# Sunday, 20 September 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, 20 September 2015 06:32:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 21 October 2012

Today I gave a presentation in Milan, Italy at WebNetConf. The atmosphere was great and there was a big audience and almost no no-show which is great.

The talk itself was the last one of the day and you can see I was very much focused:


I really enjoyed the day, the interaction, the sushi and pizza they served during noon and the simply the whole event. I got to know people from all over the world as 11 nationalities were represented and there was quite a lot of interaction which I find great.

The presentation itself had the following description:

Orchard CMS, distilled in the secret laboratories at Microsoft but later on open sourced, is a great way to start building sites with a CMS topping. This session will show you how to set it up, create custom modules and put it on Windows Azure with a little help of WebMatrix.

Update: I got to know that my sessions scored a 4.5 / 5. Cool!

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:02:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 04 October 2012

Yesterday Microsoft celebrated the launch of Windows Server 2012 at a dedicated event. Besides the WS2012 track there was also a great Windows Azure tracks, http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/demo-azure/, where I was one of the speakers. The presentation I talked about was Windows Azure Web Sites. One of the new features on the Windows Azure platform that I like a lot as it makes it super easy to deploy all kinds of web related technologies onto like classic ASP, ASP.NET based sites, PHP and node.js. I created professional websites with the first three environments and am now looking into node.js as well.

The topics I talked about were the following:

  • Setting up Wordpress with ease with a MySQL backed database through the portal
  • Deployment via FTP (classic ASP), Git (node.js) and Web Deploy via WebMatrix 2 (node.js based site on the Express template)
  • Publishing via Visual Studio 2012. Starting from a empty ASP.NET MVC 4, adding a Presentation model, making use of the Nuget packages EntityFramework and MvcScaffolding. Then creating a nice website, scaffolded, publishing it with EF migrations turned on so that the database gets generated in the linked SQL Database. Then updating the model, rescaffolding the views and updating the database and then again a redeploy.
  • Scaling. An important part as it can have significant meaning of capabilities
  • Pricing. I showed off a nice comparison between the different modes: Free, Shared and Reserved and what potential implications it might have on cost and how to save money with doing some calculations.
  • Architecture. Windows Azure Web Sites or short WAWS is a great piece of technology which is built on top of Windows Azure components which have been around for quite some time now. Abstracting away parts might give a bit less flexibility but one simply gets a lot for that in return so that one can get things up and running very easily and fast as well.
  • Questions and Answers.

If you want to take a look at the slide deck then download it from here: http://www.krisvandermast.com/downloads.html. Or watch it on Slideshare:

Also be sure to check out the blogs of other speakers like Kristof Rennen and Mike Martin. Both two homies of AZUG as well.

Me in action:

Kris van der Mast presenting about Windows Azure Web Sites

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 20:13:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 28 September 2012

Yesterday evening I gave a presentation at Microsoft WebCafe in front of around 120 attendees. The topic I had was WebMatrix 2. Microsoft WebCafe meetings are of a different concept than traditional presentations. It’s fast paced, 10 minutes time boxed sessions with which they try to get the attention of a group of people which usually don’t come to regular sessions or Tech Days.

The stuff I showed during that very limited amount of time was:

  • WebMatrix 2 – the tool (database tooling, reports, requests)
  • Bakery based website (ASP.NET web pages)
  • Plugins (iPhone + iPad)
  • Node.js and debugging capabilities
  • publishing to WAWS + updating of only those changed pages via Web Deploy
  • Less + plugin from orangebits to transform it to css

If you would like to see more about WebMatrix 2 and what it can mean for you be sure to check out the videos about it on WebCamps TV.

If you’re interested in the slide deck I used during my presentation be sure to check out the Downloads page.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 28 September 2012 14:58:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Yesterday evening I gave my first presentation in evening school for adults. The topic of the session was an introduction to WebMatrix. The reactions were great and it turned out to be that their regular teacher himself was a big fan of it for creating PHP based websites. It was the first encounter for the students with this technology stack but it clearly appealed to them.

