• Updated Async CTP – Stephen Toub gives the details of the Async CTP Refresh release. This is a V3 CTP Release, and brings support the various changes in the framework and platform releases on Windows Phone and Silverlight
  • Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework November Sample Updates – Jialiang Ge highlights the November 1st release of the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework. This release includes 11 new samples covering Silverlight, ASP.NET, WDK, and Dynamics NAV.
  • WriteableBitmapEx Now Available – Rene Schulte announces the latest version of his WriteableBitmapEx Open Source library. This release brings fixes to a number of minor issues, along with a few new features and is available as both binaries and NuGet packages for Silverlight and Windows Phone. Full Source can be found on the projects CodePlex site.


  • MSDN Magazine: November 2011 – The November 2011 edition of MSDN Magazine is now available online. This month sees articles on Windows Phone 7.1, HTML5, LightSwitch, NuGet, 3D in Silverlight, RavenDB, along with all the usual regular columns.
  • Web Forms Model Binding Part 3: Updating and Validation (ASP.NET 4.5 Series) – Scott Guthrie continues his series of posts looking at the new features of ASP.NET 4.5, discussing the updating and validating aspects of the new Model Binding capabilities of WebForms.
  • Opportunistic Refactoring – Martin Fowler discusses the practice of Opportunistic Refactoring, discussing the benefits of refactoring as an when needed rather than giving over part of the schedule to refactoring. Maring also discusses the importance of having a good safety net in the form of regression test.
  • Debugging Fun with the Async CTP – Mike Taulty discusses how Async / Await makes the order of code execution, and likewise the order of break points being hit more non-intuitive, illustrating with some example code.
  • Using Windows Azure Service Bus Messaging – Roman Kiss takes a detailed look at the use of the Windows Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging using Windows Communication Foundation and Workflow Foundation
  • Windows Azure Service Bus – Push based programming approach – Forward Thinking – Site Home – MSDN Blogs – ‘Piyush’ discusses the process of queuing and retrieving messages from the Azure Service Bus, highlighting a NuGet Package available now which contains an implementation of a QueueClient and SubscriptionClient for dealing with the WCF communications to the Queue.
  • Basic Design Principles for Windows Phone using Expression Blend with SketchFlow – Mohamed Yamama highlights a Windows Phone Lab which looks at the use of Expression Blend with SketchFlow to assist in learning about and building good Windows Phone UI. The 50+ page document walks through the use of Sketch flow in a number of scenarios.
  • p&p roadmap for the next few months – Eugenio Pace outlines the plans of the Patterns and Practices team for the next few months, discussing the areas and technologies the team will be focusing on, and highlighting some of the projects they will be undertaking.
  • Javascript memory leaks – Jeff Krebsbach discusses memory leaks in JavaScript code, highlighting two cases he has recently encountered, and reminding us that its not just server side code that we should consider looking for memory leaks in.
  • A relaxed attitude towards the pragmatic delivery of ‘okay’ software – Rob Ashton discusses a change in approach he has taken on his latest project, and how he has focused on delivering something rather than producing the most perfect and technical debt free code possible.


  • Announcing DDD South West 4 – Guy Smith-Ferrier announces the plans for the next DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper South West event. DDD SW 4 will take place on Saturday 26th May 2012 at the University of West England, near Bristol, and will bring all the usual DDD event goodness.
  • FREE WPF and Silverlight Online Prism Training from PluralSight on Nov 12-Nov 14. – Blaine Wastell highlights 3 hours of free training materials from PluralSight for Prism available between 12th and 14th November. The training will look at Prism 4’s use in WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone applications