In addition to adding a new paradigm with Windows 8/Metro, Microsoft has upgraded its core development products; this comprehensive overview takes it all in.
Get started with this quick but informative guide (and sample code) from John Papa.
ASP.NET 4 upgrades the support for detecting browser capabilities with profiles for the latest mobile browsers. The good news is that you can use that new information with older versions of ASP.NET.
Adobe's about-face appears motivated by the explosion of mobile computing.
Windows 8 is an early preview, but has enough of its shape to show XAML developers that their skills are applicable.
If you want to call a service you can—but the service can't call you back. WebSockets offers the potential for real, two way communications -- and it's as simple as calling a Web Service.
Rather than try to ensure that he's getting the right config file for his production and test systems, Peter Vogel lets the application configure itself, using the Managed Extensibility Framework to enable automatic selection of the right connection string
Learn MVVM fundamentals by building this simple Twitter app.
Visual Studio readers sound off on HTML5; some love it, others, well...
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NServiceBus can help you create more reliable .NET services. It may not be as "free" as it appears, though.
Learn how to easily create a toggle button in Expression Blend by retemplating a control and adding visual states.
The technologies bundled as HTML5 finally support what developers have been trying to get HTML to do for decades.
Infragistics provides a toolkit for creating data-driven applications using client-side code that accesses a variety of data sources, both in the page and back on the client.