• Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update Now Available – Cliff Simpkins announces the release of the Windows Phone SDK .1.1 on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. This release is the official release for the CTP that was released last month, and enables development of applications targeting the 256MB devices, and also allows development on Windows 8 based machines.


  • null is not false – Eric Lippert discusses the difference between null and false, discussing the implementation of nullable reference types and nullable value types
  • Do I need to dispose of Tasks? – Stephen Toub gives three answers (short, medium and long) on why you don’t actually need to dispose of your Tasks when working with them, despite them implementing IDisposable – unless you have a good reason to.
  • TDD with CodeRush – Rory Becker give a walkthrough tour of some of the features of CodeRush for performing TDD development, showing how an IDE productivity tool, such as CodeRush, can give quite significant improvements to your development process.
  • Inside the Concurrent Collections: ConcurrentBag – Simon Cooper continues his series exploring the concurrent collections included in .NET 4.0 with a look at the implementation of the , discussing how the bag uses threadstatics internally and looking at its data structure.
  • 5 things you never thought about doing with MVC 3 & 5 things to learn about ASP.NET MVC 4 – RobertTheGrey shares two lots of 5 things, first discussing and highlighting further resources on some interesting things you can do with ASP.NET MVC 3 and second looking at 5 things which are new in MVC4.
  • Want to know more about VB.Net/C#? Like maybe the full language specification? Check your hard drive, you might already have them… – Greg Duncan highlights a tip sourced from Salvo Davide Rapisarda highlighting the fact that we all have the documentation for the C# and VB languages right at our fingertips in the form of the official specifications – now you too have the information to become Jon Skeet like in your knowledge of the languages. 😉


  • The Stack – Liverpool .Net User Group – May 2012 – The Liverpool, UK based The Stack Usergroup announces its May 2012 event, with a session from visiting speaker Guy Smith Ferrier looking at internationalization and Globalization of ASP.NET MVC based applications. The event is on Monday 14th May 2012, and is free to attend (although registration is requested)