# Monday, 09 November 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.

Monday, 09 November 2015 13:30:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Recently Microsoft showed us something new to the world which I think is very interesting: Azure App Service.

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This new offering makes it a snap to create, deploy, manage your applications and APIs and integrate third party APIs as well.

First of all the two parts that stayed the same but got a rebranding:

Two newcomers in the arena are

  • Logic apps to automate access and use of data
  • API apps to easily build and consume Cloud APIs

There are several great videos available that show you a quick introduction:

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:10:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 01 April 2015

I got renewed as an MVP for ASP.NET. I’ve been renewed every year since 2007 when I first got the award.

I’ll keep doing my best for the community for the next year(s) to come as well. Being an MVP is all about community work and interaction and I really love that community. Thanks to that I got to know a lot of interesting people, became a better developer and person. It’s been an awesome ride so far.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 23:47:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Likely somewhere this year ASP.NET 5, or vNext as it’s been called in the past, will launch. From all we hear each time it’s going to be a major shift again, likely as big as the shift from classic ASP to ASP.NET back in 2002. To get to know what’s going to change the people from the ASP.NET team made a series of screencasts available for us. You can watch them at your convenience at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Go sit in your comfy chair and take some time to watch it at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/what-s-new-with-asp-net-5.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:12:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 29 October 2014

If yes then take a look at aka.ms/devbesmart.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:38:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 27 October 2014

If you like Charles Petzold’s (who doesn’t) books then you’re in for a treat: Get this free eBook by him both as pdf and as Kindle download.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 27 October 2014 16:14:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 12 June 2014

On June 25th and 26th there’s going to be another dotnetconf. It’s a virtual conference so you can watch it online and get a good overview of what’s hot right now and in the future.

The following sessions will be provided to you:

Day 1 - June 25th, 2014

9:00 AM (PDT) - 4:00 PM (GMT) - State of .NET (Keynote)
9:15 AM (PDT) - 4:15 PM (GMT) - .NET Runtime
10:15 AM (PDT) - 5:15 PM (GMT) - C# 6.0 & Roslyn
11:15 AM (PDT) - 6:15 PM (GMT) - Universal Windows Apps
12:00 PM (PDT) - 7:00 PM (GMT) - Developing native iOS, Android, and Windows apps with Xamarin
1:00 PM (PDT) - 8:00 PM (GMT) - Fun Session
2:00 PM (PDT) - 9:00 PM (GMT) - Kinect
3:00 PM (PDT) - 10:00 PM (GMT) - XAML
3:30 PM (PDT) - 10:30 PM (GMT) - .NET Native
4:00 PM (PDT) - 11:00 PM (GMT) - WPF
5:00 PM (PDT) - 12:00 AM (GMT) - .NET Micro Framework and IoT

Day 2 - June 26th, 2014


9:00 AM (PDT) - 4:00 PM (GMT) - State of ASP.NET (Keynote)
9:30 AM (PDT) - 4:30 PM (GMT) - Web Forms
10:00 AM (PDT) - 5:00 PM (GMT) - MVC 6
10:30 AM (PDT) - 5:30 PM (GMT) - Web API
11:00 AM (PDT) - 6:00 PM (GMT) - Entity Framework
12:00 PM (PDT) - 7:00 PM (GMT) - Azure Websites
1:00 PM (PDT) - 8:00 PM (GMT) - Deployment
2:00 PM (PDT) - 9:00 PM (GMT) - ASP.NET Identity & Security
3:00 PM (PDT) - 10:00 PM (GMT) - Dependency Injection and Testability in .NET
4:00 PM (PDT) - 11:00 PM (GMT) - SignalR
4:30 PM (PDT) - 11:30 PM (GMT) - ASP.NET vNext 101

 

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:27:48 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 06 April 2014

Last week was Microsoft’s //Build/ 2014 edition. I couldn’t be there in person but luckily for most of us around the globe the sessions got recorded and put online on Channel 9. There’s more than these but this is some handpicking done by me, and to keep a nice (short)list for myself to keep track of what I want to see from it.

First of all start with the Keynotes. I watched already the second one with Scott Guthrie which was mostly about Azure, web and Rosslyn.

Security

Web development

Dev OPS

Azure Web Sites

Azure

Visual Studio (Online)

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:08:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 19 March 2014

If you’re interested to update your knowledge of simply get started with Web API then there are a bunch of decent books already out there. I noticed however that Glenn Block and others at Microsoft released a book as well and, at the moment, provide for free over at http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001708.

