As predicted, today sees a large edition of The Morning Brew due to the 4 day break over Easter. I still have a number of Easter links to include in tomorrows post.

In other news, on Thursday I received news that I have been awarded a Microsoft MVP Award – its a great honour to receive this award, and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the selection process for thinking of me.


  • MonoTools for Visual Studio 1.1 – Miguel de Icaza highlights the release of MonoTools for Visual Studio 1.1. This release still principally targets Visual Studio 2008, and provides means for Windows based developers to target Linux systems directly from Visual Studio.
  • Prototype 1.7 RC Sizzles… – Ajaxian highlights the release of the Release Candidate of the Prototype 1.7 JavaScript library, where the most significant change is a move to the Sizzle Selector Engine along with new APIs for Events and Layout.
  • MVVM Light Toolkit V3 SP1 for Windows Phone 7 – Laurent Bugnion announces a Service Pack release for his Model View – ViewModel framework Silverlight. This service pack brings further support for Windows Phone Development including new templates, signed assemblies, and enw Windows 7 phone assemblies.
  • Thinktecture StarterSTS 1.0 RTW – Dominick Baier highlights the release to web release of StarterSTS a security token service which is based on Windows Identity Foundation and the ASP.NEt Provider infrastructure. This release supports WS-Federation., WS-Trust, REST, OpenId and Information Cards and provides a good simple reference implementation.
  • Performance Testing – Quick Reference Guide – Released up on CodePlex – The VSTS Rangers share a Quick Reference Guide to performance testing with VSTS