• Microsoft IIS 8.0 Express Beta is Released! – Robert McMurray highlights the release of IIS Express 8.0 Beta. This release brings self-contained IIS8 features to Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 2008 Server (and R2), and Windows 8 in both 32bit and now 64bit
  • Download: Reactive Extensions (Rx) v2.0 Beta – The Beta release of the Reactive Extensions for .NET v2.0 is now available on the Microsoft Download site. This release includes support for .NET 4.5, .NET 4.5 Metro Apps, Silverlight 5 and Windows Phone 7.1, and includes the first preview of Rx 2.0 as a .NET Portable Library
  • SQL Server 2012 RTM Day Download Link Round-up – Greg Duncan rounds up all the key links regarding the SQL Server 2012 RTM Release, providing a simple way to get to all the bits that make up the release, including Evaluation and Express editions, feature packs, application connectors, and much more.


  • Visual Studio 11 Beta Razor editor issue workaround – Xinyang Qiu of the Web Platform and Tools Team highlights a known crash bug in Visual Studio 11 Beta when working with the Razor View Engine in the Editor and includes details of a work around to prevent the crash.
  • ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta – Bundling and Minification Demystified – John Petersen takes a look at the bundling and minification support included in the ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta and in .NET 4.5 Beta, showing how you can easily combine and minify your JavaScript and CSS using a few lines of code.
  • Single Page Application packages and samples – Steve Sanderson follows on from his ASP.NET Single Page Applications presentation (which if you haven’t watched you really should) giving pointers in getting up and running with Single Page Applications, and sharing the source of some of this sample applications.
  • Find the jQuery Bug #5: Defective Data – Elijah Manor continues his ‘Find the jQuery Bug’ series of posts taking a look at the reading of data attributes on , and some of the confusion and bugs that can be introduced when using these methods.
  • Building Hypermedia Web APIs – Pablo M. Cibraro discusses the Hypermedia concepts of Web APIs, discussing URL generation on the server, and looks at the proposed HAL media type specification for Hypermedia APIs on JSON and XML
  • Visual Studio 11 Beta Testing Documentation – Howie Hilliker highlights the updated documentation on MSDN relating to testing on Visual Studio 11 Beta, along with taking a look at compatibility considerations, and some of the new features of the Beta relating to testing
  • Dark Matter Developers: The Unseen 99% – Scott Hanselman discusses the concept of the ‘Dark Matter’ developers – that vast majority of developers who don’t get involved in the tech community, and are not particularly visible, but are actually working hard and producing applications using stable versions of technology.
  • Pretty Code (BYOSP Part 10) – K. Scott Allen wraps up his series on building a slide presenter application on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript with a short discussion of formatting code on slides, along with giving an overview of the libraries used in the whole project, and hinting that there may be future posts looking at extending this simple application.


  • NxtGenUG – Event: What’s what in SQL 2012? – The NxtGenUG in Birmingham welcome Dave Ballantyne for a session looking at the enhancements to TSQL that have been made in SQL Server 2012, exploring the changes, and areas where functionality has been lost
  • Free Webinar on Team Explorer Everywhere from Black Marble – Giles Davies highlights a Webinar event hosted by Richard Fennell of Black Marble which looks at the Team Explorer Everywhere product from Microsoft which allows Eclipse users interact with Team Foundation Server. The event is on the morning of Monday 19th March, and is free.
  • NxtGenUG – Event: Making Powerful Kinections – The Coventry chapter of NxtGenUG welcome John Price for a session looking at working with the Kinect Sensor on the evening of Monday 19th March.