# Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If you’re interested in the Visual Studio 2013 launch demo apps then be sure to take a look here. There are six as we speak and each comes with an interesting showcase and quick architecture overview like this one for example:

Simplified Architecture

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:30:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 19 March 2014

If you’re interested to update your knowledge of simply get started with Web API then there are a bunch of decent books already out there. I noticed however that Glenn Block and others at Microsoft released a book as well and, at the moment, provide for free over at http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001708.

To get a grasp of what’s in there:

Table of Contents

Grz, Kris.

Books | Free | Microsoft | Oreilly
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# Wednesday, 05 March 2014

This handy pdf document will show an overview of the lifecycle of an ASP.NET MVC 5 application. Created by Cephas Lin (Microsoft).

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 04 March 2014

On a regular basis Microsoft brings out cool and easy to follow tutorials. I just noticed that the ones about Entity Framework and ASP.NET MVC got updated.

For Entity Framework the following new things in version 6 are handled:

  • Connection resiliency
  • Command interception
  • Code-based configuration
  • Async
  • Stored procedures

9 tutorials were refurbished:

And 3 new tutorials were created:

For people who’re still on older versions don’t despair, they’re still available under http://www.asp.net/mvc/tutorials/getting-started-with-ef-5-using-mvc-4

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 15 February 2014

During the past years Microsoft press has put some very interesting and nice books on the market. It’s cool to see they are now offering some for free to the public through Microsoft Virtual Academy. Go check them out!

Grz, Kris.

Azure | Books | Free | Windows
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# Wednesday, 12 February 2014

If you’re busy with cloud architecture it’s always great if you can rely on proven practices. Microsoft releases on a regular basis guidelines and best practices. In January this year Microsoft released such patterns for Cloud. The guide itself:

  • Articulates the benefit of applying patterns when implementing cloud applications, especially when they will be hosted in Windows Azure.
  • Discusses the problems that the patterns address, and how these relate to Windows Azure applications.
  • Shows how to implement the patterns using the features of Windows Azure, emphasizing benefits and considerations.
  • Depicts the big picture by showing how these patterns fit into cloud application architectures, and how they relate to other patterns.

There are also code samples available for download.

Specific areas handled are shown in the following diagram (taken from the Microsoft website)

CloudDesignPatterns

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Or for short WAWDDL Smile.

This week you can join up for a week of Windows Azure fun with a bunch of speakers every day that come and deliver interesting screen casts. People like Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, Scott Hunter, … will provide you with insight and knowledge about this still emerging and great technology stack. Don’t miss out!

Register over here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/colleges/windows-azure-deep-dive#?fbid=e1P1OkGR15W.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:14:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

If yes then by all means take a look at the following site: Start your career in technology with Microsoft. It gives a starting point on where to begin a career in tech. Perhaps you might thing: uh oh that’s boring and it’s not for me, well think again. It’s a really exciting environment, it makes you think, work on real tools that helps to support the business of your company so that others can get their jobs done in a better, faster and more satisfying way. It for sure still gives me a good feeling whenever something I helped work on goes into production and people give (positive) feedback on.

According to studies about 12.2% of the actively working population in Belgium, the country where I live, is in high tech environments and it’s only increasing. That’s a promising sector to be sure of a steady job and income to support your family. This morning I found out about an article in a Belgian newspaper that explains these numbers: http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/942/Economie/article/detail/1783189/2014/01/29/Hightech-creeert-100-000-jobs.dhtml.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:07:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 20 January 2014

Recently we upgraded to Visual Studio 2013 at my client. This morning my colleague came over and had a small problem. Some of the .svc services gave 404 errors. As I had another solution open of which I knew the in project .svc services simply worked I sat down with him. Some searching on the internet, trying out http activation, reregistering WCF, … it didn’t work out.

The difference between both solutions was that the one I was looking at was Webforms while the other one was MVC4 based. Aha! I used Nuget to include routedebugger. A super handy package for, well, debugging MVC routes. However since the .svc files themselves were put into a /Services subfolder I had to make it up like this:

routes.IgnoreRoute("Services/{resource}.svc/{*pathInfo}");

Put this at pretty much of the top of all the route configuration so that it gets picked up early.

The funny part was that the .svc was working pretty fine, even the wsdl could get obtained. However when we wanted to make a REST call to a specific method it gave 404 mistakes. Turned out to be that the default {controller}/{action}/{id} that ships with every template caught it. Making a more specific rule near the top of the configuration dealt with it and it all started out working smoothly again.

After testing it locally with IIS Express we also tested it out on Cassini due to the fact that the servers are still not up to IIS 8 at the moment and that also worked out fine.

Grz, Kris.  

ASP.NET MVC | MVC | WCF
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# Thursday, 16 January 2014

Angular.js, a powerful javascript based framework, is not only becoming increasingly more popular but now also has its own conference: ng-conf. If you, like myself, couldn’t go in person there’s nothing to worry about. The videos are being posted on Youtube. You can watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ngconfvideos?feature=watch.

For .NET minded people there’s also an online effort being done at http://henriquat.re/.

Grz, Kris.

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