To get a grasp of what’s in there:

Table of Contents

Grz, Kris.

Books | Free | Microsoft | Oreilly
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:17:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 05 March 2014

This handy pdf document will show an overview of the lifecycle of an ASP.NET MVC 5 application. Created by Cephas Lin (Microsoft).

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:49:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 04 March 2014

On a regular basis Microsoft brings out cool and easy to follow tutorials. I just noticed that the ones about Entity Framework and ASP.NET MVC got updated.

For Entity Framework the following new things in version 6 are handled:

  • Connection resiliency
  • Command interception
  • Code-based configuration
  • Async
  • Stored procedures

9 tutorials were refurbished:

And 3 new tutorials were created:

For people who’re still on older versions don’t despair, they’re still available under http://www.asp.net/mvc/tutorials/getting-started-with-ef-5-using-mvc-4

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:08:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 29 January 2014

If yes then by all means take a look at the following site: Start your career in technology with Microsoft. It gives a starting point on where to begin a career in tech. Perhaps you might thing: uh oh that’s boring and it’s not for me, well think again. It’s a really exciting environment, it makes you think, work on real tools that helps to support the business of your company so that others can get their jobs done in a better, faster and more satisfying way. It for sure still gives me a good feeling whenever something I helped work on goes into production and people give (positive) feedback on.

According to studies about 12.2% of the actively working population in Belgium, the country where I live, is in high tech environments and it’s only increasing. That’s a promising sector to be sure of a steady job and income to support your family. This morning I found out about an article in a Belgian newspaper that explains these numbers: http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/942/Economie/article/detail/1783189/2014/01/29/Hightech-creeert-100-000-jobs.dhtml.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:07:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 28 October 2013

An interesting tour through the Microsoft data centers.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 28 October 2013 17:42:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 25 September 2013

It’s great to see that an awesome platform like Windows Azure is gaining more and more traction along the way. Recently it was announced that Oracle is partnering with Microsoft. This enables users to run Oracle software on Windows Azure with the following benefits:

  • Effective immediately, customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure.
  • Effective immediately, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Windows Azure images with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux are now available in preview in the Windows Azure image gallery.
  • Microsoft now offers fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure.

Taken from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/cloud/faq-1963009.html.

Especially the last sentence will be of interest to my friends and colleagues in the Java space.

OracleOnWindowsAzure

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:16:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 16 September 2013

You want to know more about ASP.NET MVC (4) and Web API? Well tomorrow you can do just that. Simply join the Microsoft Virtual Academy broadcast and enjoy the ride of these awesome technologies.

This will be covered during the course:

  • Overview of MVC
    • What is MVC?
    • How is MVC different from Web Forms?
    • Why use MVC?
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Controllers and Models
    • Creating Controllers
    • Adding Actions
    • Creating MVC Models
    • Working with Code First
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Views
    • Razor Syntax
    • HTML Helpers
    • Partial Views
  • Integrating JavaScript and MVC
    • Using AJAX
    • Using jQuery
  • Implementing Web APIs
    • Developing Web API Controllers
    • Calling HTTP Services from Client-Side Code
  • Deploying ASP.NET MVC Site Walkthrough
    • Creating a site on Windows Azure Web Sites
    • Deploying an ASP.NET MVC Application with Visual Studio Web Deploy
  • What’s Next and Resources
    • Sneak peak at Visual Studio 2013 (Preview) and ASP.NET MVC 5 tooling
    • A look at real-time communications with SignalR
    • Resources for keeping up with new ASP.NET releases

Simply register here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/developing-asp-net-mvc4-web-applications-jump-start#fbid=r4qO—FJ7Ye.

For more information about these technologies also be sure to read about them here:

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 16 September 2013 08:13:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 18 April 2013

And win cool prices!

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Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:18:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 18 March 2013

Since several years Microsoft helpers have created the All in One Code overview filled with samples & search possibilities for those common scenarios they saw being asked for over and over again on forums or newsgroups. It’s cool to see it has now also become a Windows 8 Store App.

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Grz, Kris.

