# Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Even only after Microsoft released the latest and greatest version of Visual Studio, the tool most Microsoft focused developers spend most of their time in during the (working) day, got its first update. You can read the announcement here: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Now Available!.

You can download the goods here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads#d-visual-studio-2012-update.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 08:39:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 02 November 2012

I couldn’t attend Orchard Harvest myself unfortunately however more and more of the recordings are coming online for us to watch:

Day 1

Orchard Harvest 2012 Keynote
The future of Orchard
Case study – Media garden
Module development

Day 2

Building and managing a community
Migrating a website to Orchard
Performance and deployment
Search engine optimization

I do hope that the rest of the videos come online soon as well.

Btw, in case you didn’t know it yet, Orchard 1.6 recently came out. You can download the source from Codeplex or get a running site via WebPI or WebMatrix.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 02 November 2012 18:09:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 November 2012

You like posters? You like Windows Azure? Then this one is for you: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=35473.

Have fun printing it out and hanging it up near the office of the IT manager to convince him to move to Azure Smile.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:36:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The following document in the Microsoft Patterns & Practices about Windows Azure deals with multitenancy. It ships with a book explaining several important things like:

  • The Tailspin scenario
  • Hosting a multi-tenant application on Windows Azure
  • Choosing a multi-tenant data architecture
  • Partitioning multi-tenant applications
  • Maximizing availability, scalability and elasticity
  • Securing multi-tenant applications
  • Managing and monitoring multi-tenant applications

Best of all, it also comes with sample code.

If you’re interested then download it over here.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 16:08:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 29 October 2012

Last week there was already the news that .NET 4.5, the latest version of the framework at this moment, was deployed on Windows Azure Web Sites. However what confused a lot of people was that it didn’t show up in the portal. As of now it does.

So instead of seeing this under the Configure tab:


You’ll now see:


Now only the current version of node.js needs to be added to the portal. Btw, that’s 0.6.20.

Also be sure to check out this screencast at Channel 9 about the upgrade to .NET 4.5.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 29 October 2012 12:13:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 28 October 2012

I just opened the Preview portal and was welcomed by a small guidance wizard with a quick tour. After that I noticed that there were some new icons and that the +NEW menu got an upgrade as well.

So in the main menu there’s a new add-ons item:


And in the +NEW button on the lower left there’s also the new feature “Store”:


However when clicking it I got the message:


That’s a bit of a bummer so I guess I’ll have to wait before I can make use off the new things being provided here. I have a good feeling that next week Microsoft will reveal a lot more about this during the BUILD conference.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 28 October 2012 10:45:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 21 October 2012

Today I gave a presentation in Milan, Italy at WebNetConf. The atmosphere was great and there was a big audience and almost no no-show which is great.

The talk itself was the last one of the day and you can see I was very much focused:


I really enjoyed the day, the interaction, the sushi and pizza they served during noon and the simply the whole event. I got to know people from all over the world as 11 nationalities were represented and there was quite a lot of interaction which I find great.

The presentation itself had the following description:

Orchard CMS, distilled in the secret laboratories at Microsoft but later on open sourced, is a great way to start building sites with a CMS topping. This session will show you how to set it up, create custom modules and put it on Windows Azure with a little help of WebMatrix.

Update: I got to know that my sessions scored a 4.5 / 5. Cool!

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:02:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Lately I’ve been fiddling around with node.js and like it a lot. Since I also like Windows Azure a lot I decided to try some of the samples from the site.

When I tried out the sample from Node.js Web Application using the Windows Azure Table Service it turned out that there were some mistakes in the provided sample code. I gave direct feedback to the people at hand but as long as it’s not updated, or is just not up to all the typing, a working example can be found here. The only thing to do as an extra, I wrote a readme.txt but I know nobody will read it…, so simply create a new storage account. Then copy over the STORAGE ACCOUNT NAME and the PRIMARY ACCESS KEY (both can be found in the modal window that shows when you select a storage account and hit the i manage keys button at the bottom bar) and put these in place of the variables in server.js.

Hint: you can make use of WebMatrix 2 to open the project and run it by hitting F12, after having filled in the needed keys of course. Enjoy!

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 18:21:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 October 2012


do you like to BUILD networks and hang out together with your peers and fellow tech loving friends? If that’s the case be sure to come over on October 30th to the Microsoft building in Zaventem and watch the BUILD live stream together. Please register over at Microsoft BUILD 2012 Live stream event.


Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:21:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 07 October 2012


Windows Azure Service Bus

Windows Azure Service Bus, WASB, has been around for quite a while already but I just noticed that it appeared now as well in the Preview portal which is cool. It shows off the continued investment by the Microsoft teams to port all of the goodness that Windows Azure provides to the renewed portal instead of keeping it in the old Silverlight based one. I sure do hope soon all, and of course new, features are all ported over and we can make use of the new portal entirely without having to switch back and forth each time.

Some screenshots:




Admins and co-admins

Also new in the portal is the fact that one can now create new co-admins for a subscription. That means less round trips to the old portal as well!



Import a saved database from BLOB storage

A new addition is the ability to import a saved database from BLOB storage.


Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 07 October 2012 13:07:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |