• ASP.NET MVC 2 Beta Released – Phil Haack shares the news of the ASP.NET MVC 2 Beta release, announced as part of the PDC keynote. This beta release includes support for Visual Studio 2008 SP1, but not for VS2010 beta 2 due to that being on a different schedule
  • Windows Identity Foundation RTM! – ‘vibro’ highlights the PDC announcement of the GA / RTM release of Windows Identity Framework, Microsoft’s latest incarnation of identity products formerly know as Geneva.
  • Announcing the Identity Developer Training Course on Channel9 – Vibro also highlights the Identity Developer Training Course, a self learning set of content available on the Channel 9 site covering the use of identity in a number of scenarios such as Web, Web services, Azure
  • Microsoft Codename Dallas : Introducing "Dallas" – Moe Khosravy shares the announcement of the new Microsoft project codenamed ‘Dalas’ which brings hih quality information conent services to the Azure offering via a clean API. Moe also shares A Quick Overview of Dallas for Developers.
  • Developing and Managing Services with Windows Server AppFabric – Cliff Simpkins talks about the Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1 release which is designed to make it easier to build and scale out applications built on IIS. Key components of this technology are the Velocity Cache, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, ADO.NET Data Services all of which enable SOA style applications to be built on the framework
  • Announcing Microsoft Sync Framework Power Pack For SQL Azure CTP – Maheshwar Jayaraman highlights the release of the Microsoft Sync Framework Power Pack For SQL Azure CTP which contains the Azure Data Sync tool which lets you synchronise data between your own SQL instances and Azure, the SqlAzureSyncProvider which eables synchronisation of existing data providers and adds in a number of SQL Azure metadata APIs, and a SQL Azure Offline Visual Studio plugin which enables you to build offline synchronisation routines with Azure
  • Azure – from July CTP to November 2009 PDC Release – Mike Kelly takes a look at the changes from the July CTP release of the Azure SDK through to the release for PDC 2009, highlighting the large key changes
  • Windows Azure case studies launched at PDC 2009 – Hanu Kommalapati highlights a number of Azure case studies showing the use of various Azure features in real world situations. Hanu also shares some of the details of the pricing of Windows Azure supported OS image types
  • Breaking Down ‘Data Silos’ – The Open Data Protocol (OData) – Mike Flasko of the ADO.NET Data Services Team talks about the new OData protocol for data sharing which aims to make interoperability between data sources much eaier
  • Introducing the Microsoft Open Data Protocol Visualizer – Noam Ben-Ami & Fabian Winternitz of teh ADO.NET Data Services Team share the release and show the Microsoft Open Data Protocol Visualizer a tool to help work with Open Data Protocol data from inside Visual Studio
  • PDC09 Demo App: Tailspin Travel (Visual Studio 2010) – Dr. "Z" highlights the availability of the full source of the TailSpin sample application being shown at PDC on CodePlex. This app, build in VS2010 Ultimate and requiring the new Azure AppFabric installed shows off a number of the new features being discussed this PDC
  • PDC 2009 Day 1: Future Directions for C# and Visual Basic – Sasha Goldshtein talks about some of the interesting stuff revealed at PDC about the two main .NET languages and also some interesting news about the respective compilers for each language


  • Vim Emulator Editor For Beta2 Released – Jared Parsons updates his VIM emulator for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, bringing some traditional VIM Editor goodness to the Visual Studio IDE
  • SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 is finally here! – Eric Kraus highlights the release of SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 which will expire on 31 October 2010 and is available now to MSDN subscribers. Eric also links to a number of resources with help for getting installed and running
  • Announcing: IIS SEO Toolkit v1.0 release – CarlosAg highlights the release of the IIS Search Engine Optimisation Toolkit 1.0 RTM release. This release builds on the sucess of the Beta 1 and Beta 2 releases adding a number of bug fixes and new features while retaining backward compatibility with the betas
  • Deep Tracing of Internet Explorer – John Resig highlights a useful tool for anyone battling performance issues in JavaScript in Internet Explorer versions 6-8. dynaTrace Ajax looks like a really useful tool at a good price (free)
  • Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx) released on DevLabs – Matthew Podwysocki highlights the release of the Reactive Extensions for .Net which was release on DevLabs today. This release covers .NET 4 beta 2, .NET 3.5 SP1 and Silverlight 3 giving lots of opportunities to play with this stuff.


  • Getting Started with Entity Framework 4 – Simple Model First Example – Eric Nelson follows up from his TechEd presentation with a series of blog posts looking at the content he delivered there. This first part looks at implementing the Entity Framework from the model, using a empty model, building entities and pushing them back to the database
  • Security Tools : How to Configure WPL v1.0 SRE – RV takes a look at the Web Protection Library released last week showing how you go about setting it up and configuring it to protect your sites from a variety of attacks
  • TempData Improvements – Jacques Eloff talks about the improvements made to TempData in the ASP.NET MVC 2 Beta release
  • Pass Number 1: ActiveRecordEngine for ASP.NET – Rob Conery continues the discussion about a standard interface implementation for Active record allowing active record implementations from your ORM of choice to be plugged in.
  • ASP.NET MVC from Basics to Tips and Tricks – Michael Johnson shares his notes from his presentation to the Fort Smith .NET User Group on ASP.NET MVC basics and tricks and tips, bringing together a lot of the standard advice with simple small code samples to illustrate
  • How We Do Things – The Team Room – Scott C Reynolds continues his series looking at how his team do development with this post looking at how they organise their team room discussing layout, white boards, hardware, etc


  • NotAtPDC – For those of us not at PDC this year, the .NET community has created the NotAtPDC events, a string of virtual events from well known speakers who are not at PDC either. There is a health list of sessions scheduled over the next few days, so check it out