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Using SecAnnotate to Analyze Your Assemblies for Transparency Violations
SecAnnotate can be used to analyze your assemblies, especially APTCA assemblies in order to find transparency violations without needing code coverage from a test case. The static analysis provided by SecAnnotate is valuable in ensuring that your assembly is fully correct from a transparency perspective...
20 Nov 2009
Win SDK Hidden Gems: Function Discovery Browser (fdbrowser.exe)
The Function Discovery API, introduced in Vista, serves as an abstraction layer between applications and devices. This API allows applications to discover devices by function rather than lower level details such as bus or connection type. The Function Discovery Browser is a utility that displays information...
12 Oct 2009
New Tools in Windows SDK for Windows 7
The upcoming release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains many new tools, some of which are brand new, some which are being reintroduced into the SDK and some of which are being made available via the SDK for the first time. These tools will be found under %ProgramFiles...
13 Jul 2009
WinSDK Files That Shipped with Visual Studio 2008: Tools
Did you ever wonder what Windows SDK tools, headers, libraries, and reference assemblies are included in the different Visual Studio 2008 SKUs? These Windows SDK components are embedded in all Visual Studio 2008 SKUs. If you are looking for a particular file, you may not need to install a separate Windows...
2 Mar 2009
Windows SDK Hidden Gems Part 3: TcpAnalyzer.exe and Consume.exe
I’ve been writing about some of the useful but sometimes overlooked tools in the Windows Software Development Kit for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . For this installment, let’s have look at couple of tools that are related in that they are both used for testing. Check out my other ‘hidden gems...
3 Jul 2008
Integrating Windows SDK and VS with new SDK Configuration tool
This article describes the use of the Windows SDK Configuration tool, which is included in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 and works with Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, including Visual Studio 2008 Express SKUs. A serious bug has been discovered with the...
29 Feb 2008
Speech Content in the Windows SDK
Charles Oppermann on the Speech team wrote a post on the new Speech-related content that ships in the recently released Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . The content in this new Windows SDK completely replaces the older SAPI 5.1 SDK and supports development on Windows XP, Windows...
27 Feb 2008
Where is UISpy.exe?
The UI Spy tool did not ship in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , released February, 2008. We’re working to get this great tool back into the next SDK release. If you need UISpy, you can find it in the earlier Windows SDK for Vista Update . If you don’t want the entire...
18 Feb 2008
Windows SDK Hidden Gems: Part 1
Windows Installer Verbose Log Analyzer (WiLogUtl.exe) I, like many before me, have downloaded the Windows SDK, installed it, and moved on to more pressing problems. Other than digging into header files, I had rarely looked at what else might be included. As the builder of the SDK, I now have a...
26 Jan 2008
SDK Workaround: Guidgen.exe fails to execute, use UUIDgen.exe
This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 Guidgen.exe fails with the following error: System.ComponentModel...
18 Sep 2007
FxCop wins Chairman's Award for Engineering Excellence
Microsoft’s prestigious Engineering Excellence Chairman's Award was awarded to Mike Fanning, Krzysztof Cwalina , and Brad Abrams for the design of FxCop , which ships in the Windows SDK, as a standalone tool and in Visual Studio 2005 and later. The Chairman’s Award is given for contributions that...
27 Jul 2007
Send the Windows SDK Team Your Thoughts
Do you have feedback for the Windows SDK? We want to hear from you. Email your feedback to us . The Windows SDK provides all of the necessary headers, libraries, and tools needed to build Windows applications that make use of the Win32 API set and the .NET Framework, and includes samples to illustrate...
26 Jul 2007
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