July 2005 - Posts
Today, Microsoft has announced the official name for LongHorn, its now be called "Windows Vista".
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news), the world's largest software maker, said on Friday it will call the next version of its operating system "Windows Vista" as it prepares to release a wave of new products after posting its slowest-ever year of growth. Windows Vista, formerly known by its code-name Longhorn, is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2006, five years after Windows XP, the longest time lag between releases of its flagship operating system that runs on nine out of 10 personal computers worldwide.
Microsoft has promised numerous enhancements in Windows Vista, including better security, graphics and computing over the Web.
Here's a URL to the launch video:
For more information visit the new Microsoft Windows Vista web site
There is not much in there currently, but check back regularly for more updates on the new OS.
Also keep in mind, Windows Vista Beta 1 is targeted for August 3rd, 2005.
Framework for "new generation" certifications to debut in September, beginning with SQL Server, Visual Studio.
The following are the some of new credentials/certifications proposed
1) Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
2) Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
3) Microsoft Certified Architect
Read more @ the mcpmag article about new Microsoft Certifications...
You can find the list of powerpoint slides from Team System breakout sessions at TechEd 2005 in the following link
TechEd 2005 Visual Studio Team System Presentations
There are around 12 separate presentations from each speaker!
BANGALORE: Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd has announced the opening of a Microsoft Technology Center at Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka. The center has been launched as a part of the Academic Developer Program introduced by Microsoft in September 2002.
The technology center will function as a one-stop-shop; a research lab for faculty and students, a training center for faculty, and a valuable e-learning resource center for the university. In addition to this, the university is also introducing a four-semester M. Tech. program in .NET technologies, developed in collaboration with Microsoft. The program will start in the next academic year, and will be available to students in 118 VTU affiliated colleges across the state.
The center will include hardware and software support and will impart training to faculty and students on topics including .NET. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can also avail the facilities of the center to test their applications.
Commenting on the alliance, Governor of Karnataka and Chancellor of VTU TN Chaturvedi said, "In line with our mission to become an outstanding university by producing world class engineers, we strive to offer our students and faculty with cutting edge technology in step with the global advancements. We realize that the next computing wave will be that of web services. This partnership will help students and aspiring developers leverage the immense opportunity in building web service based applications."
Elaborating on the benefits of the center, Microsoft India developer and platform evangelism director Sheila Gulati said, "With this investment, we hope to empower over 1,40,000 students with the skills, tools and resources required to develop next generation applications using web services".
There is nothing related to .NET (Technical) in this post, but this is a must read for everyone in US of A!
Here's information about the federal legislation being proposed. It has some of the breach notification requirements that California put into law. It also has various protections on use of Social Security Number.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, June 29) - Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the panel’s ranking member, introduced Wednesday the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2005, legislation that would help consumers better protect the privacy of their personal information in the face of recurrent data security breaches across the country. http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200506/062905a.html
The following are some of the best practices that developers should employ while participating in Design
- Pay particular attention to the ways proposed application may impact the infrastructure or other dependent applications.
- Partner with your security/network engineer to design a security model.
- Use proven design patterns and technologies to mitigate the unknown risks
- Organize a high level design review
- Organize a detail application design review
- Design a solution for supplying test data to the components for unit testing
- A test driver should be designed to allow all of the public interfaces to be tested from a central location, rather than only being available as part of the application flow
Came across this valuable information that would be useful when dealing with data-access objects in .NET Applications.
Follow the sequence when using data-access objects in code:
- Create the data connection object
- Create the data adapter object
- Create a data set object
- Invoke methods on the adapter object to fill or update the data set
- Use data binding or another technique to display the data from the data set
Microsoft e-Learning courses and clinics (labs!) are available free for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 E-Learning
*Microsoft E-Learning for Visual Studio 2005 is free until November 8, 2005.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 E-Learning
*Microsoft E-Learning for SQL Server 2005 is free until November 1, 2006.
Also, Microsoft online forums is always available to get answers to any questions/issues/challenges faced while learning these technologies:
Act fast, Get ready for the future :)
Each of the recorded sessions from Microsoft TechEd 2005 in Orlando earlier last month are now available for online viewing at http://microsoft.sitestream.com/teched2005/. Not as effective as seeing them live in-person but still valuable!
[via CG Waters]