Have a browse around September’s MSDN magazine, this month featuring a wealth of articles from Microsoft developer experts. See this month’s highlights below.

September 2010 issue

Async Tasks: Simplify Asynchronous Programming with Tasks
Asynchronous programming lets you run expensive operations concurrently without blocking the UI thread. We’ll show you three simple techniques for implementing asynchronous operations in your code.
Igor Ostrovsky

Concurrency: Throttling Concurrency in the CLR 4.0 ThreadPool
The trend toward manycore architectures and parallel apps has resulted in many changes to the CLR 4.0 ThreadPool. If you’re emphasizing concurrency in new apps or adding it to old ones, or making use of ASP.NET or Parallel Extension technologies, this is for you.
Erika Fuentes


Async Agents:
Actor-Based Programming with the Asynchronous Agents Library
The agent model provides an effective method of hiding latency for efficient parallel execution. The Asynchronous Agents Library (AAL) lets you use this actor-based model with message-passing interfaces, and we’ll show you how it works.
Mike Chu and Krishnan Varadarajan

App Migration: Migrate Your ASP.NET 1.1 Apps to Visual Studio 2010
Protect against obsolescence, gain new capabilities and increase your marketability by getting on board with the .NET Framework 4. You can start right here by learning how to migrate older applications to the latest and greatest
Jonathan Waldman

Data-Bound Design: Create a Silverlight 4 Web Part for SharePoint 2010
When building custom SharePoint 2010 solutions, it makes a lot of sense to take advantage of Silverlight 4 on the front end. We’ll walk you through the process of building a Silverlight Web Part with Visual Studio and Expression Blend.
Paul Stubbs

SQL Server and MapPoint: Making MapPoint 2010 and SQL Server Spatial Work Together
While SQL Server is a good repository for geospatial data, it doesn’t communicate with MapPoint as well as it could. So our geo-data experts show you how to read point and polygon objects from SQL Server and render them in MapPoint and how to write points and polygons back to SQL Server using Entity Framework 4.0 included with Visual Studio 2010.
Eric Frost and Richard Marsden