• Beta release of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Windows Phone – Lee Stott highlights the release of the Amazon Web Services SDK for Windows Phone allowing you to consume the range of Amazon Services (S3, SimpleDB, SQS Cloud Services) from the comfort of a sensible Windows Phone compatible API. Lee highlights a good set of resources for getting up and running with the library including video content from Channel 9.


  • Anonymous Types Unify Within An Assembly, Part Two – Eric Lippert continues his discussion of anonymous types within assemblies, and the unification of types which contain the same definition.
  • Currying vs partial function application – Jon Skeet discusses the differences between the functional programming concepts of currying and partial application, looking at doing both in C# when programming in a more functional programming style.
  • Hazards of Converting Binary Data To A String – Phil Haack picks up on an interesting group of questions on StackOverflow discussing how you can represent binary data as a string, and looking at the implications of the encoding used as to what it does to the data being encoded, and how it can result in changes to the actual bytes being written.
  • About Orchard Governance and Microsoft – Bertrand Le Roy discusses the recent change to the Orchard project, and how the project which was initiated by Microsoft has now been formally handed over to the community in a more complete way than many company created open source projects have been in the past.
  • The new OpenEverything organization – While on the topic of Open Source project involvement, Sebastien Lambla discusses some of the organisation changes for the OpenEverything (OpenWrap, OpenRasta, OpenFileSystem,…) projects and how he is now focusing his involvement.
  • From Concept to Code in 6 hours: Shipping my first Windows Phone App – Scott Hanselman walks through the creation of his very first Windows Phone 7 Application, from concept to application in 6 hours, sharing the key bits along the way.
  • 31 Weeks of Windows Phone Metro Design – #5 Choosing between Panoramas, Pivots and/or Pages. – Arturo Toledo is into week 5 of his 31 post series looking at all aspects of Windows Phone Metro design. This post takes a look at the three key UI concepts beginning with ‘P’ – Panorama, Pivots and Pages, looking at their use and how they are similar to other more familiar design concepts.
  • The Big Dummies Guide for Windows Phone Developer Resources – Bil Simser shares a great collection of Windows Phone development resources, ranging from articles, frameworks, design concepts, training, to marketing and monitzation of applications.
  • Winning on the Marketplace: The differentiation game – Paul Laberge discusses how you can make your applications stand out in the Windows Phone Marketplace, including how some application feature will make users love your application all the more.
  • Introducing Apache Hadoop Services for Windows Azure – Roger Jennings discusses the use of Apache Hadoop Services on Windows Azure, looking at and highlighting some posts on the concepts and product, before walkig through two tutorials, and highlighting plenty of further resources.
  • Find the jQuery Bug #3: Give Me Truth – Elijah Manor is running a series of posts looking at common bugs found in jQuery consuming code, and discussing what the problem is, and how you can resolve the issue.
  • Testing a jQuery Plugin with ExpectThat and Mocha – Dan Mohl continues discussion of his ExpectThat library for CoffeeScript / JavaScript assertions, looking in this post at the application of the library in testing a jQuery Plugin
  • Using SpecFlow to drive Selenium WebDriver Tests – Eli Weinstock-Herman discusses the use of SpecFlow combined with the Selenium WebDriver to provide a way fo executing tests derived from human readable requirements, running through the process from scenario to working test


  • SQL Bits X – The Biggest SQL Event in Europe – Sara Allison highlights the SQL Bits X SQL Server event and the associated training days. SQL Bits is a great conference, with SQL experts from all over the world, and this event is particularly special as it also doubles as the UK launch event for SQL Server 2012. Spaces are limited (although it is a large limit) and registrations for both the ‘pay for’ conference / training days and the Free Community Day are currently open.
  • NxtGenUG – Event – Straighten Spaghetti with C# 5 – Jon Skeet takes a trip to Microsoft Research in Cambridge on Thursday 16th February for the NxtGenUG where he will be delivering a session on how C#5 and the new async functionality can help straighten out complex spaghetti code. Be sure to register early for what is bound to be a very popular event.