September, 2009

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    Two Tools Assist C, C++ Developers with Security Development Lifecycle

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    Two new free testing tools can help Windows programmers build better security into their C and C++ applications. The tools enable implementation of Microsoft's SDL (Security Development Lifecycle) process, for injecting security and privacy provisions into the development lifecycle as opposed to testing during pre- and post-deployment of an application. The tools are available for free download from the Microsoft download center. Both tools provide easy integration with TFS 2008 and the SDL Process...
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    Calling all startups targeting Windows 7 in Boston

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    As my peer Sanjay Jain has posted over on his blog, we're accepting nominations for another BizSpark incubation week (10/05/2009 - 10/09/2009) at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham. Check out the nomination process here . Good luck!
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    Developing for ZuneHD using XNA - Yes you can!

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    As you were standing in your local electronics retailer today waiting to get your hands on a new ZuneHD you may have been wondering if you can write code for it. Well the answer is that as of now you can download a new version of Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.1 Zune Extensions and start building that new compelling applicaiton to set the world of Zune on fire! Here is an overview Overview This add-on for XNA Game Studio 3.1 adds the following functionality to the product: 1. The ability to...
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    Building and Managing the Magic: The SOA Platform of the Future

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    Ron Jacobs talks about “Oslo”, the latest in a series of long-term investments in SOA and business process management (BPM) technologies that aim to significantly simplify designing, building, managing, and scaling service oriented and composite applications that can span from the enterprise to the internet.   http://www.microsoft.com/hellas/technet/spotlight/sessionh.aspx?videoid=812
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    Windows Azure Business Side Explained From Developer Point of View

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    The business model from a developer point of view for Windows Azure is explained by Microsoft veteran and Software Architect George Moore in a video on Channel 9. Moore is involved in defining and implementing an how Microsoft is taking Windows Azure from technology preview to enterprise business ready. Specifically, Moore is responsible for all integration of all Azure services (Windows Azure, SQL Azure, .NET Services) to other systems at Microsoft. This includes the billing system integration across...
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    More Happy is Coming

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    Kylie is back. Kylie made her debut in a commercial earlier this year, plugging the Windows Live Photo Gallery, in which she color-corrects and e-mails a photo of her pet fish Dorothy to her family. In this ad, Kylie put together a slide show of the latest quotes from her dad’s PC about Windows 7. The ad closes with her saying: "I'm a PC and more happy is coming." Too cute to pass up.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation   Technorati Tags: Kylie , Windows...
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    Discounts Offered for Developer Certification Exams

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    The cost of individual developer certification exams have been discounted up to 25% through the end of the year or while supplies last. The offer is being made on Career Campaign: Certification Exam Offer and includes a discount code that you can obtain from the site. You register for the exam through Prometric to obtain your discounted voucher code; once you have obtained your code, plan and schedule your next exam. Vouchers can be redeemed only at authorized Prometric testing centers. This offer...
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    Upcoming Releases of IIS Media Services, Silverlight 4 Provide Delivery of Live HD Online Video

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    Live Smooth Streaming and Silverlight tools and resources will enable broadcasters worldwide to deliver the highest quality video. Previews will be announced International Broadcasting Conference (IBC), Sept.11–15 in Amsterdam for: Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 3.0 that will enable delivery of interactive, high-definition-quality Live Smooth Streaming. Media feature developments in Microsoft Silverlight 4, including native multicast support and support for offline digital rights...
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    Action Pack Subscription Includes Windows 7, Training, Sales Guidance

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    Many members of the Microsoft Partner Network are enrolled in a program called Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) . Action Pack provides Registered Members of the Microsoft Partner Network with internal-use, full-version software and sales resources to help you meet your sales goals, stay competitive, and grow your business. The download-only version costs $299 plus tax per year. To help drive value for you and your customers with Windows 7, we’re sending a Windows 7 Special Edition Toolkit...
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    Best Practices for Your Software Available for Free

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    Here’s a quick summary of software and tools that offer best practices for you to use in your software from patterns & practices : Enterprise Library v4.1 is a collection of reusable software components that help developers with common development needs such as logging, validation, data access, and exception handling. They can be used “as is” or extended or modified by developers as needed. Unity Application Block v1.2 is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container with support for...
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    Optimize Download Time for AJAX Web Applications

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    Interested in a tool that makes pages more responsive by decreasing the initial download size of complex AJAX web applications? Doloto is now available from MSDN DevLabs . Doloto analyzes AJAX application workloads and automatically performs code splitting of existing large web applications. Only the portion of client-side JavaScript code necessary for application initialization, and the rest of the application is stubbed out. The actual function code is transferred lazily in the background or on...
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    Register for PDC Now – Last Week to Get Discount

