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Watch the Connect() online conference on GalaSoft.ch!

Technical stuff, Visual Studio, Website, Work
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On November 18th and 19th, you can watch the Connect() online conference streamed LIVE on http://www.galasoft.ch and also directly here on this blog article.

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New sections on my website: Presentations, Podcasts, Publications

Personal, Technical stuff, Website, Work
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Over the past years, I have participated in a number of conferences, podcasts and interviews, and published articles, guest blog posts and other publications. It was a little bit difficult to keep track of everything, and I wanted a better way to show these presentations’ material, and have a central location where to download slides and sample code from, and even to see the video (if available).

Since I am currently reorganizing my website and archiving some of the content, it was the perfect occasion (also, it was really fun to implement this with Razor, but that’s a story for another blog post).

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New mobile-friendly theme on my blog!

Blog, Design, Personal, Website
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As I mentioned earlier, I am now self hosting my blog, and am now using WordPress. One of the things I wanted to do for a long time is have a mobile-friendlier presentation. Well, it is the case now! From now on, if you visit this blog from a mobile browser, you will see much more readable and navigable pages.

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Rebooting the blog

Blog, Website
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Finally it is time to unveil one of my big projects of the fall: I decided to take over my blog content and, from now on, to host everything myself.

A little bit of history: In 2006, still excited from the amazing MIX conference (first of the name), I realized how strong the Microsoft developer community is, and decided to become a part of it. Before that, I had been extremely active in the JavaScript community and used to take part to discussions on Usenet newsgroups (with some amazing thinkers like Doug Crockford who is, still today, one of the leading figures of the JavaScript world). I also answered JavaScript questions on my website, a first venture in a way of posting articles about a specific tech topic. This was quite successful and worked well, but in 2006 after MIX, I thought it is time to rather use a blog platform to do this, and I started looking for a good host.

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Believe it or not, it’s almost 2010

IdentityMine, Personal, Website
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This post was imported from my old blog and had 2 comments which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

This year has been a pretty amazing year. A few weeks ago, I was writing about my first year at IdentityMine. A little more than one year ago I was closing the Siemens book (after around 13 years of working into Building Automation, but always from a software engineer perspective) and started the IdentityMine chapter of my life :). As I mention in the post in question, this first year was a very interesting and also challenging year. Interesting because I got to work with some of the best creative people and developers in the world. It’s always such a pleasure when I introduce myself to someone by saying I work at IdentityMine and to see a look of recognition on their face. This firm rocks, and I love being part of it. Challenging, because being the only European employee can be tough at times, even though the team has been amazing in making me a part of the family. To mitigate the distance, technical mediums like Twitter and Facebook, MSN and an IP phone have been super helpful. Of course nothing replaces the face-to-face contact, and my regular trips to Seattle (which will continue in 2010, I will be in Seattle again in February) make wonders to reconnect and continue the relationship. Surprisingly actually, the distance has not been as tough as I thought it might be. Of course it might not be OK for everyone to work this way, but it has been OK for me.

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New intro on my website

IdentityMine, Personal, Technical stuff, Website
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el20090614025_150x162[1] The time was ripe for a new intro on my website www.galasoft.ch. Here it is below, posted for my blog’s readers. I hope that you find it entertaining.

Time sure flies when you’re busy :) Already middle of the year, summer is coming and I have been so busy with amazing projects! Yes, since last time I wrote here, much water has run under the bridges and I am loving my job.

I have taken part to an exciting series of conferences: The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional summit took place in March in Seattle. After that, back in Europe for a quick jump to Belgium where I held two talks at the TechDays conference in Antwerp. This was a fantastic experience by the way. Later, back to the US for the most exciting of all conferences, MIX in Las Vegas! And this time I was a speaker, what a thrill! I often say that MIX06 is the conference that changed my (professional) life completely, and to be accepted to speak at MIX09 was a fantastic and exciting achievement.

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New "Welcome message" on www.galasoft.ch

IdentityMine, MIX, MVP, TechDays, Website, Work
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I changed the “welcome message” on my website www.galasoft.ch and thought I would also publish it here :)

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Update: In addition to the talks listed below, I will also talk in TechDays Geneva. More details here.

Here are some fresh news from Stäfa! With Xmas and New Year behind us, Chinese New Year around the corner, the year 2009 is well started and looking very good. I have a number of exciting events in front of me.

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New Year’s Greetings and Silverlight Greeting Card

.NET, Personal, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Website, Work
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This post was imported from my old blog and had 10 comments which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

Happy New Year to all. 2008 has been an amazing year, with many changes in my professional life (joining IdentityMine, publishing my first book Silverlight 2 Unleashed, etc…). It was a real pleasure to be in company of some of the brightest minds on this planet and to do my best to not seem to ridiculous next to them :) Privately, the highlight of this year has been our trip to Asia (Malaysia, Hong Kong) which will remain in our minds forever.

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New design for GalaSoft website

Technical stuff, Website
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GalaSoft logo

It’s with great pleasure that I am publishing the new and improved GalaSoft website today. After updating my blog’s look and feel to a much better and more modern them, it’s now my website’s turn. www.galasoft.ch is the place on the web where I post articles and resources in relationship with my work. Historically, it has been my main “home” on the web. Nowadays, things changed and my blog is really where people discover me first. Nonetheless, I want the site to be a great complement to the blog. The first phase was the new theme. In a second phase, I want to convert the site to ASP.NET MVC, mostly because I really want to learn this technology based on a real life application and not just demos. It will also give me more freedom to add new features to the site.

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Silverlight 2 Unleashed Online Content

.NET, Personal, Silverlight, Silverlight 2 Unleashed, Technical stuff, Website, Work
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There is a lot of online content available for Silverlight 2 Unleashed!

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