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Starting new blogseries

by Nico

My comic application for Windows Phone 7, called ComicDB, has been published for a good month now and as I’m working on version 2 I got an idea to build a Windows desktop application. The application will allow users to maintain a library of comic series and to keep track of owned and read issues, something I’m struggling with myself. I decided to make a blogseries about my progress, I started working on it today so I’ll try to get the first post online in a few days.

Some details:

  • WPF application
  • Metro style
  • MVVM Light
  • trying to use the SOLID principles

I’m currently learning SOLID principles and design patterns, so some refactoring might occur but I think it’ll be fun for you to follow my learning progress and it’ll be fun for me to build now and to look back to in a few years


.Net | WPF | Windows programming

Building a game menu and loading screen in XNA

by Nico

I’ve spent a lot of time searching for a way to get menus and loading screens working in XNA. XNA has no controls like textboxes and buttons like we’re accustomed to in winforms, ASP and so on.

So after searching and only finding half working solutions I decided to share the way I do it with the community.
The result is a five page guide and a link to my solution

Click here to get started!


.Net | XNA

Blog status

by Nico

Work on my own blogengine is going slow but steady.

I currently have a SQL CE 4 database, an Odata service that exposes an entity model of the database and 2 MVC 3 projects, one for the backend and one for the frontend.

For now the backend will have the default mvc3 template, the frontend will be WP7 style.

Stay tuned!


.Net | WCF | Web development

Lightswitch beta tutorial

by Nico

I wrote a tutorial on how to create a basic Lightswitch application without writing a single line of code

check it out here!


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.



MS certification

by Nico


.Net | Windows programming Dynamic Data

by Nico

I just found an interesting article about Dynamic Data in

This technology allows you to build a SQL powered website in mere minutes. The article is build around the Adventureworks DB and uses .net framework 4.

The article can be found here (MSDN magazine)


.Net | Web development

Techdays Belgium 2011

by Nico

The Belgian Microsoft Techdays 2011 will take place 26-27-28 April at Metropolis Antwerp.

I'll be attending, hope it will be as good as last year.
Things I look forward to:

  • Silverlight 5
  • C# 5 (asynchrony in particular)
  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Windows Phone 7 development
  • Hopefully some XNA session

Info on the techdays can be found here


.Net | Web development | HTML | Silverlight | Windows programming

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About the author


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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