Just in case I ever need it in the future. Made my Logo’s folder public so that I can easily get some logo’s when I need them in the future.

The files are available as .png (16x16, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64...

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I’ve been using/buying Bitcoins for a long time, bought my first when they were only € 2/BTC.

Now with the announcement of Paypal supporting Bitcoins I checked the prices again. Finding a place to buy them isn’t really hard...

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New hosting

After 9 years of using WordPress, I’ve finally decided to use another hosting. This time not just a new host/server but actually another technology to host my blog.

Github Pages allows you to host a static pages based...

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SignalR and Vidyano

After the announcement of David Fowler about the new release of SignalR, I had to try it out on my Learning Japanese web app (latest commit). I’ve started with basic chat app and added some Vidyano related calls...

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Boris Yankov has started collecting TypeScript type defintions for popular JavaScript libraries. These files (ending in .d.ts) describe the public api of an existing library, just like .h files do for C code. This allows you to write TypeScript code...

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Let’s talk in Japanese in Belgium

For other people in the Antwerp area, next week (17th of November) we have the next Nihongo Hanasoukai (日本語を話そう会). It’s organised each month and it’s for both native Japanese speakers and people learning Japanese. It’s just 2 hours and costs...

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VS Extension of the Week: Web Essentials 2012

This is another must have extension for any Web developer using Visual Studio 2012. It is updated regularly (a lot, like weekly) and they keep adding support for all the latest Web related technologies (TypeScript was added within a week).

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Finally got some time to check out TypeScript. The first impressions are good, all current JavaScript is automatically valid TypeScript! This allows you to easily update existing JavaScript code step by step.

The resulting generated JavaScript is also easy read...

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VS Extension of the Week: IntelliCommand

With each Visual Studio version we get more and more useful keyboard shortcuts, I know there are a lot of cheat sheets posters, etc but wouldn’t it be easier that they are just shown while you are working in Visual...

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Azure Websites support .NET 4.5

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard about the Azure Websites that’s available from Microsoft. You can start by using a shared environment and then scale as traffic grows.

Scott Hanselman has confirmed that they now support...

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Distributing code with NuGet packages

NuGet packages are getting really popular for distributing libraries. But I found out that they can also be used to distribute C# code.

This can be very useful to share those “small” libraries with extension methods or other commong code,...

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After finishing my first year in Japanese, I decided to continue with a second year. I’ll actually be starting in 3rd year because we finished our beak in one year and the new school normally takes 2 years to finish...

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Vidyano v3.2 released

Our team is proud to announce the release of version 3.2

What’s new

  • Added extra front-end for Vidyano Applications giving you a complete HTML5/JS client that you can use for your existing applications without writing a single line of...
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Learning Japanese

Learning a new language requires lots of practice so it’s always useful to use it as a much as possible and in different circumstances. As a developer this means creating an application to keep track of stuff :smile:

Sharing this...

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Vidyano 3.1 released

Our team has been hard at work to release version 3.1

What’s new:

  • Searching has been completely redesigned so that a single text box can be used to search the query, or per column based searching
  • A Master-Detail view...
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Vidyano Blog

We decided to also use a new blog for Vidyano. This will allow us to post some of the ideas or difficulties we had when implementing some of our features, features or questions we got from our users or when...

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Vidyano 3.0 released

I’m proud to announce the release of our third version of Vidyano. This version we focused on the integration with the cloud, so you can take your application and publish it to the cloud without having to make a single...

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Snoop v2.7 released

A new version has been released (download here) of this must have WPF utility. The biggest change is that you can drop a crosshair in the application that you want to snoop so that you no longer have to...

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Using DrawingBrush to handle transparent backgrounds

With images it is sometimes difficult to see the difference between a white and transparent background. Using a DrawingBush in Tile mode can create the known checker background used in applications as Photoshop.