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    Discount registrations are open until September 15 for Professional Developers Conference (PDC) . If you register before September 15, you receive $500 off. Register for PDC . PDC will be in Los Angeles November 17 –19. Workshops are held on November 16 too. Here are some featured sessions: Zero to Awesome in Nothing Flat: The Microsoft Web Platform and You Embodiment: The Third Great Wave of Computing Applications Building Applications for the Windows Azure Platform Introduction to Microsoft SQL...
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    Scott Guthrie Surveys Features in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4

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    Scott Guthrie , corporate vice president of .NET Developer Platform, describes the changes coming in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 in a series of blog postings that promise to last a couple months. For the up-to-date list of postings, see VS 2010 and .NET 4 Series . Try the latest Beta version of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 and provide feedback to the team at Make Visual Studio the Best It Can Be . Here’s a quick summary of what is coming in the releases as posted so...
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    Edge Case Compatibilities Listed, Help in Moving from Windows Vista to Windows 7

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    ISVs who are insuring your applications are compatible with Windows 7 have asked for a list of incompatibilities between Windows Vista and Windows 7. This list was a bit hard to locate since we just haven’t seen any major incompatibilities. The one issue we’ve seen a few times is too narrow a version check in an installer, but the full list of differences can be found on MSDN under General Compatibility . Here’s a hyperlinked table of contents: Operating System Versioning Removal of Windows Mail...
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    Windows Cache Extension 1.0 for PHP 5.2 and 5.3 - Beta

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    The Windows Cache Extension for PHP is a PHP accelerator that is used to increase the speed of PHP code running on the Windows Operating System. The extension increases PHP performance by: Caching the contents of PHP script files in shared memory, which helps to reduce the amount of file system I/O operations that is performed by the PHP engine. This is especially important when the PHP scripts are located on a remote UNC file share. Caching the mappings between the relative file paths and corresponding...
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    Windows Embedded Preview Based on Windows 7

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    A technical preview of new Windows 7-based embedded edition, Windows Embedded Standard 2011 ,  is now available. Applications and drivers for Windows 7 can work on Windows Embedded Standard 2011 without difficult, expensive, and time-consuming porting effort. It’s designed to run on everything from ATMs to digital photo frames. The release is scheduled for in the second half of 2010. Windows Embedded lets you choose only those components they need to drive their equipment, eliminating the need...
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    Videos Updated Show How to Scale SQL Server

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    The video content has been updated for Essential SQL Server 2008: Database Infrastructure and Scalability workshop on SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart .  While the released version of this content has been available for quite some time, updated versions of the session recording videos are being made available.  There are 70 new videos divided into 8 to 12 minute segments for nearly 12 hours of content. This intensive 2 day workshop is full of content to help DBA’s and developers understand how...
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    Windows 7 Enterprise Trial Version Now Available to Download

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    You can now download a 90-day trial version Windows 7 Enterprise from Microsoft TechNet . If you have not had access to Windows 7 release, this is a good way to see it now. It is designed specifically for IT Professionals and ISVs to test your software and hardware on a final version of the product. In addition, you can become more familiar with the key improvements and experience firsthand how Windows 7 can make your PC environment more productive, secure, and manageable. If you qualify under one...
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    Windows 7 -- Application Compatibility Labs in NYC

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    The general availability of Windows 7 is only a few weeks away and many of our partners get already questions and requests from their customers around the compatibility of their products with Windows 7! We want make sure that you and your products are ready for Windows 7 on October 22 nd and we want to enable you to be part of the Windows 7 wave by showing compatibility with Windows 7 so you can take advantage of the buzz that we generate. We therefore offer the Windows 7 application compatibility...
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    Free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Supports Live Migration

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    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 that includes live migration is now available from Microsoft Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 . Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 a stand-alone hyper-visor that includes live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. You can consolidate workloads onto a single physical server and is ideal for development and test environments. The R2 version also includes: Support for physical computers with up to 8 physical processors Support...
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    WM Mobile 6.5 Phones in Stores Starting October 6th

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    October 6th will mark the highly anticipated start of Windows Mobile 6.5 phone sales. The new phones will be the first to feature Windows Mobile 6.5, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile phone software, and will deliver new customer experiences through an improved, easy-to-use user interface, better browsing capabilities and access to valuable services, including Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone. What’s new in 6.5? Consumer oriented features – A Windows phone...
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    Migrate Your Database to SQL Azure

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    The SQL Azure Migration Wizard ( SQLAzureMW on Codeplex) helps you migrate your local SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, and SQL Express databases into SQL Azure. You select your SQL objects, then the wizard creates SQL scripts suitable for SQL Azure, and allows you to deploy to SQL Azure. If your source is a SQL Server database, SQLAzureMW will walk you through the different object types (i.e. Tables, Stored Procedures, Views, etc.) and let you decide which ones you want analyzed and scripted. You...
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