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ASP.NET MVC 3 preview 1 is out! Quick review…

I just noticed a very interesting download: ASP.NET MVC 3 preview 1. Yes, you are reading this correctly, the first bits for v3.0 are there! Let’s have a quick look around and see what’s new... Razor Syntax View Engine ScottGu blogged about Razor before. ASP.NET MVC has always supported the concept of ... Read more »

Manage your SQL Azure database from your browser

Yesterday, I noticed on Twitter that the SQL Azure - Project “Houston” CTP 1 has been released online. For those who do not know Houston, this is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases built in Silverlight. Translation: you can now easily manage your SQL Azure data... Read more »

Renewed MVP ASP.NET for 2010!

Just got the best e-mail a Microsoft community member can receive in his mailbox: Dear Maarten Balliauw, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise... Read more »

ASP.NET MVC - MvcSiteMapProvider 2.0 is out!

I’m very proud to announce the release of the ASP.NET MVC MvcSiteMapProvider 2.0! I’m also proud that the name of this product now exceeds the average length of Microsoft product names. In this blog post, I will give you a feel of what you can (and can not) do with this ASP.NET-specific SiteMapProvider. ... Read more »

Running on Windows Azure - ChronoRace - Autoscaling

At RealDolmen, we had the luck of doing the first (known) project on Windows Azure in Belgium. Together with Microsoft, we had the opportunity to make the ChronoRace website robust enough to withstand large sports events like the 20km through Brussels. ChronoRace is a Belgian company based in Malmédy, specialised i... Read more »

Extension methods for PHP

The concept of “extension” methods will be nothing new to this blog’s .NET-related audience. For the PHP-related audience, this is probably something new. Let’s start with the official definition for extension methods: Extension methods enable you to "add" methods to existing types without creating a new ... Read more »

Book review: PHP 5 E-commerce Development

Once again, Packt Publishing has asked me to do a book review on one of their latest books, "PHP 5 E-commerce Development” by Michael Peacock. The book promises the following: Build a flexible e-commerce framework using PHP, which can be extended and modified for the purposes of any e-commerce site Enabl... Read more »

Taking Care of a Cloud Environment (slides)

It looks like I’m only doing sessions lately :-) Here’s another slide deck for a presentation I did on the Architect Forum last week in Belgium. Abstract: “No, this session is not about greener IT. Learn about using the RoleEnvironment and diagnostics provided by Windows Azure. Communication between roles, logging a... Read more »

Linuxwochen Austria

As part of my global domination plans, I this week visited Vienna, Austria for a session at Linuxwochen around PHP on Windows. PHP on Windows Abstract: “Ever wanted to get started with PHP development on Windows? This session covers the basics of running PHP on the Windows platform and will help getting your d... Read more »

Slides of our VISUG session

As promised, here are the slides of the VISUG session me and Kris van der Mast did yesterday. Being a pimp without Silverlight! Abstract: “Don't tell us you're jealous of those Silverlight fanboys! We'll show you that applications with bling can be developed using ASP.NET MVC and jQuery. We're talking MVC, template ... Read more »