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ASP.NET 4.5 – What To Expect

The next version (vNext) of ASP.NET which is currently referred to as ASP.NET 4.5 or ASP.NET vNext is “scheduled” for release in mid-late 2012. If you’re interested in getting hands-on right now the .NET 4.5 framework can be downloaded using the Web Installer.

As expected the official ASP.NET website lists all of the upcoming features (as well as new Visual Studio improvements) via it’s What’s New in ASP.NET 4.5 page and provides a decent set of videos, downloads, white papers etc. at the ASP.NET vNext page. Even if you’re busy I’d recommend skimming down the very long “What’s New” page and reading the paragraph or two dedicated to each feature that seems of relevance.

Further to this ScottGu’s has a series of blog posts focusing on ASP.NET 4.5 and although they don’t cover every feature that’s scheduled for release he provides a very clear, and well illustrated, description of a handful of features (as Scott usually does in all his articles). Two of the more useful ones I found were:

Enjoy.

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Architecting .NET Solutions For Beginners

After a few years focusing on pure software development work, using primarily Microsoft technologies, I started to get an itch to seek something more challenging in a different are of IT.  Don’t get me wrong, I love programming, I just wanted to branch out a bit and broaden my skillset. Thankfully my employer at the time allowed me to spend time with our company’s Business Analysts, Team Leaders, Technical Trainers, Project Managers, Software Architects etc. so that I could learn from them and spend time applying this knowledge. Thankfully I found it quite enjoyable, and the exposure to different roles, all of which contributed in their own way to the software development lifecycle, was invaluable.  The most interesting by far for me was software architecture.

As with the other aforementioned roles I spent time with the seasoned software architects and learnt from their example. Not to say I agreed with everything they did but it was very informative and helped me develop my own opinions and methodologies. Continue reading


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Microsoft UK Tech Conferences, 2012

I spent some time today looking for what Microsoft tech conferences are on in 2012 within the UK. I did a bit of Googling, reading and reviewing and came up with the following list. The nice thing is if you can attend some of them in person you can always rely on Tech Days or Channel 9 to keep you appraised.

» Microsoft Tech Ed

Microsoft premier tech education event.

http://www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/

Where: Amsterdam
When: June 25-29
What’s on: Check out their session guide
What else: You can watch it all online via Channel 9 after the event if you can’t make it in person.
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