- EF 4.3 Released – The Entity Framework Team announce the release of Entity Framework 4.3. The 4.3 release brings the Code First Migrations functionality (previously the subject of many CTP releases) into the main Entity Framework product. This is combined with a number of other changes including Data Annotations support on non-public members, improved configuration via app/web.config along with numerous other bugfixes and improvements.
- EF 4.3 Code-Based Migrations Walkthrough & EF 4.3 Automatic Migrations Walkthrough – Rowan Miller of the Entity Framework Team walks through the two different use cases for the migrations support included as a part of the Entity Framework 4.3 release, showing how you can use the code first capabilities to migrate your database between versions, and looking at how some of the process can make use of the automatic migrations.
- Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture – Steven Sinofsky continues with the story of Windows 8 with a discussion of the building of a Windows for the ARM processor. Windows on ARM (WOA) will run on a new style of personal computer on the ARM processor architecture, will run Metro style applications, and will include desktop versions of Word Excel PowerPoint and OneNote. Also included in the post are a number of pictures and video of the new style Windows.
- SignalR : Best thing since slice bread? – Sacha Barber discusses SignalR, a relatively new and exciting project, explaining what it is, what it is useful for and how its used, illustrating with a simple example (full source available for download).
- Asynchronously Load HTML Templates For Backbone Views – Derick Bailey discusses the importance of making sure complex client side web applications download quickly to the client, and looks at how you can have Backbone.js view templates loaded asynchronously to help keep application load performance good.
- HTML5 made easy with HTML5 Cheat Sheets for tags, event handler attributes, and browser support – Alice Pang highlights some cheat sheets for HTML 5 Developers from the folks at InMotion Hosting. The cheat sheets cover the tags, event handlers ad browser support of the various HTML5 features.
- The Development Pendulum – John Sonmez discusses what he refers to as the ‘Development Pendulum’, the nature of our industry to oscillate from one extreme to the other on most topics, and how this action drives the industry forward.
- Now vendor prefixes have become a problem, want to help fix it? & Vendor Prefixes – about to go south – Christian Heilmann and Remy Sharp discuss a recent meeting of the W3C CSS working group where the notion of supporting the -webkit vendor prefix in other browsers was discussed.
- Free "Introduction to Reactive Extensions"on-demand video training available, with 8 sessions and growing – Greg Duncan highlights a nice work in progress resource from ‘Mr Bool’ AKA Ayad Boudiab looking at the Reactive Extensions for .NET. There are currently 8 parts available in video form looking at various aspects of the Reactive Extensions in use.
- Selenium, a UI testing paradigm with Nathan Gloyn – The .NET Developer Network User Group welcome Nathan Gloyn for a session on testing your web UI’s using Selenium at the University of West England (Near Bristol) on the evening of Wednesday 22nd February
- NxtGenUG – Event: Web Caching 101 – Seb Lambla will be visiting the Oxfordshire NxtGenUG User group on the evening of Tuesday 6th March where he will be delivering his session on the uses of Web Caching to help your sites perform and scale better.