Monday, 18 March 2013 15:27:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 14 March 2013

One day – four locations – on site experts – prizes – fun. That’s basically what’s going to happen on March 27th at four different locations in our cozy Belgian country. You can opt between:

Like in the past there are 2 main sessions: one at day and one at night so you can choose yourself when you want to sleep or try to win a prize. Talking about prizes this might certainly interest you and get you engaged:

  • 1st Place: free & full entrance to TechEd Madrid 25-28 June
  • 2nd Place: Marvellous Asus Vivo Tab
  • 3rd Place: Hot Windows Phone 8

Of course something cool like this isn’t real before you see a banner so here you go:

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Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:09:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 23 February 2013

This year I went again to the MVP summit in Redmond and Belle Vue. I had a blast to see so many familiar faces again, get to know many more people and having lots of interactions and networking. The technical sessions were interesting but the most awesome times were the after hours meetups. As I got awarded as MVP of the year this year I also got the opportunity to go out on a nice dinner with several other MVPs holding that title and several high ranking managers at Microsoft. The day after I also met up with people from the TFS online group and several program managers of the Windows Azure Web Sites group. It was very nice to interact and provide feedback.

On the last day we also tried to gather as many of the ASP Insiders as possible and have a cool picture of the gang Smile. I’m the third person from the left with the green sweater.

Microsoft ASP Insiders

Of course I hope to be there again next year as well Smile.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 23 February 2013 13:26:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Hi,

do you like to BUILD networks and hang out together with your peers and fellow tech loving friends? If that’s the case be sure to come over on October 30th to the Microsoft building in Zaventem and watch the BUILD live stream together. Please register over at Microsoft BUILD 2012 Live stream event.

build2012

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:21:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 29 June 2012

As many of you out there I wasn’t able to attend Tech Ed North America 2012 either so I couldn’t go to all the cool sessions showing off about the newly released features of Windows Azure. Luckily for you and me Channel 9 has put all the recordings available for watching and/or downloading: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012?sort=status&direction=asc&t%5B0%5D=windows%2Bazure#tab_sortBy_status.

Here’s everything directly:

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 29 June 2012 06:28:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 12 April 2012
Yesterday I was the main presenter at Microsoft WebCamps in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A total of 122 people attended with a very diverse public...
Thursday, 12 April 2012 21:58:59 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 01 April 2012

Woohoo! And another year of being an MVP. I’m glad I made it again and that my contributions to the community get appreciated by that same community and Microsoft.

The last year for sure was busy with being active on the ASP.NET forums, being a board member of the Belgian Windows Azure user group (azug), I became a MEET member, …

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 01 April 2012 16:14:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Monday, 12 March 2012

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Likely you already found out that recently Windows 8 preview got released showing off some of the new ways Windows 8 will work for you and your company. Microsoft Belgium jumps on the bandwagon and organizes a cool concept: study at day, hack and code at night.

You can follow during the day the following program:

8:08 - 9:00
    Registration
9:00 - 10:30
    Opening keynote: Introducing Windows 8
    Platform for Metro style app and principles
        Speaker: Giorgio Sardo
10:30 - 11:00
    Break
11:00 - 12:30
    Building Metro Style Apps with XAML and HTML: everything .NET and Web developers need to know
12:30 - 13:15?
    Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
    Building Metro Style UI and integrating with Windows 8 Experiences
15:00 - 15:30
    Break
15:30 - 17:00
    Bringing Your Apps to Life
    Closing with Windows Store & Developer opportunity
17:00 - 18:00
    Closing drink

After that the hackaton starts:

18:00 - 18:30
    Welcome and setup
18:30 - 23:00
    Develop your app, code galore!
19:00 - 20:00
    Pizza & Red Bull
23:00 - 24:00
    Showcasing of apps, voting for the best apps
    Best app of the night prize!
24:00
    Closing or stay up all night :)

So if you like to start being creative for Windows 8 and you’re in Belgium, you know where you want to be on March 23 2012.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 12 March 2012 22:25:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Friday, 09 March 2012

Tech days Belgium 2012 was a jam packed load of interesting sessions. For those who couldn’t attend or, like myself, couldn’t follow the sessions due to having to choose between several sessions at the same time slot, we can now watch the recorded sessions online: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/2012/Home.aspx.

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Grz, Kris.

Friday, 09 March 2012 23:09:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Wednesday, 04 January 2012

Just noticed via Twitter that there’s a new December 2011 update available: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit December 2011 update. This training kit holds a lot of interesting small videos, demos, code, … oh my.

Today I also found out about a blog post that lists around 30 free books. Books about javascript, Ruby, C#, …

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 21:13:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 24 December 2011

The list of sessions of Techdays 2012 is practically at 100% so that makes it easy to start choosing the ones I would like to attend up front Smile.

