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ASP.NET MVC 1.0 has been released!

To keep up with a good tradition (see here and here), I have some great news on ASP.NET MVC: we are at version 1.0! This means production ready, supported, stable, …! Grab the download at Microsoft.com. I’m expecting an epic blog post by the Gu, but here’s some stuff you may want to have a loo... Read more »

Accessing Windows Azure Blob Storage from PHP

Pfew! A week of Microsoft TechDays here in Belgium with lots of talks on new Microsoft stuff, Azure included. You may know I already experimented with Windows Azure and ASP.NET MVC. Earlier this week, I thought of doing the same with Windows Azure and PHP... What the ...? At Microsoft PDC 2008, the Azure Services Pl... Read more »

CRUD with ASP.NET MVC (screencast)

A new screencast has just been uploaded to the MSDN Belgium Chopsticks page. Don't forget to rate the video! CRUD with ASP.NET MVC (screencast) Abstract: "In this video, the new tooling for Visual Studio included in ASP.NET MVC release candidate is demonstrated to create a create, read, update and delet... Read more »

Creating an ASP.NET MVC application with Google Gears

Offline web applications… This term really sounds like 2 different things: offline, no network, and web application, online. Maarten, you speak in riddles man! Let me explain the term… You probably have been working with Gmail or Google Docs. One of the features with those web applications is that ... Read more »

Announcing my book: ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly

It’s been quite a job, but there it is: Packt just announced my very first book on their site. It is titled “ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly”, covering all aspects ASP.NET MVC offers in a to-the-point manner with hands-on examples. The book walks through the main concepts of the MVC framework to help exi... Read more »

Replacement during my vacation: Wilson

This morning, I arrived at work after a great week of skiing in Pitztal, Austria. Unfortunately, I found my chair occupied by a new colleague looking a bit like Wilson. Good to see he enjoyed working early, like I do. But still, that was my seat and PC he was using… Thank you, dear colleagues, to see myself ... Read more »

Book review: Software Testing with Visual Studio Team System 2008

Another book review, this time for Packt’s “Software Testing with Visual Studio Team System 2008”. The book introduces you to the main types of testing available in Visual Studio Team System 2008 for both desktop and web applications, and then walks you through deploying, running, and interpretin... Read more »

Saving a PHPExcel spreadsheet to Google Documents

As you may know, PHPExcel is built using an extensible model, supporting different input and output formats. The PHPExcel core class library features a spreadsheet engine, which is supported by IReader and IWriter instances used for reading and writing a spreadsheet to/from a file. Currently, PHPExcel supports writ... Read more »

New VISUG website online

Last week, the new VISUG website has been released. VISUG stands for Visual Studio User Group Belgium and is one of the largest .NET related user groups in Belgium, providing technical sessions on different .NET related topics. This new site not only features a new layout, but also some new features. One of the ... Read more »

Form validation with ASP.NET MVC release candidate

Last week, the ASP.NET MVC framework release candidate was released (check ScottGu’s post). Apart from some great new tooling support, form validation has never been easier. Here’s a quick introduction. Imagine we have a LINQ to SQL data model, containing an Employee from the Northwind database. As ... Read more »