|| Thursday, May 1, 2008
A friend of mine lent me his copy of Crypto (by Steven Levy) last week, today I got around to finish reading it (been pretty busy lately as you can tell from close to zero new posts on this blog).
What's especially interesting about this book is the history, the background. In the past, I have read a couple of technical-level books, even attended Crypto conference in Santa Barbara in 1997. What this book highlights are the connections between the acting persons (mathematicans may forgive me) as well as the whole shenanigans of trying to put the genie back in the bottle. I do remember some of those (PGP, low international key strengths, Clipper), but never read about them in such detail.
If you have some time to spare, definitely worth your time to understand how cryptography went public.
|| Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Today is the last leg of a total of four stations of this year's Big>Days (Helden von Heute) event from Microsoft Austria. I am speaking in the developers track on ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) with Visual Studio Team System (and beyond) together with Georg Drobny from MS Consulting Services. We only have seventy minutes to get this topic across, which really is a challenge when covering such an important topic. But so far, we managed to overrun our alotted time only very little. Let's see how it works out today.
|| Thursday, February 21, 2008
It's been quiet on this blog recently, one reason being that it is conference season again. Last week, I was in Munich for VSone, where I did three talks:
- LINQ to SQL
- ADO.NET Entity Framework
- ADO.NET Data Services
At this very moment, I am at the airport in Frankfurt waiting for my flight back from the ready.for.take.off Visual Studio 2008 / Windows Server 2008 / SQL Server 2008 launch event here in Germany. It was the biggest developer event in Germany so far (7000+ conference participants), and Microsoft gave away quite a nice package of software: VS Standard, TFS with one CAL, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with 5 CALs plus a voucher for SQL Server 2008 that will be available later this year.
I was staffing ATE (Ask the Experts) at this event, initially for IIS7. However, we were very pleasantly surprised that the attendees showed great interest in TFS / VSTS, so I switched duties to that area (VSTS / TFS is a growing business for me as I do training and consulting for those products). Hopefully this free license will trigger more adoption because Team System is such a great tool!
|| Friday, February 8, 2008
Yesterday, we found ourselves at the receiving end of an attack against one of our German Wikis that are running the ScrewTurn Wiki software. Turns out that it was a security issue even with the then latest version 2.0.23. Dario Solera - the maintainer of ScrewTurn - acted real fast when I informed him about the root cause of the attack and released v2.0.24 yesterday night.
Please download and upgrade immediately! The issue is being actively exploited (zero day if you so will).
|| Thursday, January 17, 2008
Yesterday I finally started my RC1 Server 2008 installation to replace the older Beta 3 setup. However, one piece of software refuses to install - Cygwin:
The funny part - it worked just nicely in Beta 3 (I need it for WebSVN, which now obviously is offline). But at least it seems that I am not alone with this issue: Installation problem with Windows Server 2008
|| Thursday, December 13, 2007
|| Friday, November 30, 2007
I have posted an updated version
Given my plans to rather sooner than later upgrade my server to IIS7, I am currently switching all applications to ASP.NET 2.0 in preparation of this move. But there was nGallery, which I used all over the place when I needed a photo gallery...
Today I decided it was about time to do something about it, and gave converting nGallery to .NET 2.0 a try (actually all the projects target .NET Framework 3.5). Turns out it took me roundabout two hours for this whole endeavour. To save everybody else time, here is my VS2008 solution tree:
nGalleryTNG.zip (2.92 MB)
What is changed compared to the original nGallery 1.6.1 for ASP.NET 1.1? Here is a somewhat complete laundry list:
- Converted it to a Web Application project
- Placed all third party source code in the ThirdParty folder. That way I can always change and recompile if necessary.
- Took all static images from the \photos directories and put them into \images. No more mixing the photo handler & photo cache with the Web site's images.
- The album handler is now being abused in Application_BeginRequest, plus it now uses RewritePath. Fixes the darn Server.Transfer errors.
- Moved the configuration of nGallery from the data folder to App_Data. Other than that: no configuration changes.
I did not switch to ASP.NET 2.0 master pages, it still uses the old user control approach. But after all, I only needed it in a working fashion for 2.0+.
Note: I only tested the XML-based storage because that's how I use nGallery. The SQL-storage has received no testing whatsoever!
Download Web site files only: nGalleryTNG_WebSite.zip (924.39 KB)
I posted a version of the Really Simple Guestbook - With XLinq for Orcas Beta 2 earlier on this blog. Today, I updated this small application for VS2008 RTM. The following changes are incorporated:
- It is now a Web project, no longer file system based
- It includes AIP for form spam protection (aka captcha)
I decided to not include the Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library V1.5, that is up to the reader if additional security is required (note: you'd have to add this to AddEntry.aspx's logic of inserting new guestbook entries).
Download: XlinqGuestbook.zip (165.53 KB), License: BSD
|| Thursday, November 29, 2007
I updated the TFS Code Comment Checking Policy so that it works with VSTS 20008 RTM. The downloaded labeled as Beta 1 comes with the well-known setup, the changes to the August test version are only minimal: the parser has been updated (to better support C# 3.0), and all projects now target .NET Framework 3.5.
Please use the discussions to report any issues you find.
|| Friday, November 9, 2007
TechEd Developers 2007 is over, and before moving on (and flying back to snow in Austria), here is the list of sessions I attended this year:
- TLA201 - A Tour of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5
- OFF401 - .NET Developers Advanced Introduction to SharePoint 2007
- TLA324 - What's New in Team System for Software Testers
- SEC301 - CLR Security in .NET Framework 3.5
- DAT201 - Entity Framework Introduction
- WEB401 - Building Highly Scalable ASP.NET Web Sites by Exploiting Async Programming Models
- TLA304 - Building Services with the Service Factory: Modeling Edition
- DAT303 - Entity Framework: Application Patterns
- TLA305 - Continuous Integration With and Without Team System
- TLA307 - Improving Code Performance with VSTS 2008 Team Edition for Software Developers
- DAT304 - Managing Unstructured Data in SQL Server 2008: Introducing the FileStream Datatype
- TLA403 - Loose Coupling in Practice: CAB in the Real World
- ARC401 - Designing High Performance, Persistent Domain Models
- TLA407 - Dealing with Concurrency and Multi-Core CPUs with Today's Development Technologies
- SBP307 - Modeling and Composition of Applications
- TLA319 - The Joins Concurrency Library
- TLA405 - Parallel and Async Functional Programming on .NET with F#
- WEB403 - Securing your High-Risk ASP.NET Web Applications - A Case Study
Compared to last year, I managed to attend more sessions, however, there were also more duds. The last session (WEB403) turned out to be the one that earned the raspberry this year (a close runner-up: TLA403). Coming out on top I decided to nominate three: OFF401, TLA307 and DAT303.
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