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SQL server CE is a life savior

by Nico


So the conversion to MVC3 is about done, I've uploaded the first testversion to and so far it's working fine.
The next step is to get the admin panel up and running, stay tuned!


So the conversion of the Huize De Graef project from webforms to MVC3 is going really well.
A first testversion ran fine on my local test server using the trust configuration of the webhost (thank you SoHosted for providing the file) but unfortunatly once uploaded Entity Framework wouldn't connect to the MySQL DB, always giving security errors.

After spending 2 days researching and mailing with the SoHosted support team still no solution. At Techdays 2011 I heard something about SQL Server compact edition, a Microsoft SQL solution that didn't require an installation. A quick test indeed proved that MVC3 apps using EF and SQL CE work perfectly on the webhost.

So currently I'm converting the MySQL to SQL CE, I'm hoping to have it online by the end of the week.


.Net | Web development

Bad news for companies all over the world

by Nico

I'm guessing there will be a worldwide productivity drop, because the webbased version of Angry Birds has just gone open beta!

You can try it out here:

It works really well on my old IBM Thinkpad T60 that has Visual Studio 2010, remote desktop and about 11 IE9 tabs open, so it will basically run on everything!


Blog updates

by Nico

So keeping a blog does sound simple, but as it turns out it's not so easy to make time to update it :)
I'm going to try and update this more often as I continue my current projects

Some of my current projects:

- Migrating the Huize De Graef website from webforms application to MVC3 and build new admin panel
- Building an XNA game for Windows Phone 7
- Building a custom blog in MVC3

That's right, I'm working on my own blog software because both Wordpress and .net blogengine don't suffice for the full 100%
The plan is to also build a Windows Phone and Windows application to write blogposts.

All these projects are done in my spare time, which I don't really have a lot of, so updates will be slow. Also because I'm learning new stuff as I go.
So expect updates more often and hopefully finally some usefull articles as well.



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My name is Nico, I’m an MVP Windows Platform Development living in Belgium.
I’m currently employed as a .NET consultant at RealDolmen, one of Belgium’s leading IT single source providers.

I'm also founding member and board member of the Belgian Metro App Developer Network, a user group focussed on Windows 8 and Windows Phone development. If you're in Belgium feel free to drop by if we're doing an event.

Since June 2012 I'm a proud member of Microsoft's Extended Experts Team Belgium. And in February 2013 I became a member of DZone's Most Valuable Bloggers family.

In 2013 I became a book author and wrote "Windows 8 app projects, XAML & C# edition".

In 2014 I received the MVP award for the very first time.

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