- "April 2012 Updates to Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta (x86 and x64)" available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads (from VS 11.0.50214.1 BETAREL to 11.0.50323.1 QRELB) - Greg Duncan highlights a small (15 mb) update to Visual Studio 11 Beta, currently available only to MSDN Subscribers. Like Greg, I haven’t seen any details of what this update includes, so I suspect we will be seeing some blog posts about it in the coming days.
- Announcing SQL Azure Data Sync Preview Update - The Windows Azure Team announce a new preview release of the SQL Azure Data Sync, a way of keeping data in sync between cloud and client applications. This release adds support for editing schema of sync groups without having to recreate the whole sync group.
- SHIPPED!!! Windows Phone Developer Guidance updated for Mango (WP SDK 7.1) - Francis K. Cheung announces the release of updated Developer Guidance for Windows Phone developers using the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. The guidance is broken down into three sections, developing using MVVM, Building advanced WP applications, and building testable WP applications.
- Async in 4.5: Worth the Await - Brandon Bray shares a post from Alok Shriram which discusses the many changes made in the Base Class Library (BCL) in .NET 4.5 in order for it to work well with the new async / await language features.
- What AnyCPU Really Means As Of .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 11 - Sasha Goldshtein discusses some of the confusion and pain caused by CPU targeting features in .NET 4.0 and looks at what the setting will mean in Visual Studio 11 / .NET 4.5, where the meaning has changed significantly, and ARM has joined the processor options.
- Howto put .Net Framework 4.5 Beta & ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta on Windows Azure - Magnus Mårtensson shares an interesting post taking a look at how you can get ahead of the game by getting .NET 4.5 Beta and ASP.NET MVC4 Beta up and running on Windows Azure. The process is quite involved, but if you need some of the new features well worth it.
- 67% of ASP.NET websites have serious configuration related security vulnerabilities - Troy Hunt discusses some of the finding from his ASafaWeb automated security analyzer, looking at the nature of some of the most common security vulnerabilities found in ASP.NET sites
- Revisiting The Backbone Event Aggregator: Lessons Learned - Derick Bailey takes a look back at some of his early Backbone.js work, revisiting the event aggregator and discussing some improvements to how it worked based on his improved knowledge.