Garrett Serack: Open Source Development at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: CoApp FAQ: How can I bind to a very specific version of a library?

    (cross-posted from the mailing list ) We had a discussion on the mailing list about maintaining a Symlink to the most recent version of a particular library, and this was of some concern. The installation directory (where libraries and their associated files) are installed has absolutely zero effect...
  • Blog Post: CoApp FAQ: Why demand all code be signed?

    (cross-posted to the mailing list ) I’m answering this in a one-off manner a little too often, so I’ll dump it all here.   Q: What is Code Signing? A: For the long-winded answer, check out Wikipedia’s article on Code Signing . All that aside, it’s a way of attaching a cryptographic signature to...
  • Blog Post: Notes about shared libraries in CoApp

    (cross-posted to the mailing list ) Since I’ve been jumping all around the map on answering questions, I wanted to first jump into the heart of what CoApp really fixes, and we’ll work our way out from there. Libraries (static or dynamic) are the heart and soul of pretty much all software—and open source...
  • Blog Post: The 90 second description on how CoApp packages will get built.

    So, I’ve been taking questions as to how CoApp packages get built. Lemme see if I can sketch out the vision for you, so that you get an idea of where it’s going. This isn’t set in stone, but I’ve actually validated this is a workable solution.   And, before we get too far, let me make this exceedingly...
  • Blog Post: Interesting thing found at OSCON: Taint

    I attended a session this morning called " PHP Taint Tool: It Ain't a Parser " by Luke Welling. Luke introduced a tool he's working on at OmniTI that is designed to assist in sniffing out where the potential for untrusted input is handled. From the session description: ... You want to see where...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a few good outriders: PHP Developers

    Hey y'all. I've got some work goin' on that I sure could use a few hands that were real PHP savvy. I'm looking for some short-term and some mid-term consultants to do some experimental work with PHP applications on Windows. I have need for some local (Redmond) and some can work from remote. ...
  • Blog Post: How to move the herd--one open source project at a time

    Folks have been asking me, how can we believe that Microsoft is changing to see open source in a positive light. Microsoft has been hiring a lot of people over the last several years--Since YE2002 we've went from ~50,000 employees to ~78,000 employees. That means the over 1/3 of the company has been...
  • Blog Post: There can be only one MVP program

    I got to my office this morning, and found that gettin' off the horse too quickly often means steppin' in a cow pie. Ah well, like my cousin Teddy used to say : “ Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back.” ... and he'd know... poor old Teddy got thirty some stiches from...
  • Blog Post: Open Source at Microsoft -- Herdin' cats or Cow Chips?

    Howdy! I've recently moved from the Federated Identity group into the Open Source Software Labs at Microsoft. I've been rather busy of late, finishing up things for the Identity folks, and getting things started over here in the OSSL, so I apologize for the silence. Many folks have been askin' what this...
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