• SSMS Tools Pack 1.9.4 is out! Now with SQL Server 2011 (Denali) CTP1 support. – Mladen Prajdi? announces the release of the latest edition of his SQL Server Management Studio Tools pack, a suite of utility tools that bolt into the Management Studio IDE / Management Console. This new version fixes a number fo bugs and brings support for the SQL Server 2011 CTP release.
  • New Release Microsoft.Activities.UnitTesting 1.71 – Ron Jacobs announces the latest release of his Workflow testing framework for testing activities. This new release makes use of the Task Parallel Library to make testing easier using tasks to push episodes of work through the workflow.
  • ReSharper 5.1.2 Release Candidate – Jura Gorohovsky highlights the release candidate release of ReSharper 5.1.2 which will likely be released as an official release in mid-January. This release brings support for MSTest projects being re-targeted to .NET 3.5
  • "Azure Blob Studio 2011" A standalone utility and/or Visual Studio 2010 extension for Azure blob management (with VB source too) – Greg Duncan highlights the release of ‘Azure Blob Studio 2011’ a utility from Alessandro Del Sole which provides a standalone WPF client and Visual Studio 2010 Extension which allows you to work with files stored in Azure Blob Storage. Full source (in VB.NET) is available for these tools too.
  • CoffeeScript – CoffeeScript has reached its 1.0.0 release. This simple language allows you to write clear code and have it compiled down into real JavaScript which passes Lint, runs quickly and integrates well with any JavaScript Libraries.



  • An Introduction Into XNA – The Manchester / Warrington NxtGenUG are holding an event on the evening of Wednesday 19th January 2011 where Simon Jackson will be looking at building games for the Windows and Windows Phone 7 platform using the XNA game development framework.