Saturday, 17 November 2007

Aaron Brethorst is leaving the Popfly Team

I have been very lucky to work with amazing people in my short career and some of those have somehow changed my view on one or more aspects of life. Aaron Brethorst is one of them. He was the latest addition to the group of Program Managers on the Popfly Team and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him. I'm trying to remember some of the funny things that happened in those short months... here are 2:


Number 1 (This one is a bit vague, but still very funny at least in my world):

John: Aaron, has work item # xxxx been completed?

Aaron: Well, (about 2 minutes of very advanced English, can't remember the exact words, maybe I was doing e-mail or I just saw a shiny thing somewhere in the shiproom meeting room, I was daydreaming, or I just forgot...)

Andy/Adam (I think it was Adam): Is the lawyer speak for no?

Steven: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (This totally cracked me up)


Number 2 (Aaron hijacked my desktop-machine on my birthday and sent out a mail to the team, You'll have to read it from the bottom to the top):

From: John Montgomery
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:06 AM
To: Steven Wilssens; Popfly Status
Subject: RE: I'M A BIG BOY NOW!!!

OK, you’re scaring me.

-- John

From: Steven Wilssens
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:06 AM
To: John Montgomery; Popfly Status
Subject: RE: I'M A BIG BOY NOW!!!


From: John Montgomery
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:05 AM
To: Steven Wilssens; Popfly Status
Subject: RE: I'M A BIG BOY NOW!!!

Left your computer unlocked, did you?

-- John

From: Steven Wilssens
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:05 AM
To: Popfly Status
Subject: I'M A BIG BOY NOW!!!



I'll miss having our random talks, working on texts and popup messages, sending mails in German to the team, shouting in German to each other (we are the only 2 people on the team that have a vague knowledge of the language) or hugging you in front of non meterosexual people (at work at least ).

The good news is that the title for the best dressed Program Manager on the team is up for grabs again Have fun during your new endeavor!

11/17/2007 06:40:35 UTC  #  Comments [3] 
 Saturday, 10 November 2007

Dan Fernandez on how to build and publish Web Sites with Popfly Explorer Beta


Dan Fernandez wrote an excellent blog post on how to Build and Publish Web Sites with Popfly Explorer Beta. Check it out.

11/10/2007 00:26:29 UTC  #  Comments [1] 
 Thursday, 08 November 2007

Popfly Explorer Beta announcement pictures


Pieter Gheysens was kind enough to take some pictures during the announcement of Popfly Explorer Beta:

There’s also a short video of the presentation available:


Click here for more information on Popfly Explorer.

11/08/2007 01:51:28 UTC  #  Comments [0] 
 Monday, 05 November 2007

Popfly Explorer Beta announced at TechEd EMEA 2007



Popfly Explorer Beta


Dan Fernandez and Soma Somasegar announced the release of the Popfly Explorer Beta during the TechEd 2007 Keynote. You can have a look at the interview that was made with Dan at the videocasts that were made during the first day of TechEd.  With Popfly Explorer you can unleash the power of Visual Studio upon your Popfly creations with Popfly Explorer. Popfly Explorer is a plug-in for Visual Studio that lets you:
  • Effortlessly create and host a Popfly web site
  • Access your Visual Studio solutions from anywhere
  • Share Visual Studio solutions with friends
  • Add mash-ups to your web pages

Download Popfly Explorer

Getting Started

To get started, download and install Popfly Explorer. After installation, Popfly Explorer will appear in Visual Studio. Sign in to your Popfly account, and you're ready to go. Don't have a Popfly account yet? Create one here.

Create a Web Site

Making web sites with Popfly Explorer is incredibly easy. Create your web site with Visual Web Developer, then share it on Popfly with Popfly Explorer. Take a look at the possibilities that open up to you with Popfly Explorer and Visual Web Developer.

Access Visual Studio Solutions on Popfly

Popfly Explorer enables you to quickly and easily store copies of your Visual Studio solutions on Popfly. You can access your creations from any computer with Visual Studio and Popfly Explorer. You can even share your creations with other Popfly users, and find solutions that have been shared by others.

Comment on your friends' projects

Interact with your friends: check out their latest projects, rate them and leave comments through Popfly.

Potential Future Enhancements

We are working on enabling Popfly Explorer users to publish completed projects with support for hosting Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation applications directly from Visual Studio. If you want to give us feedback on this, have questions, or other ideas about how we can improve Popfly Explorer, please let us know on the Popfly Explorer discussion forum.

11/05/2007 20:11:01 UTC  #  Comments [8] 
 Thursday, 23 August 2007

Question #1


We want to create a project type that resembles the Empty Website template with the following requirement:  We will add a default.htm page which is the only file that can ever exist in the project.  Is it possible to create a restriction like that?

08/23/2007 00:16:46 UTC  #  Comments [3] 

 Tuesday, 21 August 2007

News on the calf injury
Alright, I got a phone call from my doctor today and he brought me some good and bad news: "My tendents are not damaged in a way that I need surgery" (just as a FYI, this is the good news), the bad news was that I have a massive hematoma in my calf which if not treated appropriately could bother be me for the next 6 months. So when I asked the doc what would be appropriate treatment, he told me that would be physical therapy for about twice a week. Nice, if you combine that with the 3 times a week I should go for my shoulder, I can fill my calendar with dates with a therapist on weekdays.

