# Friday, September 06, 2013

Get it while it’s still hot people! You can download the .NET universe 2013 poster here.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Poster
Friday, September 06, 2013 2:59:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, July 19, 2013

As a moderator on forums.asp.net I sometimes see quite unreadable copy pasted code in all shapes and ranges.

Some I kind of started to like and for me writing this post so I won’t forget about them:

Grz, Kris.

Friday, July 19, 2013 8:54:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Grab it while it’s hot at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8396.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 12:11:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Unfortunately I can’t go myself but I do hope a lot of people of the community will go and that they also get more recognition as it’s a tool well worth spending time on to get more intimate with.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:16:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, May 27, 2013


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.


Grz, Kris.

Monday, May 27, 2013 4:05:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, May 16, 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
Small (A1) 1 1.75 GB $0.09
Medium (A2) 2 3.5 GB $0.18
Large (A3) 4 7 GB $0.36
Extra Large (A4) 8 14 GB $0.72

And for the more power intensive material:

A6 4 28 GB $1.02
A7 8 56 GB $2.04

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

Grz, Kris.

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

And win cool prices!




Grz, Kris.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:18:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, April 17, 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:


After a while you’ll get the following window:


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


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, April 17, 2013 9:18:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, April 05, 2013

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


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:


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


Grz, Kris.

Friday, April 05, 2013 8:22:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, April 04, 2013