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This week we're doing a session called "Avoiding Hacker Trix" which goes thru some of the top web exploits that you should be aware of. In this webcast we will cover a variety of things including what we call the secure development process, cross site scripting attack, one click attack, SQL Injection and more. There are a bunch of links we cover, but ......

Woot! I’ve got it, the new preview release of Windows Phone 8.1. Since the announcements at Build where they introduced the next generation of apps for Windows and Windows Phone I’ve been working to get the tools and start the learning process to be ready to build for the new devices. If you’re looking to do the same there are a few steps to follow, ......

Looking at the news today I came across an article about how the latest exploit Heartbleed has the tech community in a frenzy. This is a flaw in OpenSSL which is used to encrypt data communications between a client and a server. The server software OpenSSL is used to create an encrypted channel designed to protect data going back and forth. Because ......

Today was a sad day for the developer communities in Chicago and in the US in that we lost a good friend and advocate for the right way to use technology, Dave Bost. He was a big guy who was able to connect with humor and insights in not just specific tools, but also understanding the where, how and why these were compelling. He leaves behind family, ......

Last week was quite the week for new things, an internet of things maybe even. We had lots of announcements and great new stuff coming out of the Microsoft foundry. Everything from Universal apps to run on phone and windows form factors, to a new Azure Portal that gives you detailed analytics of how your site is running. I was struck by the quantity ......

It’s been a little over a year since I left the mother-ship, and things have been going well. I’ve started a consulting company again, and it’s good to be back in the business of building and delivering software solutions. I was worried when I left whether the economy and marketplace had room for another company like mine, but I’ve found that worry ......

One of the things that it seems like I am often looking up is how to use String.Format to display values in my applications. I’ve found that while Visual Studio in some situations such as WPF XAML editing has features built in, in other cases it is lacking. For that reason I wanted to post a table with some of the more common expressions. I found this ......

I’m working on a project that has a fairly complex architecture, including several web and worker roles. One of them runs on PHP and originally built on a Linux machine using Web Sphere. In the process of migrating the application to Azure we had several options for how to design the architecture, and we wanted to see how we could simplify the configuration ......

An interesting question today about securing Cloud Services in Windows Azure. Basically how do we restrict who has access to our service? The confusion comes from a couple types of endpoints available in the Service Definition. InputEndpoints are publically visible and may be load balanced. InternalEndpoints are hosted on the 10.x.x.x subnet and are ......

Software is a challenging business and is rife with opportunities to go wrong. Over the years a number of methodologies have evolved to help make sure that things go right. In an effort to contribute to this I’ve created a list of user stories that I think should be included and sometimes are just assumed. Note this is a work in progress, so I’m looking ......

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