# Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Just read on twitter that Glimmer got out today.

Taken from the release announcement:

Glimmer: a jQuery Interactive Design Tool is a prototype from the Mix Online Labs which makes jQuery accessible through a visual tool. The objective for Glimmer is pretty simple: to enable the power of jQuery through an interactive design surface. If jQuery is the "write less, do more” JavaScript library, then Glimmer is the “write none, do more” jQuery design tool. Glimmer has three core audiences: power users, designers and developers.

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This is a video overview of the features.

The team behind it had extensibility in mind so it’s possible to create custom wizards yourself. There are samples available and another great thing: the source code’s going to be available on codeplex! According to the video it’s already there but when I did a quick search I didn’t get a result yet.

Update: perhaps the video was wrong as when I downloaded the bits I noticed that there was also a download link to the source on code.msdn.microsoft.com.

I just downloaded and installed it and gave it a test spin. It looks pretty good. I hope to give a more deep dive testing next weekend.

Grz, Kris.

Glimmer | jQuery | MIX | Tools
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 20:15:34 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 17 April 2009

Last year it was only a half day but apparently this year it’s going to be a full blown day of content by several of Belgian user groups. Keep June 25th reserved for this day.

Read more about it here as long as the new site’s not up and running: http://www.communityday.be/CD/.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 17 April 2009 09:55:48 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Grab your copy here.


Grz, Kris.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:36:28 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Sunday, 12 April 2009

Taken from the download site:

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. You can use these packages to upgrade any SQL Server 2008 edition.
Note:We remain committed to our plans to keep service packs contained, focusing on essential updates only, primarily a Roll-up of Cumulative Update 1 to 3, Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates, as well as fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community. While keeping product changes contained, we have made significant investments to ease deployment and management of Service Packs:

  • Slipstream – You are now able to integrate the base installation with service packs (or Hotfixes) and install in a single step.
  • Service Pack Uninstall – You are now able to uninstall only the Service Pack (without removing the whole instance)
  • Report Builder 2.0 Click Once capability

Download it here.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 12 April 2009 19:05:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 04 April 2009

Wow, it seems I’ve been busy lately. First becoming an ASP Insider, then got my MVP renewed and today I breached as the first person ever the mythical barrier of 100.000 recognition points on the ASP.NET forums.


Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 04 April 2009 15:02:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Got the mail today with the great news that I’m renewed as an MVP for the year 2009. I must say, a week after hearing that I became an ASP Insider this is also very good news. I also got the news that my colleague Marc Gregoire, one of the 3 colleagues I went to the MVP summit with, also got renewed. So also my congratulations go to him.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 16:45:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Tuesday, 31 March 2009

I got the message from Microsoft that I’ve been added to the ASP Insiders crew. This is a great reward from Microsoft towards certain people. Like Scott Guthrie described it:

The ASPInsiders team spends countless hours answering questions and giving guidance to other ASP.NET developers, as well as providing feedback and direction on new features for future ASP.NET releases. Their work and contributions are invaluable.

I’m very excited and honored by having this reward as it shows the recognition from Microsoft towards my continuous support towards members on the ASP.NET forums. The benefit for members are that I’m in more direct contact with the ASP.NET team itself being able to provide feedback and make suggestions about things I noticed either as a question on the forums or from personal experience. This can result in having Microsoft to create even better products for their customers.


Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 12:06:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [6]  | 

Just found on twitter about the release of the ASP.NET MVC Training kit.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:35:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 25 March 2009

What can you do to compete with something that’s already established for years like Adobe Flash? Deliver something decent yourself but most importantly have content for it. Good content that can interest people. Microsoft created during the past years some great technology that can compete with Flash: Silverlight. Used during the last Olympics gave it already a great boost but that was last year. Continuous delivering good content is important to reach new people. Here comes marketing into play. Well it seems there’s some good content for Silverlight and Deepzoom:

  • World telescope. A great way to discover the universe around us.
  • Playboy cover to cover. Apparently the old numbers are scanned in and viewable. Guess a lot of people will have a lot of reading to do. From what I heard there are some pretty good articles in it.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:31:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 24 March 2009

I was browsing on the new pages for ASP.NET MVC on www.asp.net and noticed that besides Storefront and Nerddinner there was another tutorial guide available: Contact manager by Stephen Walther. It has currently already 7 tutorials:

Some more reading for me the next days…

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009 21:53:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |