# Tuesday, 02 April 2013

I’ve been giving presentations myself about this little handy tool from Microsoft and I’m happy to see that version 3 saw daylight and that I can finally speak about it as well. There are some very nice new features to it so be sure to check it out.

What to expect: Cloud, Git, TFS.

Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/next/.

Also check out the WebCamps video where Vishal Joshi explains about all the new features in WebMatrix 3.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:23:47 (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]  | 
# Friday, 07 September 2012

I’ve been using this little gem since the first betas a couple of years ago, delivered tons of feedback to Microsoft when they were developing the betas of the new WebMatrix 2. Seriously there’s been a ton of cool, newly added, fresh smelling awesomeness to be found in this final version 2.0 release.

What I love about it is the better Intellisense, the fact that you can now also code node.js and PHP in it, better support for databases and that one can start creating custom plugins! There are already several available and I’m certain there will be way more over time. The emulators for iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone are nicely done and it shows Microsoft has taken care of the mobile side of site development.WebMatrix2

Not only this but search has also been enhanced and now you can also connect to a running SQL Server or MySQL database. Publishing after creating something cool and share it with the world through the built in publishing tool. It’s also easy to go deploy the cloud.

For an overall view of videos recorded about WebMatrix 2 simply navigate to http://channel9.msdn.com/Tags/webmatrix.

See what others are writing about this new release at:

Want to see me present about WebMatrix 2? You can at Microsoft WebCafe on September 27th.

Not convinced yet? Simply download it and try it out for yourself. You’ll love it for sure.

A screenshot of Node.js in action:


Have fun coding!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 07 September 2012 13:44:45 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 05 March 2012

Just as of today there’s a new update of WebMatrix 2 Beta for download. One of the direct changes that one can see is that WebPages 2 coolness dripped into it too.

For example, in the past one had to write:

<a class="order-button" href="@Href("~/order", featured.Id)" title="Order @featured.Name">Order Now</a>

And now that has become:

<a class="order-button" href="~/order/@featured.Id" title="Order @featured.Name">Order Now</a>

Notice the difference? Cool huh? And WebPages 2 holds more nifty cool features that will help out web developers all around the globe.

I’m looking forward to see this small yet powerful tool come to a final release. Hopefully soon.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 05 March 2012 21:01:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# 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


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.


Monday, 05 December 2011 22:39:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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]  | 
# Thursday, 10 November 2011

Last Tuesday I performed my first live meeting for Microsoft. Topic: Orchard the new CMS in town.

Check it out at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/adebruyn/Orchard-Open-Source-CMS-the-new-CMS-in-town for the video and slides.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 13:40:02 (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, 06 July 2010

Scott Guthrie has been blogging several days since last week about new cool things coming out soon: IIS Express, SQL Server Compact Edition & Razor. That means in that order: a follow up for Cassini, an equivalent for SQL Lite and a new cool viewengine which can be used in ASP.NET MVC.

But today there was something new which got it all together to make websites: WebMatrix.

Taken from the announcement at the ASP.NET forums:

WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that integrates a Web server (IIS Developer Express), database (Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0), programming model (ASP.NET Web pages with Razor syntax), and a tool (WebMatrix Beta) into a seamless experience.  You can use WebMatrix to streamline the way you create an ASP.NET Web site from templates, or by starting a new Web site by using the world’s most popular free and open source (ASP.NET or PHP) apps like DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, or Joomla!. With WebMatrix you can code your Web sites, customize them, optimize them for good search engine ranking, test them, and deploy them to an Internet hosting company, all through the tool.

Learn more about WebMatrix through:

For additional resources, visit:

I like the stapled blocks which form the logo of this new free tool:



And here’s an introduction video about it:

WebMatrix Video Player: Overview


If you want to play with it I say go! Razor’s pretty cool to play around with it and if you have question then there are 2 dedicated forums already available:

Over at forums.asp.net: http://forums.asp.net/1224.aspx.
Over at http://forums.iis.net/1166.aspx

Also be sure to read on Scott Guthries blog the announcement of WebMatrix.

The big question you might want to ask yourself now is, is this for me? And the answer would yes, it is. According to the Microsoft site:

WebMatrix is for developers, students, or just about anyone who just wants a small and simple way to build Web sites. Start coding, testing, and deploying your own Web sites without having to worry about configuring your own Web server, managing databases, or learning a lot of concepts. WebMatrix makes Web site development easy.

I would say: welcome to the (Web)Matrix! Be sure to take the right pill.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 06 July 2010 21:07:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |