Update: Fixed the link on the Async Controllers article, another victim of the trailing r ‘human error’ – thanks to Ruud for letting me know.


  • Announcing the release of Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET – Scott Guthrie announces the release of the Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET . This release adds improved support for Azure Websites publishing management and diagnostics from within Visual Studio, support for the new larger Virtual Machine sizes, updated PowerShell integration and much more.
  • New Features in the Latest ReSharper 8 EAP – The ReSharper Team over at JetBrains announce their latest Early Access Preview release of ReSharper 8, with its major new feature, a NuGet Gallery based extension Manager making it ever easier to obtain and install ReSharper extensions. This release also has a bunch of other new templating and navigating features.


  • A WebAPI Basic Authentication MessageHandler – Rick Strahl follows on from his previous post on WebAPI authentication with a look at implementing the same functionality as he did using a filter in the previous post, this time looking at implementing it ‘the correct’ way using a MessageHandler.
  • Async Controller In MVC 4 – Prashant Khandelwal takes an introductory look at implementing ASP.NET MVC4 controllers using the AsyncControler to allow the use of tasks to improve the straight line speed of your actions.
  • A View Engine for ASP.NET MVC Feature-Based Organized – Matt Honeycutt takes a look at the default ASP.NET MVC file layout conventions and shares a View Engine which operates to different conventions, showing how you can provide support for your on desired layout
  • CDNs fail, but your scripts don’t have to – fallback from CDN to local jQuery – Scott Hanselman discusses the ultimate responsibility for the availability of web applications, and takes a look at how you can cater for situations where the Content Delivery Network may go down, exploring how you can ensure that your site continues to operate in such a situation.
  • MSDN Magazine May Issue Preview – Michael Desmond gives a preview of the content coming in the May edition of MSDN Magazine which should be available online late today
  • Node at Work: A Walkthrough – Garann Means takes a look at the use of Node.js as a rapid prototyping language to quickly building application prototypes / designs in this A List Apart article.