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How to Await Just About Anything

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 18, 2012

Lucian Wischik is publishing a series of blog posts showing how Await can be used in a wide variety of situations ranging from awaiting an animation to complete to capturing the results of a command line program.

Build Cross Platform Applications with Xwt

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 23, 2012 1

Xwt is .NET Framework based open source UI toolkit for Mono and .NET and is used for the creation of desktop applications that run on multiple platforms from the same codebase.

The NET Perspective: Then and Now

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 01, 2012

The .NET Framework observed its ten year anniversary in February. Brandon Bray, .NET's Group Program Manager, was at Build to discuss where .NET has been and what developers can look for in the future.

Windows Azure Mobile Services with iOS, E-mail, SMS, Facebook Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 22, 2012

Windows Azure product team has released an update to its mobile services suite with support for ios, E-mail, SMS including the ability to make use of Windows Azure Blob, Tables and ServiceBus with your application.

Windows Identity Foundation Now Included in .NET 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 31, 2012

Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft's framework for integrating claims-based authentication into applications, is now part of the .NET Framework. It was created to simplify work with access control and authentication, and to allow for single sign-on across multiple applications.

Reflection API Changes For Windows Store Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 31, 2012

.NET API subset for Windows Store Apps is considerable smaller than the full .NET Framework 4.5. Particularly, Reflection.Emit is not available and most members in the System.Type class have been moved to the System.Reflection.TypeInfo class.

Microsoft Release New REST API Framework as Part of .NET 4.5

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 23, 2012 4

As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool Adds .NET 4.5 and Windows 8 Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 09, 2012

Aaron Stebner's .NET Framework Cleanup Tool, which is often used as a last resort to remove problematic .NET installations, has been updated to support Windows 8 and .NET 4.5. The tool can be used to remove any version of the .NET Framework from an operating system.

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 are ready to go!

by Dmytro Mindra on  Aug 02, 2012 3

In addition to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 being released to manufacturing, Microsoft has completed its tool suit - Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.

Better Tracing And Instrumentation For .NET Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 16, 2012

EventSource and EventListener, introduced in .NET 4.5, provide a simple mechanism for applications to trace their events in Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). Combined with a analysis tool such as PerfView, this allows for better tracing of .NET apps.

MEF for Windows 8 Metro and TPL Data Flow Moved to NuGet

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 13, 2012

Microsoft has decided to remove MEF for Windows 8 Metro and TPL Data Flow from the .NET 4.5 framework release. Instead they will be offered as NuGet packages so that improvements can be released outside of the full .NET release cycle.

.NET 4.5 Improves to the Base Class Library

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 07, 2012 2

The Base Class Library forms the core of the .NET development platform. No matter what profile or front-end technology you choose, the BCL classes are invariably found throughout your application. This time around we see improvements to streams, collections, and a much improved weak reference.

.NET 4.5 Raises the Bar for Web Development Productivity

by Harry Brumleve on  Jun 06, 2012 1

With the release of .NET 4.5 nearing, Microsoft has started to pull back the curtain on the next version of their development platform. While there has been a lot of fanfare around Metro and Windows 8, the improvements made to the core features of .NET, which have traditionally focused on web, service, and data development, may steal the show in the short term.

In Case You Missed It: Async and Streaming for ADO.NET 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  May 29, 2012

For those .NET developers who still choose to work directly with the DataReader series of classes, .NET 4.5 brings some new async and streaming support your way.

Microsoft .NET Finally Offers a General Purpose Zip Library

by Jonathan Allen on  May 23, 2012

The .NET Framework has always had a weird relationship with the Zip file format. From the very beginning .NET actually did support Zip files, but in a way most people didn’t realize. After years of dealing with the convoluted ZipPackage class or turning to third-party libraries, Microsoft .NET is finally offering this basic capability again.

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