# Sunday, April 06, 2014

Last week was Microsoft’s //Build/ 2014 edition. I couldn’t be there in person but luckily for most of us around the globe the sessions got recorded and put online on Channel 9. There’s more than these but this is some handpicking done by me, and to keep a nice (short)list for myself to keep track of what I want to see from it.

First of all start with the Keynotes. I watched already the second one with Scott Guthrie which was mostly about Azure, web and Rosslyn.

Security

Web development

Dev OPS

Azure Web Sites

Azure

Visual Studio (Online)

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, April 01, 2014

That time of the year again where you hope you get that email that states yes you made it again. This year it was earlier than usual so it made my day Smile.

I got renewed as an MVP for the next year for ASP.NET/IIS.

Congratulations to all the others who also got their renewal or did become an MVP for the first time.

Grz, Kris.

MVP
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# Sunday, March 30, 2014

Well, yesterday’s Saturday was different from others. I got up at 5:30 and after breakfast, cleaning up and a shower I drove 120 km to Genk at the Microsoft Innovation Center to deliver a presentation for GWAB, also known as the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp.

The talk itself that I did was about a cool Microsoft technology: Visual Studio Online.

Kris van der Mast speaking about Visual Studio Online at GWAB Belgium

I had a blast and an attentive audience who loved to ask questions, mainly in person after the talk Smile.

The venue, MIC office Genk was set at the old mines over there. A beautiful place I for sure want to explore more in the future:

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I was lucky that I could get the first slot as after I finished and answered questions I had to hurry to my second appointment 80-90 km further at the Jubelpark in Brussels to meet up with other Ingress players coming from Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany and even Italy. All for the Recursion event that Google’s Niantic organized. We had great weather, I saw many people in real life for the first time or met up with Ingress buddies.

From the 3 clusters to conquer our faction, the Enlightened, only won 1 unfortunately. On the other hand we gave the other faction a good fight as they were with 150+ and we were more like 85. At the first cluster it was 4 against 12 so the team I was in was rather overwhelmed. The other 2 clusters we were the winning party. The nice team I was in was me and 3 people who came especially from Bonn Germany to play.

At the end of the day the Antwerp Ingress team gathered for a small restaurant after a great day of fun and then I decided to take the car back to Essen, another 100 km worth of driving Smile.

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Jubelpark Brussels

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Group picture

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The Enlightened preparing for the games began

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My colleage Inge from ae also joined our forces to help to save humanity.

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Me, with the sunglasses, talking with with one of the opposing parties after the games.

In case you’re wondering what Ingress is, take a look at the video that triggered my interest in November 2012: http://www.ingress.com/

Ah for the record: I walked more than 21000 steps.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, March 25, 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.

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# Wednesday, March 19, 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, March 05, 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, March 04, 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, February 15, 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, February 12, 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, January 29, 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.

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