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    Final update: get ready for Web Camp Belgium - 24 January 2011

    We’re almost there: next Monday we are welcoming Scott Hanselman, Drew Robbins and Gill Cleeren for the first Web Camp Belgium. The event is fully booked, so praise yourself lucky if you got a seat. If you didn’t, no need to worry, we also have some very...
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    State of Application Security: Immature Practices Fuel Inefficiencies, but Positive ROI Is Attainable

    In November 2010, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a survey study of 150 North American software development influencers. The purpose of the study is to understand the current state of application security development practices and...
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    SQL Azure to SQL Server Synchronization

    In a previous blogpost I already mentioned that you can move your relational data into the cloud by leveraging Microsoft SQL Azure . Some day, however, you may realize that you also need this same data to be available on-premise (for example, field reps...
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    ASP.NET MVC 3, NuGet, IIS Express, SQL CE 4, Web Farm Framework, Orchard, WebMatrix released

    Last week, Microsoft released more than six new or upgraded products! All these products enhance developing for the Web, from professional developers with ASP.NET MVC3 and NuGet to novice users with WebMatrix. And the best news: they are all free. ASP.NET MVC 3 (now with Razor support, amongst other new features) NuGet (free, open source package manager for .NET, see also the NuGet Gallery ) IIS Express 7.5 SQL Server Compact Edition 4 (free embedded embedded, database engine that does not require...
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    Silverlight 4 named Best Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform by InfoWorld

    Some great news to share. Yesterday InfoWorld published “ InfoWorld’s 2011 Technology of the Year Awards ” in which Silverlight 4 has been named as the “Best Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform”. As InfoWorld writes (excerpt), see full slide here : “… Right now, we favor Silverlight . In the two categories most important to decision makers -- developer tools and design integration -- Silverlight trumps Flash/AIR/Flex . The toolset in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is demonstrably excellent , and...
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    Guide For Developing Application using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    With the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (see my previous post here ), you may want to check this excellent white paper here that provides guidance on how to build line of business applications using CRM 2011 and the Microsoft Platform...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch

    As you may already have heard, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 launch is just around the corner.  The local Dynamics CRM team at Microsoft is organizing a launch event on Tuesday, January 25th to learn more about this new release.  Join us at...
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    Web Camp Belgium: join online and breakfast is on us!

    Can’t make it to the Web Camp Belgium in-person (Monday January 24th)? Hurry up and you might get a free breakfast delivered to your company/community to watch the keynote and sessions via live stream . We don’t want you to miss anything so get a small group together and enjoy the show! How does this work? Microsoft is delivering free breakfast to your company so you can watch Scott Hanselman keynote, and follow the rest of the sessions live. How to participate? It’s easy: register with a minimum...
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    Web Camp Belgium update: new speaker and more of Scott Hanselman!

    On January 24th 2011 we are organizing the first Web Camp Belgium event. Scott Hanselman has confirmed his presence, and now with some changes to other confirmed speakers we will have a full two hour keynote by Scott. The keynote will cover all that is new with the Microsoft Web Platform. In addition to more time with Scott we have a new speakers confirmed: Jonathan Carter will be covering OData. Gill Cleeren and Katrien De Graeve will still each do a session as previously announced. Take a look...
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    Register for the next MSDN Live Meetings in January and February

    On January 18 and February 1 the first two MSDN Live Meetings of 2011 will take place, both focusing on the Windows Azure Platform. Every attendee of either Live Meeting will get a FREE Cloud Power T-shirt . Jan. 18, 2011: The Windows Azure Platform: Overview and New Features Join this MSDN Live Meeting to learn more about the Windows Azure Platform including an overview of the new features announced at PDC . Learn how the Windows Azure Platform can be used as a flexible cloud computing solution...
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    Web Camp Belgium on 24 January with Scott Hanselman and James Senior: attend or watch online

    Microsoft Web Camps are free events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. Good news: Web Camps are coming to Belgium! The Belgian Web Camp event on 24th of January 2011 is a full-day event where will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET MVC 3 , jQuery, HTML5 , OData and WebMatrix . Scott Hanselman is doing a two-hour keynote together with James Senior , which is then followed by three sessions delivered by Gill Cleeren...
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    New Windows Azure Platform Features Available Today

    Building out an infrastructure that supports your web service or application can be expensive, complicated and time consuming. Whether you need to forecast the highest possible demand, build out the network to support your peak times, getting the right servers in place at the right time or managing and maintaining the systems, these actions require time and money to do. The Windows Azure platform is a flexible cloud computing platform that lets you focus on solving business problems and addressing...
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    Quick tip [link]: Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide now available

    Last week the Patterns & Practices team announced the availability of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide. The guide describes a scenario around a fictitious company named Tailspin that has decided to include Windows Phone 7 as a client device for their existing cloud-based application. The book consists of seven chapters: Introducing Windows Phone 7 Designing Windows Phone 7 Applications The Tailspin Scenario Building the Mobile Client Using Services on the Phone Connecting with Services Interacting...
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    Do you have IT in your DNA?

