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    Upcoming User Group events (BESUG, SQLUG, VISUG)


    An update is due with all upcoming events organized by the very active user groups. But first: save the date for Community Day is back on June 25th 2009. Registration will open in the coming weeks, be sure to register in time as places are limited.

    Next event by Silverlight User Group on May 14th

    How to integrate Silverlight with SharePoint
    By Karine Bosch. This 2 hour session will build a real life demo and show you how to take advantage of Silverlight inside SharePoint.
    Where: Microsoft office in Zaventem, session starts at 19h

    Register at the BESUG site

    Next SQL User Group session on April 29th

    Business Intelligence in a SAAS (software as a service) Environment
    By Oscar Zonneveldand and Josquin Booij from InfoSupport
    Following topics are on the agenda: The Business Case, The Functional and Technical, Achitecture, Near-realtime BI, The Real world
    Where: InfoSupport office in Mechelen

    More information on SQL UG site

    Next Visual Studio User Group events

    There are already seven sessions scheduled the following months by the VISUG. A wide choice of topics is foreseen, be sure to register in time on the VISUG site.

    Back 2 Basics: ASP.NET caching & State Management 
    Presented by: Gill Cleeren 
    On: 29/4/2009 

    Presented by: Maarten Balliauw 
    On: 7/5/2009 

    Back 2 Basics: Integrating Membership, Role Management and Profiles into Web Applications
    Presented by: Pieter Gheysens 
    On: 27/5/2009 

    Infragistics and Visug present: Building Better User Interfaces 
    Presented by: Jason Beres 
    On: 27/5/2009 

    Domain Driven Design 
    Presented by: Yves Goeleven 
    On: 16/6/2009 

    IronRuby: The .NET developer should not fear the dynamic language 
    Presented by: Ivan Porto Carrero 
    On: 30/6/2009 

    ORMs: Entity Framework vs NHibernate 
    Presented by: Kurt Claeys & Davy Brion 
    On: 10/9/2009 

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    New MSDN online sessions scheduled (ASP.NET MVC, ALM, Azure and more)


    New MSDN sessions have been planned for the coming months. Not like the MSDN Evening events where you need to go to a location, this time in the form of live sessions can all be followed online from your office or home.

    We have planned sessions in Dutch, French and English, depending on the topic.
    Pre-requisites: you only need Windows Live Meeting client (free) and you’re ready to go.

    Session in English

    04 May 2009 14:00 - 15:30  - Experts Roundtable: Application Lifecycle Management
    Got questions? Get them answered during this interactive experts roundtable.

    Register here

    Sessions in Dutch

    23 April 2009 14:00 - 15:30 - ASP.NET MVC 1.0

    12 May 2009 14:00 - 15:30 WPF Demystified

    09 June 2009 14:00 - 15:30 Windows 7 voor Managed Code-ontwikkelaars

    16 June 2009 14:00 - 15:30 Tips en tricks voor VB.NET

    25 June 2009 14:00 - 15:30 Alles wat u wilde weten over het Azure Services Platform

    16 July 2009 14:00 - 15:30 Silverlight 3 RIA Services

    Register here

    Sessions in French

    23 April 2009 10:00 - 11:30 ASP.NET MVC 1.0

    12 May 2009 10:00 - 11:30 WPF Démystifié

    09 June 2009 10:00 - 11:300 Windows 7 pour developpeurs .NET

    16 June 2009 10:00 - 11:30 Conseils et astuces pour VB.NET

    25 June 2009 10:00 - 11:30 Démystifier la plate-forme de services Azure

    16 July 2009 10:00 - 11:30 Silverlight 3 RIA Services

    Register here

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    Silverlight Advertising Creation Kit now available


    One of the big feature points of Silverlight is the creation of media rich applications, and of course the use of Silverlight in advertising solutions. But until today there was not much to be found as to documentation and guidelines on creating advertising banners and solutions. Now this has changed with the release of the Silverlight Advertising Creation Kit (link to download).

    This kit provides documentation and sample projects. Following topics are handled in the document:

    • Creating Polite Ads
    • Tracking Actions (Event Handling)
    • Ad synchronization
    • clickTAG Support
    • Expanding Ads
    • Optimization Techniques

    clip_image001Sample projects are available to be used together with the documentation. The following types of samples are available:

    • clickTAG Ad example
    • Expandable Ad example
    • Impression Ad example
    • Polite Ad
    • Synchronized Ad example

    Use the information and samples in this kit together with the Silverlight Ad Publishing and Serving Guide, another very good resource.

    See also the official announcement on the Silverlight SDK blog.

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    New and re-awarded Belgian MVPs, and a new ASP Insider


    Congratulations are due to our new and renewed MS Most Valuable Professionals!

    New MVPs:

    Karine Bosch, MVP for SharePoint Server

    I met Karine a few year ago when I was doing SharePoint development as well. She was then already quite active in the SharePoint community, having developed tools for CAML and SharePoint. She was the person working very closely with the late Patrick Tisseghem, a legend in the SharePoint field. In addition to that she’s a friend so I’m really proud to see her awarded the MVP status. It’s totally deserved.

    Pieter Gheysens, MVP for Visual Studio Team System

    Pieter is a very active member of the Visual Studio User Group in Belgium, and a very active blogger his two blogs: on .NET development and Visual Studio Team System. In my role of evangelist I work with the user group community on a very regular basis, it’s great to be able to work with someone that is so motivated. Glad to see all this work recognized with the award.

    Renewed MVPs

    The MVP award gets renewed on a yearly basis. So every year, the award might or not be re-awarded. The following MVPs were renewed on April 1st 2009.

    Kris van der Mast – ASP.NET
    Next I also wanted to congratulate Kris van der Mast who has been renewed as an MVP but on top of that made it to the ASP Insiders group! Congratulations Kris!
    In addition to that Kris reached the 100,000 recognition points on the ASP.NET Forums. Someone has really been busy!

    Christian Hougardy - SharePoint Server
    Gérard Leblanc  - Client App Dev, Gérard is author of numerous books (in French), his latest book is “Silverlight 2”.
    Steven Van de Craen - SharePoint Server
    Stéphane Eyskens - SharePoint Server
    Marc Gregoire  - Visual C++
    Eric Wauters - Dynamics NAV

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