• And we are back: Mono 2.10.3 – Miguel de Icaza announces the release of Mono 2.10.3, the first official release of the Mono Project since Xamarin took control. Significant changes are those to add support for Mac OS X Lion, improvements to the WCF Stack and improvements to the garbage collector
  • dotCover 1.1.1 and dotTrace Performance 4.5.1 Released – Hadi Hariri highlights the release of the latest versions of dotCover and dotTrace from JetBrains. These releases improve the integration with ReSharper 6, along with some significant new features in dotCover, and all the usual bugfixes and minor improvements.
  • The Time is Now to Try JustTrace – Chris Eargle highlights the Telerik tracing offering, freshly updated as a part of the Telerik Q2 2011 release cycle and now commercially available. There is currently a 50% introductory discount available and a 60 day trial so you can get a taste before parting with your cash.
  • Coded UI Test Enhanced Framework now available – The Visual Studio Team Test Blog highlights the Coded UI Test Enhanced Framework (CUITe), a layer built on top of the Coded UI tests in Visual Studio by Suresh Balasubramanian which aims to reduce the code needed in your tests and improve readability and maintainability of your tests.
  • Using GMap.NET – Great Maps for Windows Forms & Presentation – Saif Khan highlights a nice looking Mapping control for use in rich client applications, offering support for Bing, Yahoo, OpenStreetMap and ArcGIS mapping imagery


  • Dive into the summer with MSDN: HTML5 – Katrien DG highlights the 3rd MSDN ‘Dive Into’ topic for the summer – HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9 & 10. The site contains a collection of resources organised by the time you may have available to learn, breaking them down into 30minutes, half day and full day learning opportunities.
  • HTML5 Part 4: Using HTML5 while retaining support for older browsers – Jennifer Marsman continues with her week’s blogging on HTML5 with a look at maintaining backwards compatibility whilst using HTML5 in your sites, using polyfills to add in API features from HTML5 back into older browsers via JavaScript implementations.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Addin: Setting a class breakpoint – Software development from Uruguay, South America – Alfonso Cora shares a Visual Studio Extension which adds breakpoints to all methods in your current class, discussing how the Add-in was built, and sharing the code and binary version.
  • Collapse All Add-in for all Visual Studio Projects – Sreekesh NK has also been looking at Add-in development in this CodeProject article, sharing an addin which collapses project structure in the IDE, discussing the development and install experience for the addin and providing full source and binaries
  • Mango RTMs! Now what? – Paul Laberge discusses what the RTM of Windows Phone 7 Mango actually means, reviewing the new features, and highlighting a great selection of resources from Larry Lieberman which give developers all the information they need to make the most of Mango.
  • Fancy Building Your Own Tower Defence Game? – Mike Ormond highlights a great XNA learning opportunity from the Coding4Fun team, a fully features tower defence game implementation written for Windows Phone in XNA which you can explore and customise at both a configuration and code level.
  • Minimalist Coding Guidelines – ‘gggustafson’ shares what he considers to be a minimal set of coding standards guidelines, presenting both the rule, and the rationale behind the rule.
  • SemanticConflict – Martin Fowler discusses what he and his colleagues at ThoughtWorks consider to be the difficulties for branch per feature version control strategies, discussing some of the difficulties and fail cases in merging which can result in problems.
  • Feature switching: a better way to collaborate – Paul Stack is also considering Branch Per Feature and its impact on Continuous Integration when changes may live on branches not build considered by CI, looking Feature Switching as an alternative to allow developments to be performed on the main code based but in a disabled state while being developed.


  • NxtGenUG – Event: Scalable websites – The NxtGenUG in Essex are holding a session on building scalable web sites and applications using ASP.NET and Windows, exploring how architectures similar to those used by the likes of Twitter and Facebook can be implemented on the .NET platform. The event will be held on Wednesday 31st August in Brentwood.
  • FREE One Day Windows Azure Discovery Workshops for product authors – first is September 12th – Eric Nelson highlights a series of monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform for partner organisations who are interested in finding out more about Azure. Spaces are limited to 12 per workshop, with one space available per partner organisation