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    John Montgomery on Writing Secure Code

    Developer Marketing Director John Montgomery has posted a blog entry asking developers the question, "What should we be doing to make it easier to write secure code?" Writing Secure Code One of the things that my team is responsible for is helping...
  • David Kline

    Can I debug a NetCF application without being an administrator?

    Everyone knows that it is safer to run as a limited user rather than as the administrator. Because of that, I am often asked if it is possible to debug NetCF applications without being an administrator. The answer? One word. Yes! Typically, I build to...
  • Brad Abrams

    Design Guideline Update: handling nulls in public APIs

    We had a recent thread internally that resulted in me updating the guidelines below… Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Do provide overloads for methods with optional arguments. If a method takes some arguments that are not required...
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    DSL Tools: Look and (soon) feel

    We're really close now with our new release - with luck, you should be able to get your hands on it in the next few days. I know you're dying to spend your Christmas holiday vacation creating domain specific languages for Visual Studio. One feature that...

    Free Visual Studio Partner Product DVD

    I saw this on a couple of the blog sites and since I didn't even know about it, I thought I should share it with Visual C++ Developer Center visitors: Order Your Free Partner Product DVD Get the most of your investment in Visual Studio .NET with...
  • Calvin Hsia's WebLog

    Fox plays music

    I received a customer question: I have searched the net and asked as many people as I could and could not get an answer, so I am bothering you. Do you know of a way to get VFP to play mp3 format tunes? There must be a way to use a media player driver...
  • MSDN Student Flash

    Themes for XP

    James, one of our contributing students, just blogged about the new Christmas Theme available for Windows XP over on his theSpoke blog (it's always fun when you have multiple blogs, and keep track of what you post where!). He also points to the Energy...
  • Dan Crevier's Blog

    Microsoft acquires anti-spyware company Giant

    Press release here . A beta is supposed to be released within a month. This is great news, spyware is such a nasty problem. It's unfortunate that we have to spend time thinking about problems like this...
  • MSDN Student Flash

    The power of grad students...

    Students at University of Illinois Chicago dug under the covers of various UNIX applications and claim to have discovered 44 bugs . -Kevin
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Note to Self: Don't Joke About Rick Getting Me Coffee

    I came in this morning to find that Rick Samona had dumped about 400 packets of office coffee in my office. Thanks, Rick. Now you can clean them up.

    Microsoft Acquires Anti-Spyware Leader GIANT Company

    Spyware is one of the bigger concerns I get questions about through the MSDN Security Developer Center . Get the details here: Microsoft Acquires Anti-Spyware Leader GIANT Company REDMOND, Wash. -- Dec. 16, 2004 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Microsoft Interviews in Russia!

    Do you live in Russia? Want to work for Microsoft in Redmond? Microsoft Office (ever heard of them? ;-) is traveling to Moscow in late February 2005 to conduct interviews for Redmond based positions. If you are a C/C++ applications developer with at least...
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