# Wednesday, 25 September 2013

It’s great to see that an awesome platform like Windows Azure is gaining more and more traction along the way. Recently it was announced that Oracle is partnering with Microsoft. This enables users to run Oracle software on Windows Azure with the following benefits:

  • Effective immediately, customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure.
  • Effective immediately, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Windows Azure images with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux are now available in preview in the Windows Azure image gallery.
  • Microsoft now offers fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure.

Taken from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/cloud/faq-1963009.html.

Especially the last sentence will be of interest to my friends and colleagues in the Java space.


Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:16:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 16 September 2013

You want to know more about ASP.NET MVC (4) and Web API? Well tomorrow you can do just that. Simply join the Microsoft Virtual Academy broadcast and enjoy the ride of these awesome technologies.

This will be covered during the course:

  • Overview of MVC
    • What is MVC?
    • How is MVC different from Web Forms?
    • Why use MVC?
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Controllers and Models
    • Creating Controllers
    • Adding Actions
    • Creating MVC Models
    • Working with Code First
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Views
    • Razor Syntax
    • HTML Helpers
    • Partial Views
  • Integrating JavaScript and MVC
    • Using AJAX
    • Using jQuery
  • Implementing Web APIs
    • Developing Web API Controllers
    • Calling HTTP Services from Client-Side Code
  • Deploying ASP.NET MVC Site Walkthrough
    • Creating a site on Windows Azure Web Sites
    • Deploying an ASP.NET MVC Application with Visual Studio Web Deploy
  • What’s Next and Resources
    • Sneak peak at Visual Studio 2013 (Preview) and ASP.NET MVC 5 tooling
    • A look at real-time communications with SignalR
    • Resources for keeping up with new ASP.NET releases

Simply register here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/developing-asp-net-mvc4-web-applications-jump-start#fbid=r4qO—FJ7Ye.

For more information about these technologies also be sure to read about them here:

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 16 September 2013 08:13:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 14 September 2013

Last evening 5 colleagues from ae and me went out for an adventure: to run 9 km in het Rivierenhof without the comfort of lights except the headlights all 5700 runners were wearing. It was raining, muddy, slippery from time to time but it was awesome fun! As I only started training somewhere in August after having not been running for a couple of years I was glad that I was able to tackle this run down in 54:40 Smile.

To give you an impression of how the start looked like (I’m somewhere one of those shiny lights as well):


Picture originally shared on the GVA website.

I look forward to doing it again next year as well together with my awesome colleagues.

Update: the other pictures came online and these are my colleagues:

ae colleagues at Antwerp Night Run 2013

And me: at around 7km, still going well:

Kris van der Mast Night Run 2013 Antwerpen

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 14 September 2013 21:13:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 06 September 2013

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

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Poster
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:59:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 19 July 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, 19 July 2013 08:54:34 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 05 June 2013

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

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:11:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 28 May 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, 28 May 2013 20:16:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 27 May 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, 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
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, 16 May 2013 12:35:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 18 April 2013

And win cool prices!




Grz, Kris.

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