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  • Somasegar's blog

    Security Guidance for Applications

    One of the biggest requests from our customers is for us to share what we have learnt and know about writing secure software with developers around the world. Our Patterns and Practices team has done just that. Here is the index to the security guidance...
  • Public Sector Developer Weblog

    RSS on the Visual Studio 2005 Start Page

    Here's a neat little trick which a lot of people don't seem to know about. The information provided on the Visual Studio 2005 start page comes from the MSDN Visual Studio 2005 RSS feed. It turns out that the RSS source is configurable: - Go to Tools...
  • .:blog.iainmcdonald

    It's been,like, months!

    I suppose I should be called lame-o for my lack of updating this thing. I did a video on channel9.msdn a couple of weeks ago – you can find it here. . Other stuff? I did tech.ed New Zealand &...
  • SQL Server Engine Tips

    SQL Server 2005 features that are dependent on Windows Server 2003...

    The question about what features are supported by SQL Server 2005 running on Windows Server 2003 comes up quite often. So below are some of the features that are depends on the OS and brief description about them. 1. Password policy/expiration check...
  • In the Trenches

    PIDL Me This: The Explorer Storage Architecture

    I'd like as a baseline to briefly discuss some of the high-level concepts of the shell storage architecture. This topic is discussed in greater detail elsewhere (here too), but I'm going use more modern terminology and paint only a conceptual and perhaps more idealistic picture than actually exists....
  • Bryan's Blog

    SMS Security Scan Tools Supported Products

    The following article does a nice job of explaining when to use certain SMS security scan tools and what the supported product story is for each.
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    re: RSS - probably the worst advice I've heard so far

    I'm sorry, but I'm going to have a good old rant here... PR Week quotes Dr George Kolb, VP of PR agency Text 100 giving probably the worst 'professional' advice I've heard on the subject of RSS . It is verging on the astonishing. "Agency Text...
  • amivora's WebLog

    Magic8Ball + Security

    Since I posted the code for a basic service/client, I’ve gotten a few requests for additional functionality, particularly the code that we used to demo the security/logging functionality Payam showed. Here’s what you do: -first of all, let’s simplify...
  • Head in the Clouds

    Reference vs. Value: Types, Passing and Marshalling

    The .NET Programming Model makes a clean distinction between Reference and Value on three different levels. These three levels interact directly, and it is important to understand the distinction. This article may be old hat to many of you, but it is...
  • devi's blog

    "Experience Designers"

    Hello World! I work as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft Expression Web Designer (code named “ Quartz ”). A few days ago a five year old asked me 'What does a W eb D esigner do' ? The definition of a Web Designer swirling in my...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog


    I will be off for the next two weeks, using up some of my vacation time to travel to Los Angeles and film next season’s knitting TV show on the DIY network- “ Knitty Gritty ." Many clever candidates have picked up on my passion for knitting and have presented...
  • Mark Schmidt's Abode

    WFPad - Viewing/Editing Workflow's in XML

    Note: This posting is for Beta 1 of Windows Workflow Foundation. For an updated Beta 2 build, please go to: Windows Presentation Foundation has XAMLPad as a tool. With this tool, you simply...
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