# 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.

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# Monday, 19 November 2007

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Lots to learn, not enough free time unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

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Just signed in to MSDN subscriptions and apparently the Beta 2 after Visual Studio 2008 dissapeared. I know what I'll be downloading evening.

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, 11 November 2007

Yep, you read that right: Windows Live Writer is out of beta. I've been using it for quite a while, since the betas, and found it a decent blog writer. One thing though was that it was a bit tough to include source code. Luckily it's possible to create plugins. One of those plugins is created by one of my VISUG collegues Christoph to insert, you guessed correctly, source code. You can download SyntaxColor4Writer here.

Grz, Kris.

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# Friday, 09 November 2007

A couple of weeks ago I decided to buy these 2 books at Amazon. They arrived today by mail though the initial mail from Amazon stated that the expected date of arrival would probably be December 4th. Luckily for me they came sooner.

ASPNETAJAXinaction

and

ASPNETanthology

I didn't had much time to read in them and since it's the first time that I bought a book from Manning or Sitepoint I'll get to get used to their style I guess. Now I have something new to read on the train after finishing the 5th book in the increasingly inaccurately named trilogy of five of The Hitch Hiker's guide to galaxy. Talking about the train: I spend nowadays more than 3 hours per day for getting to my work and back. I hope my next project's nearer and has something to do with ASP.NET 3.5, AJAX, Silverlight, ...

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, 04 November 2007

Just found out about this one thanks to this blogpost. You can download the full size poster as a pdf right here.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 03 November 2007

I just installed succesfully Vista Ultimate on my MacBook Pro with the bootcamp utility. Quite easy to setup actually. You just need to keep in handy your Vista install DVD and the Leopard installation DVD for the necessary extra driver installations to get the hardware to work. Aero works like a charm and the speed is also very nice. I still need to figure out where all the keys are located and which works and which doesn't but up untill now it looks promising.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 01 November 2007

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN event in Utopolis Mechelen dedicated to Silverlight. Not a really deep dive technical session and you could tell by seeing quite a lot of designer in the audience as well. Tom Mertens did a little keynote about the different versions of Expression Studio and where to locate  and Gill Cleeren presented the session. It was very interesting though not very technical but a nice showcase of what's possible with it and which products one can use to visually create stunning RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications).

Afterwards it was a nice gathering in the Movie Café. Nice because I had the chance to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in years. Afterwards several people hooked up together to get something to eat in La Fleche. They served quite a good lasagne. A very nice evening: some tech stuff, good food, nice company to talk with.

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, 28 October 2007

Like the title says, I bought Leopard and installed it on my MacBook Pro. Works like a charm. 1 thing I already like is the new stack possibility. I'm eager to see how Windows 7, as it's codenamed for the moment, will also provide this feature in 2010 when it ships.

Another thing that I really like to try out in the coming weeks is Bootcamp, or the possibility to install Windows on a Mac. The reason I want this is because my MacBook Pro has a decent 3D video card while my DELL laptop has none (so no fancy Areo for this fellow at the moment).

The installation, or better stated update, of Leopard went smoothly. I'm not sure if I'll be using Time Machine for now as it's merely a play thing at the moment for me instead of a hardcore development environment. I guess we'll see what the future will hold.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 20 October 2007

I was just working on my new macBook pro reading my blog news when I stumbled upon this news: Popfly beta by Somasegar. I had the Silverlight plugin already installed on my Windows Vista/IE7 but wanted to try it out on Mac OSX too. I tested with both Safari and Firefox and both worked very smoothly. Nice to see that Microsoft also provides their plugins for other OS.

Talking about Silverlight, did you know that on October 31st my friend Gill Cleeren will be presenting the next MSDN evening about Silverlight? If you didn't register yet you'd better hurry. I already played with some of the quickstarts but hope to start developing with Silverlight soon.

Also I obtained a copy of NDepend. I haven't played with it but after my next deadline, coming wednesday, I'm planning to let it loose on the code we produced during our last SCRUM iteration.

Grz, Kris.

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