My todo list for those days are:

Day 1

Day 2

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 24 December 2011 22:01:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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]  | 
# Monday, 05 December 2011

Today I gave my first Webcamps session at Microsoft Belgium. The agenda for  the day was

9:00 – 10:30

Web Platform Overview and open source Web Apps

Get a good overview of the Microsoft Web Platform, free tooling like Visual Studio 2010, Web Developer Express, IIS web server and a peek at what’s coming in Visual Studio 11 and ASP.NET MVC 4.

After the general introduction we’ll show you around Orchard CMS, Umbraco and other open source CMS apps using WebMatrix.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Practical HTML5

This session kicks off with a good overview of the different elements in HTML5 that make up this umbrella term. We’ll go over standards HTML, new CSS3 specs and font usage and web app specs. Most importantly, the session will also address how you can start taking advantage of new features in the specs while still supporting older browsers through the use of polyfills and frameworks like Modernizr.

To finish you’ll learn how to make your website shine on the Windows 7 taskbar through site pinning.

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

Afternoon – Hands-on labs

13:30 – 17:00

Hands-on labs

The afternoon is hands-on, the perfect timing to apply the learning from the morning session.

Labs include creating a website using a web app by leveraging, practical HTML5 and CSS3 labs addressing Canvas, WOFF, CSS3 layout features and more.

At the end of the session you’ll have a good practical feeling on how to use and customize open source web apps as well as leveraging the best in HTML5 today.

17:00 – 17:15

Closing, discussion, top recommended resources

There were 2 hands on labs foreseen. One recycled from Microsoft Webcamps USA about HTML 5 and another one I completely wrote myself about Orchard and on which I got some great feedback from the people who made it during the afternoon.

About 35 people followed the course and I already got quite some questions after the first session was sold out if there were others going to happen. Luckily I can answer that question in a positive way as the following dates are foreseen for a redelivery:

Even though I got some great feedback in the evaluation round I also want to take the entire feedback with me into my next presentation to perform even better. Hope to see you in 2012!

Grz, Kris.

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Monday, 05 December 2011 22:39:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 24 November 2011

I got informed that I became a MEET member by my Belgian DPE representative at Microsoft. MEET stands for Microsoft Extended Experts Team.

From the official page there’s more information about the program itself:

Do you have a complex problem, but not the knowledge to solve it? Then you can get in contact with the community of Belgian experts.
All members of MEET are selected for their knowledge and skills in their field. And they are also excellent communicators. All share knowledge through their personal blogs and they are also frequent speakers at Microsoft events or their respective user group.
MEET gets the explicit support of Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg.

Of course I’m honored by receiving this award.

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Grz, Kris.

Award | MEET | Microsoft
Thursday, 24 November 2011 01:11:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 21 November 2011

About Microsoft TechDays

Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. Microsoft TechDays is one of the premier technical events in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed.

With more technology areas than ever to explore, TechDays 2012 is the perfect place to get up-to-speed on the latest Microsoft technologies and up-level your skill on the technology you use every day or want to use in the near future. Content will be delivered by industry experts and Microsoft product team members.

Register now

Join the 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

  • Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB
  • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
  • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET ...
  • Windows & Internet Explorer
  • Windows Server & Hyper-V
  • Windows Phone 7 development
  • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune

If you hate the line be on time! Book the early bird and don’t think twice if you want to buy at a cheaper price!

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Kinepolis Imagibraine

After 3 great years in Metropolis Antwerp Microsoft’s moving TechDays to a new location: Kinepolis Imagibraine in Braine l’Alleud (Eigenbrakel).

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Coming by car? Then driving directions are available here.

 

Hope to see you there and if you do, don’t hesitate to come over and say hi.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 21 November 2011 13:17:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 29 August 2011

Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.

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Download it from Microsoft Mathematics 4.0. There’s also a Word and OneNote edition of the tool.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 29 August 2011 14:12:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    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]  | 
# Tuesday, 31 May 2011

It was a great event in Antwerp again and now the sessions can be viewed by everyone:

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I was the “Ask the experts” booth leader and you can see on the next picture that we had a good time:

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From left to right: Simone Chiaretta, Kris van der Mast, Gill Cleeren, Maarten Balliauw.

