# Tuesday, 01 April 2008

I just noticed this message in my inbox:

Dear Kris Van Der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way to say thank you for promoting the spirit of community and improving people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. We appreciate your extraordinary efforts in ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year.

I admit that I'm at least a bit proud of myself. Especially because I was able to help out people that were in need of getting into the right direction. And for the next year? Well I'll try to do my best to keep on helping the community.

Grz, Kris.

Award | MVP | Personal
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 20:05:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [7]  | 
# Friday, 28 March 2008
Join the conversation and explore how you can create next-generation Web experiences. Now, for the first time in Belgium, the MIX essentials conference brings you the latest information from the global MIX'08 conference held in Las Vegas in early March. With Keynote presentations from Steve Ballmer, and other international speakers, unveiling the latest Web-oriented solutions from Microsoft.




Hope to see you there too.

Grz, Kris.
Friday, 28 March 2008 13:13:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 27 March 2008
It seems Microsoft recently put up a couple of new sites that might be of interest to you:

  • A revamped site dedicated to the Expression family: There's lot to find already, tutorials, starter kits, forums, ... While the Expression family's mostly targeted towards designers I also used Expression Web in the past and currently am taking my first steps in Blend 2.5 preview to get to know Silverlight 2 a bit better.
  • TaskMarket: a new place for freelancers to find each other for short term assignments.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 27 March 2008 09:04:21 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 20 March 2008
I just found out about this one: Silverlight Essential Training. Extra video material for free. Man, I really need a couple of weeks off soon to dive into the cool stuff.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 12:14:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Finally the cat's out of the bag: Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista has been released. MSDN subscribers could already download and install it. I tried a couple of weeks ago on my Macbook Pro (on which I run Windows Vista Ultimate thanks to bootcamp) and it worked out nicely for me.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008 09:43:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 17 March 2008
Just noticed this one on the blog of Brad Abrams: Silverlight 2 Developer Poster. Always nice to have such very visual representation of the possibilities of a new technology.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 17 March 2008 13:28:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Today I was one of the people that stood on the "Ask the expert" booth at Techdays Belgium 2008. It was the first time I did this and I really enjoyed it. If Microsoft would ask me again I would be happy to help them out again on the next occasion. The fun thing was that I got to know a lot of new people, even at the booth itself. This is something I really enjoy, talk to people, get to know new people, interact and share ideas/views with them on technology.

I also got the chance to help people out with their particular questions just like I would on the ASP.NET forums but this way it's more direct of course because you're talking to the person right in front of you. I found it a bit strange though that one of the askers was creating ASP.NET applications for quite some time but didn't found out about the ASP.NET dedicated website. I showed the wealth of information that can be found over there and he really enjoyed seeing that and immediately wrote down the url. The most asked question however seemed to be this one: "When is the Entity Framework shipping date?". That was also the one we couldn't answer at our booth unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:39:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, 06 March 2008

You can already start downloading the MIX08 sessions. I just finished watching the keynote and boy am I looking forward to Silverlight 2 final edition. Also the new capabilities of IE8 are looking very promising and I bet every web developer/designer is really looking forward to the support of CSS2.1 in it. Hopefully Microsoft decides to push IE8 to every windows installation as soon as possible after the final release so we can get rid of IE6/7 incompatibilities and CSS hacks just to get it to work.

Grz, Kris.

Links | Microsoft | MIX08 | MSDN | Web 2.0 | Webcast
Thursday, 06 March 2008 19:47:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 05 March 2008

I downloaded the documentation of the new Silverlight 2 Beta 1. When I tried to open it, after a successful download was this:

chm_problem_01

Ok.... not really what I expected to see. After some asking around I found it thanks to this post. Apparently you have to open Windows Explorer and open the Properties window and push the Unblock button:

chm_problem_02

And afterwards I was very happy to see this:

chm_problem_03

Happy reading for this guy and I hope for you the same.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 21:54:25 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

It's MIX and that always means great stuff coming to web developers. This year it's the ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 and Silverlight 2. Great times are ahead of us.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:31:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |