MSDN Flash - Wednesday, 29 September, 2004

MSDN Flash Australia
Jason Keeps a LookOut for the Best on Microsoft .NET Technology
Hello, fellow MSDN Flash readers. My name is Jason McConnell and I work with Frank (well, for Frank, actually) out of Microsoft's Melbourne office. I've been working with Microsoft for five years, and what keeps me excited is seeing the amazing breadth of solutions developers are constantly building on our platform. Here's my pick of the week:
Lookout is a Microsoft Outlook and file system indexing and search engine that installs as an Outlook tool bar. It's a free download that requires the Microsoft .NET Framework on your machine. And, because it indexes all your PST files, you can perform fast keyword searches through years of files and e-mails.
The big news for developers is Visual Studio 2005 Team System. Currently in Beta 1, it will help many developer groups better design, test and build their applications. It'll have bug tracking, unit testing, code coverage, stress testing, SOA design tools and integration with Microsoft Project for time line management. It's definitely worth getting a heads-up on.
The Microsoft .NET Framework adoption has really made an impact amongst our customer base. The vision of Web services has now been adopted by the industry and we have a release date for Longhorn, which is due in 2006. So there's a lot to look forward to over the next 12 months. As always, you'll find a ton of additional information on the MSDN site. In the meantime, happy coding. