Using SecAnnotate to Analyze Your Assemblies for Transparency Violations

SecAnnotate can be used to analyze your assemblies, especially APTCA assemblies in order to find transparency violations without needing code coverage from a test case.  The static analysis provided by SecAnnotate is valuable in ensuring that your assembly is fully correct from a transparency perspective.  You can get the tool now in beta form here,…


Workaround: Running mt.exe on Windows 7 Beta

This issue applies to the version of mt.exe that ships in the newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA.     Issue: The use of mt.exe to add a manifest resource to a PE image file (.EXE, .DLL, etc.) that does not already contain a resource (.rsrc) section…


New in Windows 7 SDK: TSPBuilder.exe

The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. The following tools have been added since the M3 release of the Windows SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool…

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New in Windows 7 SDK: Virtual Light Sensor

The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be used for. Virtual Light Sensor (VirtualLightSensor.exe) Windows 7 introduces a platform…

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New in Windows 7 SDK: Scenic Ribbon Markup Compiler

Windows Scenic Ribbon markup compiler (IntentCL.exe) The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be used for.  The Windows Scenic…

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New Tools in the Windows 7 SDK

The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. The following tools have been added since the M3 release of the Windows SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool…

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New in Windows 7 SDK: File format verifier

The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be used for. FileFormatVerifier.exe File types are also better managed in Windows…

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How to: Integrate the easy way: VS and WinSDK

If you have Visual Studio 2008 you can build VC++ applications right out of the box with the embedded Windows SDK components that now ship as part of Visual Studio (Express too!). But what if you want to build an application that uses the new Server 2008 APIs in the Windows SDK for Windows Server…

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How-to: write custom code analysis/FxCop rules

Jason Kresowaty has posted a great tutorial on writing Code Analysis/FxCop rules. It’s excellent for advanced users who want to write their own custom rules, but doesn’t leave new users out. There’s wonderful introductory information explaining what the tool can be used for and how to get the most out of it.  He also explains…

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How-to: Find Tools and Services to Enhance the Windows SDK

There are many tools, components and services to help developers and administrators work more efficiently, or that can add capabilities to applications.    Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Transfers files asynchronously between a client and a server, and provides information about the progress of the transfers. CAPICOM Enables applications to offer cryptographic and other security-related…

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