Microsoft Enterprise Library 6–Released

April 28, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, C#.NET, Enterprise Library, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Patterns&Practices, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012 No comments

Microsoft has released the version 6.0 of their Microsoft Enterprise Library collection. Microsoft Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable components to meet your needs in developing enterprise applications using .NET technologies.

Quoting from Microsoft
Microsoft Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable application blocks designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges. This release includes: Data Access Block, Exception Handling Block, Logging Block, Policy Injection Block, Semantic Logging Block, Transient Fault Handling Block, Validation Block, and Unity.

This major release of Enterprise Library contains many compelling new features and updates that will make developers and IT professionals more productive. Two new application blocks are:

  • Semantic Logging Application Block
  • Transient Fault Handling Application Block (this application block was previously a part of the Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure; in this release it has been generalized and updated to the latest technologies)

Other major new features include:

  • New programmatic configuration that doesn’t require a container
  • AsynchronousTraceListenerWrapper for the Logging Application Block, which enables existing listeners to write messages asynchronously
  • JSON formatter for the Logging Application Block.

New Unity Application Block includes many improvements:

  • Registration by convention
  • Support for NetCore (Windows Store apps)
  • Resolving objects of type Lazy<T>
  • The Unity assembly is now Security Transparent
  • Support for ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API

The detailed list of all changes is included in the Release Notes.

DOWNLOAD Microsoft Enterprise Library v6.0 Binaries

This download contains the following packages:

EnterpriseLibrary6-binaries.exe 1.0 MB  DOWNLOAD

EnterpriseLibrary6-source.exe 7.5 MB   DOWNLOAD

Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.ConfigConsoleV6.vsix  726 KB   DOWNLOAD   ( Visual Studio plugin extension)

SemanticLogging-service.exe 1.0 MB   DOWNLOAD

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2(2012.2)–Final Released

April 4, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SignalR, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Microsoft has released the final version of the Visual Studio 2012 – Update 2. You can get more details on release from Somasekhar’s blog: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available. Somasekhar is VP of Developer Division at Microsoft. For information about the latest update, see Visual Studio Updates.


Download Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

other products updates are also available:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012
  • IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio 2012
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Language Pack
  • Courtesy: Microsoft Download Center, MSDN

    Getting Started to become MCSD–Web Application Solutions Developer

    March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML, HTML5, IIS, IIS8, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Web API, Web Services, Windowz Azure No comments

    In this article I will introduce you to the necessary requirements for preparing and earning MCSD – Web Apps Solutions Developer certification.

    In my previous article Permanent Link to Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps, I have introduced you to the MCSD – Windows Store Apps Developer certification exams and requirements.

    Similarity between MCSD – Win Store Apps development using HTML5 and MCSD – Web Apps is that initial exam is same for both the certification titles. 70-480 is the initial exam that is required for earning both the certifications.

    Earning an MCSD: Web Applications certification will qualify you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.

    Below are the 3 exams required to pass to earn the title MCSD: Web Applications

    1. 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    2. 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
    3. 70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

    Note: This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years.

    Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

    70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start – FREE

    70-486 –  Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start – FREE – by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway

    70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services – no jumpstarts available yet.

    Know more about MCSD: Web Applications | from Microsoft Learning

    Continue your learning and all the best to you – if you are planning to take MCSD on Web Applications.

    Microsoft ASP.NET and Frameworks 2012.2 – a.ka.–ASP.NET Web Tools – final Released

    March 20, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API No comments

    Microsoft has released ASP.NET and Frameworks Update 2012.2, also known as ASP.NET Web Tools 2012.2. This will provide updates to the web frameworks that shipped with Visual Studio 2012.

    For more information see instructions in the release notes at

    Download: AspNetWebTools2012Setup.exe

    Introduction to The One ASP.NET Platform/Ecosystem

    December 25, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ADO.NET, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET MVP, C#.NET, Community, HTML, HTML5, IIS, JavaScript, JavaScript, jQuery, JQuery Mobile, KnowledgeBase, LINQ, Microsoft, MSDN, SignalR, Updates, VB.NET, VisualStudio, VS2012, WCF, Web, Web API No comments


    ASP.NET has travelled a long way through evolutions. Earlier when ASP.NET 1.0 was released as part of .NET Framework 1.0 in Jan 2002, there was only ASP.NET – a framework for building dynamic web applications and it provided lots of flexibility web developers in building robust, dynamic web applications.  ASP.NET was and is the successor to Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) technology.

