You want the responsiveness that asynchronous programming in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 provides, but also need your asynchronous methods to work with other code in your application. Here's how the Task object answers all of your problems.
The latest version includes both fixes and upgrades.
Microsoft indicated it will postpone a planned fix for Internet Explorer to block out-of-date ActiveX controls because of customer feedback, apparently to give users more time for testing.
Ondrej Balas continues his series on refactoring code for dependency injection, looking at patterns and strategies for changing application behavior after it has already been compiled.
.NET vNext isn't here just yet, but Microsoft wants developers to move on to .NET Framework 4.5.2 as soon as possible, with support for versions 4 up to 4.5.1 ending mid-January 2016.
Extension methods provide a great way for extending a class functionality -- but it's interfaces that let you use those methods anywhere you want.
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We often take syntax highlighting for granted -- it just makes code so much more readable that it's become hard to live without. I'll take a look at a little history behind it and some new developments that might make code coloring even more useful.
"Summer update" comes with improved URL support, message logging, and authentication.
In related news, also released is another CTP for an extension for developing apps with the Apache Cordova platform.
How to define common XAML resources to improve the consistency of your applications.
Also released today: Azure SDK 2.4 for .NET.
Version 4 of the XML Schema-to-C++ compiler now supports Visual Studio versions 2012 and 2013.
New version of middleware integration platform integrates directly with .NET-written or -supported applications.
Peter creates an AJAX-enabled application using TypeScript with Backbone that talks to a Web API service. He also upgrades to the latest version of Backbone TypeScript support, causing several things to break -- but it does result in better, simpler code.
Microsoft Azure has caught up with AWS in many areas. In a couple of others, it's actually pulled ahead.