My personal favorite sessions were:

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 20:28:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Recently Microsoft presented quite a lot of sessions on PDC10. Unfortunately for a lot of adepts there was one technology missing somewhat: Silverlight. Quite soon a lot of news was spread around that Silverlight was dead or near to death… Not so actually. Microsoft apparently took the time to brew some new stuff for Silverlight vNext and will have a full dedicated day of presentations during the Silverlight Firestarter on December 2nd.

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The following agenda will dominate this exciting day jam packed with demos:

Time Presenter Session Details
8:00 am   Breakfast
9:00 am Scott Guthrie  Scott Guthrie The Future of Silverlight
10:45 am Jesse Liberty  Jesse Liberty Data Binding Strategies with Silverlight and WP7
11:30 am Yavor Georgiev  Yavor Georgiev Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ
12:15 pm alt Lunch
1:00 pm Dan Wahlin  Dan Wahlin Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services
1:45 pm John Papa  John Papa MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns with Silverlight and WP7
2:45 pm Tim Heuer  Tim Heuer Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience
3:30 pm Scott Guthrie   Mike Cook &
  Jossef Goldberg
Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips
4:30 pm Jaime Rodriguez  Jaime Rodriguez Performance Tips for Silverlight Windows Phone 7
5:15 pm alt After Party!
Keynote : The Future of Silverlight

Be first to hear the official news about what’s coming up next for Silverlight from Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Corporate Vice President.

Data Binding In Silverlight and Windows Phone

Jesse Liberty walks us through the fundamentals of data binding, including binding to traditional and non-traditional data sources, binding to elements, binding in both Visual Studio and Blend, binding in code, data conversion and much more.

Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ

In this session we will cover how to build a WCF-based backend web service to provide data to the Silverlight application. We will demonstrate the use of LINQ in the service to retrieve objects from our database, and cover some details of how those objects are serialized to Silverlight. We will cover the use of faults for debugging and for driving production logic, as well as authentication strategies for internet and intranet deployment. We will finish with a look at how to access third-party REST/HTTP-based services from Silverlight.

Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services

Silverlight provides many different options for accessing distributed data including Web Services, REST APIs, sockets and more. This talk will walk you through the benefits that WCF RIA Services offers and demonstrate how it can be used to simplify n-tier programming and provide a flexible and productive way to access, validate and modify data in Silverlight applications. Topics covered include creating a domain service, simplifying asynchronous programming with the domain context, leveraging object tracking features, sharing data validation code between the client and server and writing domain services that can be used with any backend data access technology.

MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns

See how good patterns and practices apply to Silverlight applications on the desktop, in the browser or on the phone. Learn how to integrate MVVM, Service Providers, design time data (aka Blendability), into your Silverlight applications to promote code reuse and create a highly maintainable application.

Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience

Tired of seeing the spinning blue balls from Silverlight as the application loads? Your users probably are as well. The simple fact is that it is very easy to customize your complete application installation experience down to the plugin level. During this session you’ll see understand how Silverlight works with install/upgrade scenarios and how you can completely customize the installation experience. Additionally you’ll see custom ‘splash screen’ demonstrations on what you can do to further brand your application. If you are building an out-of-browser application with Silverlight we’ll discuss and demonstrate some of the tips/tricks to provide a good acquisition experience there as well and some tricks on automatically installing applications.

Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips

There are some common pitfalls that can negatively impact your Silverlight application’s performance. In this session we’ll demonstrate how to use some of the tools that are available to profile and identify performance issues. We’ll cover the available techniques with the performance tools that can help you to analyze your Silverlight application memory usage, rendering and CPU usage to help improve performance and avoid those common pitfalls.

Performance Tips for Silverlight Windows Phone 7

This will be a comprehensive deep-dive into Windows Phone performance. We will begin with the threading model changes and optimizations made to Silverlight run-time to take advantage of the GPU on the phone; we will then cover the most common pitfalls, the troubleshooting techniques, and close with the workarounds to create snappy Windows phone applications.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 19:13:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 16 September 2010

Play in a more beautiful web, explore Internet explorer 9 Beta. It’s great to see that Microsoft reveals its newest browser to the world.

There’s quite a lot of new and exciting stuff going on in IE9 like:

  • Streamlined design
  • Pinned sites (Windows 7)
  • Download manager
  • Enhanced tabs
  • A new tab page (with color coding for ease of use)
  • You can now search in the address bar
  • A new notification bar
  • An add-on performance advisor (which add-on makes your browser go slow?)

