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April, 2005

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    Regex Builder Tool

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    Sara links to the Regex Builder Tool in the Powertoys Weblog. Check it out here:

    If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool
    One of my coworkers in Visual Studio has created this really cool tool for creating and testing Regular Expressions.  I’ve just recently started using .NET Regular Expressions in my Editor testing, so take my word for it that this tool greatly helps with writing regular expressions.

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    Coding4Fun Developer Center

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    In all the work we've been doing around new sites, I haven't had much of a chance to mention everything that's going on. I'll try to do that over the next day or so. One new site that you have to visit is the Coding4Fun Developer Center. We're getting a lot of good feedback on this site. Here's a page that tells you a little bit about what this site is about. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think.

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    WinHEC 2005

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    I'll be at WinHEC from April 25-27 in Seattle this year. This is one of my favorite conferences to go to because it's all metal. :) If anyone is going to be there and wants to meet up with me, just drop me a note.

    Check out the highlights page if you think you might be interested in attending. Here's a page of bullet points if you have to convince somebody that it's a good idea. (Not that I read this before I talked to you Matt.)  I think this is going to be a great conference.

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    May MSDN Magazine Online

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    The May issue of MSDN Magazine is online, just in time for baseball season. We'll be headlining these stories over the next few weeks, but you can read them all right now. :)

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    Soon == Now(); //via Kent

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    Kent has a post up about the changes we've made on MSDN in light of the release of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Kent and Chris Dahl have been driving this effort on the MSDN side and they've done a spectacular job. Here's a link to Kent's post:

    Soon == Now();
    Well, as we've been promising for a while, and as some MSDN Subscribers have noticed, Beta 2 is in the wild. MSDN Subscribers can download the VSTS bits from the subscriber downloads page, and everyone else can get Express. Getting these pages built and up has been an ... interesting experience, with major heavy lifting from most of the people on the Content Strategy, Site Management and Developer Division Technical Marketing Team.

    Read the whole thing for the list of site changes.

    When installing express, please be sure to follow these instructions before you install over  a previous Visual Studio 2005 Express beta product.
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    Visual C++/Security/Team System Webcast

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    Update 2: I changed the link below to take you to a page from which you can view this Webcast on demand.

    Update: This turned out to be a really good Webcast. (I never doubted it would.) I'll add a link to the archive as soon as I can get it.

    There's a Webcast tomorrow (Wed April 6th at 1:00 PM PST)  that covers all of my favorite topics, Security, Visual C++, and Team System. And it's all given by Microsoft Visual C++ Program Manager Brandon Bray. That's bound to be a winner. :)
    Get the details here:

    MSDN Webcast: Building Secure Applications with Visual C++ and Visual Studio Team System
    Live Webcast, Wed, 06 Apr 2005 21:00:00 GMT

    Want to learn more about the security enhancements in the upcoming release of Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 and Visual Studio Team System? During this webcast we will walkthrough a variety of new security enhancements Visual C++ 2005 and Visual Studio Team System will provide. The discussion begins with an overview of fundamental design principles for building secure applications and explains how these map to core changes in the underlying C and C++ libraries. Learn valuable tools and techniques for writing secure code and tracking down runtime errors that take advantage of the latest enhancements in Visual C++, such as runtime security checks for detecting buffer exploits, and the ability to analyze source code using Visual Studio Team System to identify deeply hidden security vulnerabilities.

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    April Security Bulletins Released

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    Microsoft released a number of critical and important security bulletins today. You can get information about these at the Security Bulletin Search site.  Here's a link to the bulletin summary for April 2005:

    Technical Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2005

    And this will take you to the consumer Security Updates page:

    Consumer Security Update Page
    Microsoft issues a security bulletin when a security update becomes available for Microsoft software. This page contains links to the summary announcements posted on Microsoft.com for widely released security updates, as well as the bulletin numbers for these releases. To get more technical information on the updates, follow the links in the summary announcements to the technical bulletins that are posted on TechNet.

    As always, be sure to turn on Automatic Updates and visit Windows Update to keep your machines safe.

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    Product Feedback for WSE and Indigo

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    Matt Powell posted the other day that the Product Feedback Center can now be used to provide Microsoft with your feedback and suggestions on WSE and Indigo. Here's a link to Matt's post:

    Give Us Your Feedback on WSE and Indigo
    Well, we have recently rolled out the capability for folks using Web Services Enhancements and Indigo to take advantage of the Product Feedback Center.  Not only can you submit bugs or suggestions on these products, you can also provide your 2 cents on which bugs are the most important ones for us to address.

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    Windows Media Developer Center

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    I know that this is something a lot of devs will be glad to see; the Windows Media Developer Center. I'm told that the plans are for this site to grow over time, but looking it over I'm seeing a great start.
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    MSDN Forums Beta

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    You take one day off and all sorts of stuff happens... Josh Ledgard has information on the new MSDN Forums now in Beta. I think this is going to be a great way for developers to get information and I'm pretty excited about it. Here's the link to the forums page:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn

    Congratulations to Josh and his team and to the MSCOM Community team.

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