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  An exclusive partnership with IDesign is set up to bring the best training to Belgium. IDesign’s Master Classes are usually 5 days of hands-on training, and are the world’s most intensive, most comprehensive .NET training classes. There is simply no substitute for being trained by the world's leading experts in the subject, and the IDesign architects offer a profound insight on the technology and its applications. The material presented goes well beyond anything that can be found using conventional training sources often presenting IDesign's original techniques and breakthroughs. In addition to the frontal presentations, the classes use lab exercise and numerous conceptual demos and original tools and utilities. The demos are useful not only in training but afterwards, serving as a starting point for new projects, and as a rich reference and samples resource.

September 8-10, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
ALM with Team Foundation Server
Pieter Gheysens

You did hear about the new release of Team Foundation Server (TFS 2013)? You didn't have (enough) time to look into it properly but you want to see and learn what's coming? Learn it by doing it and get trained by an expert! This intensive 3 day training will give you a detailed overview of the new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features that will be included inside the next release of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. You will experience how this new release might unblock the impediments in software development processes to deliver continuous value for the business.

September 15-19, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
WCF Master Class
Michael Montgomery

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's implementation of set of industry standards defining service interactions. But fundamentally, WCF is nothing short of the new .NET, a better way of writing applications. The training starts by explaining the motivation for WCF, and then continues to discuss in depth how to develop service-oriented applications using WCF. You will see how to take advantage of built-in features such as service hosting, instance management, asynchronous calls, synchronization, reliability, transaction management, disconnected queued calls, security as well as emerging technologies like cloud computing and the Windows Azure AppFabric service bus. While the training shows how to use these features, it sets the focus on the ‘why’ and the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly-documented and understood aspects. You will learn not only WCF programming, but also relevant design guidelines, best practices, and pitfalls. The material presented includes IDesign's original techniques, extensions and utilities and goes well beyond anything you can find in conventional training sources. The objective of the training is not to just make you a WCF expert, but also a better software engineer.

September 17-19, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
Authoring Websites [Microsoft Stack]
Shawn Wildermuth

If you’re trying to get up to speed with the Microsoft web stack or are an existing web developer, this course will teach you something new about how to build websites quickly and with modern web browsers and devices in mind. Shawn’s teaching style is purely pragmatic. No generated code, pre-packaged solutions or hidden code. He will teach you how to build a website by showing you every step, every trick and every tool. In this hands-on course based on his very popular Pluralsight videos, Shawn will show you how to build a website using the latest in Microsoft and open-source technologies how to build a website. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to use ASP.NET MVC 5, ASP.NET Web API 2, Entity Framework Code First, Bootstrap 3, AngularJS 1.3 and ASP.NET Identity.

October 6-8, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
Azure Cloud Architecture
Kurt Claeys

This course is a deep dive in every architecture aspect of the Azure Platform-as-a-Service components. It delivers the needed insights and guidance into building a correct architecture for implementing cloud applications on Azure. Participants will learn the innerworkings of the platform and be able to make advantage of all the service available in Azure. This course goes beyond the basics, is based on real life and practical experiences in multiple Azure project and results in reusable reference architectures and visual studio solutions.

December 1-5, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
Architecture Clinic
Michael Montgomery

This unique practical Architecture course is designed to instruct you how to quickly, effectively, and correctly create high-quality system architectures using the IDesign Method, along with obtaining practical experience through a comprehensive hands-on approach. The clinic combines elements of instruction and guidance, teamwork, peer-critiqued, and an IDesign Master architect review, which allows participants to depart not only with the architecture and design diagrams for their particular system, but also with expertise that would otherwise take years of on-the-job-experience to obtain, covering both architecture and soft skills.

May 19-24, 2014 - Belgium (Leuven)
Architect's Master Class
Richard Campbell

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April 14-16, 2014 - Belgium (location TBD)
Azure Cloud Architecture
Kurt Claeys

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May 22-24, 2013 - Belgium (Ghent)
Windows Security Master Class
Paula Januszkiewicz

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March 18-20, 2013 - Belgium (Ghent)
ALM with TFS 2012
Pieter Gheysens

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week of December 10, 2012 - Belgium (Mechelen)
Architect's Master Class
Juval Löwy (IDesign)

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week of August 29, 2011 - Belgium (Mechelen)
WCF Master Class
Michele Leroux Bustamante (IDesign)

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June 20-22, 2011 - Belgium (Mechelen)
NHibernate Master Class
Davy Brion (That Extra Mile)

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October 11-15, 2010 - Belgium (Mechelen)
Architect's Master Class
Juval Löwy (IDesign)

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March 1-5, 2010 - Belgium (Antwerp)
Architecting WPF Applications
Brian Noyes (IDesign)

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October 5-9, 2009 - Belgium (Zaventem)
.NET Design Master Class
Dino Esposito (IDesign)

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