Visual Studio Express–Alive and Well


I had to write this blog post after reading Peter Bright’s post on Ars Technica called "No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8: You won’t be able to use the free Visual Studio Express to develop desktop apps".  In Peter’s article he slams Microsoft by saying that "Redmond has decided not only that…

ASP.NET MVC, PLINQ, and the Entity Framework


In the last week Microsoft release three exciting CTPs (Community Technology Previews):   ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview Microsoft Parallel Extensions to .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.Net Entity Framework Tools ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview, released yesterday, includes a new project by the ASP.NET team called ASP.NET MVC.  The Model View Controller pattern is one of the oldest proven patterns…