Anyway, in the line of what seems to be my character I went out cycling today. Although I still have a pretty severe limp, cycling was kinda painless, I can defintely not walk on my pedals or anything like that but at least I completed my light course that I'll normally do when I feel like going out for a ride during an evening.

I've seriously decided to run a marathon this year, and Theresa (Olivier's girlfriend, before I need to answer a bunch of emails ) has convinced me to run a half marathon with her in a couple of months. I'm looking forward to it, I just need to stay fit long enough to get some decend training.

I haven't written anything about David's death (I will soon) has learned me a couple of things, one of them is that it is OK to be harder on myself and push myself more to the limit. One other thing is that I really shouldn't complain about my life and when I do, I should be increadibly ashamed for complaining and thankfull that I get to live another day when my friend doesn't have that opportunity...

08/21/2007 04:10:08 UTC  #  Comments [9] 
 Thursday, 16 August 2007

Soccer Injury
I can't believe it! My shoulder was getting better, I've been cycling a lot and today I played my first soccer game in a long time, got invited to a coed game by Oliver's girlfriend (she passed the first 3 rules ) and what happens... My calf explodes after 5 minutes... I thought that somebody had shot me in the calf or threw a rock at me or something... increadibly painful. So I turned around and I swear for the first time in my life a thought that I would hit somebody. There was nobody there??? At that point the pain took over and I was done. I called Olivier and he was kind enough to drive me home.

So what do you do when you come home and you think you seriously injured yourself? You do some research on the internet!

(just told Olivier that I'm blogging about my injury... yeah it's crazy but I think it is just the pain)

shit this hurts bad!

08/16/2007 04:59:47 UTC  #  Comments [3] 
 Friday, 27 July 2007

The Boys are into town (PART I)

On Saturday afternoon, I picked up Jelle and Peter from the airport.  It was really good to see them again.  I made a small mistake driving to their hotel and got ridiculed for that: 

Peter: You've been living here for a year and you still don't know where your way around town?

Steven: I got lost in Belgium all the time too!

Peter and Jelle: That's true...


When we arrived at the hotel Jelle came up with the goods:

  • 1 kilo of Lionidas chocolates.  I took them to work on Monday and went around my team. It's a national pride things I guess...
  • A real Brabantia fries cutter: Picture. Impossible to find in the US.

Thanks a lot for the chocolates and the fries cutter buddy!


In the meantime some members of the other Belgain delegation had arrived.  They had already assembled in the bar, I guess it's a national pride thing.  Saturday afternoon I dragged the jetlagged Belgian boys to the bite of seattle.  It's a bit of a food festival where you've got a bunch of food stands.  It was OK, not great and was a bit too crowded for Jelle and Peter, they just got off the plane .  Afterwards we ended up having drinks and food with Olivier, Theresa, Thomas, John, Cecille, Anna and Andy.  I dropped them of at the hotel and that was the end of their night.

I'm going to stop giving out detailed descriptions of how we ended up sending the reset of the week.  Paramesh's remarks, which are totally great by the way, have made me concerned about my falling reputation or is this how far I got when I started this post on Tuesday and am I just too laizy to write down what happened the rest of the week? 


Anyways here's an interesting hall way conversation:

Paramesh: So are you going out again tonight?

Steven: Euh yes, I'm meeting up with my friends tonight.  I have to, they are only in town for a week.

Paramesh: Yeah right, it's not that you are ever at home when they are not here.

Steven: hahaha... I have to admit that the last weeks have been really busy...

07/27/2007 15:59:14 UTC  #  Comments [15] 
 Friday, 20 July 2007

The boys are coming to town!

Jelle Druyts and Peter Demeyere and a bunch of other Belgians are coming to Seattle for TechReady. Jelle is giving a presentation on the Guidance Automation Toolkit the following week and he’s sticking around for my birthday. This makes me incredibly happy. When I first started working at Microsoft Jelle and I were the rookies and Peter Himschoot and Peter Demeyere were the experienced scary people. After about 2 years a couple of things went pretty wrong at Info Support and in a not to long time span we all left the company but remained friends ever since. I always considered Peter Himschoot to be my mentor, Peter Demeyere an incredible smart guy and Jelle… Well Jelle and I have got a very interesting history. Even when switching jobs in the years after InfoSupport we always ended up at the same company and ever since InfoSupport people always created some kind of competition between us and I’m glad it never got the upper hand. By the way Jelle is also the guy that would lend me his couch when I broke up with a girlfriend (The stories he could tell ). Anyway one of the biggest tests of our friendship probably was when we did our Devdays presentations together. I had just moved out of the house me and Wendy had been living in for the last years, Wendy still lives there so you kinda know what went wrong and I really wasn’t up to giving or preparing any kind of presentation. We ended up in a sprint and finalized the presentation a couple of hours before we went on stage. I don’t think it’s that much different from a lot of presentations but anyways… It was still early days for Visual Studio Team System back then and the prerelease version blew up a couple of time in never before seen ways but … at least Jelle and I had a lot of fun!


I’m incredibly glad to have them over and I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months now.

07/20/2007 23:08:07 UTC  #  Comments [18] 

Mentos in Carlsberg

No words needed!

07/20/2007 22:23:28 UTC  #  Comments [1]