• EF5 Beta 2 Available on NuGet – The Entity Framework Team announce the release of their second beta of Entity Framework 5, now available via NuGet. This release has focused on improving quality, with improvements to Migrations for Visual Studio 2010 users, simpler SqlExpress / LocalDB configuration, and some namespace changes.
  • OpenSource CSV Reader on Nuget – Mike Stall shares a CSV file reader / writer implementation he created, available as open source on GitHub and as a NuGet Package – one to keep in mind next time you are tempted to re-invent this particular wheel.
  • Using SpecsFor.Mvc- Introduction – Matt Honeycutt announces the 1.0 release of SpecsFor.MVC, a library for creating automated acceptance tests for your ASP.NET MVC applications using browser automation. In this post Matt kicks off a series looking at the 1.0 release.


  • Modern Web Development – Part 8 – Shawn Wildermuth continues his series looking at the art and science of Modern Web Development, in this post exploring the importance of Facebook, looking at the Facebook SDK and authentication of an application.
  • Patterns to Isolate Code in Continuous Delivery – Derek Hammer takes a look at various strategies available to isolate unfinished code from deployment in a continuous deployment environment, discussing feature branches, leaving views to last, only pushing when complete, and a few others.
  • Securing your ASP.NET MVC 4 App and the new AllowAnonymous Attribute – Ricka on MVC and related Web Technologies – Site Home – MSDN Blogs – Rick Anderson discusses security in ASP.NET MVC applications, highlighting how it differs from WebForms (secure controllers/action vs files) and looks at the use of the Authorize and AllowAnonymous attributes in MVC4.
  • Should I expose asynchronous wrappers for synchronous methods? – Stephen Toub discusses whether you should expose asynchronous wrapper methods for your synchronous methods in your own API, explaining why the official stance is that you should not, and should keep async methods for those that offer actual asynchrony and the associated scalability benefits.
  • Functional Fizz Buzz – Phil Trelford takes a look at the now well-known Fizz-Buzz programming interview question, exploring how it can be answered very concisely in a variety of Functional Programming languages
  • Understanding Enhanced Protected Mode – Eric Lawrence gives the technical low-down on the new Enhanced Protection Model of Internet Explorer, discussing how it fits in with the existing multi-process architecture, and the new AppContainer.
  • AsyncCTP installation problems (and VS11) – Lucian Wischik shares some tips on getting the current Async CTP release working in a variety of situations where there are common problems with this now quite old CTP update release