# Saturday, December 24, 2011

The list of sessions of Techdays 2012 is practically at 100% so that makes it easy to start choosing the ones I would like to attend up front Smile.

My todo list for those days are:

Day 1

Day 2

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 10:01:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, December 23, 2011

With prices of hard drives going up at the moment you might want to reclaim some valuable space on it.

Web Platform Installer is a great tool to streamline downloads, their dependencies and have these installed on computer. I’m sure you already have this gem installed. If not, then quickly reach out here and grab it: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx. Really, do it now. It’s that cool.

Of course downloading all the cool new tools or updates can start to weigh on that poor little disk inside your pc after a while and you might want to clean up after a while. The steps are pretty easy if you know where to look:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. In the address bar type in the following: %localappdata%\Microsoft\Web Platform Installer
  3. In the Installers subfolder you can find the gold. Either save it on an external hard drive or delete as much as you want.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, December 23, 2011 9:06:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, December 22, 2011

Recently Microsoft released a new web site where you can see what will be covered by

  • Live meetings
  • Offline events
  • Community events

Be sure to check it out at www.msdn-events.be.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 10:24:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The last months were pretty quiet around ScottGu but yesterday evening, for us Belgian people, there was a great and lengthy streamed event about Windows Azure. As I’m the competence center leader of the Azure Cloud Computing team at Ordina Belgium I took the opportunity to gather up with colleagues, ordered pizza and made a great evening.

I’m glad to see this kind of events happening. They provide excellent coverage about the topic, starting out in a way that newcomers can follow with ease but also introducing the latest and greatest tooling and progress the Windows Azure platform has made during the last months. There’s also a ton of great news on the fronts of having people with skills other than .NET being served as well. Node.js, Java, PHP and other technologies get attention. That’s just awesome!

The Windowsazure.com website also got a major update with that nice looking Metro style sauce over it.

In the past people sometimes feared testing the cloud for budget reasons. Even a colleague of mine once had to find out the hard way that when you shut down an instance but keep the deployment you also keep on getting charged. Microsoft now releases a new way to explore Azure for 3 months but with a spending limit. According to me that promises a safer way to spend researching Azure.

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, December 12, 2011

Recently the 1.6 version of the SDK came out and that usually is followed up by a new version of the training toolkit. You can grab the latest version here.

The December 2011 update of the training kit includes the following updates:

  • [New Presentations] 33 updated/new PowerPoint presentations
  • [New Hands-On lab] Running a parametric sweep application with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
  • [New Hands-On lab] Running SOA Services with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
  • [New Hands-On lab] Running MPI Applications with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
  • [New Demo] Node.js On Windows Azure
  • [New Demo] Image Rendering Parametric Sweep Application with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
  • [New Demo] BLAST Parametric Sweep Application with the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler
  • [Renamed Lab] Connecting Applications through Windows Azure Service Bus (formerly Introduction to Service Bus Part 1)
  • [Renamed Lab] Windows Azure Service Bus Advanced Configurations (formerly Introduction to Service Bus Part 2)

Grz, Kris.

Monday, December 12, 2011 8:15:22 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, December 05, 2011

Today I gave my first Webcamps session at Microsoft Belgium. The agenda for  the day was

9:00 – 10:30

Web Platform Overview and open source Web Apps

Get a good overview of the Microsoft Web Platform, free tooling like Visual Studio 2010, Web Developer Express, IIS web server and a peek at what’s coming in Visual Studio 11 and ASP.NET MVC 4.

After the general introduction we’ll show you around Orchard CMS, Umbraco and other open source CMS apps using WebMatrix.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Practical HTML5

This session kicks off with a good overview of the different elements in HTML5 that make up this umbrella term. We’ll go over standards HTML, new CSS3 specs and font usage and web app specs. Most importantly, the session will also address how you can start taking advantage of new features in the specs while still supporting older browsers through the use of polyfills and frameworks like Modernizr.

