- Windows Azure: Backup Services Release, Hyper-V Recovery Manager, VM Enhancements, Enhanced Enterprise Management Support &Windows Azure: Announcing release of Windows Azure SDK 2.2 (with lots of goodies) - Scott Guthrie announces the latest batch of updates to the Windows Azure Platform, including the general availability of the Windows Azure Backup, and also announces the release of the Windows Azure SDK 2.2 which brings a lot of new functionality to Visual Studio for working with Windows Azure hosted services.
- ReSharper 8.1 Early Builds Available for Download - JetBrains announce the start of the Early Access Preview cycle for ReSharper 8.1. The 8.1 release will brings better Visual Studio 2013 integration, additional code analysis capabilities, and much more.
- AsmSpy Coloured Output - Mike Hadlow shares an updated version of AsmSpy a tool which allows you tpo view information about assembly reference conflicts between multiple assemblies. This latest update, a contribution makes the output colourful making it easier to see the versions visually.
- DSLs: A Deep(ish) look - Sacha Barber takes a detailed look at the world of DSLs in his latest CodeProject article, exploring lots of the techniques used to construct DSLs, illustrating by way of examples.
- Put your controllers on a diet: defactoring - Jimmy Bogard continues his series looking at thinning down your controllers in MVC projects, starting out with a look at defactoring code, removing abstractions and getting to see all the code which is not framework code, as a pre-cursor to refactoring.
- Adding Core References Support in an ASP.NET Empty Project - Xueyuan Dai shares a look at the new Visual Studio 2013 Core References support for ASP.NET blank website projects which makes it ever easier to add the various Web Frameworks (WebForms, MVC, WebAPI, etc) to blank projects.
- Improving Struct Equality Performance in C# - Jason Roberts takes a look at Equality of Structs in C# looking at how providing custom Equals behaviour can be significantly faster than using the default implementation.
- patterns & practices: Data Access Guidance code drop for the "Data Access for Highly-Scalable Solutions: Using SQL, NoSQL, and Polyglot Persistence" eBook now available & "Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals: Technical Overview" free eBook from Ed Bott - Greg Duncan highlights two free ebook, one from the Patterns and Practices Team looking at all aspects of Data access, complete with sample code, and the other, a overview of Windows 8.1 eBook from Ed Bott.