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Web API is the New WCF

Mads Kristensen is a Program Manager at Microsoft and during his Tech Days 2012 talk on “What’s new in ASP.NET 4.5 + Visual Studio 11” he made a statement that “Web API is, kind of, the new WCF” – it’s about an hour in if you want the exact spot. Putting the “kind of” part to the side for the moment, this is something of interest as two key questions I ask myself, out of many that I consider when designing a new Microsoft solution, are (1) have I identified the right technologies, i.e. MVC, SQL, Azure, etc. and (2) what type of commitment is Microsoft making to the technologies I’ve chosen. Continue reading


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ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta – TechDays 2012 Video

Scott Gu gave a talk at TechDays 2012 this week (end Feb 2012) and covered a lot of new features being released as part of ASP.NET MVC 4.  The talk runs for just over 1 hour and 15 minutes and covers the main highlights currently available in the ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta (22.8MB), currently available for download.

This is yet another round of updates Microsoft is making to one of it’s key frameworks and it was an exciting talk to watch … well for the geeks anyway. 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.

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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