Special Editions of Visual Studio.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 at Canadian Launch Tour

From the Canadian Launch Tour blog feed we have heard several questions regarding the distribution of software at the events.  We know that the Developer and IT Pro communities are eager to get access to the final versions of the products and getting the software into your hands is a priority for us.  The Launch Team…


Uninstalling Beta 2 or CTP of Visual Studio.NET 2005

Now that Visual Studio.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 has been officially released, you will need to properly uninstall previous Beta or CTP version before installing the final released version of Visual Studio.NET 2005.  Check out Aaron Stebner’s Weblog that explains how to uninstall previous versions of Visual Studio.NET 2005 as well as links to…


It’s Official: Visual Studio.NET and SQL Server 2005

Today, both Visual Studio.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are available for download to MSDN Subscribers.  The redistribution package of the .NET Framework 2.0 is publicly available.   The long wait is over, and let the new era of development begin!!!!!!


Microsoft Certifications for .NET 2.0

With the upcoming release of Visual Studio .NET 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 it has generated a lot of interest among developers in understanding the new courses, exams and certifications for Visual Studio.NET 2005 developers.  Today, the new updates and changes to Microsoft certification programs were released for .NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005. …


Security for IT GUY

The only thing that is constant in today’s society is “Change”.  How can small business stay current with economic conditions and relevant changes in IT to help keep their business secure?  Therefore, Microsoft Canada has released the “Resource for the IT GUY”. http://www.microsoft.com/canada/smallbiz/itguy/default.mspx This contains up-to-date information on changes in technologies, most importantly those effecting…


Security Guidelines: ADO.NET 2.0

To compliment the ASP.NET 2.0 Security at a Glance, Microsoft Patterns and Practices team released the Security Guidelines for ADO.NET 2.0.  There is a lot of good information here to provide guidance on the best practices of using ADO.NET 2.0 in a secure manner.  I particularly like the section on Exception Management, as this discusses a couple…


Podcasting Rookies

This year, I have been putting much more effort into my blogs with a core focus on Security for Developers.  Recently, a colleague of mine, John Bristowe and I started to do some podcasting to compliment our blogging efforts.  This was our first try at podcasting and we have a couple of ideas on the books to add…


Security Process: "The How to" of Threat Modeling and Security Code Reviews

In a previous blog, I mentioned that Security is process and not a product.  Part of that process it to conduct a Security Code Review, however, today’s Applications are becoming much more complicated, are distributed over numerous Servers and much larger in terms of lines of code.  Thus, it is not always feasible to do a…


Question and Answer Password Security Option: Active Directory Membership Provider

Both the Active Directory and the SQL Server Membership Providers support the “Enable Password Reset” and “Requires Answers and Questions” Security options.  This is not very difficult to enable but it does require few steps to get this working.     There are four main steps that are required: Enable Password Question and Password Reset Mapping…


ASP.NET 2.0 Provider Model: Introduction to the Provider Model

Recently the “Introduction to the Provider Model” whitepaper was updated at http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/beta2/providers/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnaspp/html/aspnetprovmod_intro.asp.  This is a must read for all ASP.NET 2.0 Web Developers.   This is a 10 parts, 120 page whitepaper and chalk full of awesome information on the inner workings of each of the new ASP.NET 2.0 Services.  Each one of these Services…