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:56:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 19 August 2010

I subscribed today to attend Remix10 on September 28th. Last editions were always very interesting and when I take a look at the overview of what’s already known about the agenda, still some dev sessions need to be confirmed, it’s going to be great again this year as well.

I hope to see you there.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 19 August 2010 19:00:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# 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]  | 
# Monday, 12 April 2010

A long awaited arrival of Visual Studio 2010 came true today as Microsoft shipped the product. This is one version that I installed also during the alpha and beta periods to test out and provide feedback towards Microsoft about things that could be made better or bugs. I’m looking forward into using it as soon as possible at work as well.

You can read more about the announcement here: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/04/12/visual-studio-2010-and-net-4-released.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 12 April 2010 23:44:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 RC features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as well as 25 accompanying videos that walk you through key aspects of building a business application with Silverlight. Key aspects in this course are working with numerous sandboxed and elevated out of browser features, the new RichTextBox control, implicit styling, webcam, drag and drop, multi touch, validation, authentication, MEF, WCF RIA Services, right mouse click, and much more!

You can find the material here: http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Silverlight4/.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:06:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Microsoft launched .toolbox, a new site dedicated on learning Silverlight and Expression.

toolbox

.toolbox features two core learning paths: Design Scenarios and Design Principles. Both begin with teaching basic techniques and build skills and knowledge incrementally. In Design Scenarios, designers and developers learn to create dynamically-rich Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. You will learn to add code-free functionality to designs by following step-by-step tutorials that illustrate how to create interactive user experiences. In Design Principles, you will learn fundamental design concepts (e.g., choosing the right colors and the right fonts) along with tips and techniques in how to apply them to your creations.

One can go for either track and earn leves with that. Each track can be done one by one following a stack or go through the matrix:

toolbox_track

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:23:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 05 December 2009

Yesterda I went to Kinepolis in Brussels for what was going to be a great afternoon. Scott Guthrie doesn’t come every year to Belgium, actually it was its second time, so when he does you better be there to hear what he’s talking about.

The guys from Visug did a great job preparing the event and had prepared a little fun ingredient for Scott. Everybody got to wear red polo shirts:

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The session itself covered the following topics:

For me personally it was a great opportunity to see and talk with Scott again after the last MVP summit and there was some pretty interesting content about web related technologies (my favorite). Microsoft’s really doing a great job for webdevelopers with brining out new tools, new little additions to a more maturing web platform (ASP.NET 4.0), investing in new ways to let developers develop close to the raw metal with MVC and making it possible for them to create compelling applications with Silverlight.

One of the nice intros about Silverlight is its streaming capabilities with a cool pixar style animation: http://www.iis.net/media/experiencesmoothstreaming.

 

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 05 December 2009 04:12:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Sunday, 12 April 2009

Taken from the download site:

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. You can use these packages to upgrade any SQL Server 2008 edition.
Note:We remain committed to our plans to keep service packs contained, focusing on essential updates only, primarily a Roll-up of Cumulative Update 1 to 3, Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates, as well as fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community. While keeping product changes contained, we have made significant investments to ease deployment and management of Service Packs:

  • Slipstream – You are now able to integrate the base installation with service packs (or Hotfixes) and install in a single step.
  • Service Pack Uninstall – You are now able to uninstall only the Service Pack (without removing the whole instance)
  • Report Builder 2.0 Click Once capability

Download it here.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 12 April 2009 19:05:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Got the mail today with the great news that I’m renewed as an MVP for the year 2009. I must say, a week after hearing that I became an ASP Insider this is also very good news. I also got the news that my colleague Marc Gregoire, one of the 3 colleagues I went to the MVP summit with, also got renewed. So also my congratulations go to him.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 16:45:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Tuesday, 31 March 2009

I got the message from Microsoft that I’ve been added to the ASP Insiders crew. This is a great reward from Microsoft towards certain people. Like Scott Guthrie described it:

The ASPInsiders team spends countless hours answering questions and giving guidance to other ASP.NET developers, as well as providing feedback and direction on new features for future ASP.NET releases. Their work and contributions are invaluable.

I’m very excited and honored by having this reward as it shows the recognition from Microsoft towards my continuous support towards members on the ASP.NET forums. The benefit for members are that I’m in more direct contact with the ASP.NET team itself being able to provide feedback and make suggestions about things I noticed either as a question on the forums or from personal experience. This can result in having Microsoft to create even better products for their customers.