    ASP.NET is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), allowing programmers to write ASP.NET code using any supported .NET language. The ASP.NET SOAP extension framework allows ASP.NET components to process SOAP messages.

    From that, today we reached ASP.NET 4.5 and platform/web framework has changed a lot through the 10 years of journey.

    Before going further lets go through a quick summery of additions in each releases:

    ASP.NET 1.0 (January 16, 2002)

    • Object-oriented Web application development supporting inheritance, polymorphism and other standard OOP features
    • Support for generic HTML controls and ASP.NET dynamic web controls
    • Event based programming
    • The developer can make use of DLL class libraries and other features of the Web server to build more robust applications that do more than simply rendering HTML.
    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio .Net 2002

    ASP.NET 1.1 (April 24, 2003)

    • With ASP.NET 1.1 – an update to .NET framework 1.0 called as .Net framework 1.1 – we received support for Mobile Web Controls, Automatic input validation
    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio .Net 2003

    ASP.NET 2.0 (November 7, 2005)

    ASP.NET 2.0 introduced major updates to ASP.NET framework with introduction of Master pages and new data controls.

    The interesting features included in this release were:

    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2005
    • New data controls (GridView, FormView, DetailsView)
    • New technique for declarative data access (SqlDataSource, ObjectDataSource, XmlDataSource controls)
    • Navigation controls
    • Master pages
    • Login controls
    • Themes
    • Skins
    • Web parts
    • Personalization services
    • Full pre-compilation
    • New localization technique
    • Support for 64-bit processors
    • Provider class model
    • Web Sites projects are introduced. An alternative to Web Application project model in earlier versions.
    • ASP.NET AJAX has been introduced as a separate installer. Included ScriptManager, UpdatePanel etc.

    ASP.NET 3.5 (November 19, 2007)

    This was an incremental update to ASP.NET 2.0 and .NET Framework 2.0. Base level the Runtime was depending on .NET Framework 2.0 and set of additional runtime extension components been introduced in this release.

    The interesting features included in this release were:

    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2008
    • New data controls (ListView, DataPager, LinqDataSource)
    • ASP.NET AJAX included as part of the framework
    • Support for HTTP pipelining and syndication feeds.
    • WCF support for RSS, JSON, POX and Partial Trust
    • All the .NET Framework 3.5 changes, like LINQ etc.

    With .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, some more features been introduced

    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2008 – Service Pack 1
    • Incorporation of ASP.NET Dynamic Data
    • Entity Framework support
    • Support for controlling browser history in an ASP.NET AJAX application
    • Ability to combine multiple JavaScript files into one file for more efficient downloading
    • New namespaces System.Web.Abstractions and System.Web.Routing
    • JQuery is included as part of the template.
    • ASP.NET MVC is born

    Now ASP.NET framework is spitted in to three based on the purpose

    ASP.NET Core Services – all the major ASP.NET runtime components has been built in to this and will act as a base layer for all other ASP.NET components such as Web Forms, MVC, Dynamic Data etc.

    Now we have three Presentation Frameworks/Components that utilizes the ASP.NET Core runtime components

    1. ASP.NET Web Forms – based on traditional ASP.NET web application model – dynamic *.aspx pages with code behind file.
    2. ASP.NET MVC – based on MVC model – *.aspx pages for View, no code behind file. Simply depended on Controller and model.
    3. ASP.NET Dynamic data – the quick and easy – rapid application development model with help of LINQ and Entity Framework. ASP.NET Dynamic Data helps you quickly build a fully customizable, data-driven application without writing code. Dynamic Data provides a rich scaffolding framework that is easily extensible by using the traditional ASP.NET programming model.

    ASP.NET 4.0 (April 12, 2010)

    The .NET Framework version 4 includes enhancements for ASP.NET 4 in targeted areas. Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express also include enhancements and new features for improved Web development.

    The interesting features included in this release were:

    • Integrated development support using Visual Studio 2010
    • jQuery Included with Web Forms and MVC
    • Content Delivery Network Support
    • Setting Meta Tags with the Page.MetaKeywords and Page.MetaDescription Properties
    • ASP.NET MVC 3.0 with Web Pages and razor support
    • IISExpress Support through Service Pack1
    • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET 4 and Visual Web Developer


    ASP.NET 4.5 (August 15, 2012)

    This was a long awaited release since ASP.NET 4.0, which includes the new improved support for Web Pages, MVC and new Web API support. With the release of .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012, decided to go away from Service Packs and release incremental updates whenever available.

    The interesting features included in this release were:

    • Async support – HttpRequest, Response, HTTP Modules and Handlers are capable of handling Async request and responses.
    • AntiXSS library is integrated
    • WebSockets protocol support
    • Lazy request validation
    • ASP.NET Web Forms – Model binding similar to ASP.NET MVC
    • HTML5 support
    • ASP.NET MVC 4, Web Pages 2.0, Web API, ASP.NET MVC 4 – Mobile Web Templates using jQuery Mobile
    • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Web Developer

    ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update

    This .2 update adds a number of new templates and features including:

    • Enhancements to Web Publishing
    • New Web API functionality
    • New templates for Facebook Application and Single Page Application
    • Real-time communication via ASP.NET SignalR
    • Extensionless Web Forms via ASP.NET Friendly URLs
    • Support for the new Windows Azure Authentication
    • and more… You can read about it in detail on the MSDN page What’s New in ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update


    SignalR is a new member of the ASP.NET family that facilitates adding real-time functionality to web applications using WebSockets and other down-level transports. SignalR is a self-contained library installed via NuGet that is targeting a 1.0 RTW as part of the Fall Update. This will include item templates for adding SignalR connections and hubs to an ASP.NET application as well as a full project template that integrates with ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API.

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    Now the ASP.NET ecosystem would look as in the image, with 2012.2 release: Single platform – multiple, extensible solutions

    All the parts of ASP.NET, all the subsystems are all part of the larger ASP.NET community 

    [Image courtesy Scott Hanselman’s blog]

    Scott Hanselman of Microsoft Quotes:

    The idea behind One ASP.NET is that we want folks to be able to make apps that have real-time components with SignalR, clean, simple APIs with Web API, all in one pages with KnockoutJS, pages with MVC, Web Forms or Web Pages, as well as existing ASP.NET systems like OData, ASMX, and more.

    We want open source projects like JSON.NET, KnockoutJS, SignalR, Backbone, MongoDB, Scaffolding, NHIbernate, Ninject (and the list goes on) to all play in the same ASP.NET LEGO sandbox.

    We’ll put all these subcomponents on NuGet and they’ll live alongside community components and you’ll be able to build ASP.NET applications starting from some base template and add just the pieces you want. We are getting there. We want folks to use the parts they want, and swap out the parts they don’t. Everything should work together.

    [source link]

    ScottGu Quotes
    The new runtime functionality is delivered to ASP.NET via additional NuGet packages. This means that installing this update does not make any changes to the existing ASP.NET binaries, and thus does not cause any compatibility issues with existing projects. New projects will contain the new functionality and existing projects can be updated with the new NuGet packages.

    You can further read about it through Scott Hanselman’s article and ScottGu’s blog 


    Now with ASP.NET 4.5 and Updates we reached a place where we have a vast variety of technologies to choose from, to develop rich, dynamic web applications for Desktop browsers as well as for mobile browsers.

    ASP.NET Ecosystem is growing and is moving in the right pace with the release to open source development of most of the components through 

    It is challenging and interesting for ASP.NET developers to be able to develop using such cutting edge technologies.

    Information Sources & Courtesy: Wikipedia, MSDN and Microsoft Developer blogs

    Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC(Release Candidate)

    December 14, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API No comments

    This release updates Visual Studio 2012 with a pre-release update to ASP.NET. Features and updates:

    • Enhanced Website publishing
    • New ASP.NET MVC Templates for Facebook applications and Single Page Application using knockout.js and ASP.NET Web API
    • ASP.NET Web API enhanced with new features:
      • ASP.NET Web API OData gives you the flexibility you need to build OData endpoints.
      • ASP.NET Web API Tracing integrates tracing data from your web APIs with .NET Tracing.
      • ASP.NET Web API Help Page automatically generates documentation for web APIs including the HTTP endpoints, the supported HTTP methods, parameters and example request and response message payloads.
    • ASP.NET SignalR is an async signaling library for .NET to help build real-time, multi-user interactive web applications.
    • ASP.NET Friendly URLs makes it very easy for webforms developers to generate cleaner looking URLs(without .aspx extension).

    For more information about using this release, please see the ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update Release Notes.

    DOWNLOAD Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 RC

    Source: Microsoft Download Center

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