Are you tired of manually configuring IIS sites (adding Web sites, application pools, virtual directories and so on)? Use C# and the Microsoft.Web.Administration Namespace to simplify your life (or at least IIS configuration).
An old Silverlight feature is the top vote-getter so far on UserVoice.
A finicky editor takes it for a spin.
Kenny Kerr continues his series about compiler fundamentals by considering how the original source code may be converted into a stream of tokens.
Embarcadero's Appmethod goes native in its update for Windows, iOS and Android development.
Backbone provides an elegant way to encapsulate the code necessary to get your data and HTML onto the page. Peter shows how to make it work in TypeScript.
Ondrej Balas continues his discussion on refactoring your code for dependency injection, this time focusing on the composition root pattern.
The big three: SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle
If you're putting together a concatenated string in .NET 4.5, forget about using loops, StringBuilder and anything else you thought you needed. All you need is String.Join.
It includes updates to F12 developer tools and, for the first time, support for the WebDriver standard.
Cleaner UI for developers highlights the changes.
Neural Network Lab
Deep Neural Networks are the more computationally powerful cousins to regular neural networks. Learn exactly what DNNs are and why they are the hottest topic in machine learning research.
The feature, which is for code stored in Git, will eventually be added to local copies of Visual Studio.
Thinking in terms of layers or tiers really isn't much help to you. Stop doing it: The single responsibility principle and design patterns are all you really need.
The open source application packaging platform gets 1.0 support on Microsoft's cloud.