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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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    Quick tip: using the WP Connect utility instead of Zune client (Windows Phone 7)

    Deploying and debugging your Windows Phone 7 applications on a device requires Zune client software to be running. However, Zune client software blocks access to your local media database making it impossible to debug anything using media APIs. This may...
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    REMIX10: (r)Experience the conference with full recorded content online

    REMIX10 Belgium took place at the end of September 2010 in De Montil, Affligem. We managed to bring together a great combination of Microsoft Corp speakers as well as some local community speakers. As traditionally with REMIX events, two content tracks...
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    Don’t miss PDC 2010, wherever you are

    Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2010 is almost here: next Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October the conference is taking place in Redmond at the Microsoft campus. While only a select group of people has had the chance to get a ticket to personally...
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    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...
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    Are you ready for Windows Phone 7?

    Well, I hope you are because Windows Phone 7 is here! Yesterday was the official announcement around the commercial availability of Windows Phone 7 devices in Europe, Asia and United States. Starting with the press conference in New York where Steve Ballmer...
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    REMIX10 – Update and final chance to register

    This is it, next Tuesday 28th of September 2010 we will be hosting REMIX10 in De Montil, Affligem. We’ve managed to get a great list of speakers, both national and international, join us to deliver eight different sessions. If you want to register, now...
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    Our team is looking for an ISV Developer Evangelist, maybe you?

    Want to join a great team at Microsoft: DPE (Developer & Platform Evangelism) in Belgium & Luxembourg? You might want to check out this job description and who knows, you might be the one to join us! If you are strong in technology but also have...
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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools released (RTM)

    Today developers can start with the final migration of their Beta Windows Phone 7 code to RTM, as today the developer tools hit RTM version. This means that as of now code can be developed against the RTM version, with the final step before submitting...
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    Script Junkie – a resource on scripting, HTML and CSS

    The tagline for this Microsoft resource says a lot, Script Junkie : “ Essential cross-browser code, information and discussion ”. With the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 yesterday this site is even more a great resource for web scripting and HTML...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Beta is here: download and experiment

    Internet Explorer 9 Beta is here, and it’s here for you to try out. Yesterday we had the official beta launch event in San Francisco, with our own local event in Belgium. Download now ! With a bunch of new features, the team has focused on three main...
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    Windows Phone 7 - Developer Roadmap and a Belgian Contest

    Today the Windows Phone 7 Developer team blogged about the roadmap for the RTM version of the tools. Interesting to note that August marks six month anniversary of the public unveiling of the new Windows Phone platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...
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    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...
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    MSDN Meeting recording & links – MIX 2010 update (Silverlight 4, IE9, Windows Phone 7 dev)

    Last week Gill Cleeren and I presented the MSDN live meeting “MIX 2010 Announcements Update”, where we talked about the main MIX announcements and shared resources. You can find the session video recording as well as the slides below. To make it easy...
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