For the second part of the evening, ranging from 7 till 10, I had foreseen a talk about Orchard CMS. A recap of my live meeting talk for Microsoft. Though that would’ve been interesting for them as well I found out during the break that there was also a big interest for an open discussion about career. I’m a master in Electronics (Industrieel ingenieur) but decided after getting my degree that I wanted to make web from hobby into real life work. The students that evening liked my talk how my career went as it could give them insight in a more traditional path with quite some ups and a couple of downs and what it could compare to their career path.

It was a great opportunity for me to talk about tools I came to like a lot and also to present for an audience I normally don’t get in front of me. Their regular teacher gave me as feedback that I did very well and hopes to see me again standing in front of his class. A great comment indeed.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:12:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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.

Saturday, 25 June 2011 19:04:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 10 December 2010

Since several months now I’m one of the board members of Azug, the Belgian Windows Azure User Group. Feweb, the Belgian organisation for web developers/designers, loved to put several Belgian user groups in the spotlight and asked them to give a short presentation about their workings, their common intrest, … Since I enjoy giving presentations I signed myself up and gave the following slidedeck:

If you’re from Belgium, or passing by in our lovely country, and we have a meeting planned then simply sign up and come over. We like you to be there!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 10 December 2010 02:56:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 11 September 2010

On Wednesday I performed a presentation about WebMatrix and its components: Razor syntax, the WebMatrix IDE, SQL CE and IIS Express. All great products created by Microsoft.

Here are the slides:

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 11 September 2010 19:42:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 04 May 2010
Being a pimp with Silverlight (using ASP.NET MVC2 and jQuery) was my first presentation for the Belgian user group Visug.
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 10:21:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, 08 April 2010

Yesterday I had the pleasure to deliver my first international presentation in Lebanon. The talk was about ASP.NET MVC 2 which got recently released topped with some jQuery. Since I knew that most people didn’t have hands on experience with MVC I made a more entry level presentation, explaining why it was introduced by Microsoft and what it was. Then I used several demos especially crafted to demonstrate some of the handy and powerful additions like data annotations and the interaction with jQuery validation, templated helpers, partial views, using a JsonResult together with jQuery to fill up html elements dynamically, …

For me it was a great experience and I got several felicitations from the spectators. I myself would like to thank Bilal Haidar for getting me into contact with the Lebdev user group and Samer Chidiac from Microsoft Lebanon for organizing this event at Berytech.

The slidedeck that I used can already be found on slideshare:

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 08 April 2010 13:26:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# 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]  | 
# Saturday, 05 April 2008

Last Thursday I attended a Visug seminar about WCF. This session was presented by Juwal Lowy, a dedicated and well known employee of IDesign. The session was great, really great. Juwal's a great presenter that could even make the belgian crowd to laugh on several occasions. That might seem strange but most foreign speakers know how hard it is to interact with a Belgian audience that mostly doesn't make sound and watches the presentation with a lot of interest. I've already followed several WCF presentations during the last years (TechEd, tech days, ...) but this one was actually the one I liked best. Most presentations show a host and a client and then dive right into the config files. Not this one. We got shown little chunks at a time and more about the architecture. Not so much configuration but small samples which showed the stuff. I liked this approach a lot.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 05 April 2008 13:12:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Another nice give away from Microsoft: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit.

The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007 13:25:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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]  | 
# Thursday, 01 February 2007

Yesterday evening I gave a presentation about ASP.NET AJAX. About 30 attendees came to see some small demos about the UpdatePanel, giving precedence to certain async callbacks or cancelling one. Apparently everyone liked the demo material and the response was good.

I also used ZoomIt, a free utility that's really helpfull during presentations, during the session. No more changing font sizes etc. You can download it here.

I'll post the demo + slides after some cleaning up and providing somewhat more detailed information to better understand the demo's without the explanation of the speaker.

This evening I'll also be attending the talk provided by Scott Guthrie so I hope to see some familiar faces there too.

Another interesting thing to note: the source code of ASP.NET AJAX Extensions has been made available. Grab the bits here.

Another thing to note: Apparently there's a small issue with the current release of ASP.NET AJAX but there's a workaround. Take a look at the following article: How to work around the "Access denied" cross-domain frame issue in ASP.NET Ajax 1.0.

Grz, Kris.

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Thursday, 01 February 2007 09:48:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |