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Look who’s talking now

Microsoft TechDays is an annual knowledge event for IT professionals, software developers, and for anyone with a passion for technology. With dozens of sessions TechDays offers many opportunities to learn about the latest technological developments in your field. I have again  the honor to present there as a speaker! I will do a talk in the last slot of the 2nd day, just before beer or other drinks 🙂

Hope to see you tomorrow!

DevDays 2010 afterburner

Unexpectedly I was able to go to the DevDays yesterday and I had a great time. At the moment I’m in between projects so I asked if there were any tickets left for the DevDays. One of our interns bought a ticket already so I was able to take his place.

The day started not so good, it took me about 2 hours to get to the conference centre in The Hague:( Due to that I missed the keynote by Anders Hejlsberg, So I immediately went to the Avanade stand on the first floor. Our stand was pretty dominant right on top of the stairs.

The first session I saw was the session on ASP.NET MVC by Scott Hanselman. He is a great presenter. If separation of concerns is your main goal then ASP.NET MVC is your friend. I value this presentation with an 8.5

After having a nice lunch(especially the pompoen sandwich with tuna) I sat down to see the presentation of Anko Duizer on Windows Azure. Sadly enough it was quite the same presentation as last year, though it was good to get a good recap on Azure. I value this presentation with a 6.5

The next session I watched was on Windows Azure Platform AppFabric by Aaron Skonnard, great speaker, very knowledgable guy. I think AppFabric is a very interesting topic, certainly for customers of Avanade(enterprise customers in the Microsoft space). When our customers start moving to the cloud, they will also start integrating with each other and then AppFabric comes into play. I value this presentation with an 8.

I didn’t attend the last slot of the day, because I had to get my child from kindergarten. Also I did not attend the second day of the DevDays. I hope I can found some time to view some of the recorded sessions of today.My overall impression was that it was better then last year. And it is always nice to meet some former colleagues, co-workers, etc.

CU next year maybe!


Recommended sessions DevDays 2010

Every year I do a blogpost around the sessions that I recommend for the Microsoft Developer Days in The Netherlands. I don’t think I will be able to attend the event this year, but I will definitely watch some of the videos afterwards.

This would be my agenda:

Tuesday March 30:

The key-note(9.15-10.45 AM) of this year will be done by Mr C#, Anders Hejlsberg. I have never watched a session of him, but it will be interesting for sure!

Session 1(11.05-12.20 a.m.): I prefer the sessions on Azure Application by Aaron Skonnard and the ALM best practices session by my colleagues Ewald and Pieter.

Session 2(1.30 – 2.45 p.m.): Silverlight is a technology that is here to stay, that’s for sure now! And it will provide better looking user interfaces to our customers. Therefor I recommend the session on What’s new in Silverlight 4 by Mike Taulty. Other interesting session is the session on Windows Azure for Architects. Anko Duizer has the talent to exlain complex subjects in a simple manner. I always like his presentations and often he has some interesting new details to tell.

Session 3(3.05 – 4.20 p.m.): In this timeframe I see 3 interesting sessions. 1) C# 4.0 and beyond, interesting to hear from Anders himself about the new version of C#. C# and the .NET Framework is still the basics.    2) I think that the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus is one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets. Think of it as “a globally scalable application plumbing kit in the sky”. Therefor I definitely recommend the session by Aaron Skonnard on this subject.  3) If you want a more practical session I suggest the ALM best practices session again by Hassan and Edward, two great and knowledgable guys who I know for years now.

Session 4(4.30 – 5.45 p.m.): Scott Hanselman is a well known guy in the .NET community and I would definitely visit one of his sessions if I had the chance. I believe WCF RIA Services is an interesting technology, I don’t know the speaker Fons Sonnemans, but might be interesting as well. And if you are a real geek I suggest you visit the session of my colleague Alex Ries on Game Development on the Microsoft Surface.

I hope this helps you in planning your agenda for the Dev Days. Have fun if you visit the DevDays!!




SOA & BPM Conference Material

At the end of January the SOA & BPM conference was in held in Seattle . I intended to go there but I didn’t get authorisation to go there from my boss unfortunately. There was a lot of information on BizTalk 2009, Dublin, WCF & WF.

Lucky for me and I guess for a lot of other people that couldn’t attend the conference all content was recorded. So now you can grab some chips and start viewing the sessions that you believe are interesting.

