# Sunday, 01 April 2007

I just received this email from Microsoft:

Dear Kris van der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award!
The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft.  Microsoft salutes all MVPs for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success everyday.  To learn more about the MVP Program, visit:
Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.

Of course I'm very happy with this recognition and I hope to be able to help out even more people during the next years to come by writing articles, giving presentations, and being a moderator on the ASP.NET forums.

Grz, Kris.

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Sunday, 01 April 2007 12:32:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [11]  | 


most ASP.NET developers probably already know that there's a wealth of information to be found under the Learn tab of the ASP.NET website. There's video material covering these subjects:

“How Do I?” with ASP.NET AJAX
“How Do I?” with ASP.NET
SQL Server 2005 Express for Beginners
Videos for ASP.NET 2.0 Beginners
“First Look” Videos
Videos on Visual Studio 2005 Add-ins
Videos on Migrating to ASP.NET

Also I found out that there's also some other interesting video material out there: http://blogs.interfacett.com/dan-wahlins-blog/. It has several nice videos on creating and calling web services, C# delegates & events, creating a webservice with WCF, ... Be sure to check it out.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 31 March 2007

Sometimes you just find out new stuff by accident. This one also falls in that category. Because I'm moderator on the ASP.NET forums I also get quite some email from that site. Especially when I want to track a certain thread that also interests me. In the past I just got all emails ordered by date but apparently you can also group them by conversation which is awesome since I really like that feature about GMail.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 29 March 2007

Today I attended the second, actually third day if you include the pre-conference, and it was fun to see so many people I haven't seen in a long time.

The sessions I followed:

  • C# 3.0: Future directions in language innovation: a nice session on the new and upcoming code constructs in C#. Raj Paj showed the ways Microsoft changed the constructs in order to be able to have LINQ into the next version.
  • Real world customization of Windows Workflow Foundation: a session presented by Ingo Rammer. It's already the ...th time that I saw Ingo present and I'm still amazed of the the lightning speed he can type while standing. The presentation was interesting but it was so extremely hot in the room that it became quite difficult to keep up.
  • Thinking Powershell: strange enough this session was attended by a lot of developers while it was intended for IT pro's. Some of my collegues found it to not be so interesting but others, myself included, are drawn to the possibilities it can offer for developers.
  • Profiling and optimizing .NET applications: again a session by Ingo. And yet again an interesting one. Looking at the ways and tools that are available to developers, ranging from Fiddler, SQL Profiler and .NET profiler.
  • Building WCF-based services with WF-enabled WF logic: Presented by Christian Weyer. Also the ...th time I see Christian present. What I got from this presentation, and that was also the thought of my collegues, is that it's still a pain at the moment to integrate both easily. I still plan on taking a look at WF when I have the time though. Especially since I heard that the next version of ASP.NET will also likely have WF integrated.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 27 March 2007

I already knew Jeff's a great speaker after I saw him deliver a session last year at TechEd in Barcelona. Today I had the pleasure to see him at work again at the pre conference day about ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX (server & client side) and the upcoming technology WPF/e. I also had the pleasure of talking briefly directly to Jeff during the break. Seems like a nice person to me.

The most interesting session for me was the one in the afternoon which was about the client side part, also known as the Microsoft AJAX Library. I did a presentation myself so I already experimented with the technology but didn't take a look at the Futures CTP which was also highlighted.

We also got to know that WPF/e will get a name change at MIX07 next month and that several things will be changing for the better. What it'll be we have to wait for because that's still under NDA but I'm looking forward to get my hands dirty on that new technology.

Jeff is going to give other presentations on the dev & IT pro days so if you have the chance of attending one of those sessions, do so.

Something else I really like attending those conferences is the have the chance to meet up with former collegues, people I know when I was just studying to become an engineer, former teachers, people I know from the online community but seldomly see in real life. It's nice to team up, get to know what others are doing for interesting projects etc.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:58:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 20 March 2007

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at creating Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets based upon the tutorial at MIX university. If you're interested in that and Powershell you might be interested in Powergadgets as well. I just found out about the site but hope to find some free time to explore the goods.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 10 March 2007

Aah, pure youth sentiment. I bought a couple of weeks ago the first season, and watched it of course, of Buck Rogers in the 25th century. The graphics look pretty old to nowadays standards of course, like most of those old sci-fi series, but I still like the concept: an American astronaut that gets frozen while in deep space and awakens after 500 years and find his home planet Earth changed quite a bit after the holocaust.

Part of the success of the series was probably due to the actors, ladiesman Buck Rogers played by Gil Gerard, Wilma Deering played by Erin Gray and Princess Ardala played by Pamely Hensley.

I don't remember correctly if it was this serie or Battlestar Galactica that I could read by myself. Let me explain that a bit because some of my English speaking friends found this odd. In Belgium, where I live, foreign series/movies are only seldom dubbed to Dutch. This means that we get the chance to hear quite a lot of different languages on television while the translation is shown as subtext. I also remember that before I could read an American comedy was quite famous around here: Arnold. The star actor from that serie also played in 2 episodes of Buck Rogers. I couldn't read at that time so my dad had to read them for me. I guess the urge to learn to read certainly had something to do with understanding myself what was being said in those great series.

Some pictures:

Buck Rogers with his ambuquad Twiki:

Wilma Deering:

Princess Ardala:


Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 10 March 2007 15:58:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    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.

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# Saturday, 03 March 2007

Microsoft provides since recently a new learning center for the beginning developer. Totally dedicated to the freely available Expression editions of Visual Studio 2005 people who are interested in beginning to learn to program can take advantage of.

You can find the Learning Center here.

Another interesting piece of information are the SQL Server 2005 Express For Beginners screencasts.

Grz, Kris.

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# 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.

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