# Wednesday, 10 August 2011

When I look outside I see quite some clouds passing by. Not what you want during summer, especially when rain starts. However there are also fun clouds. They are colored in Azure. Microsoft Belgium provides a new summer course for us: Dive into the Windows Azure platform this summer.

I also blogged about other courses you could take a look at:

Have fun diving into the cool stuff!

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Grz, Kris.

Azure | Belgium | Course | Microsoft | MSDN | Tutorial
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# Wednesday, 03 August 2011

A couple of weeks ago you could already find yourself getting knowledge about Windows Phone 7 Mango and Visual Studio 2010 ALM.

Because there’s always more to learn Microsoft put a new summer course online: Dive into HTML 5 this summer. Cool and refreshing, so what are you waiting for to get your feet wet. Happy diving!

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Grz, Kris.

Belgium | Course | HTML5 | Microsoft | MSDN | Tutorial
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# Tuesday, 02 August 2011

Today Adobe released it’s latest tool in preview mode: Edge.

From the announcing site:

Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come.

For samples take a look here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/resources/.

For a nice video showing off some of the capabilities take a look at this article and youtube movie.

It’s cool to see that there are coming tools on the market from big vendors targeting HTML 5. I hope others do too.

Microsoft's Expression Web 4 SP1 adds HTML 5 + CSS 3 support already.

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Grz, Kris.

Adobe | HTML5
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# Friday, 22 July 2011

Either you’re melting away like an ice cream put in the oven or you’re being washed away by rains but there’s one certainty since last summer: There are several dive in courses from Microsoft to keep you nice and comfortable in front of your pc trying out new stuff and enjoying updates on technologies.

This year Microsoft Belgium has foreseen 2 courses for us:

Take a dive like this person already did:

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Grz, Kris.

Friday, 22 July 2011 20:03:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 07 July 2011

You know how it goes, you’re coding “in the zone” and suddenly, poof, some error message. The culprit is that you have a localized version of the error message and your favorite search engine doesn’t really give you back some fancy hits to look for the golden answer. Bummer! However there’s hope for all facing this problem. This morning I came to know about an awesome online project to “unlocalize” error messages to English again: http://unlocalize.com/.

Both .NET and SQL Server are in their portfolio and they also provide some handy plugins for different browsers like IE, Chrome and Firefox: http://unlocalize.com/News.aspx.

Be sure to give it a try.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 25 June 2011

Well organized and in a great location last Thursday the fifth edition of Community day was held. I gave a presentation myself about giving applications a second life in the cloud. It was a lot of fun to do so and I already got some great feedback from people in the audience. For the people who couldn’t make it, here are my slides:

If you’re interested in getting me over for your community to talk about ASP.NET (MVC), Razor, WebMatrix, jQuery, Azure, … just drop me a note or follow me on twitter: @KvdM.

Grz, Kris.

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# 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.

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# 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.

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# 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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# 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.

Books | MVC | Review
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