# Thursday, 16 June 2011

Next week, on June 23rd, there’s not only a new edition of the Belgian Community day. It’s also the fifth time it’s being held. A lot of Belgian, and this year also a Dutch, user groups are having several sessions. The agenda can be found here: http://www.communityday.be/cd/tabid/130/Default.aspx. And yes that’s right, my name’s also on the list Smile.

I’ll be presenting a session about moving existing applications to the cloud. I hope to see you there.

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Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:01:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 31 May 2011

It was a great event in Antwerp again and now the sessions can be viewed by everyone:

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I was the “Ask the experts” booth leader and you can see on the next picture that we had a good time:

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From left to right: Simone Chiaretta, Kris van der Mast, Gill Cleeren, Maarten Balliauw.

My personal favorite sessions were:

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 20:28:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 01 April 2011

I just got the great news that I’m renewed as a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). I’m of course very happy about and feel honored by it. Woohoo!!

Grz, Kris.

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Friday, 01 April 2011 15:38:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [6]  | 
# Sunday, 06 March 2011

A couple of weeks ago I found a new shiny book in my mailbox: ASP.NET MVC2 Cookbook by Andrew Siemer and Richard Kimber. Due to a very busy schedule at work and the 2011 MVP summit in Seattle it took me a bit of time to go through it completely.

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First of all, I like the cookbook approach that Packt’s been using for some time now. These books show off small examples that are reusable in most occasions of day to day development. This book is for sure no exclusion on that part so I liked it. The benefit of having short, spread over several pages, recipes is that you can simply read it when needed or go through them if you don’t have much time in a one by one fashion.

The book itself is clearly written and divided in several chapters which not only covers MVC but also topics like data storage. What I found to be great is that it also introduces tools like Automapper, NBuilder, MvcContrib, MvcSitemap, … and also makes the reader used to things like Dependency injection (by making use of Structuremap) and for example the PRG pattern (Post/Redirect/Get), Hijaxing (also called progressive enhancement or graceful degradation).

Are there downsides on this book? Well, yes. First of all it’s not for people who just want to start with ASP.NET MVC. Some being used to the technology basics will surely help to grasp this book. I would suggest making Nerddinner or MVC Music Store, both free tutorials with guiding eBook, is a must. Second is the fact that it was published a month too soon. Why? Just before this book got released Microsoft unleashed ASP.NET MVC 3 to the world. It would’ve been great if some recipes would’ve included some MVC 3 juice too. Not everyone’s using MVC 3 yet so it is great to have all things working in MVC 2 too but for the future readiness of the book it would’ve been just on spot.

Grz, Kris.

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Sunday, 06 March 2011 14:27:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 05 March 2011

Wow, I can’t believe how fast the days went after getting from Brussels to Seattle and now being back again. This year it was again a warm welcome by Microsoft’s employees, interesting keynotes and new stuff to see for what’ll be brought to the big audience in the future. I’ve seen some interesting things, some very interesting things and some very very interesting things during the last couple of days. However due to my NDA disclosure I’m not allowed to talk about it all so you’ll just have to stay put and see what cool stuff’s coming out. It’s going to be interesting for sure.

What can I talk about? Well, I met quite some familiar faces again from people all over the globe whom I unfortunately mostly only see at the MVP summit. Besides that I also got to know a bunch of new people from both Microsoft and other MVPs/ASP Insiders. Had a lot of great conversations and could finally meet the people of whom I only knew the email address so far. It’s been great knowing you all guys and girls!

Another big fun event was that we went to the Seattle Mariners. And…. I got a picture of me with their mascot, the moose:

Kris van der Mast and the Seattle Mariners Moose 

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 05 March 2011 02:42:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 04 March 2011

Last year the ASP.NET team released a Sprite and Image Optimization Toolkit which allows ASP.NET web sites to be optimized for higher performance where applicable by merging images together and lowering the number of request the browser must make to serve a page. Microsoft just released a new version of the toolkit today with many enhancements including support for MVC 3 and Web Pages 1. Here is a short list of the updates:

  • Updated to support Web Pages 1 and MVC 3 (still support Web Forms as well)
  • No module registration required for machines with Web Pages 1 / MVC 3 installed, dropping assembly in BIN just works
  • Automatic namespace registration in Web Pages, dropping in BIN automatically registers the namespace
  • Fully updated documentation
  • Common helper between Web Pages and MVC 3
  • Many improvements and bug fixes since the last release

You can grab the new release via:

NuGet: http://www.nuget.org/Packages/Search?packageType=Packages&searchCategory=All+Categories&searchTerm=sprite

CodePlex: http://aspnet.codeplex.com/releases/view/61896

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 04 March 2011 00:48:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 26 February 2011

Your business, your fame. That’s the title of the new Belgian Microsoft contest. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn to work with Azure, put your company in the spotlights and win! There are some cool prizes, besides eternal fame, to win.

The link where the big adventure can begin for you is: http://yourbusinessyourfame.cloudapp.net/. Good luck!

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 26 February 2011 09:34:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 February 2011

Yesterday I attended the second edition of Microsoft WebCafe. A social get together with tech people hosted by Microsoft and each time at a different location. This time it was at the offices of Combell, an important player in the hosting market.

After a very friendly welcome, and good catering, it was first a social interacting time. Then during a half hour 3 short sessions passed by which were about several topics:

  • Scaling in the cloud
  • mijnTVgids, an application for different mobile devices
  • Discovering interesting people at Microsoft Belgium

Then a break of about another half hour with social interaction and another 3 sessions:

  • iRail Windows Phone 7 application
  • Umbraco, a short introduction
  • 10 minutes to discover Microsoft Web apps & tools

I got to know new people, had fun and got some nice and short demos. An evening well spent and I’m already looking forward going to the next edition.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 18 February 2011 13:21:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 February 2011
Last week a Scott Hanselman came to Belgium for the first Webcamps. I could only attend the first 2 hours due to client obligations but I was glad to see quite some familiar faces and Scott performing in his usual way during the first part of the whole show. Luckily for everyone who couldn’t attend, or only partially like myself, the entire day got recorded. You can watch the shows here
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 01:13:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 19 January 2011

It was lingering for some time but I finally made it across the border of the magical number of 150.000 recognition points over at the ASP.NET forums. I’m glad I did as it shows the appreciation of those thousands of people I have helped out in the past trying to find their solution for their problems. I don’t know to how many applications my answers made a difference in order to get things done and shipped with happy customers as an end result but I’m sure it were more than just a few.

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Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:38:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  |