• Spec Explorer: A Model-Based Testing tool – Soma Somasegar announces the latest DevLabs project to see the light of day, Spec Explorer a model based testing tool which allows you to view your models as UML and generate tests which can later be run in a number of test frameworks. This one sounds quite interesting, and the
  • Spec Explorer Team Blog – is one that I will be keeping an eye on over the coming months.
  • SSMS Tools Pack 1.7 is out! New feature: SQL Snippets – Mladen Prajdi? announces the latest release of SSMS Tools Pack, an add in for SQL Server Management Studio which brings a number of greate additional features to the environment. New in the 1.7 release is support for SQL Snippets which, like in Visual Studio, allow you to type a short cut and have it expand out into a full statement with replacement slots you can tab through
  • Caliburn v1 RTW for WPF, Silverlight 2.0 and 3.0! – Rob Eisenberg announces the RTW release of his UI pattern implementation library for Silverlight and WPF giving a head-start in implementing applications using this well defined design patterns


  • WPF 4 (VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 Series) – ScottGu continues looking at the new features of Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 with a look today at the improvements and new features for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), covering new controls, graphics improvements, text rendering, Windows 7 integrations, along with some improvements to the core of WPF
  • Channel 9 Learning Center – Just Launched! – Channel 9 announce the launch of their learning centre, currently populated with courses on Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 and Windows 7, all broken down into units and lessons allowing you to break your learning into bite sized chunks. Future courses will include Sharepoint 210, Azure, Win2008R2 Server and Office 2010
  • ClientIDMode in ASP.NET 4.0 – Rick Strahl examines another of the great ASP.Net Webforms features in .NET 4, the ability to control the way that identifiers are being created, allowing you to guess and tightly control the IDs along with the default auto assignment, making it much easier to create nice JavaScript using those IDs
  • Creating something from nothing [Developer-friendly virtual file implementation for .NET!] – Delay takes a look at creating files on the file system from your applications by allowing the user to drag and drop from your application into the filesystem using the .NET drag and drop functionality to do this
  • Roadmap for Outlook Personal Folders (.pst) Documentation – Paul Lorimer, Group Manager of the Microsoft Office Interoperability Team talks about the opening up of the file format of the Outlook PST file
  • Extending Visual Studio 2010 UML Designers – Part 1: Getting Started – Peter Provost begins a new series of posts looking at the extensibility points of the Visual Studio 2010 UML functionality . This first post covers the ground work for creating such extensions, showing the Hello World of this type of extensibility work
  • WF4 Performance – David Paquette talks about the possibility of using Windows Workflow Foundation Flowcharts to model the business rules of his system, causing him to explore the Workflow performance in .NET 4 and to look at the performance tools available in Visual Studio 2010
  • Playing with JQuery Validation Library, Part 2 – Chris Brandsma resumes his series looking at JavaScript validation using the JQuery Validation Library, and in this part tackles validation using AJAX validators to check back with the server to see if a value is valid
  • NHibernate and Execution Plans – ‘Naz’ talks about some factors that can affect the efficiency of NHibernate generated queries due to the way parameter lengths are created causing more execution plans to be generated than would be ideal, and shares details of resolutions of this problem
  • Unit Testing: An Introduction – Deborah Kurata starts a nice series of posts on the unit testing facilities in Visual Studio (2008 pro, and later), exploring test generation, execution and code coverage in the first 3 parts