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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author November 2006 Entries
Community Credit
As I was browsing around the Subtext web site, I came across the Community Credit website. This is a pretty interesting site, where the primary goal is "stupid prizes for smart people". From the website, the goal is ...to reward fellow IT Professionals who have contributed toward the development community. Currently, the rewards for these contributions are simply the satisfaction of helping colleagues in the development community. Now, they can be rewarded by recieving not only geeky gifts like a ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:34 PM

The Problem with Programming
Yesterday, the Technology Review published an interview with Bjarne Stroustrup. It is an interesting interview, but I think it leaves out some important aspects of the real problems. I think the real problem is that "we" (that is, we software developers) are in a permanent state of emergency, grasping at straws to get our work done. We perform many minor miracles through trial and error, excessive use of brute force, and lots and lots of testing, but--so often--it's not enough. While this is certainly ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 1:37 PM

Enterprise Library v3: Validation Application Block
I just received an email pointing to Tom Hollander's blog posting "Validation Application Block- Revealed!". (For those of you who don't know, Tom is a Product Manager for the patterns & practices group.) The new Validation Application Block sounds very promising, allowing validation rules to be specified through the Configuration console (config files), as attributes in the code, as custom code, or any combination of the three. The time frame hasn't been announced yet when we will have a source ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 3:15 PM

The Birth of the CLR
I recently came across the blog of Patrick Dussud, who is the lead architect of the CLR/UIFX group. His first (and currently only post) discusses his role in the birth of the .NET CLR. There is a link to a mailing list archive that also gives some more background. In a nutshell, the CLR was born out of the COM+ team, created by merging the MTS and COM teams, and some of the people from the JVM team. The COM+ team was working on the next generation of COM, then called COM 2.0 and the JVM guys were ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 1:37 PM

Can a Manager Be a Techie and Survive?
Computerworld recently ran an article titled "Can a Manager Be a Techie and Survive?" In it, the author presents the view that it is the only way. I agree with her up to a point. In both my opinion and the author's opinion, those who manage techies must have a blend or managerial skills, business smarts, top-notch technical skills and integrity in order to be effective. In almost all cases, I think this blend is 100% crucial, but it is also important to get this blend in the right proportions. Having ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 12:29 PM

Vista Goes Gold!
Earlier today Microsoft announced that Vista is finally complete, after over 5 years of work. Expect to see it hit the consumer and small-business market by the end of January 2007. Large companies will have access to it by the end of the month. For more details, read the full PC Magazine article ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 6:08 PM

.NET Framework 3.0 is here
Earlier today Microsoft released the newest version of the .NET Framework. If you have any previous beta versions installed, you must uninstall them before installing the final release. Make sure to install the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP as well. The earlier builds will not recognize the release version of the framework ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 3:22 PM

Tech·Ed 2007, back in Orlando
Just noticed this, apparently it was announced several weeks ago, but Tech·Ed 2007 is now back in Orlando instead of New Orleans. Microsoft has made the difficult decision not to hold Tech·Ed 2007 in New Orleans. With this event drawing a large number of attendees from around the world and with the airlines only servicing the city with about half of their pre-Katrina flights, the logistics of moving that large a group into and out of the city is challenging and would likely result in travel and logistical ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 8:50 AM

PatchGuard, the eWEEK opinion
eWEEK Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer just published an article on eWEEK.com providing his opinion on the benefits, and limitations, of PatchGuard. In the article, Larry reiterates some of the points I made in my post on PatchGuard a few days ago, namely: Only 64-bit Windows versions are affected by PatchGuard. 64-bit Windows versions, especially desktop versions, have puny market share. The problems are limited to what can generally be called HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention Systems). Conventional ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 4:44 PM

Flaw found in Visual Studio 2005
And you thought it would never happen... Secunia, a Danish security vendor, has found a vulnerability in the WMI Object Broker ActiveX Control (WmiScriptUtils.dll) that allows an attacker to gain access to the system. If the attack is successful, the attacker would have the same rights as the local user. Read the full Computerworld Security article for more details. Advisory References:Microsoft:http:/... VU#854856:http://www.kb.cer... ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 9:14 AM

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