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  • Blog Post: Join us for the first PHP & Windows Azure Hackthon in Belgium

    My second post of the day is another one about User Groups and communities. You’d think we only work with Microsoft-technology focused user groups? You’d be wrong One of the user groups I’ve been working with in the past few years is the PHPBenelux . Since there are enough interesting touch-points around...
  • Blog Post: Call for C++ Community folks in Belgium – January 10th meeting

    Are you passionate about C++ and interested in finding like-minded people? Feel like coming together, setting an informal User Group in 2012? We’d like to support you in that and have a call to action for you. Marc Gregoire , C++ MVP and author of the book Professional C++, 2nd Edition is one of the...
  • Blog Post: Community Day 2011 on June 23 – register now for full day of sessions for and by the community

    Community Day is back: on June 23rd 2011 at the Utopolis in Mechelen 14 different Belgian User Groups are joining forces to provide you a full day of sessions and networking. Register for free , while there are still some seats left. This is the Belgian community at its best: getting together and putting...
  • Blog Post: Community work: NuGet as a Service (NaaS) sees the light

    I wanted to do a shout out to two of the Belgian developers in the community: Maarten Balliauw and Xavier Decoster have just launched a very interesting site and service for .NET developers: www.MyGet.org . What a great idea! At the same time they even came up with their own new abbreviation: NaaS for...
  • Blog Post: Doing PHP? Get your app in the Cloud and you could go to Vegas

    Last Friday the PHPBenelux User Group held its second PHP Benelux Conference, January 28 to 29 2011. Like the first year, Microsoft was a sponsor of the event. This year however we were not simply present to talk about PHP support on Windows and in the cloud: we actually worked together with the community...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Day 2010 registrations open

    For the third year in a row the Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing SQL Server Day, together with Microsoft and their partners. This year the event takes place on Thursday December 2nd 2010, at the San Marco Village near Antwerp. The event will cover topics like SQL Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: VISUG event with Juval Lowy, October 14th

    The guys at the VISUG have done it again: Juval Lowy is visiting the country for an training class organized by Pieter Gheysens and like past editions they managed to get Juval for a free VISUG community event as well. This time Juval will be presenting “The Architect”, still some places...
  • Blog Post: Join Belgian Umbraco User Group in Brussels – June 10th

    Umbraco is an ASP.NET open source CMS that is getting more and more attention. No different in Belgium: the BUUG – Belgian Umbraco User Group is starting up and looking for participants. If you’re interested in participating in this community, either because you’re an Umbraco wiz...
  • Blog Post: Community Day 2010 registration open - 24th June

    The Belgian User Groups are again working together to organize the fourth edition of the Community Day on 24th June 2010. Don't miss this full day free event where there will be more than 20 sessions presented by the community and sponsors. Sessions include developer focused content like Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Las Vegas MIX’ing at Microsoft Belgium – live keynote watch event

    Don’t want to miss any of the announcements from MIX 2010 but can’t make it to Las Vegas in March? If you live in Belgium we have a good alternative for you. The Belgian Silverlight User Group and Microsoft are organizing a live keynote watch event: Las Vegas MIX’ing at Microsoft Belgium , on March 15th...
  • Blog Post: Event announcement: Leveraging Azure with non-Microsoft Technologies

    On Friday March 5th 2010, Josh Holmes will be presenting a session at the Microsoft offices in Zaventem: ‘ Leveraging Azure with non-Microsoft Technologies ’. The event is a joint organization between the PHPBenelux user group and Microsoft. The event is part of Josh’s PHP/Ruby on Azure Word Tour . If...
  • Blog Post: BeLux Silverlight Contest winners

    Our BeLux Silverlight contest ended on December 12th 2009, and we are now happy to announce the winners. As you will see, these are quite different types of applications but they shows some interesting facets of Silverlight. 1st Prize: Jobs Application submitted by DigiPoint. We love the full application...
  • Blog Post: Links for my intervention at Le Podcast High Tech – with Drupal user community Belgium

    Last month I joined the folks behind Le Podcast High Tech to talk about Microsoft’s support for running PHP applications on Windows, and other areas focusing on interoperability. I was invited by Gilles Bailleux, from the drupalfr.be community who was interested in giving us some ‘air-time’ during his...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Day 2009 – now with a full developer track

    The SQL Server Day , taking place on December 3rd in Utopolis Mechelen is a full day dedicated to SQL Server 2008 content. Driven by the SQL UG , they have now added a full developer-focused track. When: December 3rd 2010, keynote starts at 10 AM. Where: Utopolis Mechelen Content to expect: check out...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Belgian Silverlight User Group

    On November 5th the Belgian Silverlight User Group (BESUG) is already celebrating its 1st year anniversary. Congratulations are in order! After a successful startup year with workshops organized by the founders Frederik Duchi and Kevin DeRudder , as well as some sessions with top speakers like Laurent...
  • Blog Post: PHP Benelux event on Oct 28th – Microsoft & PHP

    Next week Kevin Dockx and Maarten Balliauw will be presenting a session at the PHP Benelux user group event . The event will take place on the 28th of October at 18h. Check out the site if you want to register. Maarten & Kevin’s session will be around Silverlight with PHP. Interesting topic if you...
  • Blog Post: Another chance to meet two ReMix speakers

    If you have not yet registered for the full day free event “ ReMix 2009 ”, taking place on September 29th in Kinepolis Brussels I suggest you don’t wait too long. Registration is still open, for the time being that is… There is also very good news because next to the ReMix event we have two user groups...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to new and re-awarded Belgian MVPs

    At Microsoft we like to drive special attention to people that do great work in the developer community, as you might know the MVP title is a recognition of this effort. Since yesterday we have two new MVPs in Belgium, of which one in the developer space. Therefore, I would like to congratulate Maarten...
  • Blog Post: Community Day 09 coming on 25th June

    Belgian user groups are doing it again: for the 3rd year they are organizing the Community Day. This year the event takes place on the 25th of June, in Utopolis Mechelen . The choice for a new venue was needed since last year’s location just became too small. Talking about a successful event! The Belgin...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: .NET User group and VB online forum have merged

    ACCB.NET , a .NET user group in the city of Bruges but welcoming people from all other the country has now merged with the VBiB online forum . The merger is final and new official name and logo are here. From now on, ACCB.NET & VBiB is the new official name. With this merger the user group has the...
  • Blog Post: New sessions by VISUG: Back 2 Basics

    As you may have noticed, VISUG normally delivers on the latest technologies. That’s a great way to keep your skills updated and learn about all that is coming. However this time VISUG is starting with a new type of session: Back 2 Basics. Back 2 Basics sessions are held in the afternoon (as opposed...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Drag & Drop Manager published on CodePlex

    Great to see the community publishing new stuff for the community. Kevin Dockx , the Sivlerlight guru as they call him over at RealDolmen, has recently published the source code, documentation and even an online working sample of drag & drop controls for Silverlight 2. > Silverlight Drag Drop...
  • Blog Post: New Belgian Community site launched

    Have you ever missed a User group event because you were too late to register? Maybe you were too late or even did not know the user group existed until after the event. Now this does not have to happen anymore. Ten of the Belgian Microsoft User Groups (both developer and IT-professionals) have just...
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