ASPInsider-LOGO(5_2X2)

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 12:06:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [6]  | 

Just found on twitter about the release of the ASP.NET MVC Training kit.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:35:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 19 March 2009

Grab it here: www.microsoft.com/ie8. Better security included, faster rendering on pages and more standards based.

I only hope that gmail and facebook update their CSS quite rapidly as they don’t render too well at the moment.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:30:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Noticed it a couple of hours ago on the forums that someone was able to download the bits and just noticed that the download link itself was available: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=53289097-73ce-43bf-b6a6-35e00103cb4b&displaylang=en.

ASP.NET MVC 1.0 provides a new Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework on top of the existing ASP.NET 3.5 runtime. This means that developers can take advantage of the MVC design patterns to create their Web Applications which includes the ability to achieve and maintain a clear separation of concerns (the UI or view from the business and application logic and backend data), as well as facilitate test driven development (TDD). The ASP.NET MVC framework defines a specific pattern to the Web Application folder structure and provides a controller base-class to handle and process requests for “actions”. Developers can take advantage of the specific Visual Studio 2008 MVC templates within this release to create their Web applications, which includes the ability to select a specific Unit Test structure to accompany their Web Application development.
The MVC framework is fully extensible at all points, allowing developers to create sophisticated structures that meet their needs, including for example Dependency Injection (DI) techniques, new view rendering engines or specialized controllers.
As the ASP.NET MVC framework is built on ASP.NET 3.5, developers can take advantage of many existing ASP.NET 3.5 features, such as localization, authorization, Profile etc.n

Time to read the free eBook from Scottgu: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2009/03/10/free-asp-net-mvc-ebook-tutorial.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009 12:02:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 12 February 2009

Aaaah, something to look forward to. The yearly Microsoft local techdays will be in Antwerp this year. Good for me as that city’s way nearer than all the other locations where they did it during the last year (Ghent & Louvain laneuve). If you should attend it I’ll be there too so just come over and say hi.

Take a look at the official site: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/about.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 12 February 2009 06:49:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 27 October 2008

At the PDC a new logo for .NET was introduced:

 netlogo

It looks like a helix shape to me and that reminds me of that other helix shape: DNA. When one says DNA, and who has been around for a while, probably immediately thinks about Microsoft DNA, Windows Distributed interNet Applications Architecture.

Actually the helix is also flipped over an angle of 90° and that reminds me of another story: Flipping the funnel. It’s an eBook by Seth Godin. During my college years I liked my course of marketing a lot. Actually when I remember reading this particular book and how the new logo looks… well it kind of mixed you know. The DNA helixes also got flipped like the funnel into a megaphone. It reflects it perfectly as Microsoft tends to spread .NET where it can: on the server, on the desktop, in the browser, …

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 27 October 2008 21:49:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 22 May 2008

Just found out about this site about security: Hellosecureworld. Take a look at it. It's in Silverlight (always a good reason to check something out) and it has comics (another good reason). What are you waiting for: click the link!

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 22 May 2008 20:35:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 29 April 2008

I just noticed at home that the look & feel of live search has changed. Steve Balmer recently stated that Microsoft is updating its whole live experience and certainly search. Could this be a new step forward to a renewed platform? Recently I found myself using live search more and more instead of google.

newlivesearch

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 19:52:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 12 April 2008

Tomorrow I'm heading for Seattle for the annual MVP summit. I just got renewed so I'm quite happy to be there as a full blown MVP. This is also the first time that I'll be visiting the US. I'm very excited about the whole thing because it means also for me the chance of going to Redmond itself, the "Mekka" for people that are into Microsoft technology.

We'll be arriving on Sunday after a flight of about 10 hours and on Monday stay in Seattle itself. Tuesday and Wednesday all sessions will be at Microsoft campus and Thursday again will be in Seattle. A lot of it will be under NDA but I hope to be able to blog about my adventure while I'm there.

If you're also going: I'm staying in the Sheraton hotel. I'm a very social person that likes to meet new people so don't be shy to come to me and say hi.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 12 April 2008 18:45:28 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 11 April 2008

Tim Sneath, a well known evangelist of Microsoft was in Belgium yesterday. I got invited for a meet and greet with him by Microsoft Belgium. The first part was technical, Tim talked about Silverlight and we had the opportunity to ask questions. It was very interesting for me. The other fun side about it was that I got to know new people as well. Something I enjoy a lot since I'm quite a social person.

Afterwards we went with the group to a restaurant and enjoyed a very tasty meal in good company.

