Another late edition today – normal posting schedule will resume tomorrow. Today there is still a lot of chatter about the Silverlight 2 release, and surprisingly little about the MVC beta – I bet I’ll be knee deep in those posts tomorrow.


  • ASP.NET MVC Beta – ASP.NET MVC goes to beta, with surprisingly little fanfare . With this and Silverlight released this week I wonder if there will be any developer software releases announced at PDC.
  • New Open Source Application: .NET Task Service – Joseph Guadagno announces the release of his latest project on Codeplex. This is a task scheduler service which provides a common means to running code from assemblies at a schedule that you provide. This is something I’ve meant to get round to writing many times and never have, so its great to see someone else doing it


  • Simplicity is key to successful unit testing – Part 2 – Karl Seguin continues his series on testing with a look at simplicity in the context of unit testing (and the code being tested), and looks at breaking a single large method with multiple responsibilities into a number of smaller simpler ones to make the testing easier.
  • Acceptable test failures – Jimmy Bogard talks about the importance of the right type of test failure when doing TDD
  • Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Beta Released! – John Mandia wins the prize for being the only English language announcement of the ASP.NET MVC beta release I saw in my blog reading this morning. John gives some details of what is new and what is fixed in this release.
  • Using ServiceLocator in an MVC Framework applicatio – Mike Hadlow looks at using the new Common Service Locator implementation to wrap his access to Castle Windsor in an ASP.NET MVC application.
  • Making the complex trivial: Rich Domain Querying – Ayende looks at creating a means of querying a rich domain model using filter objects which can be combined to produce complex queries.
  • Fluent hierarchical construction – Jimmy Bogard talks about creating a fluent interface for creating hierarchical object structures, providing a nice simple example of fluent interfaces along the way.
  • Open Source apps on Windows – made easy! – Brian Goldfarb talks about the new website which is aiming to make it easier to get a server up and running as a fully featured web server, including all the software bits needed by most web apps, using the Microsoft Web Platforms installer. In addition they are planning on packaging common Community software as easy installs onto servers using the Application Web Application Installer.
  • Data and Services with Silverlight 2 – Table of Contents – John Papa’s new book on Data Services with Silverlight 2 is availabel to pre-order, and in this post he shares the Table of Contents to give you an idea of what is included.