# Monday, 27 May 2013

Hi,

just in case you haven’t heard about it yet: community day 2013 is around the corner. I hope to see many of the Belgian/European community over there.

communityday2013

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 27 May 2013 16:05:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 16 May 2013

Soon, actually June 1st Virtual Machines will go GA on Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform. With that the exact prices are finally known. You can take a look at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/overview/ for all technology in the Azure stack. For VM’s specifically these are the prices known as of now.

Compute Instance Name Virtual Cores RAM Price Per Hour
(GA Price Starting Jun 1st)
Price Per Hour
(Promotional Price Until May 31st)
Extra Small (A0) Shared 768 MB $0.02
(~$15/month)
$0.0133
(~$10/month)
Small (A1) 1 1.75 GB $0.09
(~$67/month)
$0.08
(~$60/month)
Medium (A2) 2 3.5 GB $0.18
(~$134/month)
$0.16
(~$119/month)
Large (A3) 4 7 GB $0.36
(~$268/month)
$0.32
(~$238/month)
Extra Large (A4) 8 14 GB $0.72
(~$536/month)
$0.64
(~$476/month)

And for the more power intensive material:

COMPUTE INSTANCE NAME VIRTUAL CORES RAM PRICE PER HOUR
A6 4 28 GB $1.02
(~$759/month)
A7 8 56 GB $2.04
(~$1,518/month)

It’s great to see this entire platform evolve so fast.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:35:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 18 April 2013

And win cool prices!

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Belgian_Windows8_App_Race

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:18:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 17 April 2013

By default you only get to download a small file that, once executed, will gather all the needed materials and install it. From home this worked pretty well for me but at work, likely due to a network setting it didn’t. Making use of several search engines for an offline installer I found nothing. Hmmm, what to do.

Well it turns out to be that one can make use of the small download to gather all the material locally.

Simply open a command window, navigate to the place on disk where you have the installer of Updated 2 ready and type in:

vs2012.2 /Layout

That will open up a window where you can select a download folder:

vs2012_2_update_layout

After a while you’ll get the following window:

vs2012_2_update_layout_2

which gives you an installer and a folder with a bunch of subfolders totaling to 1.8Gb.

vs2012_2_update_layout_3

Now clicking that executable will install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 from a local installation. For me this helped out getting around the restrictions of some proxy/firewall settings at the company to be able to install the goodies.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:18:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 05 April 2013

Grab it while it’s still hot at this place.

vs2012

And what’s all new you may ask. Well…

Agile planning

Visual Studio 2012 introduced a new set of capabilities to support agile teams—on their terms. Update 2 adds new capabilities for your team to customize and get more out of its agile tooling. You can now add customizable columns to your Kanban boards so that they more accurately reflect your organization’s structure. Work item tagging helps teams to manage their work items by adding tags to get more out of their data.

Quality enablement

Maintaining quality throughout the development cycle is one of the key focus areas for Visual Studio 2012. In Update 2, you can continue to drive quality wherever you are through web access for Test Case Management. You can author and execute test cases remotely, making it easier for all members of your team to participate in test case reviews. You can also profile your unit tests to create better code by tracking the end to end flow of your code, including the unit test itself.

Line-of-business (LOB) application development

With Update 2 we continue to invest in making it easier for you to develop LOB applications. You can quickly create SharePoint apps and HTML5 client apps using LightSwitch. Just design your app and let the LightSwitch templates provide the fit and finish so you can get your LOB applications running quickly. With the addition of WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow to Blend for Visual Studio, now you have everything you need for designing and coding your desktop applications in Visual Studio.

Developer experience

When you spend a lot of time developing software, you want tools that will provide an enjoyable developer experience. Update 2 includes enhancements and updates to improve the developer experience for Visual Studio 2012. Code map debugger integration gives you a visual representation of your code while debugging so you can identify issues faster. You can also create great apps for Windows Store using profiling enhancements to find issues earlier that could impact your users.

KB2797912: Description of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Additional Updates

Additional downloads for Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (Visual Studio 2012.2) are also available for:

And best of all: another theme:

vs2012_blue_theme

and a feature that I need to discover more but looks awesomely cool is codemap:

codemap

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 05 April 2013 20:22:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 04 April 2013
# Tuesday, 02 April 2013

I’ve been giving presentations myself about this little handy tool from Microsoft and I’m happy to see that version 3 saw daylight and that I can finally speak about it as well. There are some very nice new features to it so be sure to check it out.

What to expect: Cloud, Git, TFS.

Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/next/.

Also check out the WebCamps video where Vishal Joshi explains about all the new features in WebMatrix 3.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:23:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Yes! I got the email message in my inbox yesterday evening that I got renewed as an MVP. I’m of course very happy to be renewed for the efforts I made during the past year in the community.

I also got to hear that several of my buddies also got renewed and that Mike Martin got his for the first time. Congratulations to all!

As you can see I had to celebrate this last evening with another MVP: Bilal Haidar who was visiting Belgium.

Bilal and me

Grz, Kris.

MVP
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:36:29 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 27 March 2013

I got word the ASP.NET MVC hands on labs are available online also. So if you want to get to know more or just want to get your hands dirty for the first time with this great technology stack simply navigate to http://www.asp.net/mvc/tutorials/hands-on-labs.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:13:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 18 March 2013

Since several years Microsoft helpers have created the All in One Code overview filled with samples & search possibilities for those common scenarios they saw being asked for over and over again on forums or newsgroups. It’s cool to see it has now also become a Windows 8 Store App.

allinonecode

 

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 18 March 2013 15:27:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |