Free Book Download: Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista

Microsoft Press is celebrating 25 years of publishing books focused on helping people "take their skills and knowledge to the next level." With that celebration, they are offering a "Free e-Book of the Month" and this month, they are offering Michael Howard’s book, Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista. Michael Howard is one of Microsoft’s…

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MS Partner offers free webcasts on Project Server and Project Portfolio Server

Projects and portfolio management are one of the key pillars to Application Lifecycle Management. When you think of project management, typically people think of project plans, capacity planning, and maybe demand & release management. But all these are moving pieces to a large picture, the portfolio of applications. Of course Microsoft has a number of…

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TFS Branching Guide 2.0 out on CodePlex

The VSTS Rangers released the 2nd major release of the TFS Branching Guide on CodePlex. Choosing a branching strategy is one of the most important aspects of TFS deployment. The right strategy can lead to optimized team cooperation, increased productivity, and a successful TFS adoption. On the other had, a bad branching strategy can cause…

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September VSTS 2010 (Codename "Rosario") CTP expires at EOY

If you’ve been testing out the latest VSTS 2010/.NET 4.0 CTP, you may or may not have noticed that the CTP is due to expire on December 31, 2008 (screenshot was taken on Dec 15). We don’t have plans to make an updated Rosario CTP before the expiration date. This was an unfortunate oversight when…

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ASP.NET MVC Design Gallery now online

The ASP.NET team has been working on an ASP.NET MVC implementation for some time now. We’re actually releasing them under two different paths: Preview released and Betas. There are Preview releases which are released through CodePlex which are released more frequently to get community feedback quickly. The Beta releases are put through a number of…

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Majel Barrett of Star Trek passed away

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the widow of Gene Roddenberry (who created Star Trek), passed away today (December 18, 2008) as a result from complications from leukemia. In Star Trek lore, she was originally cast as "Number One" in the Star Trek pilot called "the Cage", which we saw bits and pieces of in the Original Series Episode…

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New Channel 9 Weekly Series on VS2010 and .NET 4.0

Starting this week, the Visual Studio and .NET Framework evangelism team released their first episode of 10-4, a new weekly podcast which will take a look a different capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. You can check out the episodes by visiting https://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4/ and subscribing to the RSS feed of your…

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Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio and Azure Services Training Kit

Windows Azure is a development, hosting, and management environment of the Azure Services Platform. This enables you to run applications at Internet scale while leverage the skills and tools you use today (programming in C#/VB.NET with Visual Studio). You probably already have Visual Studio loaded on your system. In order to fully understand the Windows…

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TFS Process Template article on MSDN Magazine

If you’ve played with VSTS 2010 CTP, you’ll know that the Agile process template has changed, not just in title, but in fields and workflow. Since VSTS 2005, the Agile process template that shipped out-of-the-box for was called MSF for Agile Development v4.x. Part of what the process was trying to is show people how…

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Windows Server 2008 – The only web server you’ll ever need

Having built a number of server farms in past lives, installing software is about as stimulating as watching paint dry. I recently found out that we put together a web site called Microsoft /web. It’s got a lot of great content about why to use Windows Server as your web server. One thing I found…

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