# Friday, 08 June 2012

Yesterday evening, after giving a course about HTML 5 myself at Ordina, I drove to Microsoft Belgium to watch the announcements about Windows Azure. Scott Guthrie did a cool recap of all the new features and demoed these in all clarity. There’s a great load of new stuff shipping into Azure. Most notably the new IaaS and Windows Azure Web Sites. Besides that it became clear that the old Silverlight portal, which was pretty slow, has been put into the background and replaced by a great fresh and modern looking HTML 5 portal. Kudos to the design team behind it!

If you want to view the screencast again of what’s been announced be sure to check it out here: http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/Conversations#ScottGuthrieMeet.

There was a really nice atmosphere at Microsoft Belgium as you can see:

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The new Portal:

windowsazureportal

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 08 June 2012 19:52:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 31 May 2012

I just noticed that the Developer Tools blog got an update and now try to get things more closely together from one starting screen on. If you want to read more about it all I suggest you take a look at the announcement made by Lisa Feigenbaum.

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Another cool news is that the Dark Theme for the upcoming Visual Studio 11 will look like the following when it’s going to be released:

vs11darktheme01

And

vs11darktheme02

I think that’s awesome. Now the next thing on my wish list is that Microsoft Research Labs finally starts making those red lightsabers Smile.

And while we wait for all the great stuff coming we can still listen to some nice music:

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:31:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 28 May 2012

Do you like to know what’s going on at Microsoft concerning Windows Azure? Even better, would you like to see Scott Guthrie presenting and breathing Windows Azure? If so then be sure to go sit in your comfy chair on June 7th and tune in for the streaming event or be there yourself in San Fransisco at Meet Windows Azure.

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If you want to be involved the do the following:

So see you online for the event on the 7th! My Twitter handle is @KvdM

MEET Windows Azure Blog Relay:

Call to action: Link to this blog post on your blog and I will update this post to link to you!

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 28 May 2012 14:59:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 27 May 2012

Since 2006 my blog was running on the servers of webhost4life and for years I’ve been a happy camper over there. During the last year I started noticing and hearing from friends and visitors that there were errors being spawned which were related due to some application pool being too busy or perhaps some other process that took everything down. It only took a short notification to the helpful support team to get it back on track.

However, since 2006 we haven’t been standing still and .NET also advanced. I’ve become more interested in newer CMS systems like Orchard and as such wanted to upgrade my dasBlog driven blog to that. The only thing that prevented me was that .NET 4.0 was not installed on the server and apparently there was no planning to upgrade to that specific framework version.

So, I decided to look around a bit and heard some good comments about Orcsweb. I decided to move there, and currently it’s still my dasBlog running the show, and have been a happy camper over here now since a couple of days. Support is good and the servers seem fast so far. I do hope to upgrade to Orchard soon so stay tuned. Why Orchard? Well I like the system, the speed of which things are progressing for the platform and I know some of the core developers as I had the chance to talk with them at the latest MVP summit.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 27 May 2012 09:44:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Seems it paid off to let Phil Haack move to GitHub. I just noticed that there’s a version 1.0 for download of GitHub for Windows. I quickly installed it and opened up the ASP.NET web stack:

githubforwindows

Sweet!

I like the way it looks, somewhat like Metro(twit).

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:56:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Today I got the news that I became a Windows Azure Insider. For me that was great news as now I can collaborate with Microsoft and other Insiders about my findings when experimenting and working with the Windows Azure platform. As I’m now, besides being an ASP.NET MVP / ASP Insider, also close to the Windows Azure teams at Microsoft I’m able to get more information/feedback up close and personal. I’m convinced this will help me to help out the community and clients I work for.

Windows Azure

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 23:14:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 09 May 2012

It’s becoming one of those yearly traditions in Belgium: rainy weather, great beers, … and since the last years also the yearly Community Day. This year there will be 40 sessions in total with 6 tracks! I’ll be there as well and hope to see a lot of community people. Azug, the user group of which I’m a board member will also be doing several sessions.

 

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Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:49:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 07 May 2012

Today I was trying to run a sample application for VS11 Beta that I found online: Download Hands-on Lab Source Files. However when trying to run the pages I encountered the following error:

A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified)

Looking into the inner exception:

ANetworkRelatedErrorOccured

gave me the following:

A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified).

Ouch!

Well, what I could’ve done is trying to fiddle around with settings of SQL Server, trying to get it right and working. However I noticed that Entity Framework was being used and in the code I found this little piece:

public class ProductsContext : DbContext
{
    public ProductsContext() : base("WebFormsLab-Products")
    {
    }

    public DbSet<Category> Categories { get; set; }
        
    public DbSet<Product> Products { get; set; }
        
    public DbSet<Customer> Customers { get; set; }
}

Inherits from DbContext? Aha, that’s interesting. Now, let me see if we can get SQL Server Compact into play. Well, we can. There’s a nice Nuget package available:

PM> Install-Package EntityFramework.SqlServerCompact

This will update the web.config as well as besides downloading the package. Now running the same page again it shows the information nicely instead of giving that nasty error. Also it generated a new database file in the App_Data subfolder:

sdfcreated

Super!

Conclusion: SQL Server Compact to the rescue together with Entity Framework Code First. It’s easy to integrate via Nuget and it simply works (disclaimer: on this machine).

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 07 May 2012 20:12:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 May 2012

I just noticed I passed the 175.000 recognition points border at forums.asp.net. Cool! Does this mean something special? Well not at first glance but it does mean that I tried to help out a lot of people worldwide trying to solve their small or big problems while working on real world projects.

175000points

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:08:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 12 April 2012
Yesterday I was the main presenter at Microsoft WebCamps in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A total of 122 people attended with a very diverse public...
Thursday, 12 April 2012 21:58:59 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |