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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     PDC | Visug     September 24, 2010    

I’m happy to announce that Microsoft, Visug and Azug are teaming up to bring you the PDC 2010 event in Belgium! We'll have live-stream of the 2 keynotes, a Windows 7 demo fest and great fun in al all-American style!

17u30 – Welcome and drink
18u00 – 20u -  Watch the PDC keynote live stream on big screen
20u – 20u30 – Dinner
20u30 – 21u30 – Demofest
21u30 - 22u30 – Networking

Registration only via this link:

  Posted on: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:38:43 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Efficiency | PDC | Silverlight | sl4     November 18, 2009    

Remember my post on printing in Silverlight 3, using the WriteableBitmap. This class allowed to export UI elements to an image and print from there. While it was working, it wasn’t a great way of doing things.

Silverlight 4 brings real printing to the table. All printing is done using the PrintDocument class. In it’s PrintPage event, we can specify what content needs to be printed. This can be the entire screen, a control that’s part of the visual tree or even a control that’s generated on the fly. Finally, we use the Print() method to perform the actual printing of the document.

Let’s take a look at some really easy code to do all this.

The UI code is kept simple intentionally:

    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <TextBlock Height="25" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="62,92,0,0" Name="textBlock1" Text="I want to print!" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="194" FontWeight="Bold" FontSize="15" />
        <Button Content="Print" Height="55" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="62,213,0,0" Name="PrintButton" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="216" Click="PrintButton_Click" />

This looks like the following:


In the click event of the button, we write some printing code.


        private void PrintButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            PrintDocument document = new PrintDocument();
            document.PrintPage += (s, args) =>
                    args.PageVisual = LayoutRoot;


This will now show a print preferences dialog, in which we can select a printer. The result in this case is the entire UI being printed, because LayoutRoot was specified.

We can also hook into the beginning and ending of the printing process using the StartPrint and EndPrint event. These can be used to execute some code at the start or ending of the printing process.

  Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:38:20 AM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [3]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 13, 2008    

Fellow Regional Director Sondre Bjellas took his camera the PDC in Los Angeles and created a great looking video report that you can watch below.


Professional Developer Conference 2008 from SondreB on Vimeo.
  Posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:50:14 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     Chopsticks | PDC | PDC2008 | Webcasts     November 4, 2008    

Microsoft Belux did an interview with the Belgian Regional Directors on their opinions of PDC2008. You can see the video here:

(Note: this video is in Dutch!)

  Posted on: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 12:22:39 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 1, 2008    

On PDC 2008, Microsoft announced a ton of new technologies we'll be working with in the not-so-distant future. It's vital that you get up to speed with these technologies.
My friend, fellow Regional Director and travel companion Grégory "Rédo" Renard found some interesting e-books and white papers on regarding these new technologies.

1. Introducing the Azure™ Services Platform

Using computers in the cloud can make lots of sense. Rather than buying and maintaining your own machines, why not exploit the acres of Internet-accessible servers on offer today? Get an early look into the Azure Services Platform in this White Paper by David Chappell.

2. Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Data Services – A Developer’s Focus

Microsoft® SQL Data Services (SDS) offers highly scalable, Internet-facing, enterprise-class database and advanced query processing for customers who want to build new applications or extend existing investments into the cloud. This paper explains the key features and architecture of SDS, and describes how you can start programming with SDS in your own applications.

3. Microsoft SQL Data Services – Under the Hood

Microsoft SQL Data Services (SDS) is a cloud-deployed database service from Microsoft. SDS provides a web-facing database, retrieval, and manipulation features in a hosted, Web-facing solution. Cloud-deployed database solutions such as SDS can provide many benefits to the enterprise, including rapid provisioning, cost-effective scalability, high availability, and reduced management overhead. This paper provides an architectural overview of SDS, and describes how you can use SDS to augment your existing on-premises data infrastructure.

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:37:14 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 1, 2008    

I have to say that the PDC event was great: great keynotes, great speakers, great announcements. In short, one of, if not the best event I ever attended.

While the entire atmosphere of the event is something special, the technical content at an event of this size is hard to imagine. Microsoft realized the same thing and has again for this event decided that all session recordings are available for free for everyone (not only for attendees).

pdc channel9

You can get them all via this link or Channel 9.

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:32:34 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 1, 2008    

Yes, you read it right. While the PDC is normally an event that is organized every 2-3 years (the previous editions were in 2003 and 2005). This time, Microsoft decided that in 2009, a new edition of the event will take place.


So, mark the date in your agenda: November 17 - 20 2009, again in Los Angeles!

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:27:25 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 1, 2008    

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the news that all PDC attendees where getting a 160GB hard drive, especially designed for the PDC conference. On this disk, all the "goods" as Microsoft calls them, can be found. Included is, among much more, Windows 7 ISO's (pre-beta), a Visual Studio 2010 VPC, a WCF/WF/Oslo VPC, WCF Starter kit... and much more.

I'm currently creating my first VPC with Windows 7. I ran into a problem trying to create the image from the disks we got. I hope I have more luck trying from the ISO file.


Here's an overview of what can be found on the drive.


The Windows 7 Hard Disk.vhd was created by me however :)

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:22:38 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     November 1, 2008    

Windows 7

PDC 2008 not only was the event on which Microsoft first announced Windows Azure, it was also the first time Microsoft showed Windows 7, the next version of the desktop operating system. The code shown is pre-beta, so not complete, but it's a stable version, that according to some people I spoke with, is ready to be used in production environments. I know I will be installing it in the next day on my Dell XPS. The upgrade path to beta (and after) should also not give you any problems.

I was on an interview with the Belgian press in Los Angeles, and the most important question of course was: "How is this an improvement on Windows Vista?". I read the online versions of the Belgian papers on beforehand, in which Windows 7 is presented as Windows Vista with a new user interface. While Windows 7 has a greatly improved UI, it contains many more improvements over Windows Vista. Let's start by taking a look at what is changing in the new version!

Windows 7 improvements

User interface
As said in the intro, the UI dramatically changed. Changes that in my opinion are a great evolution on the UI we currently have. Windows 7's UI builds upon Windows Vista's Aero Glass, but improves in some areas where users expressed concerns over the past years.

  • The new taskbar: Microsoft vastly improved the taskbar: you can now drag items to the place you want them. You can also switch how items are shown (with text, large icon, small icon...). The tray icons also received a facelift: the ones from Microsoft are grouped, as well as all others from third party applications. This way, you won't be losing any more space to those nasty icons. Note that the Quick Launch bar also has disappeared: the reasoning behind this is that Microsoft wants to make the difference between a running and a non-running app as small as possible.
    Also, there won't be an option to change back to a classic view of the taskbar, so start getting used to it!
  • Jump lists: this entirely new feature that enables you to right-click on any item in the taskbar and it will show you some options. These options can be changed by the developer as well as the user and for example give you access to the recently opened files and most used commands. A great little new feature if you ask me!
  • Sidebar is gone: as you take a look at the new UI, you'll see that the sidebar is gone. However, gadgets are still there and they can be dropped anywhere you want on the desktop.
  • Snapping to sides: If you drag a window to the top, it will be automatically maximized. The same goes for dragging a window to the left or right hand side of the desktop: it will take up exactly 50% of screen real estate.
  • Ribbon is king: The ribbon is all over the place in Windows 7 and is now also used in Paint, Wordpad... Note that Wordpad also supports the Office 2007 formats, so no more mails of people that don't have Office 2007 installed and can't open that file you sent them!

Virtual folders
Announced originally for Windows Vista, the Virtual Folders option will make it in Windows 7. Documents, Music... all become Virtual Folders, but it's possible to create your own by linking files to a Virtual Folder.

Improved networking HomeGroup
While networking improved an awful lot in Vista, in Windows 7 a lot of small nifty features will make (home) networking even easier. File sharing will become easier, you can search in the network for a file and based on the network you are connected to, you will get for example a different default printer selected. I like!

Media Player 12
Media Player 12 is included in the new version of Windows as well. Big changes include the missing "Now Playing button" as well as the inclusion of new codecs like Divx and h264.

UAC, you gone also?
Probably one of the most criticized features of Vista was UAC (User Access Control). While the feature made Windows much more secure, it was way to verbose and it's the first setting I change when doing a fresh install of Windows (I know it's not OK, but I do it anyway). In Windows 7, Microsoft gives you the option to change how verbose UAC really is, thus making it more configurable using the Action Center. The Security Center will be gone also.

The mouse and the keyboard are SO 1990's! The future is Touch! (I might have invented a nice quote there? ;) ). Windows 7 is completely touch enabled, meaning that every mouse movement can be translated to a touch movement. What this means, is that it's possible to get Touch even in non-Touch enabled applications like Word.
Read also my post on the Day 3 Keynote where Rick Rashid showed a Surface "with another surface" on top, giving you even more Touch options.

Windows 7 is built based on experience with previous versions of the Windows platform. However, Microsoft is also integrating customer feedback much more within the system. As a result, the operating system will appeal even more to customers, giving them the features they want and expect from Microsoft. How great is that?!

With previous versions, getting the correct drivers for your hardware may sometimes have given you some problems. For Windows 7, Microsoft created DeviceStage, which offers a unified and consistent way to set up and use nearly any device, while also dramatically simplifying the Bluetooth device experience.

 First OS for enabling Software and Services
Fitting right into the Software and Services strategy, Windows 7 will be the first OS making use of the vision of Microsoft regarding S+S. For many years now, Windows connected thousands of peripherals and partners to the PC ecosystem.  With Windows 7, more and more of the Windows experiences will become service enabled or will be powered by services. The platform has been designed to interact with services and some experiences are even completely delivered by services.

Windows Live services are another important part of this vision. The Windows Live are a set of services that are designed to work with the Windows platform. 

I want to try it
Great. However, here's the bad news. Unless you came to PDC/are going to WinHEC next week, you'll have to wait. Microsoft released a pre-beta version on these conferences, but a general-public preview is only coming with the first beta. No word yet on the release of this one, I'm sorry...


Live Mesh

Ok, on to Mesh. Today, Microsoft released Live Mesh in beta format. Up until now, it has been in CTP. One of the most important changes now is that it also available in Europe (up until now it was only available in the US).
Now, what exactly is Mesh? Using Mesh, you can access your data, access your applications from the cloud through a web browser or you can have it running locally offline running off the local hard drive.

This open beta includes added new features and stability and performance enhancements to improve the overall Live Mesh experience.

A question that might arise is how Mesh fits into the S+S strategy. Live Mesh is a consumer offering that is natively integrated with Live Services – it makes the core functionality of Live Services available to users.

Go try Mesh, it's a really cool and handy application.

Live Services Framework

The Live Framework is the uniform way for programming Live Services within the Azure Services platform from a variety of platforms, programming languages, applications and devices. The Live Framework can be used for handling user data and application resources. Consume and combine Live Services to build applications that span across digital devices and the web. Live Services includes Mesh technologies for synchronizing user’s data and extending web applications across multiple devices.

The SDK and documentation are available at .

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 10:04:56 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [2]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008 | Windows Azure     November 1, 2008    

On the first day of the PDC 2008, Microsoft announced Windows Azure, the new operating system for the cloud. Still unclear what this is all about? No worries, in this post, I'll try to explain everything you need to know. After reading, you'll be able to take part in any conversation on Windows Azure!

So what is Windows Azure actually? Is it the new version of Windows that you'll be installing on your PC in some time? Is it a codename? Well, in fact, it's none of the above!
The Azure Services Platform is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together.

Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.

So, in short, it's a platform to host (part of) your applications on, giving you unparalleled options when it comes to scalability, reliability and performance.

Azure Services Platform is built on the Windows Azure foundational layer and consists out of some components, including:

  • SQL Services for relational data storage and querying
  • .NET Services for service-connectivity, workflow, and messaging
  • Live Services for application extension of the Windows Live platform
  • SharePoint Services which provide extensibility for SharePoint Server 
  • Dynamics CRM Services which provide extensibility for Dynamics CRM

Is Azure something for me?
You might be wondering, what's in it for me? Am I going to be able to benefit from this move? There's something in Azure for most of us. If you are developing applications for large enterprises, you'll want to take advantage of the options to move part of your applications off-premise, while keeping parts on-premise. All while taking advantage of the high availability and versatility.

If you are a smaller organization or ISV or even a startup, and you are unsure about the needed infrastructure for your project, you can use Azure services as well.

Even students and hobbyists will be able to take advantage of the platform. I know I will be moving some of my blogs to Azure when it's ready!

And... When can I start using Azure?
Well, it depends. If you attended PDC, you'll get an account really quickly. It is however only a CTP (Community Technology Preview) so it only contains some of the functions the final platform will contain. If you didn't attend PDC, you'll be able to get an account in the following weeks.
No word on final release date, Microsoft reckons it will be based on the feedback they are getting from testers. Also, no word yet on final pricing.

OK, we got Silverlight already... What's in the name Azure?
Well for starters, the sky is azure colored. The sky is open and limitless. Windows Azure supports the concept of vast capacity and flexibility. Azure is a vibrant and dynamic color. It’s uplifting. Azure is also linked to the image of the blue sky and, by extension, ‘the cloud.’ 

Developers, developers... We know the story. How will they be developing for Azure?
Well, to start with, I did some hands-on labs with the new tools installed in Visual Studio 2008. I must say that working and developing for Azure is really transparent from a developer's perspective.

In addition, The Azure Service Platform is designed to work with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies. The Azure Services Platform supports the REST, SOAP and XML protocols. In addition to that, Azure will also in the future work with PHP and other tools like Eclipse.

Just released are the Windows Azure Tools, a toolset for Visual Studio 2008 currently in CTP and available for anyone from this link. These tool enable developers to build ASP.NET Web applications and services that are hosted in the Windows Azure™ cloud services operating system.

You don't have to learn anything new: just use your existing skills, and easily develop, debug, test, and deploy Web applications for Windows Azure from within Visual Studio. Developers can build ASP.NET applications using the same tools and techniques they use today. Included in the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio is the Windows Azure SDK environment, which includes a simulated cloud environment that runs on the developer’s machine, so developers can test and debug their applications locally, called the Development Fabric.

.NET Services
One of the most important parts in my opinion, being a .NET developer, are the .NET services of course.

These .NET Services are a set of Microsoft-hosted, highly scalable, developer-oriented services that provide key building blocks required by many cloud-based and cloud-aware applications. Much like the .NET Framework provides higher-level class libraries that make developers more productive, .NET Services can help developers focus on their application logic rather than building and deploying their own cloud-based infrastructure services.

The .NET Service Bus makes it easy to connect applications together over the Internet. Services that register on the Bus can easily be discovered and accessed, across any network topology. The Service Bus provides the familiar Enterprise Service Bus application pattern, while helping to solve some of the hard issues that arise when implementing this pattern across network, security, and organizational boundaries, at Internet-scale.

The Microsoft .NET Access Control Service provides an easy way to control web applications and services while integrating with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories and web identity systems such as Windows Live ID. Authorization decisions can be pulled out of the application and into a set of declarative rules that can transform incoming security claims into claims that applications understand.

The Microsoft .NET Workflow Service is a high-scale host for running workflows in the cloud. It provides a set of activities optimized for sending, receiving, and manipulating HTTP and Service Bus messages; a set of hosted tools to deploy, manage and track the execution of workflow instances; and a set of management API’s. Workflows can be constructed using the familiar Visual Studio 2008 Workflow Designer.

You can read more on the blog of .NET Services here.

I hope this info will get you up to speed with Windows Azure!

  Posted on: Saturday, November 01, 2008 6:18:53 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     October 29, 2008    

The third keynote at PDC 2008 is covering Microsoft Research and how their work influences the products that Microsoft creates. Almost all the technologies we use daily from Microsoft contain in some way a technology from Microsoft Research.

The team of over 850 PHDs is located all over the world in 5 research centers, of which the largest is located in Redmond. Also, some collaborative institutions work closely together with MSR.

Some of the most known technologies coming from MSR are DirectX, Windows Media Audio and Video, SQLServer, Robotics Studio... MSR also does hardware research, of which the tablet PC is a good example. The first conception of a tablet PC occured in the research center in the UK.

Some of the technologies that are now being worked on:

  • PEX: a technology to figure out what you need to unit-test.
  • DryadLINQ: creates a plan for the execution of large LINQ queries in the cloud

Microsoft Research not only works directly on technologies, they also try to make efforts in the environment. MSR is investing stongly in Energy Efficient Computing. They developed a sensor containing a small 16bit processor that measures the heat in a certain spot. In the past few days, the entire keynote room was equiped with over 80 sensors. During the convention, the sensors recorded the temperatures and sent that data to the cloud. Using this information, more efficient cooling schema's can be created.

Now, this technique can also be used for data centers and that's exactly what Microsoft is doing. Since they are building a lot of data centers to get ready for Azure, it's vital that the energy is sed efficiently in these data centers.

Using this technology, it's much easier to follow the evolving climate. Therefore, a number of sensors are already being used in the Swiss Alps.

On a different front, MSR also has a vast effect on health care. One of the focus areas is the creation of Personlized Medicine. What this means, is that it is the goal of heathcare to tailor medicine to a particular person. The current expectation is that in the 2-3 following years, using special techniques, this will be possible in the not-so-far feature.
The battle against HIV is being helped also from technologies from MSR.

One of the most known, and in my opinion most impressive things coming out of Microsoft Research, is the WorldWide Telescope ( The demo shown here at PDC is really impressive and I encourage you to check out the technology, it's free. It's one of projects MSR is working on for education.

The final demo is SecondLight. This is really amazing: it allows you to project a image on a secondary surface above a surface platform. This allows you to see more info on a piece of plastic that you hold above the surface. Hard to explain, great to see!

In this keynote, we got a glimpse of the future of computing. A very interesting morning!


  Posted on: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6:54:59 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     .net | PDC     October 27, 2008    

Together with Windows Azures launch, Microsoft gave .net a new logo.

  Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2008 5:08:59 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     October 27, 2008    

Long live Windows Azure, the new Windows in the cloud!

The site is already live at

Windows Azure is a platform to build your applications on. It provides complete scalability for your applications, making it possible for you to use 1% of a server or 1000 servers.This transition is just changing a value in configuration.
Also, high availability is assured by a network of data centers being build worldwide.

The developer experience to start developing for the cloud is seamless. New project templates will make it possible to build your cloud applications just like a normal app. After the packaging, you can deploy to the Microsoft servers.

A first application running on Azure is Bluehoo that will go live in a few hours from now. You can access it from It's a Silverlight application using Windows Azure in the back.

More later.

  Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:55:38 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC | PDC2008     October 27, 2008    

I must admit, I got really lucky this time. I was selected for a front row seat at the PDC keynotes. And it gets even better if I tell you that these aren't your normal seats... No, they're real barcalouger recliners. I can enjoy the keynotes with all comfort possible.

The keynote of Ray Ozzie will be starting in a few minutes, expect regular updates on some of the most important strategies for Microsoft (including the Windows Strata's new, official name).

Update: keynote started by Ray Ozzie


  Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:28:31 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     October 26, 2008    

Yes, we got here :)

After some train delays (we took the train from Antwerp to Amsterdam airport) and an eleven hour flight, we landed on time in a sunny Los Angeles. From the plane, I saw a HUGE city, a lot of smog and the Hollywood sign.

The first evening in the city was filled with a visit to a real steak house together with some collegues from Belgium and Microsoft.

Currently, we are at the first day of the event, with an all-day side meeting.

  Posted on: Sunday, October 26, 2008 5:25:11 PM (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     October 24, 2008    

I guess I'm all set for the PDC. I just did a final check if I have everything. I got my train- and plane ticket and I'm checked in via internet check-in, so that seems fine as well. The tablet PC I bought especially (which was covered on the Microsoft PDC site a few weeks back) is fully loaded.

Expect a full coverage of one of the most anticipated event Microsoft has organised ever here on . Together with myself, a few collegues and friends are travelling to LA as well, so check out their blogs:

What can you expect? Windows 7? YES! Cloud-related information? YES! Silverlight? Guess so! And as always, PDC is known for some big announcements, so I guess it won't be different this time!

See you in LA!

Update: Patrick Verbruggen will also be there :)

  Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2008 6:04:54 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [2]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     October 22, 2008    

On almost each and every large Microsoft event, Michael Palermo organises the "Party with Palermo". The name has become a synonym for an evening of fun, together with peers from the community and from within Microsoft.

The upcoming PDC is no difference. Party with Palermo is taking place on Sunday evening, October 26th. Registration is free.

Place where the action will be taking place:
Casey's Bar & Grill  ( )
613 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Ph: (213) 629-2353

  Posted on: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:16:42 PM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     .net 3.5 | PDC | Silverlight     October 17, 2008    

While the title of this blogpost sounds like the theme song of a British film of a few years back, it's certainly not the most unimportant post of them all...

Microsoft is really gearing up these last days before PDC 08, which will, as you now MUST know, be taking place in Los Angeles next week. Read from October 25th for my personal coverage from the event!

Now, on to the releases...

  • Silverlight: Silverlight 2 was released to web on Tuesday of this week. Here's everything you need to get up and running.
  • ASP.NET MVC Beta
    While I haven't spend much time with the MVC framework (one can't do it all, can he...), the framework is moving along fine and moved officially to beta status.
    You can find more information here. Just like always, TheGu has posted all you need to build your first app with the MVC framework.
  • Microsoft Web Application Installer
    Developed to get you up and running with the most free web platforms in no time, the Microsoft Web Application Installer allows you to set up these applications with just a few clicks. Not only ASP.NET apps, no sir! It includes Drupal, PHPBB and Wordpress in addition to .NET apps like DotNetNuke.

    Using the Web Application Installer, you don't have to configure IIS, SQL Server and all the rest.
    Get the beta here.

This should get you through the weekend!

  Posted on: Saturday, October 18, 2008 1:32:21 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [1]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     September 22, 2008    

As you probably know by now, I'll be in Los Angeles for the PDC this October, where I'll be covering the event from the first row (and yes, I'll be blogging from the first row as well ;-) ).

The "mascotte" of the event is Brianna the Brain. You can see her (I guess it's a she...) in some of the banners/blog bling and the now also has her own site where you can ask her anything about the event. Head over to and ask away.

PS: I was kinda disappointed with her answer on my question...
You say:
who is gill cleeren?

Brianna says:
That is a great question!

Bummer :(

PPS: I'm now sure on the sex of Brianna...

You say:
are you male?

Brianna says:
I'm a woman -- W.O.M.A.N! -- And vive la difference, thank you very much.

That settles it ;-) .

  Posted on: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 12:30:06 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     September 8, 2008    

It now really cannot be denied anymore: PDC will be THE event to attend this year. Today, Microsoft added another 50 sessions to bring the grand total at this point to over 200!

Hear how the NBC Olympics site was built and about lessons learned. Learn what’s in store for the future of ASP.NET. Have some fun with XNA and game development, or go in-depth with IronRuby. Other topics include: Live Mesh, Office Communications Server, SQL Server 2008, FAST, Silverlight, Oslo, Visual Studio Team System, Virtualization, SharePoint, Dynamics, and more! And while we have to hold back some of our “secret” sessions until they’re announced at PDC, you can expect a lot more on Windows 7!

I'll be reporting live on from the PDC in Los Angeles, starting on Saturday 25th October. I even bought a new tablet PC this weekend that I can take with me to the event: a Toshiba Portége.

  Posted on: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:28:39 AM (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)   |   Comments [0]
Gill Cleeren     PDC     July 24, 2008    

I was informed today that the opening keynote for the PDC is now announced. No one less than Rick Rashid, Vice President of Microsoft Research, will be welcoming over 5000 developers from around the world at the end of October in Los Angeles.

I'll be there, will you?

Rick Rashid, Vice President of Microsoft Research, will keynote at PDC2008. Microsoft Research (MSR) is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. MSR's goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software and invent novel computing technologies. Microsoft Research also collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to broadly advance the field of computer science. Today Microsoft Research has more than 800 researchers, including some of the world’s finest computer scientists, sociologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers, working across more than 55 areas of research. Hear Rick talk about the latest and greatest coming out of MSR in his PDC keynote and get a glimpse at the future! .

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