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    Try and win a Windows Phone 7 or one of the many other IT prizes! Are you an IT Professional, a Developer, an Architect or a Designer? Whatever your preferred computer language, show us that you have IT in your DNA! You will maybe win a Microsoft Windows...
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    Quick tip [link]: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta has been announced

    Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta has been announced by Jason Zander and S. Somasegar . SP1 becomes available to the public in two phases: MSDN Subscribers can get the download as of now General public will be able to download the Service Pack as of December 9th 2010 Improvements include IntelliTrace support for 64bit and SharePoint, Performance Wizard for Silverlight, Unit Testing on .NET 3.5 and more. Link for download and more information : Jason Zander’s blog post “ Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta ”. Note: If you have ASP.NET MVC3 RC installed, Razor syntax intellisense will break. Please read Jason Zander’s note about current compatibility and wait for an update to the RC.   ‘ Quick tip ’ posts are short, useful posts pointing to content and tricks that might otherwise go lost in a typical 140 chars tweet on Twitterverse.
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    Silverlight 5 features, firestarter keynote and sessions resources

    Last week folks from all around the world attended the online or in-person keynote during the Silverlight Firestarter event in Redmond. Scott Guthrie did the opening keynote in which Silverlight 5 was shown to the public for the first time. The rest of the Firestarter event were in-depth sessions about the current version of Silverlight. > You can read the overview of announced Silverlight 5 features in Scott Guthrie’s blog post: Announcing Silverlight 5 In this post we’ll go through the main topics of the keynote and sessions, and highlight some of the shared information with resources that you can use today. Silverlight 5 Beta has been announced for H1 2011. As mentioned by Scott, there were more than 20.000 votes up on Silverlight feature request site ( Uservoice ). About 70% of those votes are addressed in the new features in Silverlight 5 beta. The keynote and Silverlight 5 highlights > Watch the full keynote on demand: Silverlight Firestarter Keynote with Scott Guthrie Media Something that is probably not shown enough is the support by IIS Media Services 4.0 released in November, to deliver high quality video to a series of clients and devices. During the keynote, Chris Knowlton showed how to use Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro and IIS Media Services to setup a live HD Smooth Streaming site serving up on Silverlight desktop, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone/iPad. Please note this is not Silverlight running on iOS but rather automated transmuxing of the video on the IIS server to be compatible with iOS. Chris Knowlton’s demo is fully on today’s technology of Silverlight 4, IIS Media Services and Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro. Chris showed only one unreleased version which is Expression Encoder Pro SP1 . Scott Guthrie mentioned IIS Smooth Streaming capabilities are coming to Windows Azure in the future as well. Note: Scott Hanselman has a great post up on his blog that runs through all the steps: Streaming Live or On-Demand Video from IIS7 to iOS Devices (iPhone/iPad) and Silverlight Start using today : IIS Media Services 4.0 and Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro . > Download IIS Media Services 4.0 Announced Silverlight 5 media features include: TrickPlay support with audio pitch correction Hardware decode Remote control support Business applications John Papa showed a few of his top features for Silverlight 5 business applications and also how to use coded UI testing, now available with Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 (available for Ultimate and Premium editions of Visual Studio). Tim Heuer has a video up on his blog on how to use the Test Manager and coded UI tests. > Download Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 > Download WCF RIA Services Toolkit December 2010 (by the way, did you know the new Windows Azure Management Portal is built using Silverlight and WCF RIA Services?) Announced Silverlight 5 business app features include: Model View ViewModel (MVVM) and Databinding enhancements like binding in style setters, ancestor RelativeSource, debugging support in XAML (yes!!), markup extensions, much more… PostScript vector printing WS-Trust support Out of browser: child windows within app, P/Invoke (on Windows) Enhanced in-browser trusted app: with group policy allow access to My Documents, COM and more Microsoft Visual Studio profiling 3D and Graphics To present some of the new low level 3D features announced for Silverlight 5, Luigi Rosso, Chief Technical Officer and and Guido Rosso, Chief Creative Officer from Archetype were invited on stage. You’ll have to watch the video to watch Scott Guthrie in 3D. The red polo shirt plays a role, not saying more than that… Announced Silverlight 5 graphics features include: GPU accelerated 3D API Hardware acceleration with Internet Explorer 9 The keynote was closed by a very interesting demo of how the SQL Server team is building new products on top of Silverlight. In-depth sessions In-depth sessions are about what you can use today (Silverlight 4), although some of the speakers throw in a few notes when something new in the future will easy a certain task. All sessions are available on Channel9 for on-demand viewing or download in different formats including MP3. Data Binding Strategies with Silverlight and WP7 by Jesse Liberty Did not yet have the chance to watch this session but according to Twitterserve it was pretty good to say the least. Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ by Yavor Georgiev Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services by Dan Wahlin Download the announced update: WCF RIA Services Toolkit December 2010 MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns with Silverlight and WP7 by John Papa John uses the Book Club example to go through the session material. He explain the most important aspects of implementing MVVM pattern and how to integrate with WCF RIA Services and others. Shout outs to some of the open source MVVM libraries available out there: MVVM Light Toolkit by Laurent Bugnion Caliburn and Caliburn Micro by Rob Eisenberg Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience by Tim Heuer Tim Heuer has written about the Silverlight installation subject earlier on his blog.  Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips by Mike Cook & Jossef Goldberg Performance Tips for Silverlight Phone 7 by Jaime Rodriguez You can find Jaime’s source code, presentation and a performance cheat-sheet (very useful!) in his blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/archive/2010/12/02/windows-phone-application-performance-at-silverlight-firestarter.aspx New Silverlight Labs A new set of labs was also released during the event. You can follow online or download the content for viewing offline. These labs are focused on Silverlight Line of Business (LOB) applications with practical, real-world samples. View Firestarter labs
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    Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal Now Available

