Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

August, 2005


    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina

    The Microsoft Disaster Relief Page was updated tonight with a statement about Hurricane Katrina.
    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina
    Published: August 31, 2005
    Every one of us at Microsoft is deeply saddened by the destruction of property and personal lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.
    This page has links to many different relief agencies, so this is a good place to start if you're considering a contribution.

    Visual Studio 2005 Launch Information

    DevDiv VP Somasegar has posted information about the Visual Studio 2005 launch. Check it out here:
    Visual Studio 2005 update
    We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division. We have been releasing Community Technology Previews regularly since Beta 2 and will have one coming out in August as well. I wanted to take a moment and update you on our progress towards shipping the final product....
    There's a lot more information in the post, so be sure to read it all.

    Visual Studio 2005 SDK August CTP

    Allen Denver posted a note in his blog to let us know the VSSDK 2005 August CTP is now available. Here's a link:
    Visual Studio Partner Programs Downloads
    The August SDK adds 2 C# samples ( Package, MenusAndCommands ) that have been rewritten to our new quality level. It will work only with Visual Studio Beta2. This is unsupported and its not recommended to install this version of the SDK onto your main production machine - use with caution. We welcome your feedback through the extensibility newsgroups.

    Information on Win32/Zotob.A

    Stepto posted information today around the Win32/Zotob.A worm. Here's a link to his post:
    Guidance pages and information on Worm:Win32/Zotob.A
    Ok, earlier this morning we activated our Software Security Incident Reponse Process to respond to a malicious attack known as Worm:Win32/Zotob.A. Our investigation has determined that only a small number of customers have been affected and we're working directly with them. We have seen no indication of widespread impact to the Internet, but we have posted a guidance page as well as an encyclopedia entry on this attack. We will remain watchful for any variants or any further customer impact.
    Here's a direct link to Microsoft's incident page for the worm:
    What You Should Know About Zotob
    Zotob.A is a worm targeting Windows 2000-based systems which takes advantage of a security issue that was addressed by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039. This worm installs malicious software, and then looks for other computers to infect.
    As always, the bottom line with this type of thing is to make sure that you're fully patched, you're using a firewall, and that your antivirus signatures are up-to-date. Also be sure to subscribe to the MSRC blog for the latest information; it's a great resource.

    SharePoint Applications

    Mary Jo Foley links to some new SharePoint application templates available for download from Microsoft. Check out the full list on the download page for more information, but there's a ton of useful stuff here:
    Applications for Windows SharePoint Services
    These application templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The applications are the first out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint Services platform, though they also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper Windows SharePoint Services solutions.

    Half-Life 2 Mod Spot

    And I was just showing my kids how to make a Half-Life 2 map the other day... Kent has posted a link to new information around Half-Life 2 modding on Coding4Fun. This is really cool.
    Update 1 for today
    The C4F item mentioned yesterday is now live. Not much now, but very cool stuff coming soon. The Half-life Mod Spot on Coding4Fun. It's what Visual C++ was made for ;)

    We'll have a headline up on the Visual C++ Developer Center soon.


    C++ at the PDC

    Visual C++ PM Kang Su Gatlin let me know that he's posted a listing of the offerings availble for C++ developers at this year's PDC. Looks like there's lots of good stuff to see and do. Get the details here.

    I'll be at the MSDN booth Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to stop by and say hi if you get a chance.

    My PDC Schedule...

    in case anybody is looking for me...
    Staffing Commitments
    Item Location Day Start Finish
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 13 11:00 AM 3:00 PM
    (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages September 13 5:30 PM 9:00 PM
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 14 10:00 AM 12:30 PM
    (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages September 14 2:30 PM 6:15 PM
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 15 12:00 PM 3:00 PM

    Somasegar on the Visual C++ Libraries

    Earlier this week, DevDiv VP S.Somasegar answered a question about the Visual C++ libraries in his blog. I wanted to make sure Visual C++ Developer Center readers had a chance to see this:
    C++ Libraries
    I recently got a chance to meet with a number of developers and some MVPs in my trip to the Far East. One of the questions that people asked me was related to Visual C++ and support for libraries in the .NET world. One of the key goals of Visual C++ 2005 has been a commitment to enable you to protect your existing assets as you move forward....
    Read the whole thing for the list of libraries with Visual C++ versions.

    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0

    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0 is available for download. You can get more information here:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 0
    Try Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 today and extend your connectivity and control to data and applications throughout and beyond your organization.
    This page contains links to information about new features, a reviewer's guide, a FAQ, and a product overview. There's additional infomation available on the TechNet Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta Roadmap page.

    This is the introduction from the Product Overview page:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 is an update release of the award-winning Windows Server 2003 operating system. Built on Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2003 R2 takes advantage of the stability and security of a proven code base while extending connectivity and control into new areas. Windows Server 2003 R2 offers all the benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 while greatly improving branch office server solutions, identity and access management, storage setup and management, and application development inside and outside your organization's traditional boundaries. Windows Server 2003 R2 is easy to integrate into an existing Windows Server 2003 environment as it has the same application compatibility, manageability, and serviceability as the existing servers with SP1.
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