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Wednesday, August 29

Next VISUG events in 2007

Summer holidays are almost over … so time to fill up your agenda with the next VISUG events of 2007.

On september 20, 2007, Gill Cleeren will teach you everything you need to know about Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET–based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

On October 18, 2007, the VISUG will host a speakers’ Dev Match. In this new type of session, everything centers around one specific topic. Two speakers will give a short presentation on their interpretation of the subject. After that, the match is open, trying to convince the public of their opinion …

If you will miss TechEd 2007 at Barcelona this year, you will have the chance to pick up the latest news on our Best Of TechEd session. The VISUG will give you an overview of the best things you missed over there on November 22, 2007.

Last but not least, we will organize again our Christmas Geek Dinner on December 21, 2007. Don’t miss this networking event on Friday evening, just before the Christmas holidays, where you will be able to talk geeky with your peers during a nice dinner.

Register today on for these events because places are limited!


Friday, August 10

IIS 7 on Vista - cannot start website

Lately I suffered from problems with starting my default website in IIS.

A reset of IIS did not came to the rescue but it was actually (like the error message describes) another program (Skype) that was also running on port 80. I unchecked the option of Skype to run at startup so that IIS can take port 80 first. Afterwards when I startup Skype, Skype is looking for another port to run ... Problem solved.


Wednesday, August 8

goodbye David

David Boschmans passed away last night. Really schocking to see how suddenly and unexpectedly a human life can come to an end. David was only 32 years old and leaves a wife and an almost 3-year-old daugther. My condolences go out to David's wife Veerle and his daughter Fien.

For more than 4 years David has been a colleague at Compuware before he went to Microsoft. He was the one who pulled me into .NET Development and he was the one who truly believed in this new technology at that time. I can only be thankful for the support he always gave me in those years. After his move to Microsoft as a developer evangelist, we still met at various community events and he also had his part in the establishment of the Visual Studio User Group in Belgium. Today we had a VISUG meeting to discuss and plan our next events for 2007 and I must say that we were all pretty speechless. We will sure miss you David! Thanks for all you've done! It was good to know you ...

David suffered from an abnormal heart rhythm and had to undergo surgery a couple of months ago, but I never imagined that this deviation would become fatal for him. When I was young and very active in different sports competitions (football / tennis) I also had to undergo some examinations because I also had signs of an abnormal heart rhythm. Doctors did not found it life-threatening and I could continue my sports activities. In my preparation for the Rotterdam marathon in 2004 I again did some heart examinations at the University of Leuven because I again had some abnormal high heart beats during my runs. No real bad information came up in the investigations and I could continue my preparation for the Rotterdam marathon. The decease of David let's me think about my current situation and how precious one's health is.


Friday, August 3

Bug Fix Bingo

The game is based on the traditional bingo game yet with a software testing twist. Instead of using numbers, participants in Bug Fix Bingo use statements from developers in defect review meetings to mark off squares.

Read all 25 statements! This is so recognizable! Great for motivating your developers and testers ... or not?

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