# Monday, 17 October 2011

Last summer I was asked if I could write an article for SDN, a Dutch organization for IT enthusiasts. First time that I wrote for the magazine they offer but I was very pleased with the interaction between myself and the editor.

The article itself is an introduction about the new AppFabric Caching services on Windows Azure.

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Grz, Kris.

AppFabric | Articles | Azure | Caching | SDN
Monday, 17 October 2011 20:43:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 13 October 2011

Great to see that Azure gets better each time. Today I noticed an interesting blog post which stated that SQL Azure databases can become 150Gb in size instead of the limitation of 50Gb nowadays.

What I did find cool to find out is the new item in the portal quick navigation links:

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New functionality is always great and I see this one coming in handy to sync between data centers and local SQL Server installations. According to the aforementioned blog post the following will be available for the end of 2011:

  • Greater ease of use with new Management Portal:
  • The new Management Portal provides a rich graphical interpretation of the databases being synchronized and is used to configure, manage and monitor your sync topology.
  • Greater flexibility with enhanced filtering and sync group configuration:
  • Filtering: Specify a subset of table columns or specific rows.
  • Sync group configuration: Specify conflict resolution as well as sync direction per group member.
  • Great access for all users:
  • The new CTP is available to all SQL Azure users for trial and does not require a separate registration process.

To see more information about SQL Azure Data Sync:

The management portal of SQL Azure also changed as you can see from the following picture. It’s becoming more and more professional:

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Besides that all there’s some more good news coming: The new SQL Azure Reporting Services CTP. One of my colleagues did an evening session at the company about it before summer. BI is an important thing and having it available in the cloud is just a natural flow.

The new CTP states these nice features:

  • Improved availability and performance statistics.
  • Ability to self-provision a SQL Azure Reporting server.
  • Windows Azure Management Portal updates to easily manage users and reports deployed to SQL Azure Reporting.
  • Availability of the service in all Microsoft Windows Azure datacenters around the world.
  • Official Microsoft support in this new CTP release.
  • Greater access for customers with no separate registration process required to use the new CTP.

To get to know more about SQL Azure Reporting Services be sure to take a look at:

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 21:39:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 09 September 2011

Be sure to check it out on http://bodil.github.com/coffeescript/.

So CoffeeScript looks great but now what? Well, recently Scott Hanselman wrote about some cool support for Coffeescript inside Visual Studio: CoffeeScript, Sass and LESS support for Visual Studio and ASP.NET with the Mindscape Web Workbench. Cool stuff happening.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 09 September 2011 21:58:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, 01 September 2011

Visual Studio is a great tool but not all tooling is well known. I see this question still way too often on the ASP.NET forums so I thought I would blog about it.

Problem:

You have a nice -vsdoc.js file sitting in your solution explorer and are used to get that great Intellisense kicking in when you work inside a webpage or webform doing some cool ASP.NET coding.

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Figure 1: Solution Explorer showing our –vsdoc.js files

However if you want to follow good habits and make use of best practices and opt for a non obtrusive javascript approach, meaning simply that you put your script in a separate file with .js extension, you find yourself out of luck. Intellisense is gone!

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Figure 2: No Intellisense when we expect to see some assistance for jQuery

Yikes!

Solution:

Of course there’s a solution. And luckily for us, a very easy one:

  1. Open the .js file
  2. In the Solution Explorer pick the right –vsdoc.js file
  3. Drag and drop that in the .js file like in figure 3
  4. Now try to type $( again and you’ll see like in figure 4 that Intellisense is back again.
  5. Drink a beer and celebrate (this last step isn’t really necessary but can spice up the fun factor)

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Figure 3: Drag and drop from the Solution Explorer into the opened .js file

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Figure 4: Intellisense is way back. Woohoo!

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 21:18:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 29 August 2011

Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.

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Download it from Microsoft Mathematics 4.0. There’s also a Word and OneNote edition of the tool.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 29 August 2011 14:12:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 18 August 2011

results in increasing my post count on the ASP.NET forums a lot it seems:

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Yep, that’s me on top Smile.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:55:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:48:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:53:29 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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.

html5

Grz, Kris.

Adobe | HTML5
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 19:38:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# 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]  |