting content will come up there just like on Channel 9. More to watch for all of us.

Grz, Kris.

Links | Microsoft | MSDN
Friday, 27 July 2007 14:48:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 25 May 2007

In case you didn't notice it, the MSDN site got revamped. Actually I like the new look & feel. If you're tired of seeing the treeview on the left you can just press the "T" key to make it hiding itself.

When you hover over the parts in the breadcrumb that also shows a nice dropdown to which you can easily link to other parts. I like it!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 25 May 2007 18:40:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 May 2007

I'm already subscribed for that event and if you would like to come to you can go to this page: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032340308&Culture=en-US.

Hope to see you there!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 18 May 2007 09:07:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 06 March 2007

I received a VIP access for Dev Days 2007 which will start on March 27th. And thanks to my boss, I'm also able to attend it. So thanks everyone for the opportunity!

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 06 March 2007 19:18:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 02 March 2007

I'm just announcing the upcoming Microsoft Developer & IT pro days. This year there's also a preconference day entirely dedicated to ASP.NET AJAX and WPF/e. The other 2 days are also packed with interesting sessions so be sure to check them out.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 02 March 2007 22:48:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 07 December 2006

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN Technical Evening about VSTO 2005 Second Edition presented by Patrick Tisseghem of the company U2U. Although it's been a very long time since I developed some small things with VSTO it was an interesting meeting to attend. Especially when you look at what's available with the latest VSTO, although for the real cool stuff it seems we have to wait for the Orcas Release of Visual Studio. We saw several techniques, the good and the bad, of creating a simple add in for Office 2007 and how to make one for Outlook. One of my collegues, one that almost whole the time spends his development time with Office, was glad to hear that VBA isn't the big thing anymore but .NET languages like C# and VB.NET are the way to go.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Office
Thursday, 07 December 2006 19:06:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 26 September 2006

Yesterday I visited the .NET Framework 3.0 Development event provided by Microsoft. It was a great introduction to the new upcoming technologies: WPF, Cardspace, WCF and WF.

The first 2 sessions were presented by Peter Himschoot, a regional director for Belgium. The last 2 were presented by Ingo Rammer, the known Austrian regional director.

My impression: WPF looks way cool. It looks quite flexibel and the 3D effects were also looking great. Peter also showed us a WPF application running sandboxed in Internet Explorer and apparently this is called an XBAP application.

CardSpace looks promising but I still need to see it in practice. If it can live up to the expectations it could have a very bright future though.

Then Ingo showed us WCF and later on WF. This was for me the first time I saw WF in action. Boy did I wish I could already use it in my current project, it would a great time saver for the workflows I need to implement.

The last session, and also the most interesting probably, was the one where WCF and WF were used together. I just checked Ingo's blog and as he promised he uploaded the slides and demo applications. You can download them here.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | .NET 3.0 | IE | WCF | WCS | WF | WPF
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 19:26:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 24 June 2006

Last thursday I attended a session presented by Jan Tielens in Mechelen on the subject of Office 2007.
The session was dedicated for developers and because I haven't tried it out myself I found the new possibilities of Office 2007 very interesting. Especially the new file formats and the distinction between macro enabled and macro disabled documents are great. I still remember the time that macro virusses became available and the harm they could do to someones computer. Also the files themselves are smaller than in the past because they're, behind the scenes, compressed zip files. So in order to take a look at what's inside you just have to rename the file and add .zip behind the file extension of the document and you can open it with winzip for example. After that you can clearly see that all the data is now inside xml files and there are dedicated subfolders available to hold the embedded data like for example images.

The fact that the data is now xml means that a developer can quite easily manipulate the data, or create documents, with .NET. Especially because the next version will hold extra capabilities to interact with the so called "packages".

Besides the new file formats and what a developer can do with it we also had a demo about how to use the VSTO to create custom task panes or to create custom ribbons.

Well, I hope to get into experimentation on this topic soon because it really looks great to me.

Grz, Kris.

Office | MSDN
Saturday, 24 June 2006 18:30:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |