# Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In Belgium you can never be sure of the weather. It might be great, it might be too hot, it might be too rainy, …
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# Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Today Microsoft released a new version of their MVC project. Still in preview but it looks promising, especially because the new view engine Razor got in it. Razor you say? That sounds familiar. And it should because it’s also a part which shipped with the WebMatrix stack. This’ll make it easier for people starting with WebMatrix to get on track with MVC 3 as well.

Be sure to read the following articles/announcements:

If you want the goods then download it here.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:30:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sometimes you just stumble upon something new that looks interesting. After a short vacation, too short, I was surfing the web, following twitter, … and ended up at a new page at MSDN: scriptjunkie{} Serious web development.

It’s a new place for people working with HTML, CSS and Script. I like it that Microsoft shows the love for these 3 quite essential parts of technology as most people became so dependent on them during the last years. In addition to that, after a reorganization on the ASP.NET forums there’s one dedicated to these 3 too: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Scott Guthrie has been blogging several days since last week about new cool things coming out soon: IIS Express, SQL Server Compact Edition & Razor. That means in that order: a follow up for Cassini, an equivalent for SQL Lite and a new cool viewengine which can be used in ASP.NET MVC.

But today there was something new which got it all together to make websites: WebMatrix.

Taken from the announcement at the ASP.NET forums:

WebMatrix includes a complete Web development stack that integrates a Web server (IIS Developer Express), database (Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0), programming model (ASP.NET Web pages with Razor syntax), and a tool (WebMatrix Beta) into a seamless experience.  You can use WebMatrix to streamline the way you create an ASP.NET Web site from templates, or by starting a new Web site by using the world’s most popular free and open source (ASP.NET or PHP) apps like DotNetNuke, Umbraco, WordPress, or Joomla!. With WebMatrix you can code your Web sites, customize them, optimize them for good search engine ranking, test them, and deploy them to an Internet hosting company, all through the tool.

Learn more about WebMatrix through:

For additional resources, visit:

I like the stapled blocks which form the logo of this new free tool:



And here’s an introduction video about it:

WebMatrix Video Player: Overview


If you want to play with it I say go! Razor’s pretty cool to play around with it and if you have question then there are 2 dedicated forums already available:

Over at forums.asp.net: http://forums.asp.net/1224.aspx.
Over at http://forums.iis.net/1166.aspx

Also be sure to read on Scott Guthries blog the announcement of WebMatrix.

The big question you might want to ask yourself now is, is this for me? And the answer would yes, it is. According to the Microsoft site:

WebMatrix is for developers, students, or just about anyone who just wants a small and simple way to build Web sites. Start coding, testing, and deploying your own Web sites without having to worry about configuring your own Web server, managing databases, or learning a lot of concepts. WebMatrix makes Web site development easy.

I would say: welcome to the (Web)Matrix! Be sure to take the right pill.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 9:07:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, July 01, 2010

Just noticed on the US version of the MSDN site that it had a great new look and feel:


Microsoft apparently made it more focused on 4 major directions:

  • desktop
  • web
  • cloud
  • phone

I like it.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, July 01, 2010 10:20:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

8 years ago I started to program in .NET professionally. Also on that day I started out as a newcomer on the ASP.NET forums. During those years I was first moderated like all newcomers, then unmoderated and after a couple of years I was suddenly asked to become a moderator myself. I’m still doing that because I believe the community invested in me when I was in need of help and now I’m trying to invest my free time myself back into that same community. I hope to be able to keep up the good work there for years to come.


Grz, Kris.

Thursday, July 01, 2010 2:48:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, June 24, 2010

When I arrived early this morning there were cookies made by Subway. For my non Belgian friends: Subway only started in Belgium last year. The sessions I intended to follow were mostly good to great. The catering were special delivered sandwiches from Subway again. I got to know several new people, even got in face to face contact with someone I knew from the ASP.NET forums but never met in real life before. During the sessions one of the sponsors gave away coupons for books during a per session prize draw (mostly with some quiz from by the presenter). And at the end of the day I won a Bongo bon for a one night stay with breakfast for 2 in one of the 40 hotels you can choose from. Cool! I’m looking forward on going again next year and hopefully be on the speakersboard too.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:37:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tomorrow’s Community day in Belgium. Meaning: a day full of great content provided by all Belgian user groups. I plan on following these courses:

  • Keynote
  • Visual Studio 2010 Lab Manager
  • What’s new in .NET 4.0
  • Taking care of a cloud environment
  • Linq for supermodels
  • Building an enterprise application with Silverlight and NHibernate
  • Developing Windows Phone applications with Silverlight


Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:49:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, June 13, 2010

And another year, a great year, has passed. I’ve been reawarded as MVP, went to the US where I was able to drive around for a week and see the Grand canyon, Monument valley, Bryce canyon, Death valley, Las Vegas. A month later I visited the Middle East (Lebanon) where during my vacation I also gave a presentation about ASP.NET MVC 2. I got to know a lot of new and great people and learnt new things. All in all a great year.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:01:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Saturday, May 22, 2010

This week the long awaited Silverlight 4 tools for Visual Studio 2010 got released. With it ships version 1 of WCF RIA Services.

Of course new technology needs some guidance and there’s a great training kit made available.

If you like to read books then I suggest you take a look at Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook, of which I’m a reviewer, and the book I’m currently reading: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development: Beginner’s Guide.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 10:11:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |