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  • Blog Post: Consulting And Security Reviews - How To Get Everyone Onboard

          Security reviews are a respected methodology.  People know about them, and probably use them semi-regularly. Ask anyone if security reviews are important, and they would all say yes.  Ask them if they do it regularly, and most would say no. Related Materials Three...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Performance By Design: Takeaways From PDC

          During PDC, there were 5 dedicated sessions for improving performance in .Net titled "Performance By Design". The presenters are Rico Mariani , Vance Morrison , and Mark Friedman. These guys live and breathe performance. Although I did not make to get to PDC, I was...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Performance : Design, Implement, Deploy For Fast Experience.

          Rico Says :  Performance by Design . I say : Yeesh!! I am a big fan of the idea that Performance should be integrated into the whole dev lifecycle. As I am getting more involved with Sharepoint I become more confident applying same approach to Sharepoint implementation...
  • Blog Post: .Net Performance And Security Knowledge Management (Including Sharepoint Template For Download)

          Use MS Sharepoint to manage your .Net Security and Performance Engineering (or any other) knowledge.     Applying simple steps you can create a very powerful KB (Knowledge Base) to serve your needs. It will allow you find very quickly relevant knowledge either...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Improving Web Services Security: Scenarios and Implementation Guidance for WCF - BETA Is Out

    patterns & practices team has just released a beta version of WCF Security Guide on Codeplex. Download the guide at http://www.codeplex.com/WCFSecurityGuide . Original announcement by J.D. Meier, the man behind the effort, is here - New Release: patterns & practices WCF Security Guide (BETA)
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Performance Engineering - Stress Test Your Architecture, Design, And Code

    Field experience proves - the earlier performance is tackled in development lifecycle the better results achieved. Below are most frequent practices that were most helpful in my engagement with the customers. Architecture/Design phase Set performance scope using Performance Frame Set performance objectives...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project - live on Codeplex

    patterns & practices has recently released WCF Security Guidance Project . JD , the program manager behind the effort, has been blogging about it too.It is evolving project but the initial content is fantastic already. It has Application Scenarios , Video Index , but my favorites are How-To's: How...
  • Blog Post: Performance Development Lifecycle (PDL) Session Materials

    Yesterday I gave a talk about the subject during Performance Open House First off, thanks for attending my talk. The materials are published here . Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Performance Sin - Using Exceptions To Control Flow

    Want to spot coding anti-patterns from performance perspective without actually looking in the code? One of the common performance coding anti-patterns I’ve noticed lately is using Exception Handling to control program flow. The anti-patterns Most common anti-pattern is just using exception handling...
  • Blog Post: Security Code Review – Use Visual Studio Bookmarks To Capture Security Findings

    How to streamline the process of capturing security flaws during security code review? How to save time and avoid switching between the tools? How to stay focused? In this post I will show my simple technique to capture security flaws using Bookmarks in Visual Studio. Create bookmark folders. Hit Ctrl...
  • Blog Post: Design For Operations [DFO] – Problems And Solution Frame

    patterns & practices team maintains Design for Operations [DFO] project on codeplex . The goal of the project focuses on: “Developing tools and guidance to help enable the development of highly manageable applications on the Windows platform.” This post summarize my understanding of the...
  • Blog Post: Create Your Own Guidance Explorer Items Inside Outlook 2007

    Want to create your own nuggets of wisdom? Want it to look and feel like patterns&practices nuggets of wisdom look and feel? Want to reuse it, mix and match with existing ones? It is easy and fast with Outlook 2007. I will show how I extend my knowledge base with a snap using Outlook 2007’s...
  • Blog Post: Consume patterns&practices Guidance Explorer Via RSS Using Outlook 2007

    patterns&practices recently released new version of Guidance Explorer [GE]. One of the most important addition was enabling RSS on the online GE store. What does that mean? It means you can consume distilled security, performance, and Visual Studio wisdom in any RSS reader of your choice. It means...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 Web Application Project - Resources

    It is a bundle of resources for VS 2005 Web Application Project feature . It should explain its advantages and differences over Web Site Project that was introduced in VS 2005 and not available in VS 2003 VS 2005 Web Application Project V1.0 Released Introduction to Web Application Projects Upgrading...
  • Blog Post: Use DIR Command To Generate List Of Files And Store It In File

    DIR /S /B /A:-D I use simple DIR command to generate file lists. It serves me in many scenarios. For example, I use it to generate .Net assemblies list when I conduct preliminary scan as part of code inspection process. Here are the explanations to the switches: /S - search sub folders /B - bare format...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implementation - Have It Handy

    JD Meier writes in his blog : The ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implementation is a sample application complete with code and guidance. Our purpose was to show patterns & practices security guidance in the context of an application scenario. We used Pet Shop 4 as the baseline application...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2007 Barcelona - Web Application Security Session Sum Up

    This post summarize few stats and lessons I learned after giving my Web Application Security presentation during TechEd Developers Barcelona this November 2007. 500 attendees. 221 responded to evaluation form. Overall quality of the session - 7.71 [out of 9] Speaker's knowledge of the subject - 8.29...
  • Blog Post: Identify ASP.NET, Web Services, And WCF Performance Issues By Examining IIS Logs

    Simple examination of IIS logs can reveal potential performance issues related to ASP.NET web applications, ASP.NET web services, and IIS hosted WCF services. Fast, easy, cheap. These are the simple steps I take: Time-Taken & W3C Logs: Turn it on... Collect the data in the IIS logs Open IIS logs...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications - Final Cut

    Final release - patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications . It is the approach. I used its Chapter 9 – Determining Performance Testing Objectives to create Performance Testing Objectives Document Template . It definitely helped to achieve results while conducting Performance...
  • Blog Post: Use Performance Counters Templates To Streamline Performance Analysis

    I create perf counters sets up front. That way I could start collecting and measuring proper metrics right away each time I am assigned to do detailed performance analysis. Measuring .NET Application Performance lists important perf counters. What I really love about it is that the guide holds the list...
  • Blog Post: How To Stay Up-To-Date: 15 Minutes, 150 Posts Scanned, 3 Gems Found

    I set some time box to scan blogosphere to get updated on what is going on. Here is my technique to do so. My major source for tech stuff is main MSDN feed at http://blogs.msdn.com/ . It is pretty busy feed - I encountered about 150 posts that were posted over this weekend. Weekend?! Using my technique...
  • Blog Post: Use Sysinternals DebugView To Diagnose The Application

    "Unspecified error", "Catastrophic failure", "Object reference not set to an instance of an object" and other "self explanatory" errors promise no easy debugging. Good instrumentation of the application to the rescue! The techniques described in the paper explores on very often overlooked healthmonitoring...
  • Blog Post: T-Shooting Kerberos

    I was delivering "Authentication Explained" session for Security User Group. First off - thanks for attending the session! The session was based on "Authentication Explained" workshop . During the session I was demoing the following topics: Identity Flow Through Physical Tiers - Impersonation...
  • Blog Post: Performance Workshop In Munich MTC Labs - Lessons Learned

    How to get a hold of what's going on when getting ownership of the running project? How to achieve results when strictly time- and resource-boxed? How to keep team members focused on objectives and reduce distraction? Here is what I've done: Visualizing and modeling. White board is my best friend to...
  • Blog Post: Performance Testing Objectives Document Template

    Concise performance testing objectives document helps me staying focused, save time by creating shared vision among so many hands that are in it - biz analysts representing end users, dev teams, testers, IT folks and some more. To generate simple performance testing objectives document template I used...
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