TechDays Belgium 2013

January 8, 2013

The Microsoft DevDays/TechDays in Belgium remain a special recurring event. My first Microsoft conference as an attendee must have been DevDays 2003 (or 2002?) in Louvain-La-Neuve. As a junior .NET software developer (working for Compuware Belgium at that time) I must have realized that the only way forward is to discover and learn. I remember getting in contact with some of the speakers, the dev community and some of my colleagues at that time. Unfortunately some of the usual faces/suspects like Patrick Tisseghem and David Boschmans are not among us anymore, but I’m sure I picked up some of the technology vibes from these guys and I’m happy to be able to pass these vibes to the next generation of software enthusiasts.


Many valuable attendee-years did follow after my first close encounter and 10 years later, there’s still so much more to learn … even more than ever before! Compared to roughly 10 years ago (seems Stone Age right now!), there are so many new releases of interesting tools, frameworks and products. Let aside the multitude of platforms we can develop for! In the early years, there was just a (beta) release of the .NET Framework and the Visual Studio IDE and that was practically it …

I had already the pleasure to present some sessions at earlier editions of TechDays and this year will definitely become a very special edition once again!

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I will not only be presenting two sessions on ALM/TFS, but I will also have a booth with Sparkles (as a Silver Partner) to promote the upcoming training classes in Belgium.

So, be sure to check out the full agenda of TechDays Belgium, register and come to visit me at the Sparkles’ booth. I’m still pondering about some promo material at the booth, giveaways and the like … Do send me your (crazy) suggestions!

In the past, DevDays was a dedicated event for the dev community, but since a few years now the event has broadened its scope to be the meeting point for all Microsoft technology professionals (dev & IT Pro). One of the top speakers this year in the IT Pro track is Paula Januszkiewicz and she happens to teach a Master Class in Belgium (via Sparkles) on Windows Security. She will be manning the Sparkles booth together with me to promote her training class and the other IDesign training classes in 2013.

This year, there’s again a Deep Dive ALM Track on the first day of the conference and I feel lucky to be part of a great line-up:

Something to look forward to is also my duo-session with Kevin DeRudder where we will talk about how to build and test a Windows 8 app with TFS Service and Microsoft Test Manager 2012.

Hope to meet you at TechDays 2013 to share our passion!

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New challenges with Sparkles

May 10, 2009

As from July 1, 2009, I will leave Compuware and start my own company Sparkles to head for some new challenges.

Sparkles wil offer high quality consultancy services on managing the Application Lifecycle with Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server. Sparkles will also offer advanced training classes by international experts on software development.

Next planned exclusive seminars in Belgium (Crowne Plaza – Antwerp):