Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

April, 2004


    Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

    Yesterday we posted the Visual C++ Toolkit 2003. This toolkit includes the full Visual C++ 2003 optimizing compiler. If you're already using Visual Studio .NET 2003, then you don't need to download this toolkit unless you just want to see what this is all about. The information page for the toolkit includes links to 4 articles that are designed to show different features of the compiler and it also includes a small FAQ that describes the toolkit in more detail. Here's a link:

    Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

    I see they picked this up already at ActiveWin. I'll add a headline link to the Visual C++ Developer Center on Monday.

    Visual C++ 6 Service Pack 6 Available


    A lot of stuff went on while I was away on vacation. Visual Studio 6, Service Pack 6 is now available for download, or you can order it on CD for the price of shipping.

    Service Pack 6
    Microsoft Service Pack 6 for Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ 6.0 with Visual SourceSafe 6.0d addresses known issues with Visual Basic 6.0, Visual C++ 6.0 and Visual Source Safe 6.0. This service pack does not contain fixes for Visual InterDev 6.0, Visual FoxPro 6.0, and Visual J++ 6.0, as the mainstream life-cycle for these products has ended.


    Upcoming Visual C++ 2005 Chat

    I wanted to get this out early enough so that people can get it on their schedules. There will be a Visual C++ 2005 chat on Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 PM (PST). You can read more about it at the chat link below. Be sure to take advantage of the Add to Outlook feature to add this chat to your Outlook calendar. It should be a good one.
    Visual C++ 2005 Beta is Almost Here Maybe Rome wasn't built in a day, but Quake II and PowerPoint running on .NET were. Did you know you could recompile your existing MFC, ATL, COM and Win32 C++ applications with /CLR and start extending them right away with the .NET Framework? The C++ team has been very busy in Visual Studio 2005. The language has been streamlined for .NET development and type system unification without giving up an ounce of Standards conformance.... Bring on your best C++ questions on our next-generation tools!

    Testing Blog Posting Tools


    So I’m trying out a number of different blog posting tools. I was using W.Bloggar, which works well, but it does a few strange things that make posting more difficult than it probably needs to be for me. I’ve done a few posts with BlogJet, which will be quite awesome when it’s finished. And now I’m testing the .Text plug-in for NewsGator. It’s take a while to convert me, but I have to say that all the NewsGator services and now the NewsGator for Outlook product really have me hooked. I think I might be home with this one.


    Free Security E-Learning Clinics

    If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Microsoft Learning is offering free Security E-Learning Courses online. You can read more about it here:
    Microsoft Security E-Learning Our free Microsoft® Security E-Learning Clinics follow the same content outline as our Security Webcasts, but deliver that information via a learner-centered format that offers unique user benefits.
    If you're looking for a way to get up to speed on security issues, this is really good stuff. It's definitely worth a look.

    Duncan Wins the Coveted MSDN Peacock Award

    I snapped this picture of Duncan accepting the coveted MSDN Peacock Award from Sara this morning at our (extremely upbeat) monthly MSDN Team Meeting.

    Way to go Duncan!

    A First Look at C++/CLI

    Nishant S has written an excellent introductory C++/CLI article for The Code Project. From the article:
    What C++/CLI gives us?
    • Elegant syntax and grammar -This gave a natural feel for C++ developers writing managed code and allowed a smooth transition from unmanaged coding to managed coding. All those ugly double underscores are gone now.
    • First class CLI support - CLI features like properties, garbage collection and generics are supported directly. And what's more, C++/CLI allows jus to use these features on native unmanaged classes too.
    • First class C++ support - C++ features like templates and deterministic destructors work on both managed and unmanaged classes. In fact C++/CLI is the only .NET language where you can *seemingly* declare a .NET type on the stack or on the native C++ heap.
    • Bridges the gap between .NET and C++ - C++ programmers won't feel like a fish out of water when they attack the BCL
    • The executable generated by the C++/CLI compiler is now fully verifiable.

    Exploit Code Related to Security Bulletin MS04-011

    If you visit the MSDN Security Developer Center, you'll see a headline dealing with a published exploit we're tracking that takes advantage of an issue from MS04-011. Read the information page for the full scoop, but the bottom line is this: If you're running a Web server, you should patch your machines as soon as possible. If you are still evaluating the patch, you should disable PCT support through the registry as described on the page we're linking to and in KB Article 187498.
    Information about code that attempts to exploit PCT in SSL
    Microsoft is aware of reports of code available on the Internet that seeks to exploit certain issues addressed in our April 13 security updates. This so-called exploit code affects the Private Communications Transport (PCT) protocol, which is part of the Microsoft Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) library.

    Xbox Live Update


    Xbox Live was down yesterday for a makeover and they've published a page with information about the new features coming to the service. The cool new thing that's available now is Voice Message with Friend Requests. Voice mail for XBL? Cool! Here's a list of upcoming features...

    Tsunami: The Inside Scoop on the Xbox Live Update
  • Voice Messaging with Friend Requests: Available now. Read more about it.
  • MSN Messenger Integration: Coming in late May.
  • In-Game Voice Messaging: Available when games that support it hit shelves.
  • Teams: Available when games that support it hit shelves.
  • Competitions: Available when games that support it hit shelves.
  • Title-Managed Online Storage: When games that support it hit shelves.

    TechNet Security Bulletin RSS Feed


    Great news. TechNet now has a Security Bulletin RSS feed.

    This page on MSDN describes the MSDN feeds available and has links to a few of the different feed readers. As always, the latest Security Bulletin information can be found on the Microsoft Security Bulletin Search page.

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