Update: Fixed some broken HTML which was causing Brian Lagunas’ Prism / Bing article and Brian Harry’s TFS Merging article links to be combined – thanks to Mark Heath for letting me know


  • Knockout 1.3.0 Beta Available – Steve Sanderson announces the beta release of Knockout 1.3.0. This new version focuses on developer happiness, bringing with it a number of new features which reduce the amount of code needed to work with Knockout, including a number of new binding features, improved event handler support, and throttling features.
  • Nuget 1.5 – Phil Haack has just announced that NuGet 1.5 is ‘up for real’ now after problems yesterday with release procedures and is now well and truely ready for download and use, so get it while its hot ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Quick news: Windows Azure Toolkits for devices – Devon Musgrave highlights a raft of releases of Windows Azure Toolkits for mobile devices, with update to the Windows Phone, iOS editions, along with a new Android platform version.
  • NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Toolkit for Android – The Windows Azure team highlight the new Android Windows Azure Toolkit in a little more detail, sharing a video from Wade Wegner on the new release, and pointing to further information in blog post form.
  • Windows Phone 7.1 Isolated Storage Explorer Visual Studio Extension – Greg Duncan highlights the release of a Visual Studio 2010 Extension from Rudy Huyn which allows you to explore the data stored in a Windows Phone from the IDE rather than the command line


  • HTML Editor Smart Tasks and Event Handler Generation (ASP.NET vNext Series) – Scott Guthrie returns from his blogging hiatus kicking off a new series of posts looking at the features that are coming in ASP.NET vNext and IDE features relating to it. This first post looks at some of the improvements to the HTML editor and the improvements in event handler generation.
  • MSDN Magazine: September 2011 – The September edition of MSDN Magazine is now available online, with articles looking at Application Lifecycle Management, the June CTP of Entity Framework, Open Data Protocol, Database Development with the ‘Juneau’ Database Project in SQL Server Development tools, and much much more.
  • the other thing about ‘using’ blocks – David Cameron discusses the use of using (){} blocks in code, highlighting their more widely known feature of ensuring dispose is called on IDisposable objects, and also looking at the other useful feature, the creation of a scope for the variable avoiding misuse once its disposed.
  • Prism-fy the Bing Maps WPF Control (Beta) – Brian Lagunas continues his experimentation with the beta Bing Maps WPF Control, taking a look at combining it with Prism to enable loose coupling of a map with map layers at runtime.
  • Merge enhancements in TFS 11 – Brian Harry continues his series of posts looking at the improvements coming in TFS 11, discussing some of the improvements for the diff / merge experience being provided by a new merge tool, and improved automatic conflict resolution.
  • MemoryImage – Martin Fowler discusses the storage of data in enterprise systems, and how these days itโ€™s not just a simple case of connecting to a database with some real alternatives. Martin then goes on to discuss the use of event sourcing with an in memory image of your data to provide a high throughput way of working and persisting data.
  • Strategy to Make CI Builds Self Testing – Paul Stack continues his series looking at implementing Continuous Integration of your project(s), discussing the use of Continous Integration to run all the required and available tests to ensure your builds are good.
  • Silverlight 5: Remote control and MediaCommand Support – Pete Brown shares a modified exerpt from his Silverlight 5 in Action book looking at the use of MediaCommands in Silverlight, allowing your Silverlight applications to respond to the specialist media keys on keyboards and remote controls.
  • Optimize Images With HTML5 Canvas – Sergey Chikuyonok takes a fascinating look at image generation and manipulation on the client side using the HTML5 canvas in this Smashing Magazine article. The article explores a number of techniques which can allows you to reduce the size of images being sent to the clients browser.