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Welcome to this week's Web Development newsletter from The Code Project.

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Every week we cover the latest news, useful tools and helpful techniques that keep you on the cutting edge of HTML, CSS and related web technologies. Read on to find out what we’ve discovered for you this week.

ASP.NET MVC goes open source

Last week’s big, surprise announcement for web technologies came from Scott Guthrie: ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Razor and Open Source. OK, it’s technically been open source since 1.0 and also includes jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, jQuery Validation, Modernizr.js, NuGet, Knockout.js and JSON.NET as well, but now the source code has been released under Apache license on CodePlex.

The key point here is that ASP.NET MVC is Now Accepting Pull Requests, as noted by Phil Haack of GitHub. This means your changes are more likely to be included in future releases of ASP.NET MVC.

Want to explore the ASP.NET MVC source and, potentially, make your own changes? Jimmy Bogard of Los Techies shows you How to fork the ASP.NET Web Stack to GitHub.

More fun with ASP.NET MVC

The next obvious question is: what can you do with this ASP.NET MVC code? Well, Michael Sync took the bait and you can follow his ongoing exploration of Building the ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages source code.

Or maybe you’d like to do something more productive, like build an actual web app. Filip W at StrathWeb has some Fun with ASP.NET Web API – push-like messaging from one application to multiple subscriber applications. Grab the source files, then let Filip walk you through the project.

A new web hosting platform… from Microsoft

That’s not all the news from Microsoft this week. Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet reports on Codename Antares: A new Microsoft hosting platform for Web apps. The final product is likely to be known officially as the Microsoft Web Hosting Framework, and it’s built on Windows Azure.

A number of JavaScript tips and tricks

JavaScript is increasingly the language of choice for cutting-edge web development. It’s easy to get started, but there are still quirks that can catch out even the most experienced coders. To help, John Papa offers 3 Quick JavaScript Tips for .NET Developers. I love John’s use of embedded JSFiddle for sharing code.

jQuery is another popular tool for enabling some advanced JavaScript-based features in your apps quickly and easily. It’s highly flexible thanks to thousands of plug-ins contributed by the jQuery, and creating your own plug-in is actually quite easy. (Even I’ve done it.) SitePoint has 10 Tips for Developing Better jQuery Plugins that will make sure yours is top quality.

A few new JavaScript frameworks

We could probably fill the newsletter just with new and indispensible JavaScript frameworks. Instead, we’ll just take a minute to point out two you should know about.

Underscore.js is a handy JavaScript utility library that’s commonly used alongside jQuery and Backbone.js. Nettuts+ shows you how to use it efficiently by Getting Cozy With Underscore.js.

For a much lighter, more focused example, Rob Flaherty provides an introduction to firstImpression.js: A micro-library for detecting new visitors. Simple, but useful.

Until next week, remember to close your tags and test in all the right browsers.

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Latest Additions

50 articles overall. 15 new, 35 updated.

New articles added



  • Basics of ASP.NET MVC3: Part-II - Arthanarieaswaran
    How to create an MVC3 usercontrol using RenderAction, PartialView, and jQuery’s .ajax() method.
    C#, Javascript, .NET, ASP.NET, Ajax, jQuery, VS2010, Dev

  • Basics of ASP.NET MVC3 (Part-I) - Arthanarieaswaran
    Explains basic information and steps for creating an MVC3 application.
    C#, ASP.NET, VS2010, Dev

ASP.NET Controls

Charts, Graphs and Images

Product Showcase

Articles updated

Applications & Tools

  • A simple log server using express, nodejs, and mongodb - Afshin Mehrabani
    In this article we are going to review a piece of NodeJS code and learn how to use some of its common modules. This is a simple application which keeps record of logs including errors, warnings and information.
    Javascript, Windows, Linux, MVC, Web-Development, JSON


ASP.NET Controls

C / C++ Language


Charts, Graphs and Images

Client side scripting


  • ADO.NET Interview Questions: Part 1 - Shivprasad koirala
    Ado Dot Net Interview Question Part 1 [Unedited]
    VB6, C#, VB (VB7.x, VB8.0, VB9.0), HTML, .NETCF, .NET, SQL-Server (SQL2000, SQL2005, SQL-CE), Visual-Studio, ADO, ADO.NET, Oracle, Architect

Product Showcase

  • Access Control in Multi-Tenant Applications with Visual Guard - Novalys
    As companies look for different ways to manage their IT needs, “Multi-tenant” and “SaaS” applications are becoming more and more common. However, they also pose unique challenges. We will look at security administration and user management in a multi-tenant application with Visual Guard.
    C#, .NET, WPF, Silverlight, Dev, Sharepoint


Solutions Center

  • 3 Breakthrough Ways to Visualize HTML5 - Konstantin Kichinsky
    I’m going to focus on one interesting scenario that isn’t directly covered by the HTML5 standard, but is in high demand and visually impressive. It’s audio visualization using HTML5
    Dev, HTML5

Uncategorised Tips and Tricks

  • Message Box Control - Ali Al Omairi(Abu AlHassan)
    A message box that can be drawn with HTML and CSS
    C#, Javascript, Windows, ASP.NET, Ajax

User Controls

  • MVC3 @Html.CheckBoxList() custom extension - Mikhail Tsennykh (devnoob)
    Extends MVC HtmlHelper class so you can create POSTable checkbox list [Unedited]
    C#, HTML, .NET, Visual-Studio, MVC, Architect, Dev, Design, Marketing, checkbox, Web-Development, Post, Controls, MVC3

Web Security

  • SRE with Antixss Module - deepakaitr12345
    SRE protects applications from Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks by leveraging the Anti-XSS library to encode data.
    C#, XML, ASP.NET, Dev

Web Services

Win32/64 SDK & OS

Windows Communication Foundation

New Tips and Tricks added



Client side scripting

Shell and IE programming

Testing and QA

  • Testing and QA - Member 8735318
    Differnces betwenn testing and QA.
    Javascript, Java, JScript.NET, QA

Third Party Products and Tools

Tips and Tricks updated


ASP.NET Controls

Custom Controls


New Technical Blogs added


Client side scripting

Site & Server Management

Technical Blogs updated

Microsoft BizTalk Server

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