Jan252012

Visual Studio Achievements Program Brings Gamification to Development

Published by hirantha at 12:59 PM under Microsoft | Software Development

Developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio have a new way to highlight their skills, get recognition for the amazing work they do every day, and add some competitive fun to the development day.

Visual Studio Achievements, a Visual Studio plug-in, enables developers to unlock badges and compete against one another for a place on a leader board based on the code they write, its level of sophistication, and the Visual Studio capabilities they use to do so. Developers finally have the ability to actually show their friends, colleagues, project managers, spouses and customers how good they are at what they do all day and sometimes into the night.

Each time you earn a badge, a unique page is created with your profile picture, the badge and a description. You can tweet about achievements, share them on Facebook, and show a list of achievements on your blog using the Visual Studio Achievements Widget.

Download : Visual Studio Achievement Add-in



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Sep162011

Install Windows 8 in bootable VHD

Published by hirantha at 4:24 AM under Microsoft | Windows 8

So the Windows 8 developer preview is out, now you can install this in a virtual machine to try it out, but it is more fun to run it direct on your hardware. However this build is pre-beta, so not ready to do all your daily “ production” work on. You can solve this by dual booting, but it is cooler to boot of a VHD! Booting from VHD was introduced in Windows 7.

Now there are several methods on the Internet to make this work, I have found this procedure so the procedure is the simplest and quickest.

No need to use WAIK, DISM, x-image, sysprep, WIM2VHD. Even no need for BCEDIT!

 

A  guide with screenshots is here:

www.hanselman.com



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Jan252011

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta

Published by hirantha at 2:58 PM under Microsoft | Security

Attack Surface Analyzer is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product teams to catalogue changes made to the operating system by the installation of new software.
Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state before and after the installation of product(s) and displays the changes to a number of key elements of the Windows attack surface.

This allows:

  • Developers to view changes in the attack surface resulting from the introduction of their code on to the Windows platform
  • IT Professionals to assess the aggregate Attack Surface change by the installation of an organization's line of business applications
  • IT Security Auditors evaluate the risk of a particular piece of software installed on the Windows platform during threat risk reviews
  • IT Security Incident Responders to gain a better understanding of the state of a systems security during investigations (if a baseline scan was taken of the system during the deployment phase)

Download Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta



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Jan252011

BinScope Binary Analyzer

Published by hirantha at 10:49 AM under Microsoft | Software Development | Security

BinScope is a Microsoft verification tool that analyzes binaries on a project-wide level to ensure that they have been built in compliance with Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) requirements and recommendations.

BinScope checks that SDL-required compiler/linker flags are being set, strong-named assemblies are in use, up-to-date build tools are in place, and the latest good ATL headers are being used. BinScope also reports on dangerous constructs that are prohibited by SDL

Download BinScope Binary Analyzer



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Jul132010

Outlook Social Connector

Published by hirantha at 11:15 AM under Instant Messaging | Microsoft | Networking | Office

The Outlook Social Connector allows you to synchronize your contact data right into Outlook and obtain information about your friends and colleagues. You can also see status updates from various networks and recently posted files.
Use the Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments.
Developers can connect and feed social streams from line-of-business applications or integrate their solutions directly into Outlook.

Download : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b638cc14-11e5-448a-b5a6-4f553ce81b94&displaylang=en



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