Guidance on which presentation technology to use for RIAs, client and web apps

My colleague Philippe’s blog brought this to my attention: a knowledge base on Application Architecture with literally tons of documents. patterns & practices Application Architecture KB Including: Application Types (Archetypes), Architecture and Design, Cheat Sheets, 4 pocket guides and much more. One part of the knowledge base is specifically interesting for decisions on the type…


Unity for Silverlight by P&P group has been released

The Patterns & Practices group at Microsoft has just released Unity for Silverlight, which is the “Unity Application Block 1.2” ported to Silverlight 2. Unity Application Block 1.2 for Silverlight – December 2008 Unity for Silverlight page on MSDN site: Community Forum, releases and download:


Web Hosting Roadshow slides and all the links

It was great fun presenting the Web Platform overview to the folks over at the Microsoft Web Hosting Roadshow this Tuesday 9th of December. I know a lot of you were PHP developers so I hope it was a useful overview of the Microsoft technologies. Scroll down to the post if you want to download…


Silverlight workshop by the Belgian user group: get your hands dirty

Looking for some hands-on experience with Silverlight? The Belgian Silverlight User Group is organizing a workshop for their second event on January 15th 2009. This is an event where you get to bring your own laptop along and build a small Silverlight 2 application, learning some nice tips and tricks along the way. And you…


New blog on VSTS by Pieter Gheysens

Pieter is a very active member of the Belgian .NET community, being vice-president of the VISUG user group and a very active blogger. Only last week he gave a presentation at the VISUG event giving an overview of the new features of VSTS “Rosario” 2010. As you might know Visual Studio Team System is really…


Latest videos posted to Chopsticks: “Oslo”, “M”, ASP.NET MVC, Silverlight, IE8 and all Luxembourg TechDays08 content

Quite a few new screencasts and interviews have been added to Chopsticks these last few weeks. Time for an overview of what is new. Content by Microsoft folks Last month Thomas Delrue, a Belgian software development engineer at Microsoft Corp visited Belgium and my colleague Philippe Destoop sit down with Thomas for two interviews about…


Live Framework – storing data in a Mesh-enabled Silverlight web application in 4 steps

In my previous post about the Live Framework and Mesh-enabled apps I described how to create your first project, publish and deploy it to the Mesh and debug using Visual Studio 2008 support tools. However, that was without taking advantage of any of the Live Framework and Mesh functionalities. In this post that’s exactly what…


Community events: BIWUG event on Silverlight and e-ID in SharePoint 2007

The next event for the Belgian Information Worker User Group will take place on December 8th 2008, at the new Microsoft offices in Zaventem. Sessions for the evening, as announced on the BIWUG site: Silverlight and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Microsoft recently released Silverlight 2.0 – it’s latest version of the framework to build…


Live Framework – creating a Silverlight Mesh-enabled web application in 8 steps

After seeing what the new Mesh-enabled web applications can do during the last PDC in Los Angeles I couldn’t wait getting my hands on a token and creating something. First of all, if you have not yet been using Live Mesh signup for an account here: This is the public beta so you can…


TechEd EMEA: Visual Studio 2010 in the keynote and lots of Belgians

Back from Tech-Ed EMEA developers, running from 10 to 14 November 2008 in Barcelona. It was a very interesting week in turns of content but also in terms of meeting up with lots of interesting people. And proud to be a Belgian at this conference: besides Hans Verbeeck as the business owner we had a…