Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

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March, 2006

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    How do I add rules to FxCop?


    At the Security Summit in Perth yesterday, I was asked about adding rules to FxCop. Coincidentally, the folks over at the FxCop blog have recently answered this very question.

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    Developing with Least Privilege


    At the Security Summit in Melbourne, I asked the same question I have everywhere else "Who amongst you are not logged on as a local admin when developing apps?". As usual, only 1 or 2 raised their hands. One of those who did was Ryan D'souza, who followed up with this great email:

    Hi Andrew,

    The book I was talking about is "The .NET Developers Guide to Windows Security by Keith Brown" (ISBN:0-321-22835-9).

    I found this book really helpful as it gave an in-depth review of the security features available in the .net framework, its short coming and finally how to bridge the gap with unmanaged c++ code (only where required). The other aspect of the book gave an overview of the inner working of AD in a domain and in detail in regards to user permission roll-outs and their impact.

    I know this probably sounds like a sales pitch but I was quite pleased with the contents of the book and would definitely recommend it to any .net developer.

    Thanks Ryan - great info

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    2-Day BI Workshops. Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide


    Hot on the heels of the VSTS workshops, Frederique Dennison has mailed me about a series of BI workshops to be held in cities around Australia. These will be presented by Peter Myers (also of Ready! tour fame). Get 'em while they're hot!

    Jumpstart to Microsoft Business Intelligence – 2 day workshop

    This two day instructor-led workshop has been specifically designed to demonstrate how Business Intelligence can assist organizations to extract knowledge from data. With this knowledge, businesses can expect to make better, more informed, business decisions.

    Written and delivered by industry experts, this intensive workshop introduces common design methodologies together with lessons, demonstrations and student exercises that leverage the SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence platform. $650+GST 

    Register now=



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    Team Foundation User Admin Tool now works against the TFS RC

    John Lawrence (of Dogfood Statistics fame) notes that the User Admin Power Tool for TFS has been updated to work against the TFS RC bits. This has been released by the Developer Division Customer Product Lifecycle Experience Team (DDCPX), who also bring you MSBee (which allows you to easliy target FW 1.1 with MS Build)
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    Using TFS with Non-VS2005 Clients


    Of course, if your client/IDE supports the MSSCCI, then you can download the plugin (currently in beta). If you use another IDE (for example, Eclipse), then you might want to consider Teamprise. I was on holiday when Grace Francisco blogged about an MSDN webcast showing how you can:

    Find out how you can use the Teamprise Plug-in for Eclipse to access the source control features of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System from within the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE). In this webcast, we show you how to add new Eclipse projects to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation server, import existing projects from Team Foundation Server into Eclipse, and keep projects synchronized. We also look at the Teamprise Explorer client on a Linux virtual machine.

    Presenter: Corey Steffen, General Manager, Teamprise

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    VFP Sedna March CTP Now Online


    Milind Lee has posted that the March CTP of Sedna, the add-on for VFP, is now available.

    We have released the first CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Sedna. This March 2006 CTP includes the latest build of NET4COM — a library of COM wrappers around a selected subset of the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. We will release other CTPs periodically. Each CTP will have incrementally increasing functionality and latest builds of Sedna until we release a full public beta later this year.

     This is VERY cool stuff. not just for VFP aficionados (like me), but for anyone who is developing in a non-.NET environment from which you can call COM objects. Apparently there are a few that meet this description, for example, VB6 and VBA (not to stray too far from the stable). This approach is the same one I took when I wrapped the MapPoint Web Service functionality in a COM wrapper to make it easy to call from VFP.

    If you're still doing COM-based development, keep an eye on Sedna. While you're at it, you should also check out the complimentary community project, SednaX

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    2-Day VSTS Training available in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane


    Frederique Dennison, the Microsoft Australia Partner Readiness Manager (until next week, that is) sent me a note about some VSTS training being delivered by local expert Anthony Borton (of Ready! tour fame). This is a great way to get up to speed fast with the new features of Team System and Team Foundation Server.

    Visual Studio 2005 Team System – KickStart 2 day workshop This fast-paced two day course provides partners with a solid overview of Visual Studio Team System 2005 and Team Foundation Server. The course combines instructor led sessions with hands-on exercises designed around real-world scenarios to ensure that participants are able to get up and running with VSTS rapidly.


    Register now



    I would like to ensure you are across the 2 day workshop we are currently offering as apart of partner readiness. This subsidised 2 day workshop ($715 inc GST) will be delivered by Anthony Borton and is scheduled in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane over the next few weeks.

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    Security Interchange in Brisbane - the word is YES!


    After kicking off at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, we continued the sporting theme last night and had version II of the Security Interchange event at Ballymore in Brisbane.

    We had a great evening - highlights being Steve's famous "How do you know when you're done" question, Jamie's education of the audience (the word is "YES!") and some guy who was accused of being an amazing marketeer just because he was telling folks about the Security eForum website ( - I tell you, that hurt. Note that we'll be posting recording of all of the security Seminar (all day) sessions up on the eForum site after the last event in Auckland.

    These events have proved very popular with attendees - they're a very informal, interactive and a lot of fun. Questions from the audience, short (think 10 minutes) presentations as well as a great opportunity for networking and interaction during the dinner break.

    I promised that I'd post the blog addresses of the speakers (those that have 'em), so here they are:

    Don't forget that we'll be hosting some on-line chats with the Speakers over the next few weeks. Login and ask questions, or just hang out.

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