To finish you’ll learn how to make your website shine on the Windows 7 taskbar through site pinning.

12:30 – 13:30


Afternoon – Hands-on labs

13:30 – 17:00

Hands-on labs

The afternoon is hands-on, the perfect timing to apply the learning from the morning session.

Labs include creating a website using a web app by leveraging, practical HTML5 and CSS3 labs addressing Canvas, WOFF, CSS3 layout features and more.

At the end of the session you’ll have a good practical feeling on how to use and customize open source web apps as well as leveraging the best in HTML5 today.

17:00 – 17:15

Closing, discussion, top recommended resources

There were 2 hands on labs foreseen. One recycled from Microsoft Webcamps USA about HTML 5 and another one I completely wrote myself about Orchard and on which I got some great feedback from the people who made it during the afternoon.

About 35 people followed the course and I already got quite some questions after the first session was sold out if there were others going to happen. Luckily I can answer that question in a positive way as the following dates are foreseen for a redelivery:

Even though I got some great feedback in the evaluation round I also want to take the entire feedback with me into my next presentation to perform even better. Hope to see you in 2012!

Grz, Kris.


Monday, December 05, 2011 10:39:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yesterday evening I gave my first presentation in evening school for adults. The topic of the session was an introduction to WebMatrix. The reactions were great and it turned out to be that their regular teacher himself was a big fan of it for creating PHP based websites. It was the first encounter for the students with this technology stack but it clearly appealed to them.

For the second part of the evening, ranging from 7 till 10, I had foreseen a talk about Orchard CMS. A recap of my live meeting talk for Microsoft. Though that would’ve been interesting for them as well I found out during the break that there was also a big interest for an open discussion about career. I’m a master in Electronics (Industrieel ingenieur) but decided after getting my degree that I wanted to make web from hobby into real life work. The students that evening liked my talk how my career went as it could give them insight in a more traditional path with quite some ups and a couple of downs and what it could compare to their career path.

It was a great opportunity for me to talk about tools I came to like a lot and also to present for an audience I normally don’t get in front of me. Their regular teacher gave me as feedback that I did very well and hopes to see me again standing in front of his class. A great comment indeed.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:12:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I got a new book to read: Entity Framework Code First by Julie Lerman.

It’s a rather small book but I know what I’ll be doing during the holidays soon. There are 8 chapters covered in this book:

  1. Welcome to code first: a high level and end to end overview
  2. First look at code first
  3. Using conventions for property attributes
  4. Using conventions for relationships
  5. Using conventions for database mappings
  6. Controlling database location, creation process and seed data
  7. Advanced concepts
  8. What’s coming next for code first


Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 5:40:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, November 27, 2011

Last week Orchard, the new cool CMS system from the Microsoft stables, was migrated to the cloud. More precisely to Windows Azure. That’s of course great news as it shows that this puppy is growing up fast as I stated in my live meeting a couple of weeks ago.

However with the migration it turns out to be that the default Gallery service url doesn’t function anymore and you get to see something like the following when trying to either install a module or a theme:


To change the Gallery url go to the Dashboard > Settings > Gallery

Add a new feed and provide the following url: http://packages.orchardproject.net/FeedService.svc/. So you’ll end up with the following:


Now delete the first, original, url (http://orchardproject.net/gallery/server/FeedService.svc).

You’re now back in control to add new modules and themes.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:17:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Thursday, November 24, 2011

I got informed that I became a MEET member by my Belgian DPE representative at Microsoft. MEET stands for Microsoft Extended Experts Team.

From the official page there’s more information about the program itself:

Do you have a complex problem, but not the knowledge to solve it? Then you can get in contact with the community of Belgian experts.
All members of MEET are selected for their knowledge and skills in their field. And they are also excellent communicators. All share knowledge through their personal blogs and they are also frequent speakers at Microsoft events or their respective user group.
MEET gets the explicit support of Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg.

Of course I’m honored by receiving this award.

MEET logo long

Grz, Kris.

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