    At PDC10 last month, we announced a host of enhancements for Windows Azure designed to make it easier for customers to run existing Windows applications on Windows Azure, enable more affordable platform access and improve the Windows Azure developer and...
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    Microsoft Webcafe #1 – Resources and notes

    Yesterday we organized the first Microsoft Webcafe at the Palm Breweries in Steenhuffel. I was really happy to see familiar and lots of unfamiliar faces join this new informal web professionals get-together. Check out some of the pictures on our Facebook...
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    See the next version of Silverlight – live streaming event on December 2, 2010

    During the Silverlight Firestarter event on December 2 nd 2010, Scott Guthrie is set to deliver the opening keynote and show you the future of Siverlight . That’s right, the next version of Silverlight! For Belgium, book your time to watch...
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    Quick tip [link]: Enabling IE9 Beta UI features in Platform Preview 6

    As I blogged earlier, Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6 is out. As with previous editions, the Platform Preview does not give you any UI like you get with the beta. However, there is a ‘secret’ switch you can use to give the Platform Preview the...
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    Windows Phone 7 Project call at the MIC (Mons)

    Need assistance in getting around your Windows Phone 7 project? The Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons is organizing a Call for Projects with an incredible amount of supporting activities lined up: Getting cheaper access to developer device Training...
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    IIS Media Services 4.0 released, support for multiple devices

    Earlier this week, the media team released Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4.0. As Chris Knowlton blogs , this latest release brings quite a number of new features, including low-latency delivery and support for multiple devices. Quoting...
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    Silverlight going forward

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    Last Friday during PDC 2010, President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft, Bob Muglia was interviewed by Mary-Jo Foley on HTML5 and Silverlight. The way in which the interview was interpreted has caused some feedback from the Belgian MSDN...
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    Creating a Tile using theme’s color as background (Windows Phone 7)

    The Windows Phone 7 Start screen default tiles like e-mail and agenda use the current Theme color with a visual and text in white. Depending on the theme color, whether it’s set to Dark or Light, white content will always on the Tile’s foreground color...
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    Internet Explorer 9 - Platform Preview 6 is out

    IE9 Platform Previews have been out since March 2010, with a new version hitting the site every eight weeks more or less. Even after the release of Internet Explorer 9 Beta, in September 2010, this is still no different. The platform previews deliver...
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