Here is the link:

And the link to the powerpoint slides: 

Microsoft certification paths

Since I still need to upgrade my certification towards MCPD Enterprise Application Developer I was looking around for information regarding all the new certifications.

I came across an useful overview, see attached.

I plan to do the first update exam(70-553) in the beginning of April.



Changes to the Dutch .NET magazine

Yesterday I attended an authors meeting at Microsoft Netherlands about the changes to the Dutch Microsoft.NET magazine that are upcoming. Currently Microsoft distributes around 30.000 items of the magazine every quarter. Microsoft is going to change a couple of things.

The most important change is that every edition will be about a certain subject(e.g. SQL Server 2008, Rosario, etc.). The item will contain at least 5 articles around that subject.

They won’t take on the role of publisher anymore; Array Publications will be responsible for that. For the readers of the magazine there won’t be a lot of changes except for 2 things: The layout of the magazine will change a lot. And from what I’ve seen of it I must say it is an improvement.

The other thing that is changing for the users, is the fact that you need to tell Microsoft that you still want to receive the .NET magazine. That way Microsoft knows exactly who is reading the magazine and who not. You can register for the .NET magazine at

Good thing is that it will continue to be FREE of charge!

Happy reading in the future!

BizTalk Hotrod Issue 4

 From Todd van Nurden:

Hi BizTalk Fans, 

Its finally Spring here at BizTalk Hotrod HQ and Issue 4 has finally been put to bed! In this issue you’ll see that we’re continuing our expansion into WF (Windows Work Flow) and WCF (Windows Communications Foundation). Why, you ask, would we do this? Well BizTalk is the future! And we want to bring our .NET friends into the BizTalk fold and as you’ll see BizTalk continues to expands its process server capabilities across  the Microsoft platform. We’ve also expanded our coverage to include folks new to BizTalk Server so check out Sal’s “In the Beginning” article 

As always we’re looking for new ideas and new authors so if you’re interested please contact us.  

Oh we’re also considering a BizTalk Hotrod Resource issue that would include articles by BizTalk software partners as well as links to all the coolest BizTalk Content on the web.  So if you have content that we should link to or publish let us know. 

As always thanks for the support!



Recommended sessions DevDays 2009!

One of my best viewed(over 750 views!) posts of last year was my post around the sessions on the Microsoft Developer Days.

Within a week from now, the Microsoft DevDays 2009 will take place in The Hague. Tickets are still available! I’ve already got mine.

I’ll try to make a nice agenda again, which has got everything in it. From great speakers till cloud computing and from Sharepoint to practical knowledge sessions which you can leverage immediately.

Thursday May 28:

The key-note(9.00-10.30 AM) of this year will be done by someone who I personally really admire, David Chappell! He is a great speaker and very knowledgable on the Microsoft era, as well as the Java world. We start the day with some Cloud perspective. David will tell you why this “cloud thing” isn’t just a hype.

Session 1(10.50-12.00 a.m.): I would like to hear what David’s opinion is around the Microsoft platform, that’s why I recommend to go for the session of David Chappell. If your interest is in WCF I would go for the session of Aaron Skonnard and if you really like ASP.NET I would opt for Ingo Rammers session.

Session 2(1.30 – 2.40 p.m.): Personally I’m very interested In Biztalk 2009 and the ESB guidance. Both are products we use at Avanade to help our customers create an Enterprise SOA. Other interesting session might be ‘A lap around VSTS 2010 Team Foundation Server’ because if you are a Microsoft developer you will need it in the future, that’s for sure.

Session 3(3.00 – 4.10 p.m.): This timeframe is full of great sessions! David Chappell on Geneva, Tony Krijnen on Windows 7, Gert Drapers on Declarative Database Development. So it’s hard to choose. But these subjects are all future stuff. Dennis Mulder, my ex-colleague and former career manager will do a talk on ALM for Biztalk developers. Very practical, which you can use immediately on your projects. I think I will support him and go see his session.

Session 4(4.30 – 5.40 p.m.): I’ve seen some whitepapers and blogposts from Aaron Skonnard, but I’ve never met him in real life. In this timeframe he will do a session on .NET Services: Moving .NET to the Cloud. I t

Tomorrow I will unveal the agenda for Friday also!