See you at TechEd Australia and New Zealand

Just a quick post for anyone attending TechEd Australia and/or New Zealand, in the first couple of weeks of September 2009. I’ll be doing two presentations, so please stop by and say hello (and maybe even watch the sessions!). The sessions I’m presenting are: ARC302 – Introducing Enterprise Library 5.0 Be one of the first…

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Beware the perils of local time

Where were you at 2:15am (Sydney time) on 5 April 2009? Other than the fact that your memory is pretty hazy now that a few weeks have passed, you’d expect there to be an unambiguous answer to that question. However it turns out you could well have been in two completely different places at that…

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Protecting against XML Entity Expansion attacks

One of the critical responsibilities of every developer and architect is to understand, and know how to prevent, as many kinds of security attacks as possible. While there are many types of attacks and many weapons at our disposal to thwart them, the most basic defence we have is input validation. The rule of thumb…

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Your guided tour of the Microsoft Solutions Development Centre

When I decided to leave the patterns & practices team to move back to Australia, one of my big concerns was whether I would be able to work on teams with the quality and dedication I experienced on projects such as Enterprise Library. It turned out that my fears were unfounded, as I’ve found myself…

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What do you want to see in EntLib 5.0?

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation of late. Rest assured that I’m still here and I’ll try to get some good posts happening soon. But for now I just wanted to draw your attention to one of Grigori’s posts asking for your help in prioritising the features in…

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Enterprise Library 5.0 kick-off! Spend your $100 wisely!

It’s that time again – the kick-off for the next major release of Enterprise Library. I can’t believe we’re already up to version 5.0 – it doesn’t seem like that long ago when we were planning version 1.0. Anyway, you should know the drill by now. The patterns & practices team needs your input to…

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Just Released: Validation Application Block Hands-On Lab

Reposting Grigori’s announcement in case you missed it: Here’s a gift for the New Year’s. We have produced a new hands-on lab on validation with Enterprise Library. It contains 13 exercises that walk you through capabilities of the Validation Application Block in various application contexts: The first 11 deal with a Windows Forms data processing…

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The Joy of Code Reviews

As I mentioned in my recent post about how my team does agile, one of the core ingredients of our process is that nobody is allowed to check in without having gone through a code review and a test review. No other team that I’ve worked on previously has had such a rigorous process around…

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