Slightly late edition today as I’m on leave, and had a late but fun night delivering a User Group presentation at the Shropshire Dev Net Usergroup last night. Many thanks to the groups organiser (Martin Evans) for a well run evening, and to the audience who were all very open and engaging, and very generous with the evaluation scores too 🙂

If you are in the area I thoroughly recommend checking out the Shropshire Dev Net group.


  • Noda Time v1.0 released – Jon Skeet announces the 1.0 release of Noda Time, a port (and then some) of the Java Joda Time library which aims to make handling the suprising complexity of Time data in your applications easier. As Jon suggests in this post, even if you can’t use Noda Time in your application there is a lot you can learn by reading the code, or userguide.
  • Productivity Power Tools 2012 – The Visual Studio IDE Teams announce the release of the Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools 2012, an Visual Studio extension which brings a number of great and very useful additional features to the IDE. The 2010 version of this extension was one of my ‘Must Have’ extensions and I’m sure this one will be the same for 2012.
  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Is Now Available! – The SQL Server team announce the release of Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2012. As is usual for such an update this one rolls together all the hotfix and cumulative updates to date into one convientent package.
  • SQL Server Data Tools – November 2012 is now available – Charles Sterling highlights the release of the November update for the SQL Server Data Tools, available for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012, bringing some additional features, and updated components to reflect the SQL Server SP! release.
  • Toastr 1.0.3 Available – John Papa announces the release of Toastr 1.0.3, an update to this JavaScript notification library he has created with Hans Fjällemark which provides a really easy way to create ‘Toast’ notifications in your jQuery powered web pages.