Exception Handling: Reloading the page that bit ya
An interesting question came through today regarding an article I did about custom error pages:
ASPInsiders Site Redesigned
Who are the ASPInsiders? We're a group of industry influencers and early adopters who work closely with the ASP.NET and IIS development teams in Redmond. You likely recognize many of the names on the membership roster, we're all pretty active in the developer community in one way or another. Membership is tight, and to answer the most common question off the top: There isn't much, if anything you can do to move your own name along. If you're a suitable candidate then we already know about you. If or when you receive ten nominations from existing members, we will contact you. That's the process everyone but the founders went through to become members, and it's worked well to foster a high level of trust and respect among the membership.
The Great Debates: Pass Phrases vs. Passwords
Robert Hensing recently updated the blog post that started the public debate and cites Jesper Johansson as his inspiration for his own conversion to pass phrases.
ScottGu Discusses IIS7
At last, the first public discussion of IIS7. Thanks to ASPInsider Fritz Onion for making the catch. More to follow...
Virtual PC Service Pack 1 Released
When did Virtual PC become an essential app? It seems like I'm in it daily for SharePoint development and working with new Whidbey bits. A service pack is available, and in addition to helping VPC work better with XPSP2 and SMS, it contains the coolest buzzword of the day, a "Virtual Disk Precompactor." Check out the readme if you're actually curious about what that is. Or, just go get the service pack.
ASP.NET: October Community Technical Preview Released
The October 2004 Community Technical Preview (CTP) releases are now available for download. These downloads contain a more recent version of the Express Editions than the Beta, however, CTP builds do not go through the same rigourous testing that Beta builds undergo. Therefore, do not install these builds on machines you depend on.
MSI Released for ASP.NET Vulnerability
Last Tuesday I posted about a potential vulnerability in ASP.NET along with some code to plug the hole. Two days later, a Microsoft Installer package was released which contains the ValidatePath HttpModule. This is a more thorough, easier-to-manage, and easier-to-deploy solution for the canonicalization issue.
Kill System Tray Balloons
In checking out Scott Howlett's weblog I found the answer to my #1 complaint in XP. I swear, those little balloons are the new Clippy. Linked here so I can find it even from workstations I don't use the Google Desktop.
Go Get Google Desktop
Google Desktop is the new killer application. It's the best thing thing since Google.
DevChat Today! SPS 2.0 Developer Considerations
I'll be participating in an MSDN DevChat today at 1:00pm EST. The topic is SPS Developer Considerations:
How to Mitigate an ASP.NET Vulnerability
The vulnerability is described on Microsoft's security site, in response to an earlier post on NTBugTraq. The security site will be the "home page" for the vulnerability and will be updated as more information becomes available. Note that source code is not at risk. I will post more information about what scenarios do pose a risk once I'm confident the issue is fully understood. For now, protect your site.
Metro Toronto .NET User Group: SharePoint Customisation
For those of you in the GTA, I'll be presenting Wednesday night on SharePoint Customization. After an introduction to Windows SharePoint Services (which is built into Windows Server 2003) and SharePoint Portal Server, I'll be walking through the mechanics of building reusable custom templates and sites. Hope to see you there!