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October, 2004

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    Developer Division Leadership Blogs

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    Today, Kent posted a new page to the Visual Studio Developer Center that links to the blogs maintained by the leaders of Microsoft's Developer Division. This page is a great way to find out what some of the top people at Microsoft have to say about the future of our developer tools.
    Developer Division LeaderSpeak
    Many members of the Developer Division leadership team are blogging their plans for the division, and the products they are responsible for. This page gives you the ability to see what they are planning and insight into the direction for Visual Studio and the related products from now, through Whidbey and Burton, and to the future.
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    Hands-on Lab Drives JNetDirect to 64 Bits

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    Interesting case study about how a company was able to port their application to 64-bits fairly quickly through the Microsoft Hands-on Lab here at campus.
    Hands-on Lab Drives JNetDirect to 64 Bits
    JNetDirect is an expert software component company that provides data access, security and delivery to customers with growing business requirements. When some of JNetDirect's JSQLConnect and JDataConnect customers asked about the use of 64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server, JNetDirect decided to attend a 64-bit Hands-on Lab at the Microsoft Redmond campus. Two weeks of work at the lab and another two weeks at the office were enough to add 64-bit support to both products.
    If you're interested in seeing more stories like this be sure to visit the Microsoft Customer Evidence site. Here's a list of the case studies related specifically to Visual C++. I've been meeting with some of the guys that run this site and I've made some suggestions around adding some more code to these case studies and maybe eventually creating developer papers associated with these stories. I'll let you know how that goes as we move forward.
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    October 2004 DirectX 9.0 SDK Available

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    The DirectX 9.0 SDK Update (October 2004) is now available for download.
    DirectX 9.0 SDK Update - (October 2004)
    Download the complete DirectX 9.0 SDK - (October 2004), which contains the DirectX 9.0c Runtime and all DirectX software required to create DirectX 9.0 compliant applications in C/C++, and C#.

     Download DirectX 9.0cIf you haven't played with DirectX SDK before, this weekend might be a good time to download it and give it a shot. Be sure to check out the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK Update item that gets added to your All Programs menu in Windows. There's a DirectX Sample Browser that lets you sort the samples available, and it even copies individual projects that you might want to start with to your Visual Studio Projects folder.

    You can find more DirectX information on MSDN here.

    Update: Mitch Walker has more information about the changes here.

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    Welcome Visual C++ MVPs!

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    Well, it's not like they weren't always here, but now we've got a place of honor for them on the Visual C++ Developer Center Home Page. Be sure to check out the full list of Visual C++ MVPs here.

    John Boylan has taken over as site manger for this developer center and he put a ton of time in this week re-engineering the back end of the site to make it easier to maintain. Visitors probably won't notice a difference, but it's now much easier to work on. As part of the engineering effort, John is the one who added the MVP code to the page. So thanks John!

    In other news, our How to Buy pages have been updated. If you're looking for a way to get Visual Studio or an MSDN subscription, this page has all the information you need.
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    How A Criminal Might Infiltrate Your Network

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    Jesper Johanson's Technet Magazine article, How A Criminal Might Infiltrate Your Network, made the Microsoft.com Home Page today. Here's a link to the article. Very good stuff:
    How A Criminal Might Infiltrate Your Network
    One of the great mysteries in security management is the modus operandi of criminal hackers. If you don't know how they can attack you, how can you protect yourself from them? Prepare to be enlightened.
    Thanks Michael!
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    Privacy

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    With news of recent hacks, the subject of privacy is one that everyone should take some added interest in. JC Cannon has written what promises to be the reference work on the subject for developers and IT pros. Check it out here:
    Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know
    In this new book, Microsoft privacy expert J.C. Cannon covers the technical and organization facets of protecting customer privacy J.C shows you how to systematically build privacy into any application, Web site, or enterprise system.

    We have a privacy page on the Security Developer Center. I'm planning to add more resources to that page over the next few months. If you have any suggestions for content that I can link to on that page, drop me a note.
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    The Security Risk Management Guide

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    Microsoft released a new set of security guidance today called The Security Risk Management Guide. This guide contains a lot of good information around security risk. You can find the guide online here:
    The Security Risk Management Guide
    Customers can be overwhelmed when attempting to put in place a plan for security risk management. This can be because they do not have the in-house expertise, budget resources, or guidelines to outsource. To assist these customers, the Microsoft has developed The Security Risk Management Guide.

    This guide helps customers of all types plan, build, and maintain a successful security risk management program. In a four phase process, depicted below, the guide explains how to conduct each phase of a risk management program and how to build an ongoing process to measure and drive security risks to an acceptable level.
    You can also download the document. Here's the link.
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    Security in Microsoft Products Chat

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    Update: Chat is over, thanks everyone for coming. That was fun. Next chat is November 18th.

    Update: This chat is happeing now. Click here to enter.  (I'll pull this post off the security feed when the chat is finished.)

    There's a chat tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:00 PST around Security in Microsoft Products. Here's a link to the chat page with more information. You can add this chat to your Outlook calendar by clicking here

    Microsoft Security Chat Series
    Join Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts each month. Microsoft is working hard to improve security and Mike and his team invite you to join them in a candid Q&A session. Ask us your tough questions; share with us what is going well and what needs improvement. This is your chance to talk up front with the leading security minds at Microsoft.
    The host for this month's chat will be Rich Kaplan. This is really a great opportunity to talk to the top security experts at Microsoft, so be sure to drop in.
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    Schneier on Security

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    I just found a post on Larry Osterman's blog that mentions that Bruce Schneier has a new weblog. I'll have to agree with Larry, these posts are a goldmine of security information.
    Schneier on Security
    A weblog covering security and security technology.
    Here's the RSS feed.
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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 Updated

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 was updated today. We also published a new piece titled GDI+ 1.0 Security Update Overview. To help track the new and upcoming content around this issue, we created a new page on the Security Developer Center. This page links to any articles and information we publish around the issue and I'll add any new resources that I can find. This page also contains a short FAQ about the issue and about side by side deployment. You can get to the page here:
    All About GDI+
    This page contains information about a newly-discovered, privately reported vulnerability in GDI+. A buffer overrun vulnerability exists in the processing of JPEG image formats that could allow remote code execution on an affected system. This page contains information and links for developers who need to better understand this issue.
    I'll probably add more stuff to this page over the next couple of days. If there's anything specific you would like to see, just drop me a note.
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