Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

July, 2005


    Can you Spot the Bug?

    Microsoft Product Manager for Developer Security Rick Samona, with the help of Foundstone, has created a new feature for the Security Developer Center called Spot the Bug. The way this works is that Rick will post a new bug in his blog every so often and you can take a shot at guessing the bug in the comments for the entry. When Rick posts a new bug, he'll answer the question on the current bug and mark the bug squashed. We've rebuilt the home page on the Security Developer Center to feature the latest unanswered bug and link to the squashed bugs.

    This is a total experiment, and it could fail miserably, but it seems cool right now. :)

    You might notice that I took the Security Bulletins list off the home page and replaced it with a link to the Security Bulletin Search page. Let me know if you were relying on that feature or not and I'll bring it back if there's a popular demand. Thanks to Erica Wiechers for helping us get this posted.

    Absolute Beginner's Series Posted

    Kent has just finished posting the Absolute Beginner's Video Series on Visual Studio 2005 Express (VB and C#). You can check them out here:
    Absolute Beginner's Video Series to Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions
    This video series is designed specifically for individuals who are interested in learning the basics of how to create applications using Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition and Visual C# 2005 Express Edition. This includes over 10 hours of video-based instruction that walks from creating your first "Hello World" application to a fully functioning RSS Reader application. Learn how to write your first application today!!
    If you're new to Visual Basic or Visual C#, this seems like a great way to get started.

    WinFX Beta 1 SDK Available

    In my ongoing effort to link to every SDK in the world, here's the WinFX Beta 1 SDK for your coding pleasure.
    Microsoft® WinFX ™ Software Development Kit for Microsoft® Pre-Release Windows Operating System Code-Named "Longhorn", Beta 1 Web Setup
    The WinFX SDK contains documentation, samples and tools designed to help you develop managed applications and libraries using WinFX, which is the set of next-generation managed APIs provided by Microsoft. This release includes documentation about using the .NET Framework 2.0, the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code named Avalon), and the Windows Communications Foundation (formerly code named Indigo).
    Here is a direct link to the ISO, if you prefer to install from a disc. (Thanks to Norm Diamond for pointing out that I was linking to an earier version.)

    Windows OneCare Live Beta

    Good stuff. Get the details here:
    Windows OneCare Live Home
    Dont have the time or technical expertise to secure and manage a computer on a daily basis? Windows OneCare is a comprehensive PC health service that helps make your PC experience hassle-free.

    Windows Vista Developer Center is Live!

    After a flurry of hard work by people from all over Microsoft, we propped the Windows Vista Developer Center today. Get the details here:
    Microsoft Windows Vista Developer Center
    Windows Vista introduces breakthroughs in user experience, security and reliability, enabling you to build applications that bring clarity to the user's complex world of information.
    Check out the site from a design perspective, even if you're not doing Windows Vista development yet. Duncan Mackenzie and Laurie Moloney get a ton of credit for pulling this together.

    Tech-Ed 2005 Orlando Webcasts Online

    If you missed Tech-Ed in Orlando, many of the sessions are now available online. Check out the site here:
    Tech-Ed 2005 Webcast Series
    Did you miss a breakout session at Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, or have co-workers who could not attend? Tune in to our "best of" Tech·Ed 2005 webcasts in August and September and continue to learn, solve, and grow as we present live some of the most popular sessions from Orlando. Hear top speakers dive into Exchange, Active Directory, Smart Clients, and more and get the chance to have your questions answered. Check back, as we continue to post more webcasts, and in the meantime see our library of more than 100 on-demand pre-Tech·Ed webcasts and Tech·Ed 2005 simulcasts.
    I watched Mark Russinovich's (Winternals, Sysinternals) Understanding and Fighting Malware: Viruses, Spyware and Rootkits talk the other day. Good stuff. You can hear the crowd respond in the background, which always seems to make these more interesting.

    Microsoft .NET Framework Benchmark Testing Terms Updated

    This month, we've updated the testing terms for .NET Framework benchmarks. Here's a link to the details:
    Microsoft .NET Framework Benchmark Testing Terms
    The right to disclose the results of any benchmark test of the Microsoft .NET Framework has been modified. The new provision included with this notice will replace the terms currently stated in the Supplemental EULA regarding this subject. Except for this modification, all other terms and conditions of this Supplemental EULA will continue to apply to your use of the .NET Framework.
    The details follow in the document.

    The Kids at the B&N Harry Potter Party

    Friday night we did the bookstore circuit and the kids got all the freebees around the new Harry Potter book.

    The funny thing is, we didn't buy a book that night, rather we waited until this morning. The stores were smart enough to have tons of copies still available. While we were in line I actually saw a couple of people add the book to their checkout pile when it was offered by the clerk. That's the way to up-sell stuff, "Would you like the new Harry Potter book that that today?"

    Now get this, as we're coming into our apartment, the neighbor sees the book in my son's hands, and he says, "That's a really good book." I was thinking how strange that sounded as the book was released less than 12 hours ago. The neighbor explained that he bought the book at midnight and had spent the entire night reading it. :)

    Kim Komando on the Shared Computer Toolkit

    Kim Komando has nice little writeup of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP in USA Today. Check it out:
    Microsoft tool secures shared computers
    ... With the Shared Computer Toolkit, you can customize restrictions for different Windows accounts, which is especially handy if you have both young children and teens in the house. The toolkit also has additional safeguards to protect your computer. For instance, it prevents kids from making changes to your system settings.

    Meltdown 2005 Slides are Up


    Update: I changed the name of the file because I left a space in it when I first posted it. This was causing download problems. Hopefully the new link will fix. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    In the middle of this crazy Windows Vista beta launch, I was able to attend Meltdown this week. This is a great conference. Everybody is insanely smart, and I learned something in every presentation I saw. Check out the slides if you get a chance. They're pure gold.

    Meltdown 2005 Presentation (50 Mb zip)
    Get up to date with the latest presentations from Meltdown 2005. All presentations given at the Windows, Graphics, Visual Studio, and Business/Publisher tracks are available for immediate download.
    You can always get the latest on DirectX at the DirectX Developer Center.
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