Here are some pictures that were taken:

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Grz, Kris.

Friday, 11 April 2008 02:52:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 28 March 2008
Join the conversation and explore how you can create next-generation Web experiences. Now, for the first time in Belgium, the MIX essentials conference brings you the latest information from the global MIX'08 conference held in Las Vegas in early March. With Keynote presentations from Steve Ballmer, and other international speakers, unveiling the latest Web-oriented solutions from Microsoft.




Hope to see you there too.

Grz, Kris.
Friday, 28 March 2008 13:13:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 27 March 2008
It seems Microsoft recently put up a couple of new sites that might be of interest to you:

  • A revamped site dedicated to the Expression family: There's lot to find already, tutorials, starter kits, forums, ... While the Expression family's mostly targeted towards designers I also used Expression Web in the past and currently am taking my first steps in Blend 2.5 preview to get to know Silverlight 2 a bit better.
  • TaskMarket: a new place for freelancers to find each other for short term assignments.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 27 March 2008 09:04:21 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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]  | 
# 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]  | 
# Thursday, 11 October 2007
Yesterday I went to the first of 5 sessions for my LEAP course. Taken from the website:

LEAP (Lead Enterprise Architect Program) is meant at complementing the existing skills and experience of aspiring architects with specific architect-level information about Microsoft technology. The acquired knowledge will help the aspiring architect in their day-to-day architectural work.

I found it to be very interesting. Most of the time courses are just sit and listen but this course is all about interaction. First we got some introduction talk and of course a course. Directly afterwards we were divided in groups to think about a possible solution for an architectural problem. After about an hour 2 groups defended their ideas towards each other. The group that I was in almost came out with the same idea like the other group and it was also very alike the approach that Microsoft came up with. I got to know new people, something I always like a lot since I'm not really social challenged. I'm looking forward to the next session already.

Grz, Kris.

Microsoft | SOA | LEAP
Thursday, 11 October 2007 21:24:28 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Like Silverlight? Like search? Like them combined? If so be sure to check out the new Tafiti search engine. I especially liked the treeview option where you can see, in a rotating tree, what's been found. Probably it won't replace, for me anyway, google or live search but it shows the possibilities that you can obtain when using Silverlight.
Speaking of which, if you're in Belgium on September 20th you can join the VISUG meeting about Silverlight. I'll be there too.

Grz, Kris.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 10:11:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Always fun to know what those names stand/stood for and what they became when the product got actually released. Take a look here: Microsoft codenames.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 10:57:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 09 August 2007

I just read the sad news about the death of a great .NET community person: David Boschmans. I knew David as being a great and nice guy that took the time to listen to the community. I heard at the VIP community weekend that he had health problems but that he was recovering. Rest in peace good man, you'll be missed.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 09 August 2007 15:06:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    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]  | 
# Saturday, 23 June 2007

Since I became an MVP I also got into the VIP pool of people. This was my first time but it was nice to see some other Belgian MVP's but also others that made it to the VIP pool thanks to their outstanding community awareness. First we had an informal meeting as to what direction Microsoft sees the community going and where the VIPs see it going. Not all people were developers but also IT pro's were there. Some of them I already knew but most of these people were strangers to me. After we had introduced ourselves there was an IT pro that came to me and said: "thanks for the help on the forums". Apparently he had asked a question on the ASP.NET forums and I helped him out (and actually gave a correct answer too).

After that meeting we settled down in our hotel rooms, a very nice hotel in Ostend (Golden Tulip Bero). After that we gathered for a small game in Ostend where we had to find several key locations and put a card on a board that corresponded with something we could see in the neighbourhood. It was fun and actually the team I was in did win. After the competition we had a nice dinner in the Kursaal (a known building in Ostend). After that we gathered in a lounge bar with a lot of possible cocktails. I had some nice chats with several people that evening/night and not everything was tech related.

The day afterwards, which came too soon as I nearly couldn't sleep during those 4 hours I spent in the hotels bed, I was the first of the group to eat breakfast. But soon several other members of the group joined me so I immediately had some new conversations going on.

Normally at 10 o'clock the group would gather to play some other games but some of us had to leave. I was one of them as I went to Westend to team up with my parents.

Actually I had a lot of fun and want to thank the people that made it possible for me to attend it and I hope to see the other VIP people back soon.

Community | MVP | Personal | VIP | Microsoft
Saturday, 23 June 2007 14:13:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |