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Gill Cleeren     Events | Windows 8 | WinRT     March 8, 2013    

Lots of attendees for my advanced MVVM talks at Belgium and the Netherlands. As promised, here are the demos and slides for the talks. Enjoy!



  Posted on: Friday, March 08, 2013 3:55:01 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Speaking | telerik     July 10, 2012    

Last week, I was busy with another user group tour in the UK for Telerik. This year, I was able to give a total of 7 sessions in 4 cities (Hereford, Cheltenham, Bristol and Southampton). A lot of people stopped by to join me on an exploration of some Windows 8 and Windows Phone talks. During the talks, we looked at the upcoming Telerik controls for Windows 8 which will make LOB development much easier in the Windows 8 space!

Here are some of the pictures of some of the evenings:

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All the slides and demos can be downloaded below.

Thanks for stopping by to all that attended!

  Posted on: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:02:22 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight     December 18, 2011    

On December 6th, I did a webinar on the new features in Silverlight 5. You can download all the material from the below links.

Let’s explore Silverlight 5: Slides - Demos

  Posted on: Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:49:04 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events     December 15, 2011    

With a bit of delay, here are the slides and demos of my 2 talks I gave at the SDN Conference in Zeist, The Netherlands.

Let’s explore Silverlight 5: SlidesDemos

Silverlight and Azure: SlidesDemos

Small note: the Silverlight 5 demos were built for the RC version of Silverlight 5 and need a rebuild before they’ll work with the RTM version.

  Posted on: Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:39:10 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Speaking | telerik     December 4, 2011    

To complete the travelling of 2011, I spent the last week of November touring the entire UK for another user group tour for Telerik (the second one in the UK this year). Telerik is very active in the support of user groups: through the Telerik Insider program, speakers can be requested to go and talk to user groups all over the world, entirely sponsored by Telerik. During the talks, which are deep-dive technical talks, licenses and swag is given to attendees.

This tour brought me in the Northern part of the country, more specifically, I visited a user group in Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. At each location, we did 2 sessions. One of these that we “repeated” at each location was an introduction to Windows 8 and WinRT development. This of course triggered a lot of interesting discussion and questions. Each stop also filled their rooms quite well! We were lucky to have good weather (we had, apart from one single rain shower, not a single day of rain in Scotland in the last week of November!) so I made all the cities in place. Also, the weather triggered high show-rates.

I brought home a few things from Scotland, including a cold that is now in its 10th day. This caused me to be delayed in posting all the content. But now, without further delay, here’s all the files (slides and demos) of all talks:

Windows 8 – Windows Runtime: slidesdemos

Liverpool: Building a Windows Phone 7 app from start to finish:

Newcastle: Silverlight and Azure

Edinburgh: Building a Windows Phone 7 app from start to finish

Aberdeen: Silverlight 5 for LOB Development

I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for all the user groups for their work!

  Posted on: Sunday, December 04, 2011 11:49:55 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events     December 2, 2011    

About Microsoft TechDays

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Join our 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

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  • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET ...
  • Windows & Internet Explorer
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  • Windows Phone 7 development
  • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune

Kinepolis Imagibraine

After 3 great years in Metropolis Antwerp we’re moving TechDays to a new location: Kinepolis Imagibraine in Braine l’Alleud (Eigenbrakel). The movie theatre is easily reachable both by car and via public transportation.

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If you’re coming by train: the Braine l’Alleud train station is very well connected with major cities in Belgium:

- Antwerp: direct connection from Antwerpen-Centraal taking approx. 1 hour
- Ghent: 1 hour trip from Gent Sint-Pieters, switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
- Brugge: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
- Hasselt: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
- Leuven: 50 min trip switching trains once at Brussel-Noord
- Mons: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
- Namur: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Charleroi-Sud
- Liège: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
- Brussels: 15 minutes from Brussel-Zuid

There is a direct bus line (bus 67 from the TEC company) running from the Braine l’Alleud train station to Kinepolis Imagibraine, taking about 10 minutes.

Coming by car? Kinepolis Imagibraine is just 5 minutes from the R0 highway (exit 24). Driving directions are available here.

  Posted on: Friday, December 02, 2011 3:28:30 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | WP7     November 10, 2011    

I seem to have forgotten to upload the slides and demos of my talk at the UX Tour event last week in Antwerp, Belgium. You can now download them below here.

  Posted on: Thursday, November 10, 2011 2:04:32 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | telerik     November 9, 2011    

I’m getting ready for yet another user group tour for Telerik, the second time in the UK and Scotland this year (earlier I did Cambridge, Oxford and several other cities). Since Telerik is sponsoring these sessions, I can give away some licenses on each stop as well! Each evening, we’ll do some deep technical talks on XAML-related topics.

This time, I’m heading more to the North of the country: I’ll be stopping in Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In each city, I’ll be doing 2 talks. For most evenings, some seats are still available so you can still register. All sessions are of course free and some food (I guess pizza :) ) will be available as well.

Registering can be done through the following links.

I hope to see you there!

  Posted on: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 8:53:46 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [3]
Gill Cleeren     Events     November 9, 2011    

While I was teaching a Windows Phone 7 class in Oslo, Norway, I found the time to stop by at the local NNUG user group. I gave 2 talks and as promised, you can download the slides and demos below:

Silverlight 5 LOB Development
MVVM in Silverlight

I hope you enjoyed them, thanks to all attendees (over 70!) for stopping by on such short notice!

  Posted on: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 9:00:04 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight     October 20, 2011    

I had the privilege to speak at DevReach in Sofia, Bulgaria this week. DevReach is a great conference, sponsored mainly by Telerik. Now in its sixth edition, the conference always manages to have some of the best speakers around, including Scott Hanselman, Carl Franklin, Richard Campbell and many others.

I gave 2 talks on Silverlight. As promised, you can download the code and slide decks below:

Silverlight 5 LOB Development: SlidesDemos
Advanced Silverlight Development: Slides - Demos

  Posted on: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:10:51 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight | Webcasts | Webinars     August 25, 2011    

On Wednesday 24th August, I gave a webinar on Advanced Silverlight 5 development for The webinar was attended by a lot of people and I got a lot of great feedback on it. Thanks!

As promised, you can download the slides and the demos from my blog:



  Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:55:56 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight | telerik     July 11, 2011    

Last week, I travelled through the UK to give a total of 8 sessions for Telerik to 4 chapters of the user groups. More specifically, I went to Hereford, Oxford, Coventry and Cambridge. It was a pleasure being there, since we had some nice discussions throughout the talks (which of course caused all sessions to run longer than expected, some about 2,5-3  hours :) ). For the first time, I did everything by train and all went well (not a single delay on the 10 trains I took in the UK. I even had to pass through London when going from one station to another to go from Coventry to Cambridge).


This tour was sponsored again by my good friends at Telerik, which help to get speakers to user groups with the program I am in. If you have a user group yourself and want me to come over, let me know! It’s entirely free and I can give away some nice swag and licenses at each talk!

Here are some pictures of last week:



And as promised, here are all the slides and demos of all the sessions:

  Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2011 10:20:52 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     Blend | Events | Silverlight | Webinars     June 15, 2011    

Tomorrow, Thursday June 16th, I’ll be doing another webinar for SilverlightShow. I think that this one if the 7th webinar I’m doing for them!

This one is totally devoted to Expression Blend: Expression Blend for developers. That means (sadly) that I won’t be doing any drawing or graphics-related stuff! I’m going to talk about how I think XAML developers can be more productive with Expression Blend instead of only using Visual Studio for their work.

This is the agenda:

  • 5-minute guided tour of Blend
  • Great work starts with a sketch: SketchFlow
  • Push the button: sample data generation
  • Binding with Blend: how to use data-binding
  • Customization bonanza
    • Styling
    • Resources and resource dictionaries
    • Templates
    • A custom control
  • Blend behaving badly: behaviors
  • Animations and other moving things
  • Blend welcomes WP7
  • The Blend-bag-of-tricks

The outline of the webinar is here and of course you can subscribe for free. The webinar takes about 75 minutes.

A nice extra is that my publisher (Packt Publishing) is giving away 3 copies of the LITE edition of the book I wrote together with Kevin Dockx. So by simply attending, you could win a book!

CookBookLITEI hope to see you online tomorrow!

  Posted on: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:01:56 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events     June 12, 2011    

I enjoyed a lot being at NDC 2011 (Oslo, Norway) again for the second year. I gave two sessions, one on LightSwitch and a second one on Expression Blend. I hope you enjoyed them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Here are the downloads as promised

Switch on the LightSwitch: SlidesDemos

Expression Blend 4 for developers: Slides - Demos

  Posted on: Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:57:44 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events | Slide decks     May 16, 2011    

I just noticed that all DevDays 11 Netherlands sessions are available for online viewing. You can see them here. My talk on jQuery can be found here. Looking at the comments, I think attendees (around 350 I guess) liked what they saw :)

All slides and demos are available here in case you want to try out what I’ve been showing in the talk!

  Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2011 11:19:22 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events     May 5, 2011    

On May 26th, Ordina is organizing a free technology event. Ordina’s technology specialists will give 21 sessions of 30 minutes, spread over 5 tracks. The event is free for everyone to join, registration is required. You can register here:



We will have the following sessions for you to attend:

Agenda: Stand out from the crowd with Microsoft technology on May 26, 6 pm
30-minute sessions – the choice is yours
    Visual Studio LightSwitch
    Building a Windows Phone7 application: lessons learnt
    C#5 Async
    Automated scripted deployment of SharePoint
    SharePoint 2010: architectural overview
    Developing against SharePoint 2010 lists
    Where .Net meets SQL Server: SQL CLR
    Extending to multilingual reporting
    Using geo data within Report Builder 3.0
Application Lifecycle Management     
    Automate your deployment cycle with TFS Build 2010 and Workflow 4
    Delivering quality software with TFS 2010
    Team Explorer Everywhere: TFS and Java, better together
    Reporting services in the cloud
    Moving a legal application in the cloud
    Windows Phone7 and the cloud
    Unified Communications: Lync
    Unified Communications: Office 365
Enterprise Portfolio Management
    Demand management using workflow in Project Server 2010
    Bridging the project and work management gap

Interested? Join us!

  Posted on: Thursday, May 05, 2011 2:43:32 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Events     April 29, 2011    

To round things up, here are the slides and demos of my WebMatrix talk at GeekNight (DevDays) in The Netherlands.


  Posted on: Friday, April 29, 2011 9:05:29 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [2]
Gill Cleeren     Events     April 28, 2011    

And here are the slides and demos of my jQuery talk at DevDays Netherlands 2011.


I hope you enjoyed the talk!

  Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:03:25 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Community Day | Events     April 21, 2011    

With the great weather we’re having, it’s even more obvious that summer is approaching. And we all know what that means, don’t we?

Indeed, Community Day 2011 is coming closer! This fifth edition will be the biggest one we ever did, with more sessions, the best food, great networking opportunities and the best speakers the Belgian (and who knows…) has to offer.

We’ve had a tremendous response from sponsors already and we’re proud to announce the following companies as our sponsors for this year’s edition:



Of course, Community Day 2011 is again a joint event of 13 Belgian user groups. The following user groups are part of this year’s edition:

  • AZUG
  • IT-Talks
  • Pro-Exchange
  • SCUG
  • Visug
  • WinSec
  • DotNetHub
  • MyTIC
  • We’re currently working hard on the agenda, which will be online in 2-3 weeks. At that point, you’ll be able to register as well. Just like previous editions, Community Day 2011 is still a free event.

    At this point, I suggest you add the event to your calendar by opening this *.ics file.

    To help spread the word about the event, use the following blog bling! Thanks for helping!


      Posted on: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:54:43 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | telerik     April 18, 2011    

    As part of the Telerik Insider program, I’ll be touring in the UK this summer. More specifically, I’ll be speaking in Oxford, Hereford, Cambridge and Coventry. On each event, attendees can win a full Telerik license!

    You can register here for the events:

    I hope to see a lot of you in the UK! (and while you’re at it, reserve me some nice weather!)

      Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:21:52 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | telerik     April 18, 2011    

    About 2 weeks ago, the Telerik insider program has been made official (I only found time to blog about it since we bought a house in that week, causing a lot of extra stress and work :) ). I’m very happy that the word on the program is now official AND that I was one of the first to be part of this fantastic initiative.


    Let me start by explaining what the program is all about: The Insiders Program, a speaker’s bureau for the community run by Telerik, is comprised of 14 (thus far) passionate and influential speakers conducting a variety of sessions at community events and user groups. Check out their profiles and abstracts here and our FAQ page for detailed information. The full explanation can be found here: .

    The official press release can be found here: Telerik Emphasizes Commitment to Developer Community with Globally Expanded Insiders Program. Some interesting quotes:

    The Telerik Insiders Program delivers added value by providing entrée to influential speakers willing to share their .NET
    knowledge, insight, and expertise,” said Svetozar Georgiev, CEO of Telerik. 

    “I cannot express enough how much of a benefactor Telerik has been to our community throughout the last several years. They support user groups and community events by providing much-needed resources and help, but also go that extra step by providing top-notch, quality speakers who are passionate about training and knowledge-sharing,” says Pensacola User Group leader, Karla Landrum.

    “User groups and regional events are really the heart of the developer community – they provide unique opportunities for peer-to-peer engagement, and facilitate sharing of real-world development best practices,” said Emily Parker, Community Program Manager at Telerik.

    I was “enrolled” in the program December 2009 and have done quite a few speaker engagements since then. I went to VBUG UK, visited user groups all over Sweden and the Netherlands… This year, I’ll be visiting the UK (5 user groups) and Ireland (5 user groups) in the coming months.

    What’s in it for you

    The good news is that you can benefit from this program as well. If you have a user group (just about anywhere), you can contact us ( to have a Telerik Insider at your next event. All for free. Just send a mail and we can discuss things.

      Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:16:21 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | LightSwitch | Silverlight     April 18, 2011    

    This Wednesday, April 20th, I’ll be doing a webinar on LightSwitch on SilverlightShow!

    LightSwitch is a new part of the Visual Studio family and makes it possible to more easily create professional-quality business applications for the desktop, the web, and the cloud. The big question of course: Is LightSwitch something for you?

    In this webinar, you’ll get the answer! Silverlight MVP Gill Cleeren will show how you can build professional LOB applications quickly using LightSwitch. We will cover why you should look at LightSwitch, binding to data, and building out the user interface. LightSwitch is however more than just some predefined screens: developers will love it for its extensibility, which we’ll cover deeply.

    As always, the webinar is free but registration is required. You can register here:

      Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2011 9:26:51 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | TechDays | Windows Phone 7     March 29, 2011    
      Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:42:31 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren | AJAX | Events | Speaking | TechDays | jQuery     March 29, 2011    

    I just finished my first talk at TechDays Sweden 2011 on jQuery. As promised, you can find the slides and demos here.

    I hope you enjoyed the session (sadly not everyone could get in the room) although it was extremely hot in the room. If you have any comments/questions, please send them to me.



      Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 4:49:22 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | telerik     March 29, 2011    

    News update for all UK .NET/Silverlight/Windows Phone 7 developers: I'll be touring the UK in the summer, giving quite a few sessions. This new tour is again sponsored by Telerik, meaning that attendees can win licenses of Telerik!

    The following cities are currently on my schedule:

    Hereford - 4th July
    Oxford - 5th July
    Coventry - 6th July
    Cambridge - 7th July
    The exact content will be announced soon. Hope to meet many of you at one of these events!

      Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:15:20 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight | Webcasts     March 29, 2011    

    Last week, I did a webinar where I showed quite a few scenarios on where Silverlight and Windows Azure can be a very powerful combination. The webinar can be seen on-demand for free via In this webinar, I covered the following items:

    1.    Parts of Windows Azure

    2.    Why does a Silverlight developer need to care?

    3.    Developing for Windows Azure

    o    Required tools

    o    Emulators (“local cloud”)

    o    Azure Portal

    4.    Moving Silverlight applications to the cloud

    o    Database only

    o    WCF

    o    REST

    o    Entire Silverlight applications

    o    RIA Services

    o    Azure as intermediate layer for Twitter

    5.    Using blob storage

    o    Silverlight/Azure video player

    6.    Windows Phone and Azure

    o    Accessing services in the cloud

    o    WP7 Push Notification services


    Also, I started writing some articles on this topic as well. The first one can be found here:

    The next and last part will be published soon.

    Hope you like them and learn something from both of these resources.

      Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:05:26 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     March 25, 2011    

    In the coming months, I’ll be travelling through Europe and doing sessions in quite a few locations. Here’s when and where you can catch me.

    Event Date Location Sessions
    TechDays Sweden March 29-30 Orebrö, Sweden
    • What you, as an ASP.NET developer, need to know about jQuery
    • Building a Windows Phone 7 application in 60 minutes
    TechDays Switzerland April 5-6 Zürich, Switzerland To jQuery or to Ajax Client Library, that is the question
    TechDays Belgium April 26-28 Antwerp, Belgium Switch on the LightSwitch
    TechDays Netherlands April 27-29 Den Haag, The Netherlands

    What you, as an ASP.NET developer, need to know about jQuery

    GeekNight at TechDays April 28 Den Haag, The Netherlands Introduction to the WebMatrix
    Windows Phone 7 Tour Norway May 4-6 Oslo, Norway 3 day intensive training on Windows Phone 7
    Windows Phone 7 Tour Belgium May 11-13 Brussels, Belgium 3 day intensive training on Windows Phone 7
    Silverlight Tour Belgium May 16-20 Brussels, Belgium 5 day intensive training on Silverlight 4
    TechDays UK May 26th London, UK WCF RIA Services for Productive Silverlight App Development
    NDC 2011 June 8-10 Oslo, Norway
    • Switch on the LightSwitch
    • Blend for Developers
    Silverlight Tour Norway June 15-17 Oslo, Norway 5 day intensive training on Silverlight 4
    Community Day Belgium June 23 Mechelen, Belgium TBD
    Windows Phone 7 Tour The Netherlands 27-29 June Utrecht, The Netherlands 3 day intensive training on Windows Phone 7
    Telerik Tour UK (TBC) July 4-8 All over the UK TBD
    Telerik Tour Ireland (TBC) September 19-23 All over Ireland TBD

    It’s going to be a very busy couple of months. I hope to see many of you on one of these events!

      Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:30:43 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Visug     January 13, 2011    

    With the new year now almost 2 weeks old, we have put online the first Visug events of 2011 (and we have a great list of upcoming ones as well, more on that soon).

    To start with a bang, we have Scott Hanselman doing a session on January 24th! The final session content will be available soon, but it will be in the MVC/NuGet area. As we expect this to be fully booked very soon, register quickly via

    Secondly, Bart Wullems will be doing a session on Caliburn.Micro.
    You've heard a lot about Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM), but you've struggled to see how it can help you in your day-to-day work. Or, you're experienced at implementing MVVM, but looking for some ways to maximize your investment in this methodology. In this session, we explore Caliburn.Micro(, a simple MVVM framework, by iteratively identifying pain points in our UI development and eliminating them with simple solutions. You'll walk away with code, but more importantly with an understanding of how to apply some simple ideas to improve productivity with MVVM in your own projects.

    Register here:

    It will be another great Visug year!

      Posted on: Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:05:25 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     .NET 4 | | Events     December 16, 2010    

    OK, now what is a webcamp then?
    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. I’ll be doing the oData and JQuery sessions and Katrien De Graeve is doing the HTML5 talk.

    Two options to registering for the event:

    1. Register to attend in-person:
    2. Register for the keynote live stream and see how you could have free breakfast delivered to your company:

    Location: Business Faculty
    St. Lendriksborre 6 / Font Saint Landry 6
    Brussel - Neder over Heembeek 1120
    Timing: Monday 24 January 2011 – 8:30 to 17:00

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    Full agenda:

    8:30 9:00

    Welcome and registration


    Opening Keynote by Scott Hanselman and James Senior on ASP.NET MVC 3 and WebMatrix


    Coffee Break


    HTML5: How about today? (Katrien De Graeve)

    What is HTML5? With more and more browsers supporting HTML5, ECMAScript 5 and other web standards, developers now have a strong web platform they can use to create a new class of web application that is more powerful and interactive than ever before. What's in HTML5 that lets us take our sites to the next level?
    Expect demos and code!




    Come in as jQuery zero, go out as jQuery hero (Gill Cleeren)

    jQuery is the web developers’ new favorite. This lightweight JavaScript library has developers writing JavaScript code again, and loving it! What previously needed 20 lines of code can now be done in just 3 lines. Who wouldn’t be enthusiastic? Microsoft showed its love for the library by fully integrating it in Visual Studio. I dare to ask: should you stay behind? In this session, we’ll take a look at jQuery and we’ll teach you what you need to know to get you on your way. More specifically, we’ll look at selectors, attributes, working with WCF, jQuery UI, and much more. You could easily walk out of this session wearing a sticker: “I love jQuery”!


    Coffee Break


    Oh, look at that data: using oData to expose your data over the web (Gill Cleeren)

    While applications, sites, tools all generate tons of useful data, it is sometimes hard to access that data from your own application. To increase the shared value of data, Microsoft has introduced the Open Data protocol. Using Open Data, we can expose any data source as a web-friendly data feed.
    In this session, we'll start by looking at oData, to make sure that everyone is on board with all the concepts. We'll see how it adds value for the developer and the end user for many of Microsoft's products and services. We'll then look at how we can build our own oData services using WCF Data Services, from working with the basic concepts to more advanced features such as query interceptors and service operations.
    Come and learn about information and entity services that are stunning in their simplicity!


    Closing drink

      Posted on: Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:01:38 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight | sl4     December 16, 2010    

    Yesterday, I did another webinar for SilverlightShow titled “Building a Silverlight application end-to-end”. During the presentation (which took about 90 minutes), we had over 200 people attending which was great!

    The goal of the presentation was giving an overview of topics that developers will encounter when building real world applications with the Silverlight platform:

    1. SketchFlow
    2. WCF RIA Services
    3. Data binding & DataGrid
    4. MVVM
    5. MEF
    6. Commanding & behaviors
    7. Messaging, navigation & dialogs
    8. Custom controls & third party controls
    9. OOB
    10. Printing

    A video will be available shortly, meanwhile, you can already download the slides and demos here:
    Slides - Demos

      Posted on: Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:32:39 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [3]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight | sl4 | Speaking     October 27, 2010    

    On Wednesday October 27th, I gave a webinar for The topic in this webinar was 10 tips in Silverlight 4. The video will be online soon. Meanwhile, you can already take a look at the slides and demos below.


      Posted on: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:23:57 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | PDC     October 27, 2010    

    The upcoming PDC, which starts tomorrow, is probably the most unique one ever. While there are only a 1000 attendees possible AND the event is taking place in Redmond, more people than even will be able to watch it live. This is truly the first world-wide PDC.


    If you want to watch the keynote live, you can do so using .
    Also, you can join us at the Microsoft building where we are holding a local PDC event (Visug and Microsoft). Still a few seats open here so register if you want to join via EventDetail.aspx-EventID=1032463933&Culture=en-US .
    More on PDC here in the coming days of course!

      Posted on: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:54:09 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events | Silverlight | sl4 | Speaking     October 11, 2010    

    Yesterday, I arrived back home after touring Sweden for a week. I gave presentations in Malmö, Stockholm, Örebro and Götherborg. Each session was attended by a great number of developers, all members of Swenug. The sessions were sponsored by the people at Telerik: at each session, I got to give away some cool prices from Telerik, including in each city a Telerik Ultimate Collection!

    Malmo pictures

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    Stockholm pictures

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    Örebro pictures

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    Göthenburg pictures

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    In the meantime, here are the downloads for the sessions, including all demos and slide decks.

    I hope to be back in Sweden very soon! If you have any questions or remarks, please let me know!

      Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2010 2:58:33 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Community | Events | Silverlight | sl4 | Speaking     September 24, 2010    

    From October 4th until October 8th, I’ll be touring through Sweden, visiting 4 user groups in 4 cities to do a mini-Silverlight roadshow. During the 4 evenings, I’ll be giving sessions on data-related stuff using Silverlight.

    If you’re in the neighborhood (or live in Sweden :) ), you’re welcome to join of course. All events are free and start at 6pm. Here are the details of where I’ll be on which day:

    October 4th: Malmö
    Cornerstone Malmö, 
    Norra Vallgatan 100

    October 6th: Stockholm
    .Net Akademien
    Dalagatan 100

    October 7th: Örebro
    Klostergatan 23

    October 8th: Göteborg
    Lindholmspiren 9

    I hope to meet you there!

      Posted on: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:35:41 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events | Silverlight | Slide decks | Speaking     August 27, 2010    

    Yesterday, I gave a talk for, the Dutch usergroup at the Ordina offices in Nieuwegein. 55 people attended the sold-out talk, I hope you enjoyed it. Any feedback is of course welcome via mail.

    The talk, Building an end-to-end Silverlight application consisted out of 10 topics that we often encounter when building LOB applications:

    • 1.SketchFlow
    • 2.WCF RIA Services
    • 3.Data binding & DataGrid
    • 4.MVVM
    • 5.MEF
    • 6.Commanding & behaviors
    • 7.Messaging, navigation & dialogs
    • 8.Custom controls & third party controls
    • 9.OOB
    • 10.Printing

    The ZIP file below contains the PPTX and the demos (also of the 2 topics we didn’t cover).

    Remember that in 2 weeks, on September 14th, I’ll be again in the Netherlands for 2 sessions for SiXin, the Silverlight usergroup. Registration for this event is free and can be done here.

    PPTX & demos

      Posted on: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:54:17 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Slide decks     August 19, 2010    

    Today, I gave a webinar for the readers of SilverlightShow. The video recording will be online soon. You can get the slides and demo from here.

      Posted on: Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:02:04 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren | Events | ppt | Silverlight     June 28, 2010    

    Last week, I gave 2 sessions at NDC 2010 (Norwegian Developer Conference) in Oslo. I was glad that I was asked by the organization to be part of this conference that is known for its long list of renowned speakers. Here are my impressions of the conference as well as the downloads I promised in my sessions.


    Conference report
    Oslo is a really nice city. I mean really nice. People are friendly, the city is very clean and apparently, it houses a lot of great developers too.

    NDC 2010 took place this year from June 16th until June 18th in the Oslo Spectrum. The Spectrum is a large event center, comparable to the Sportpaleis in Belgium. For me, it was the first time I’ve been to a conference that was organized in this type of center. I was at first wondering whether this would be handy to attend and give sessions in. Well, it works great ?. You have a great view of the session contents because of the screens being high in the rooms while you can still see the speaker very good as well. While giving my sessions, I was still able to have interaction with and see the audience.  The organization of the event itself was done as it should as well. So for the conference and infrastructure, a big thumbs up!

    While infrastructure is one thing, content of sessions is much more important. One of the reasons I was really looking forward coming to this event as a speaker, as I mentioned in the intro, is that it is filled with top speakers for a developer audience Also, I got to hang out with a great number of fellow RDs. Names included Juval Löwy, Michelle Bustamente, Ingo Rammer, Richard Campbell, Carl Franklin, Tim Heuer, Billy Hollis, Rob Conery, Greg Young, Robert Martin and I’m forgetting a whole lot at this point. This is a formula for success: the Norwegians surely know how to “entertain” a developer crowd.

    All in all, NDC is a really nice conference that is now on my list of yearly-must-attend events! Congrats on job well done to the people of Programutvikeling (I hope I’m spelling it right, my Norwegian is even after a week still horrible).

    Session downloads
    Here are the links for downloads for both my sessions:
    Silverlight 4 Data Access and Services not for the faint of heart

    ASP.NET 4 Caching: Performance for free

    If you have any questions or remarks, please send me a mail!

      Posted on: Monday, June 28, 2010 11:18:35 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Community Day | Events | Speaking     June 28, 2010    

    At Community Day 2010, together with Bart Wullems, I gave a session called Building an enterprise application with Silverlight and NHibernate. You can download the slide deck and demo below:

    Slide deck


      Posted on: Monday, June 28, 2010 11:18:23 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Community Day | Efficiency | Events     May 11, 2010    

    Community Day 2010 is coming! Registration is now open.

    No less than fourteen Microsoft user groups combine their efforts to organize this unique knowledge-sharing and networking event. With so many new Microsoft product and technology releases, the content of this Community Day will be focusing on Visual Studio 2010, SharePoint 2010, Silverlight 4, Office 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, OCSR2, and many more!
    So don’t miss out on the Community Day and join us on Thursday June 24th in Utopolis, Mechelen. We will bring together more than 300 IT Pro’s and developers.
    The Community Day 2010 is brought to you by Azug, Besug, Biwug, IT-Talks Pro-Exchange, SCUG, SQLUG, VBIB, Visug, WinSec, XNA-BUG, CLUG, MyTIC and DotNetHub.

    Register now for free at !

      Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:35:01 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     May 3, 2010    

    Here are the slides and demos of the VBUG Spring Conference in Birmingham. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope to be back soon :)



      Posted on: Monday, May 03, 2010 10:15:25 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     .NET 4 | | Events     April 12, 2010    

    I just noticed that the video of my session on ASP.NET 4.0 at DevDays Netherlands is online. You can watch it here:

      Posted on: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:10:38 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     Community Day | Events     April 5, 2010    

    After some behind-the-scenes work, I’m happy to announce that Community Day 2010 will take place on June 24th 2010 in Utopolis Mechelen.

    This fourth installment of THE community event of the year will of course focus on all the new technologies that are coming out of Microsoft these months, including Visual Studio 2010, SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Silverlight 4, .NET 4.0, SQL Server 2008 R2 etc.

    New this year is that we have a dedicated track on one specific technology and that will be SharePoint 2010. This track will contain general SharePoint 2010 sessions as well as more specific ones, such as working with Silverlight and SharePoint.

    The usergroups are working on the agenda now, I hope to announce the complete agenda around April 25th. Also around that time, we will open the registrations on the site.

    For now, check out If you are part of a company that wants to join us as a sponsor in organizing this event, send a mail to An event such as this one can of course only take place because of the ongoing support of sponsors and usergroups.

    I hope to meet many of you on June 24th!

    PS: we will NOT be serving French Fries again ;-) . We’re working on a great formula to have some really good food this year! More hopefully very soon!

      Posted on: Monday, April 05, 2010 6:03:36 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Community | Events     April 5, 2010    

    This month, you can meet me at the VBUG Spring Conference 2010 in Birmingham, UK. I’ll be doing a talk on Silverlight 4 and WPF 4.

    Here’s more info on the event:

    Thursday 29th April 2010

    Our Spring Conference this year has the theme VBUG4Thought and takes place in the Midlands at the Heritage Motor Centre which is situated just two minutes from J12 M40 and is easy for you to find.

    With the imminent release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .Net framework 4, VBUG4Thought celebrates and highlights these new products.
    This conference is ideal if you wish to learn about the new enhancements, features and capabilities of VS2010 and .Net 4. The conference will also give you an overview of how you can apply these technologies in new or existing projects.
    As usual, we'll be featuring key speakers from the UK and abroad in order to give you expert, impartial and informative advice.

    We are delighted to have the following speakers:

    Eric Nelson -  Building an Application for Windows Azure & SQL Azure
    Gill Cleeren - Silverlight 4 tour de force, with a little WPF 4 sauce on top
    Hadi Hariri - Real-world applications with ASP.NET MVC and jQuery
    Dave Sussman - What you really need to know about .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010
    Jon Skeet - Don't call us, we'll call you: an introduction to the Reactive Extensions to .NET
    Josh Twist - Building an App Store for the enterprise with MEF and .NET 4.0

    For full agenda click here

    Hope to meet some of you there!

      Posted on: Monday, April 05, 2010 2:41:54 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     .NET 4 | Events | Silverlight | sl4 | Slide decks     April 4, 2010    

    Overlapping with the Dutch DevDays event this year, I was of course present at TechDays 2010 Belgium as well. TechDays really became a big event with lots of attendees, speakers and sponsors. Never before had the line-up of speakers been so impressive, with names such as Anders Hejlsberg, Scott Hanselman, Charley Kindel… The feedback that I’ve heard was very positive, with the general comment being that the session content was good, deep dive and well brought by the speakers.

    I got 2 session slots:

    • Silverlight 4 Tour de Force with a little WPF 4 sauce on top (together with Katrien De Graeve)
    • Building Data-Driven applications FAST with RIA services and Silverlight

    As promised during the talks, I have uploaded all slide decks and demos for both sessions below. You can download them and use them as you like.

    • Silverlight 4 Tour de Force with a little WPF 4 sauce on top
    • Building Data-Driven applications FAST with RIA services and Silverlight

    I took some pictures during the event as well. Below I posted some, the entire set can be seen here.

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      Posted on: Sunday, April 04, 2010 5:06:40 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Visug     December 6, 2009    

    Last Friday, we had Scott Guthrie aka ScottGu aka The Gu in Belgium for a Visug/MSDN event in Kinepolis Brussels. The event was fully booked, there was not a single seat available anymore.

    For the event, we had planned something special: we ordered red polo’s for every attendee (over 500 that is) and kindly asked everyone to put them on for the moment Scott came into the room. The effect of having over 500 people in one cinema theatre wearing exactly the same is overwhelming I can say! Of course, Scott received a polo as well.

    Here are some of the pictures, more will be added soon. My complete list can be seen on my Flickr account.

    The polo’s are piled up


    Red ScottGu fans are starting to arrive


    Me in the room with Katrien and Pieter, Scott setting up his laptops


    Scott’s laptops (glad to see he likes Lenovo too :) )


    Red peeps coming in


    And there we have it…


    Don’t you just love it? :)


    And Scott is now a fan of TheGu also :) In the background: ASP.NET MVC 2!


    And my Visug colleague, Pieter, got a bit chilly of all this.


    Thanks Scott for this wonderful afternoon!

      Posted on: Monday, December 07, 2009 12:23:10 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events     September 29, 2009    

    I’ll be doing an MSDN Live Meeting on October 1st on Prism/Composite Application Guidance, starting at 2PM GMT+1. Registration is free and you can still register here: .

    Hope to see/LiveMeet you then!

      Posted on: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:49:55 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events | Silverlight     September 29, 2009    

    Last week, Silverlight FireStarter was hosted, an in-person and also online event where top speakers like Scott Guthrie, Brad Abrams, Tim Heuer etc talked about all there is to know about Silverlight.

    Luckily, all the sessions can now be seen on-demand for free here:

    A small extra: I just found through Tim Heuer a nice 2-part video on Visual Studio called the Visual Studio Documentary form Channel9:

    Welcome to the first installment of the Visual Studio Documentary.This is an hour long documentary that is split into two parts, roughly a half hour each. Welcome to part one, where we take you back to the days of MS-DOS and Alan Cooper who originally sold Visual Basic to Bill Gates back in 1988.  Next week we will feature Part Two but for those that would like to watch it sooner, here is Part Two. In addition, each week we will post a longer and more in-depth stand alone interview from the interviewees that were featured in the documentary.

    Links: and

      Posted on: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:32:51 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events | Silverlight     September 29, 2009    

    Today, the Belgian edition of Mix, ReMix09, took place in Belgium. With an almost sold out conference, the expectations were high, many people were expecting to learn new things on the tools and technologies that will influence how we work in the coming years. Silverlight, Expression Blend & Design, Surface… were covered in today’s sessions. Some corporate speakers, including Brad Abrams (who joined Visug yesterday for another sold out event) and Adam Kinney.

    The event

    After a long absence from Kinepolis in Brussels, the troops again gathered in the largest cinema complex in Belgium. Like said in the introduction, the event was almost completely sold out, which was noticeable in the keynote: almost all chairs were taken and at that very point, the highway around Brussels was still completely stuck.

    Because of the fact that it’s a cinema complex, the rooms themselves are the best to do presentations in and also to watch them in.

    All attendees could get a trial version of Blend, which I noticed were very much wanted.

    The speakers

    Most of the content today was brought by corporate speakers, giving attendees a deep insight in the technologies that were covered. These included Silverlight, Surface, Blend and ASP.NET MVC. What struck me somehow, is that there where more questions after sessions than normal: Belgian audience is not very communicative, however today, quite some questions were asked.

    The keynote was delivered by Katrien De Graeve and Luc Van De Velde. It was clear, to the point and had a nice flow of ideas in it. Good work, guys!

    The technologies

    Two things really amazed me today. First, when Luc asked during the keynote, how many people attended last year’s Mix Essentials, only an estimated 5-10% raised their hand. I can’t think of an explanation for this though…

    The other thing is the following: the people that attended the conference, had very little knowledge of the Silverlight and Blend tools. OK, you can think: that’s why they came to the conference, right?! True, but still, I would have expected that more people would have experimented with the Silverlight tools.

    The pictures

    I took my camera with me today (for once I actually didn’t forget to do so…) and here are some of the pictures. The full album can be found here:


    A nice video testimonial for Ordina was shown in the keynote where I talk about WPF projects we have done in the past few months. The video will be added soon here!

      Posted on: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:23:18 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     August 5, 2009    

    Next month, I'll be speaking for the first time in Zürich, Switserland on SQL Server Saturday, a free event organized by the Swiss Pass Chapter. The event will take place on Saturday 19th September.

    The event is, quite logically, aimed at working with SQL Server. I will be doing 2 sessions on the Dev Track on databinding in WPF and data access in Silverlight.

    So, if you are from around there, feel free to come by! Registration is at

    Btw, the logo/design is really cool!


      Posted on: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 10:51:18 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     Community | Community Day | Events     June 16, 2009    

    Thanks to our sponsors, we have a great number of prizes we can give away at Community Day 2009. Here’s an overview (note that any of this can change still):

    In the closing keynote, we will be giving away many, many prizes. Here's an overview:

    • 1x MSDN Premium Subscription with Team Suite 2008 (1 year) (Sponsored by the Microsoft Regional Director Program)
    • 1x Futjitsu-Siemens Windows Home Server (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium). More info on the Windows Home Server can be found here and here
    • 1x Touch HD (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium) More info can be found here
    • Bongo bons:
      Bongo Sterrenrestaurants 2009
      Bongo Charmeweekend 2009
      Bongo Weekend Ardennen
      Bongo Fietsweekend 2009
      (Thanks to all our sponsors)
    • 1x Visual Studio Team Foundation Server NFR (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium)
    • 1x Visual Studio 2008 Professional NFR (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium)
    • 1x Visual Studio 2008 Standard (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium)
    • 1x Telerik Premium Collection developer license (Sponsored by Telerik)
    • 6x Jetbrains .Net Productivity Packs (ReSharper & dotTrace) (Sponsored by Jetbrains)
    • GFI licenses
    • 1x TechNet Plus Subscription (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium) More info on Technet Plus can be found here
    • 6x MSPress - Windows Application Development (Self-Paced Training Kit) (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium)
    • Several Visual C# 2008 Step by Step (Sponsored by Microsoft Belgium)
    • Several 25x Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step
    • 2x lichtblauw hemd met MSDN/TechNet borduring

    Additionaly, we'll have the following to give away, thanks to Microsoft:

    • TechDays 2009 bags
    • TechDays 2009 DVD sets
    • Expression Studio stickers
    • TechEd 2008 DVD sets
    • Heroes Happen Here books

    Finally, in each session, Het Computerwinkeltje will give away a free book!

    Yet another reason NOT to miss THE community event of the year!

    Important information for people who still want to register but can’t at this point because the event is fully booked: we expect some seats to become available after we send out reminders, which is due this Wednesday or Thursday. So check back regularly.

      Posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:40:32 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Community | Efficiency | Events | Microsoft     April 16, 2009    

    Dear readers, I’m proud to announce officially Community Day 2009, the third edition of a full day of community driven content on Microsoft technologies. The event will take place on Thursday June 25th 2009.

    For the first time, the event will be a full day of free sessions. Also new is the location: we have moved to Mechelen.

    In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to subscribe on the Community day website (which is at this point not yet updated, but I’m getting to it…).

    Spread the word! Community Day 2009 is coming!

      Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:06:32 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events     April 6, 2009    

    Microsoft today officially announced Tech Ed 2009 Europe. The event will take place from November 9 until November 13. The event will target both developers and IT Pros in the same week, so only 1 week for both events. Also, the event will not be in Barcelona anymore; this time, Berlin will be the city we’ll be visiting.

    Tech·Ed Europe 2009 will once again be focused into a single week for both communities. The change in format back to a combined event is based on feedback from both our developer and IT professional audiences who in this time of economic uncertainty prefer a single week activity. For 16 years, Tech·Ed Europe has provided our customers the best technical education event in the industry and we look forward to continuing to deliver the great content, education and connection opportunities.

    Tech•Ed 2009 Europe

    Nov 9-13, 2009

    Messe Convention Center

    Berlin, Germany

      Posted on: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 12:09:52 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [3]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     April 1, 2009    

    As you could read several times on, today, April 1st, Microsoft did the first version of the online Techdays called Virtual Techdays.

    I presented 4 talks, 4 hours in a row, which was quite exhausting. The feedback I got was very positive, and I have to say, it was all very well organized. All sessions were on time.

    Session slides and demos:

    • Let Dynamic Data Take Care of You: Slides - Demos
    • Complete Control over Silverlight Controls: Slides - Demos
    • Microsoft Silverlight Applications Need Data...and Here's How to Get It!: Slides - Demos
    • How Windows Presentation Foundation and Databinding Are Best Friends: Slides - Demos
      Posted on: Thursday, April 02, 2009 12:17:05 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [4]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events     March 30, 2009    

    24 hours of free technical content, that’s exactly what Microsoft Virtual Techdays is. The event will start worldwide on April 1st and is free for all.

    You can still register at .

    I’ll be hosting 4 sessions, so drop by if you have a chance!

      Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2009 11:28:34 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | Events | Silverlight | Mix 09     March 30, 2009    

    Now that Mix is over, it’s time to write a rather large post on the event that took place last week in Las Vegas for the 4th time. The 5th edition is already announced (Mix10 I guess), it will take place March 15-17, in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay (up until now, Mix has always been at the Venetian).

    Was Mix09 a good edition, compared to previous ones? Absolutely! At Mix06, the first year the conference was held, the main focus was on ASP.NET Ajax, which allowed “at that time” writing richer and more compelling user experiences. Mix07 was of course marked by the announcement of Silverlight 1.0 beta and 1.1 alpha (which would later become Silverlight 2). A year later, at Mix08, Silverlight 2 officially reached beta status. And this year, Silverlight 3 arrived in beta. Silverlight 3 is looking at a release date later this year.

    However, not only Silverlight was the star of the show: the second day of the event was marked by the RTW of IE8, the all-new version of the popular browser. After a long road, the new browser is here and it contains a number of interesting new features, which I’ll cover later in this post.

    Mix09: the event. Now on DVD!
    If you didn’t have the time, money… to attend the event in real life, don’t fear. All sessions are recorded by Microsoft AND are available for free on the Mix09 website. If you want to get your modem hot from all the downloading, head over to for all videos of the event. Note that you should plan to take some days off work to see them all, there’s more than 120 videos online. Check out Mike Swanson’s blog for a complete list of the sessions, a batch file to download all sessions and a batch renamer for all content (

    Also, many speakers have uploaded their demos to their blogs, so be sure to check them out.

    Silverlight 2 + 1 = Silverlight 3

    Star of the show was of course Silverlight 3. The released version is a beta, not yet feature complete, meaning that some parts of the software that will be in the final version aren't there yet at this point. All the necessary tools and SDKs are available, you can find the link below. A very important note: if you are developing Silverlight 2 applications, you should not install this release on your production machine, because it makes your setup a Silverlight 3 config. Currently, Silverlight 3 apps are incompatible with Silverlight 2. A virtual machine might be the best option here. 


    One of, if not the biggest feature of this new release is out-of-browser support. It allows you to place your application directly on the customer's machine, enabling an off-line experience that's the same as the online experience. All this becomes possible without any additional download of runtime or the need to write applications in a different way. Any Silverlight application that is out-of-browser enabled, can now be easily found on the user’s desktop or start menu, and launched with a single click. Also, it can test if the network is connected, update itself and also has access to Isolated Storage. The API for this is very easy, I'll be writing an article on this soon.

    Is this any different from Adobe Air, which enables an offline experience as well? Yes it is. Air needs a separate runtime which is about 20mb in size and provides access to the entire hard drive of their customer’s computer, which can be a significant barrier if the customer does not have complete trust.

    Also, the adoption rate for Air is well below the rate for Silverlight. So far, Silverlight has an install base of about 300 million, since its launch about 5 months ago. Microsoft estimates that about 400.000 developers and designers are currently using Silverlight already.

    Silverlight for Eclipse

    Up until now, the Silverlight tools were mainly aimed at Visual Studio developers. Microsoft now also has a Silverlight plugin for Eclipse, called Eclipse Tools For Silverlight (Eclipse4SL). This way, Mac developers can join in in developing Silverlight applications as well. The current version is a CTP.

    Expression Blend 3

    While not only targeting Silverlight, the release of Expression Blend 3 is great news for Silverlight developers and designers, offering full compatibility and support for Silverlight 3 effects, along with integration with Visual Studio 2010 and WPF. One of my favorite features is the Photoshop and Illustrator import, enabling smooth integration with workflows already in place. During the import process, designers have the freedom to view and import Photoshop files layer by layer. Layers can be easily regrouped and elements retain their original formats, layers, layer positions, editable text and vectors.

    Another great feature in Blend 3 is SketchFlow, a way for rapid application prototyping. Using SketchFlow, designers can rapidly map out and experiment with the UI flow of a concept with SketchFlow. Built-in ‘sketchy’ styles enable customers to concentrate on an overall concept of a solution rather than focusing too early on the detail.

    Important feature you may ask for enterprise? Absolutely! Business application experts can use SketchFlow to rapidly explore different UI flows and scenarios for their line of business applications without any technical knowledge of the underlying delivery platform. These ideas can be easily presented via the SketchFlow player which provides the ability to not only interact with prototypes, but also enabling the user to provide in-context feedback using the built annotation capability.

    To download all the tools for Silverlight development, go to

    Microsoft Web Platform

    Let's first take a look at what is really meant with this new term, the Microsoft Web Platform. The MWP is the software of choice when building Web solutions or applications for businesses, large or small. If you’re looking to create your company’s global Web presence, building applications for your small business or launching a new Web site, Microsoft has the solutions for you.

    The platform includes several components, including the Web Platform Installer and the Web Application Gallery.

    The Web Platform Installer Includes:

    • Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1 on Windows XP SP3
    • IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 SP2
    • IIS 7.0 on Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008
    • SQL Server 2008 Express
    • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    • Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
    • IIS Extensions including:
      • IIS 7 Media Services 3.0
      • IIS7 Administration Pack
      • Database Manager for IIS7
      • WebDav 7.5
      • FTP 7.5
      • FastCGI for PHP support on IIS6
      • URL Rewriter
      • IIS 7 Application Routing
      • Web Deployment Tool for IIS
    • ASP.NET and features such as ASP.NET MVC
    • Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio
    • The Community Version of PHP v5.2.9

    The Windows Web Application Gallery is a collection of the most popular Open Source and community Web applications that run on Windows. It provides a simple streamlined way for users to explore, discover, and install ASP.NET, PHP, and other types of web applications and solutions on the Windows Platform.

    More information and all the downloads can be found at: Microsoft Web Platform 

    Azure Services Platform

    While the Azure platform was announced in November last year at PDC, a number of updates to the platform have been released. This shows that Microsoft is committed to delivering a comprehensive cloud platform.

    The following updates were done on Azure:

    • Windows Azure: An update to the Windows Azure service delivers advancements in interoperability,  flexiblity, geo-specification, and the ability take existing IP to the cloud. 
    • Applications written in 3rd party programming languages such as PHP can be deployed and run on the Windows Azure infrastructure with FastCGI support, providing an easy to use, scalable cloud runtime and storage environment while giving developers the power to choose their preferred programming language. For .NET developers, Full Trust is now available so all aspects of the .NET Framework can be utilized, including invoking native and legacy code components and giving existing code investments new life in the cloud.  Over the next few weeks Geolocation will be available, enabling customers to specify the datacenter location for applications and storage to optimize for lower network latency and comply with location-based regulatory and legal requirements. 
    • SQL Services: SQL Data Services (SDS) recently announced an accelerated roadmap to provide a cloud database as part of the Azure Services Platform. 
      • In this updated roadmap, SDS will deliver a fully relational database service in the market to provide customers with the ability to use existing investments in on-premises SQL Server T-SQL development and use a full relational data model in the cloud.  This approach enables greater developer agility and faster time to market by supporting the use of existing applications, tools and knowledge, and featuring distributed, cloud based functionality that will work with other online services or with existing on-premises solutions.  The public availability of these updated service features will be mid-2009 and commercially available later this year.
    • .NET Services: .NET Services makes further enhancements to embrace web standards, interoperability, and provide connectivity on-premises with the cloud, and disparate groups with each other across network boundaries.  These services allow customers to easily federate data and messages with its Service Bus and Access Control services.  By supporting REST, ATOM, JSON, SOAP and HTTP web standards, web developers using any programming language can use the service to connect, collaborate, and create federated applications.
    • Live Services: To accommodate increasing popularity and demand, Live Services was announced at PDC 2008 as an open Community Technology Preview, where any developer can start utilizing the web services and incorporate them into socially-aware applications connecting to 460 million Windows Live users.  We will announce Live Services updates in the future, but have nothing specific to announce at MIX ‘09.

    More info on Azure can be found at Azure Services Platform

    Windows Mobile 6.5

    An updated version of Windows Mobile was also shown at Mix. The most remarkable features are the new version of Internet Explorer Mobile, the addition of Widgets and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

    Internet Explorer 8

    Finally, Internet Explorer 8 was also released. Internet Explorer 8 takes a big step forward in browser innovation for the way people use the web today. Internet Explorer 8 makes it easier to visit sites you’ve been to before with the new Smart Address Bar and enhanced Favorites Bar, works with your search provider to suggest likely searches based on what you type into the Enhanced Instant Search Box, groups tabs to match the way you browse the web and gives you Accelerators and Web Slices to keep you closer to the sites and services you use every day.

    IE8 is also safer than ever. Specifically, Internet Explorer 8 improves upon our protection against social engineering “phishing” attacks with the new SmartScreen Filter, which helps protect against malware sites and downloads. Internet Explorer 8’s new Cross-Site Scripting filter helps protect users against Cross-Site Scripting Type-1 reflection attacks, one of the most common attacks against Web sites. 

    It's also more reliable than ever. It includes a new Compatibility View mode to help ensure that users can access all the sites they use today without display or functionality issues. Additionally, the new architecture of Internet Explorer 8 helps ensure that a single tab crashing does not cause users to lose their whole browser session, and crash recovery restores the crashed site and content

    Internet Explorer 8 is available on Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista (RTM), SP1 and SP2.

    To download IE8, go to

      Posted on: Monday, March 30, 2009 11:25:40 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Visug     September 8, 2008    

    While I continue the work on the new Visug website/branding, we have used the old site to put online the registration for 4 new upcoming events.
    (Note that the new site will allow you to subscribe to an event-RSS feed, so it'll be easier to see what new events are announced!).

    There will be more events announced, even in between the now already fixed dates. We are planning on doing a "Best-Of-PDC" event, similar to the "Best-Of-TechEd" of last year. At the moment, no date has been fixed for that event.

    In the meantime, you are able to register for free (as always) for the following events/sessions we are doing:

    September 11th: ALT.NET Overview
    Presented by Yves Goeleven (Compuware)
    For the past year the movement has been stirring up the Microsoft community around the globe. Now it's getting hold of the Belgian community as well.
    In this session I would like to present to you what the core values of the movement are, what principles, concepts and tools we hope to promote and to booth I would like to introduce the brand new 'Dutch user group'.

    October 14th: ASP.NET 3.5 Special: MVC Framework
    Presented by Maarten Balliauw
    This session provides an introduction to the ASP.NET MVC framework. Starting with a short intro to the model-view-controller pattern and Microsoft's driving goals for this alternative to classic ASP.NET, toover some of the key differences between classic ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC like routing, extensibility, testing, ...

    Note that the 2 ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 sessions are standalone sessions, you do not need to attend them both!

    October 21st: ASP.NET 3.5 Special: ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ADO.NET Data Services and AJAX
    Presented by Gill Cleeren (Ordina)
    After you learned everything on the MVC Framework, Gill Cleeren (Microsoft Regional Director, MVP ASP.NET) takes you on a tour to see all the other new features ASP.NET 3.5 has to offer. Not a marketing overview, but real-life demo’s will make up this session!

    We will stop at the following topics:

    ASP.NET Dynamic Data: ASP.NET Dynamic Data helps you quickly build a fully customizable, data-driven application without writing code. Dynamic Data provides a rich scaffolding framework that is easily extensible by using the traditional ASP.NET programming model.

    ADO.NET Data Services: ADO.NET Data Services provide new services that find, manipulate and deliver data over the web using simple URIs. Benefits include an easy and flexible way to access data over the web, while enabling the separation of presentation and data access code.

    ASP.NET AJAX History: We’ll how to take advantage of the new AJAX History feature to enhance the user experience of a web application.

    ASP.NET Routing: The final stop is ASP.NET Routing. We’ll explain the ASP.NET Routing engine and how it can provide better control over your web application's URLs. It discusses the pipeline of a request as seen by the routing engine, and how it can be extended to work with any type of web resource.

    November 27th: What's new in Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario"
    Presented by Pieter Gheysens (Compuware)
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario" is the version of Team System that follows Visual Studio Team System 2008. It is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance. Team System "Rosario" can be seen as a major release and will bring lots of new features in the areas of Project Management, Architecture, Version Control, Build, ... Come and enjoy a sneak preview of what will be shipped in the next version of Visiual Studio Team System.

    I hope you'll find something in there you like and I hope to meet you soon at one of our events!

      Posted on: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:17:04 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     May 23, 2008    

    On 22th May, the 8th edition of Multi-Mania took place in Kortrijk. For the first time, I was invited there to do a talk on Silverlight 2.

    The crowd was really interested in what can be done with Silverlight, resulting in quite a lot of questions afterwards.

    The event itself is mostly organised by HOWest, a high school located in Kortrijk that is in Belgium a real frontrunner when it comes to multimedia courses, game development and the like. Fellow MVP Brecht Kets is also a teacher there and he recently founded XNA-Bug, the Belgian XNA User Group.

    Anyway, you can download the slide deck and the demo's. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

      Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2008 7:30:21 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Silverlight     April 2, 2008    

    It looks like I'll be having some very busy months in front of me: the MVP summit is only 10 days away and after that, I'll be doing several talks, including Mix Essentials in Belgium.

    Here's an overview of upcoming events that I'll be talking at:

    • 24th April: Mix Essentials
      Session: Working with Data and Web Services in Microsoft Silverlight 2
      Learn how easy it is to utilize POX, REST, RSS, ATOM, JSON, and SOAP in your Microsoft Silverlight mashup applications. Also learn how to easily access and display data with Silverlight using LINQ and databinding.
      Do note that Steve Ballmer will be at this event!
    • May 14th: Visug - Microsoft Heroes Community Launch (Ordina Lummen)
      Session: ASP.NET 3.5, AJAX and LINQ 
      In this session, you'll see all the new stuff that Microsoft added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ASP.NET AJAX. From the new controls, the new IDE, the transparent integration of LINQ, AJAX powered... you'll learn everything you'll need to know to use the new features to their fullest power.
      In the second part, we'll cover LINQ, the new Language Integrated Query features in C# 3.0.
    • May 20th: Visug - Microsoft Heroes Community Launch (Ordina Schelle)
      Session: ASP.NET 3.5, AJAX and LINQ 
      In this session, you'll see all the new stuff that Microsoft added to ASP.NET 3.5 and ASP.NET AJAX. From the new controls, the new IDE, the transparent integration of LINQ, AJAX powered... you'll learn everything you'll need to know to use the new features to their fullest power.
      In the second part, we'll cover LINQ, the new Language Integrated Query features in C# 3.0.
    • May 23rd: Multi-Mania (Kortrijk)
      Session: Building Rich Internet Applications With Silverlight 2
      Silverlight is a cross-browser and cross-platform plug-in for delivering next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.
      In this demo-packed session, you’ll see how to build Silverlight 2 applications using Visual Studio 2008, how to create a UI using XAML markup and code and how to access data from a web service. We’ll also take a look at how Silverlight and LINQ work together. Finally, we’ll be looking at “Deep Zoom”, a new technology in Silverlight that offers a better user experience when viewing large images on the web.
    • May 27th: IT Club Syntra West(Kortrijk)
      Session: Silverlight Deep Dive
    • June 26th: CommunityDay 2008 (Keerbergen)
      Session: Silverlight 2 (TBA)
    All but the IT Club events are free to attend, so if you want to expand your knowledge on the above subjects, please feel free to attend my talks. Demo's and slides will be posted here after each of these events.

      Posted on: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 10:49:17 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Microsoft | Mix 08     March 30, 2008    

    Mix, the popular Microsoft event that took place for the third year in Las Vegas, is getting a "Re-mix" in Belgium: "Mix Essentials - Pure information". Mix is the event on which Silverlight 1.0 was announced last year, and this year, the event was used to introduce Silverlight 2.

    The event will have 2 tracks: one more technical, aimed at web-developers, the second one aimed at web designers and business strategists. One of, if not the biggest highlights of the event will of course be the closing keynote, given by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

    Currently, the list of speakers is not yet complete, but can be seen here.

    The event is free but registration is required. Location of the event is Louvain-La-Neuve and the event will take place on April 24th 2008.

      Posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2008 5:04:52 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     .net | Events | Microsoft | TechDays     January 24, 2008    

    As you may or may not know by now, in the last few months, I have been busy with the organisation of TechDays 2008 as content owner for the developer track (formerly known as Dev-ItPro days) at Microsoft. So far, it has been a wonderful experience, being in contact with some of the most renowned speakers of the world.

    Today, Microsoft sent out the reminder for the early-bird registration, and meanwhile on the site, a partial list of speakers and sessions has been published. I've had great help from Tom Mertens, Arlindo Alves and since the second half of December, Katrien De Graeve. Thanks guys (and girl)!

    Looking at the list of announced speakers and sessions, I'm proud to say that we have succeeded and that we are able to present you with a great line-up. Ingo Rammer, Nikhil Kothari, Dave Webster, Chad Hower, Roy Osherove, Alex Turner and more, together with some great Belgian speakers as Bart De Smet, Peter Himschoot, Joris Poelmans, Patrick Tisseghem and more... all agreed on making this the best TechDays ever!

    Now, the party is not just the TechDays. The day before, on March 11th, it's the Belgian launchday for Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. This event, should you not already know, is free to attend for everyone!

    Convinced that you HAVE to be on THE .NET event of 2008? Of course you are. Head over to to register.

    One thing I really should add: just like we did last year, Visug is organizing their Geek Bowling! I'll open the registrations for that this week. The bowling evening (also in Gent of course) will take place on the 12th!

    So, I hope to see you there on March 11, 12 and 13!!

    To finish, here's a list of sessions we already announced:

    Deep Reflection (Roy Osherove)
    In this 400 level session Roy Osherove digs deep into the heart of some of the new features in Reflection 2.0 such as runtime code generation using DynamicMethod (Lightweight Code Generation - LCG), parsing IL at runtime, generics in reflection, debugging runtime generated code, understanding Reflection.Emit, ReflectionOnly Context's for security and using Code gen to improve performance. Put your thinking cap on.

    The ABC of building services with WCF (Peter Himschoot)
    In today’s highly connected world being able to communicate is very important, especially for your applications. But how? Web Services? Remoting? Enterprise Services? WCF is Microsoft’s unified framework for building communication into your application, ready for the future. In this session we will look at building services with WCF, getting our hands dirty through building a service live, in front of your eyes. After this session you should have a clear understanding of the development life-cycle for WCF, the advantages of using WCF and how to proceed with it yourself.

    Architecture and Databinding in WPF (Dave Webster)
    Now that we have had some time to get used to XAML and WPF and seen the shiny new UIs we can build, it’s time to get serious about architecture and understand the power of databinding.  In this talk we will discuss advanced topics in databinding, the use of MVC architecture patterns and we will stretch Expression Blend version 2.0 to its limits.

    We’ve been hacked!  Web security for developers (Dave Webster)
    This is a demo driven session showing the actual hack of a web site.  You will learn how to write your web sites securely, and what your IT department will need from you. Bring your laptop and join in!

    Introduction to the new ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) Framework (Matt Gibbs)
    A benefit of the MVC architectural pattern is that it promotes a clean separation between the models, views and controllers within an application. In the near future, ASP.NET will include support for developing web applications using an MVC based architecture.
    The ASP.NET MVC Framework is designed to support building applications that exhibit the following traits:
    - Testability – Red/Green test driven development.
    - Maintainability –clear separation of concerns
    - Extensibility – interfaces allowing custom implementation at all levels.
    - Web Standards and clean URLs – with routing and giving developers tight control over the resulting HTML.
    Join us for a dive into the new MVC Framework and learn how to leverage this new alterative in your own applications.

    AJAX Patterns (Nikhil Kothari)
    This session takes a deep look at the Ajax paradigm by discussing useful development patterns, common problems and associated solutions. Patterns covered range from development approaches such as unobtrusive script attachment, to fundamentals such as search optimization to user interface and usability patterns such as intuitive navigation and visual notifications. While the demonstrations are illustrated through basic scenarios, like any pattern, the concepts can be applied to your own applications. In the course of demonstrating the patterns, this talk will also cover various aspects of ASP.NET AJAX including the latest features.

    Unit testing tips and tricks (Roy Osherove)
    In this talk we'll explore techniques for dealing with various unit testing scenarios. From testing events, to testing databases to testing LINQ queries and anonymous types, we'll see many small scenarios and discuss the unit testing patterns that can help test them.

    The .NET Language Integrated Query (LINQ) Framework (Alex Turner)
    Modern applications operate on data in several different forms: Relational tables, XML documents, and in-memory objects. Each of these domains can have profound differences in semantics, data types, and capabilities, and much of the complexity in today's applications is the result of these mismatches. Alex Turner, C# Compiler Program Manager, explains how Visual Studio 2008 aims to unify the programming models through LINQ capabilities in Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic, a strongly typed data access framework, and an innovative Application Programming Interface (API) for manipulating and querying XML.

    LINQ Under the Covers: An In-Depth Look at LINQ (Alex Turner)
    Want to know what really happens when you execute your favorite LINQ queries? Join us as we peek behind the curtain in Reflector to see how the C# compiler translates LINQ query expressions into standard query operators, while digging into the iterators that make LINQ to Objects tick. Learn exactly when query evaluation is deferred, and see how lambda expressions and closures work together to enable LINQ's elegant syntax. Then we'll explore how nearly identical LINQ to Objects and LINQ to SQL queries will result in radically different translations as we dig into the details of IQueryable and expression trees. Finally, we follow our IQueryable objects across the language barrier to investigate the unique features VB brings to LINQ, including XML literals. It is suggested that you attend the session "The .NET Language Integrated Query (LINQ) Framework" before attending this session.

    Creating Custom LINQ Providers – LINQ to Anything (Bart De Smet)
    LINQ is all about unifying data access in a natural language integrated way. But there’s more than just LINQ to Objects, LINQ to SQL and LINQ to XML. In this session, we put ourselves on the other side of the curtain and explore the wonderful world of LINQ providers. You’ll learn how to create a fully functional LINQ query provider allowing users to target your favorite query language using familiar LINQ syntax in C# 3.0 and VB 9.0: LINQ to AD, LINQ to SharePoint, LINQ to AD, LINQ to Outlook, you name it! This is your chance to get to know the inner workings of LINQ.

    Building internet web sites using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Joris Poelmans)
    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides the necessary framework components to build an Internet web sites using master pages, page layouts and WCM specific functionality. In this session we will take an in-depth look at how to use these components and which are the best practices  for developing an internet web site while leveraging the MOSS platform. This session will conclude with a look at the Accessibility Kit for SharePoint as well as at the migration story for MCMS customers.

    Building RIAs for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 (Patrick Tisseghem)
    In this session you’ll learn how to leverage Web 2.0 technologies to deliver a rich and interactive end-user experience for SharePoint sites and content. Topics that will be covered are: building ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 enabled Web Parts; creating and consuming SharePoint Web Services that are AJAX-enabled; Web Parts hosting Silverlight 1.0 and 2.0 applications; techniques to have the Silverlight applications communicated back and forth with SharePoint content such as items in lists and libraries, user profile information and search results; samples of how publishing portals can be enriched with Silverlight navigation controls and enhanced page layouts; demos on how to build Vista Gadgets that display SharePoint content using traditional UI techniques as well as using Silverlight.

    Building Rich Web Experience with Silverlight using Expression Blend and Visual Studio (Wim Verhaegen)
    Silverlight is a cross-platform technology that brings new user interface capabilities such as vector graphics, media, animations and XAML to the browser.
    Learn about building Silverlight applications using JavaScript, and see how Silverlight fits naturally into the AJAX development model.
    This session provides developers the in-depth knowledge they need to start building Silverlight 1.0 applications today using Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Blend.

    IIS7 End-to-End Extensibility for Developers (Brian Delahunty)
    In IIS7 the server exposes a brand new, powerful extensibility model for building server features that can be used to extend its functionality, or replace any of the default features.  With the Integrated Pipeline architecture, managed modules become virtually as powerful as native modules. In part I of this two part session, we will illustrate extending the server in an end to end scenario, building a managed module to extend the runtime and replace existing functionality.  We will then extend IIS7 diagnostics to instrument our module with custom trace events.

    WCF and WF: Integrating two key technologies of .NET 3.5 (Ingo Rammer)
    Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation are two cornerstones of .NET 3.5. In this session, you will learn about different ways to combine them to workflow-enable your WCF applications.

    Advanced Debugging with Visual Studio (Ingo Rammer)
    Basically every .NET developer knows the Visual Studio debugger, but only few know its little secrets. In this session, Ingo shows you what you can achieve with this tool beyond the setting of simple breakpoints. You will learn how advanced breakpoints, debugger macros and visualizers, interactive breakpoints, tracepoints and interactive object instantiation at development time can support your hunt for bugs in your applications.

    Using Visual Studio 2008 as a RAD tool to build a distributed application (Jay Schmelzer)
    In this demo intensive session we’ll take a look at improved support in Visual Studio 2008 for building distributed business applications.  We will focus on Visual Studio’s support for building and consuming WCF services, sharing business validation rules between client and server, implementing local caching of read-only data on the client, sharing common application services like authentication and authorization between Windows and Web client applications and much more.  Next we will turn our attention to web and see how Visual Studio 2008 allows us to easily incorporate rich experiences into our existing ASP.NET web sites using ASP.NET AJAX, the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit and take advantage of improved HTML designer, CSS editor and JavaScript intellisense and debugging.  Visual Studio 2005 raised the productivity bar for business application developers.  Visual Studio 2008 builds on that foundation bringing unmatched productivity gains to distributed business application developers.

    Visual Studio 2008: Building applications with Office 2007 (Jay Schmelzer)
    This session provides an overview of the tools and technologies that enable developers to leverage the new Visual Studio 2008 and Office platform tools and technologies to build new and exciting Office Business Applications. You’ll learn a number of key technologies in this session, including the creation of Office smart clients, development of custom SharePoint workflow, and extension of Outlook to integrate key business data into one of our most popular productivity tools.

    Visual Basic: Tips and Tricks for the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Jay Schmelzer)
    In this session, we combine some tips for existing Visual Studio features, and tricks for leveraging new Visual Studio 2008 features. We look at a variety of existing features including operator overloading, refactoring, creating your own snippets, some tips for using frameworks classes (and generics), and leveraging application settings. Then we look at new features including some LINQ Do’s and Don’ts, My Extensibility, and taking control of unit testing in Visual Studio. All of these tips are aimed at giving you a more productive, fun programming experience.

    Office: Office Open XML Formats (Chad Hower)
    Office 2007 now stores its documents in XML. This makes manipulation and creation of documents easy to do, even without Office installed. The Office Open XML format is also an ECMA standard and has backwards compatibility with older versions of Office as well as some capabilities on Linux and Macintosh, as well as Java. Surprised? Learn about these features and more in this session.

    Architecture: Dude, where's my business logic? (Chad Hower)
    Over the years we have moved from desktop, to client server, to 3-tier, to n-tier, to service orientation. In the process though many things have changed, but many habits have remained. This session discusses what we are doing wrong, and solutions.

    .NET 3.0: WinForms and WPF (Chad Hower)
    With two options for building forms, which is better to use? For the near future the answer often is both. In this session we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of each, and how to use them effectively together.

      Posted on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:05:01 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [1]
    Gill Cleeren     Events | Mix 07     November 12, 2007    

    Today, the new website for Mix 08 went live... The really cool event will take place again in Las Vegas from March 5-7 2008, about 2 months earlier in the year than last year. More here: 

    If only I could be there again... ;-)

      Posted on: Monday, November 12, 2007 3:11:27 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
    Gill Cleeren     Events     June 8, 2007    

    Microsoft Belgium is organising an event on Silverlight and Blend on 19th June in Mechelen. Speakers will be Peter Himschoot and Wim Verhaegen.
    You can read more about it here:

    Sadly, I won't be able to attend :-(

      Posted on: Friday, June 08, 2007 9:04:02 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
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