posts by Fons Sonnemans

Playing with Ajax (Atlas)

By Fons Sonnemans, 27-mrt-2006

I have finally found some time to play with Ajax. I have built some simple Grid/Detail pages which are place inside an UpdatePanel. This server centric model is really easy and powerful. I have never really liked the user experience of web applications. Atlas will changes this and will make the WEB even more popular.

Have a look at the result demo site. I use the ObjectDataSource to bind to Buffy.NET BusinessObjects. It's so easy.

Tags: Web, ASP.NET


Extending my .NET Freelance Network

By Fons Sonnemans, 24-mrt-2006

Sorry Dutch only.

Vanwege mijn brede expertise en de aantrekkende markt krijg ik de laatste tijd veel leuke opdrachten in Nederland en België aangeboden waarop ik regelmatig nee op moet verkopen. Daarbij wordt mij meestal ook gevraagd of ik in mijn netwerk nog andere .NET freelancers ken. Daarom heb ik een netwerk opgezet zodat ik potentiële opdrachtgevers kan doorverwijzen naar een collega.

Via deze blog nodig ik .NET freelancers uit zich gratis en vrijblijvend bij mij aan te melden. Mijn netwerk is alleen voor Microsoft specialisten, hierbij gaat het dus om:

  • Software Architecten
  • Team en Projectleiders
  • Coaches
  • Trainers
  • Ontwerpers
  • Programmeurs (C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL, XML)
  • DBA’s
  • Web-designers
  • (unit)testers

Aanmelden kan heel eenvoudig via een e-mailtje naar

Tags: Work


I will be speaking at this year's SDN Software Developer Event

By Fons Sonnemans, 15-mrt-2006

This year first SDN Software Developer Event is held on March 24 in De Reehorst - Ede. The theme of this event is 'Tools & Productivity'. The title of my session is 'Designing using the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer'. I hope to see you there. It is a great event with a lot of interesting sessions.

Tags: Speaker


Move to ASP.NET 2.0

By Fons Sonnemans, 02-mrt-2006

I have finally rewritten this website to ASP.NET 2.0. It was really a good learning experience. You only learn it by doing it. I have tried to use the new features like:

It wasn't really difficult to do. Microsoft really kept their promise that 70% of the code could disappear. ASP.NET 2.0 rocks. I'm planning to add some extra features soon, like: WebParts, Health Monitoring, other new controls, comments on blog posts, a new stylesheet and a new logo.

Update 2006-sept-25: Added Google Sitemaps, Control Adapters and UrlRewritingNet.

Tags: Web, ASP.NET



By Fons Sonnemans, 19-feb-2006

I have just received mail from Pearson VUE informing me that have passed the Beta Exam 70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development (called 71-528 while it's in Beta). I also received a free Voucher for a next exam, thanks guys.

On Friday I will try the Beta Exam 70-551 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework. One week later I will try the Beta Exam70-552 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework . Wish me luck.

Tags: CSharp, Framework


Very nice free screensavers

By Fons Sonnemans, 24-jan-2006

I stumbled today on this SourceForge project with some really nice screensavers. Goto rssavers.

Tags: Windows


New VS2005 Macros

By Fons Sonnemans, 18-nov-2005

Three years ago I have written some useful Visual Studio 2003 macros: SortCode and CreateProperty. With the introduction of VS2005 it was time to upgrade them.

The new SortCode macro also supports VB.NET 2005. Totally new is the EncapsulateAllNonPrivateFields macro. It creates properties get/set for all non private (public, protected, internal) fields. By using the CodeDom I managed to supports VB.NET and C#.


After running the marco the 3 fields are private and there are 3 extra properties.

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Qliner hotkeys

By Fons Sonnemans, 11-nov-2005

A friend of my send me a link to a great freeware software application. I love it!

Qliner hotkeys is a free and open source keyboard productivity environment. It is the first product of it's kind that is usable by computer geeks and non geeks alike.

Key features:

  • Smart Application Launching
  • Smart Application Instance Switching
  • Drag and Drop Configuration using an Onscreen Keyboard
  • Support for 100+ International Keyboards (making it a handy tool for international keyboard users).
  • Support for Dvorak keyboards
  • Volume Control Add-in
  • Clock Add-in
  • Optionally maps Caps Lock key to Window key (handy if your keyboard does not have a Windows key or if you just hate the default bahavior of Caps Lock)

Hotkeys builds on the concept of Windows shortcut keys but takes this concept to a whole new level. Do you think key combinations are hard to remember? Just hold the Windows key for three seconds and up pops a Onscreen Keyboard with icons on the keys that are configured. This you can you use , not only to remind you of hotkey combinations, but also for Drag and Drop Configuration.

Tags: Windows


Websites using my CMS are online

By Fons Sonnemans, 20-okt-2005

I have written a small content management system using ASP.NET. Sjef de Corte has implemented 3 websites with it. Well done Sjef!

Tags: Web, ASP.NET


More Avalon/XAML Minesweeper samples

By Fons Sonnemans, 01-okt-2005

I have found two more Avalon Minesweeper implementations.

BTW I plan to post the sourcecode of my implementation soon. I have to clean it up first.


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