# Monday, 09 April 2007

I'm using dasBlog for nearly a year now and am quite pleased with it. Since recently Mads Kristensen decided to get his hands dirty and create a new blogengine that he likes to share with the rest of the community by making it open source on CodePlex. Way to go!!

If you're interested you can grab the source code here: http://www.codeplex.com/blogengine.

Grz, Kris.

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Monday, 09 April 2007 09:45:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Saturday, 07 April 2007

Thanks to Bart Wessel's blog I found out about the existence of these posters:

  • Developer Roadmap for the 2007 Microsoft Office System.
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 Managed Object Model Poster.
  • Developer Map for SharePoint Products and Technologies Poster.

You can download them here.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 07 April 2007 15:09:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 03 April 2007

I just found out that Telerik's creating a code conversion tool: http://converter.telerik.com/. It looks pretty slick with AJAX integration. No wonder because Telerik's been very busy on that part.

Another conversion tool that I used during the last couple of years are these: C# to VB.NET and VB.NET to C#.

Update: Gill pointed out in the comments that #Develop also has this functionality.

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, 02 April 2007

I blogged about the nice feature of Conversation in a former post but I just found out, thanks to Joe Stagner (the guy behind the learning videos at the ASP.NET site), about adding a calendar to your email. Check out this post: Office 2007 Coolness...Part 1 of at least 10!

Grz, Kris.

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Monday, 02 April 2007 19:15:09 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Soon, at MIX 07, WPF/e will be renamed as we were told last week by Jeff Prosise at Dev Days Belgium. Would be great because all too often people think it's the same as WPF, which it's not. WPF/e is a browser plugin, and Microsoft plans to have it available for different browsers and different OS'es. I've even heard/read somewhere that it'll also become available on mobile phones, pda's, ...

Why do I think that WPF/e, or the soon to be renamed version, will become a hit? GAMES! I got to know Flash several years ago, when it was still version 3, and I had to design a website for one of the parties I and a couple of friends organised (back in 1998). It became silently more and more popular, especially when it wasn't only timelines and stuff anymore but became a rich environment a developer could program with Actionscript. Especially games made it popular. Heck, even my mother likes to play those flash games online.

Ok, enough babbling from my side, get the plugin, and get gaming: 

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 02 April 2007 18:39:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# 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:
www.microsoft.com/mvp.
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]  | 

Hi,

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.

Saturday, 31 March 2007 18:09:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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.

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