<DrawingBrush> <DrawingBrush.Drawing>...
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WPF Image Buttons

For my Resizer application I wanted a toolbar with image buttons, everything was perfect until I tried to disable the buttons. The first idea was to add a greyscale effect to the button if it was disabled. For a...

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Resizing images with WPF 4.0

Microsoft changed the default behaviour for scaling images with WPF 4.0/.NET 4.0.
They opted for a faster but less accurate scaling algorithm named Linear instead of the default Fant that was used in WPF 3.0.

You can change this...

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I’ve been working on a little project to demo the features of Vidyano.

It’s used internally to generate the thumbnails for our Wiki. The source code is available...

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iRail.be is back online

iRail.be is a website to find train information here in Belgium, it scraped the original complicated website of the NMBS and provided a clean/simple interface to access the information.

More info on the blogpost.

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Vidyano 2.0 released

I’m proud to announce that our team has finished our next major version of Vidyano.
Build from scratch to optimize everything for the latest .NET 4.0 release and using all latest features of it (MEF, Rx, …).

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Rails dynamic finders for .NET 4.0

Ruby on Rails allows you to use ‘dynamic’ finders to query the database. This is actually a feature from ActiveRecord to dynamicly use methods which will represent where clauses on the database.

Some examples:

User.find(:first, :conditions => ["name...
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Vidyano Public Beta Released

We released the latest version of Vidyano last night.

A lot of new features have been added to this release, here are just a couple:

  • Visual Studio 2008 SP1 RTM Support
  • Support for the Entity Framework
  • The default skin...
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IntelliSense for Expression Blend

Didn’t even know it was possible but it seems like Expression Blend supports AddIns. And Stefan implemented to feature I was missing the most in Blend: IntelliSense!

You can get the Add-In at his blog.

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Vidyano Getting Started

David has made a complete step-by-step getting started for Vidyano.

You can get more information at our blog.

The download contains the document as a .doc file or a .xps file, and it also contains the complete result so...

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Long time

It’s a long time since I posted something, have been working on our latest product and it’s finally getting ready for the big public to see :smile:

We have put a screencast online to give a first look at...

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New webhost

Well actually it’s a VPS (Virtual Private Server), I can now do whatever I want with it. Yes, I can even make it crash completely (been there done that).

I’ve got 256MB of memory for myself, and 10GB of storage....

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I finally got the demo online, you can download it at our forums. If you have installed all the required tools it should work without a problem. I’ve added an attached database file so just installing SqlServer 2005...

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MVP Rocks

I’ve been working MVP for a day now and I just love it. Complete seperation of data and user interface. I’ve been creating 2 models, one built with Ado.NET (which sucks by the way) and one built with Read More

Model-View-Presenter Sample

Here is a small part of my Demo that I’m creating. It is actually a second Presenter with Model and View that are used when you want to import something (the demo will follow so don’t worry :smile: ).It gives...

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Somebody mailed me that I should look into the MVP pattern (did I mention I love patterns! :smile: )

So after some browsing on the web it sure looks like the right pattern to use for my last problem.


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Seperating data from user interface

A few days ago a friend of mine asked me the following. He was working on a program with a database backend. He found some ORM tools on the web, but every time they worked differently (use that or that...

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Patterns in C#

Just finished the first 4 chapters for school, converted all the code to C# and well I have to admit that I used more patterns before then I realized.

One of the patterns that I don’t really like is the...

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The Brothers Grimm

Just saw The Brothers Grimm yesterday. It was a *special* movie :smile:

It’s about the 2 brothers Will and Jake, lots of “fairy tales” in it, if not with a certain twist to it :wink:
Had its boring...

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Design Patterns

We have a new course at school this year, Design Patterns & Frameworks
I’ve been coding OO code for about 2 years now and I’ve been using some patterns without knowing it.

We had to buy the book Read More

MusicBrainz Tagger & Album Art Fixer

Just found a pretty cool program today.
It’s called MusicBrainz Tagger (Website)

The great thing about this program is that it uses an online dictionary (based on some sort of hashing) to detect the files.
It can...

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