MyLifeBits vs. Mental Snapshots

Yesterday’s snowfall in Redmond was interesting for me.  During my drive home, it was pretty dark, icy and cold.  As I came up Old Redmond Road, I saw an object coming towards me, moving somewhat erratically, that looked too small to be a car. It wasn’t a car at all.  It was a cross-country skier…

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Test-Driven Guidance

When I last met with Rob Caron to walk him through Guidance Explorer, one of the concepts that peaked his interest was test-cases for content.   He suggested I blog it, since it’s not common practice and could benefit others.  I agreed. If you’re an author or a reviewer, this technique may help you.  You can create…

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238 New Items in Guidance Explorer

Today we published 238 new guidance items in Guidance Explorer.  If you use the offline client, it should automatically synchronize to our online store. We’re in the process of performing a guidance sweep.  The approach to the sweep is twofold:1.  Make existing guidance available in Guidance Explorer.2.  Identify user experience issues with the information models and…

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Practices Checker for .NET Framework 1.1

I’ve had to hunt down Practices Checker for .NET Framework 1.1 a few times, so now I’m posting it.  It was an R&D project to help automate the search and discovery of potential coding practices and configuration settings that do not adhere to the ASP.Net 1.1 Performance checklist.  It may seem a bit after the…

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Security Toolbar for VS.NET 2005

I missed blogging this at time of release.  The Security Toolbar for VS.NET 2005 was a short R&D project to connect developers to security guidance on MSDN from within VS.NET.  The toolbar has direct links to our indexes for Security Engineering, threat modeling, how tos, and checklists. While this first version is simply a set…

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