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  • Michael Howard's Web Log

    Anatomy of a Hack

    My good friend, Jesper Johansson, just did something that's really hard to do - make the front page of , with his "Anatomy of a Hack" paper. Go take a look... In a few days this'll be replaced with something else, in which case, you...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Applying via

    In the past, you've provided great feedback regarding the content offered on , and now that Zoë is back from vacation, she and I will begin re-writing a lot of the material as it relates to Development, Test, and Program Management...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    DUAScriptGen - feature requests and bug reports?

    I got the opportunity to present a few slides about Device Update Agent (DUA) for some training my team presented yesterday, and during that presentation I gave a demo of DUAScriptGen, and several people who hadn't seen it before were interested in trying...
  • MS.COM Operations Tools Team WebLog

    Is it chilly?

    Or has hell officially frozen over? In case you haven’t heard, and I can’t imagine anyone living in modern America who hasn’t heard, the Boston Red Sox have buried more than 80 years of pain and finally clenched a World Series Championship. And I find...
  • The Old New Thing

    Where did windows minimize to before the taskbar was invented?

    They turned into icons on your desktop....
  • Peter Torr's Blog

    Threat Models in Action

    As you probably know, the first Visual Studio "Whidbey" beta was released a few months ago, and we are hard at work finishing the product for release sometime... soon. ish. As you also probably know, Microsoft is now threat-modelling all new components...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Networking Windows 3.11 under Virtual PC

    Well - now that we have Windows 3.11 up and running under Virtual PC with sound and SVGA video support - the next challenge is to get this sucker on to the Internet. First there are a bunch of updates you will need to download (many thanks to x-com...
  • David Notario's WebLog

    Jit Optimizations: Inlining (I)

    Inlining is an optimization that can happen when you have calls. The optimization consists in substituting the call for the code of the callee. What do you gain from doing this? - Speed: Reduce the overhead of the call. To get to the actual instructions...
  • Just Coding

    SD. Art or Science

    It has been a great panel, with MartinFowler and Steve McConnel as analysts (with others I didn't know) There has been a big debate about this popular topic. It's the first time I see Martin talking and I liked too much, he started saying "I'm sick of...
  • Just Coding

    Concrete Languages and Virtual Platforms

    I'm not a C++ guy so my advice on this session it's not very accurate. The topic covered here is about the evolution of the C++ Language and the integration with the MS Virtual Machine (a.k.a. CLR). Most of the time of the presentation has been spent...
  • Florin Lazar - Consistency Checkpoint

    XA Transactions in Windows XP SP2

    Service Pack 2 adds to Windows XP the same level of security as in Windows Server 2003 for XA transactions (transactions that are used with XA-compliant resource managers like Oracle, IBM DB/2 etc). See my previous post at
  • Just Coding


    The next OnWard Session was about finding bugs. Everybody knows bugs can come from requirments, specs or code. This sessions was focused on bugs introduced in the development phase of a project. After analyzing some bug patterns, the authors discovered...
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