• SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 CTP is available – Aaron Bertrand highlights the release of the CTP release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2. Aaron outlines the version numbers of SQL Server which this service pack CTP applies to, so you can be sure that you are not undoing any hotfixes you’ve applied.


  • CQRS Journey – first pseudo-production release – Grigori Melnik highlights the release of the first pseudo release of the Contoso Conference Management System, a sample application to demonstrate CQRS style application development. The team behind the project are going to be making a number of these ‘pseudo releases’ to help them better understand and demonstrate the versioning of an application which uses CQRS practices.
  • Simplify Syntax with Extension Methods – Anders Abel takes a look at how adding extension methods to classes and interfaces can help increase the readability of your code.
  • Introducing Testing Domain – – Scott Forsyth shares a useful domain which is set up with all subdomains resolving to (localhost aka your machine) which can be used for testing applications in situations where you need a domain name.
  • Additional Considerations When Using ASP.Net MVC Cross-site Request Forgery Prevention – Ed Hintz discusses two situations which require more careful consideration when you are making use of the Cross Site Scripting and Cross Site Request Forgery protection in ASP.NET MVC
  • Implementing CORS support in WCF – Carlos Figueira takes a look at implementing a service which caters for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing when using WCF, a useful comparison to his earlier piece looking at the same in Web API
  • CI Deployments To IIS VIA MS Web Deploy 2.0 – Scott Kirkland discusses integrating deployment into your continuous integration environment, looking at configuring Web Deploy 2.0 witihin your build process using MSBuild and Team City.


  • Event: Scott Guthrie speaking at UK Windows Azure conference 22nd June – Sara Allison reveals that Scott Guthrie will be visiting London and speaking at the UK Windows Azure conference on the 22nd June. At the time of writing there are still 50 free tickets available (available until 25th May, but going quick), and 250 paid for tickets (£25) which will be available after the free tickets go.
  • Can’t make it to a Windows 8 Dev Camp? – Jim Blizzard highlights a series of web cast on the topics being covered in the Windows 8 Dev Camp events. The first of the series was yesterday (sorry, only saw the post this morning), bu the next event is Wednesday 8:30am PST, with a further 5 over the next few weeks.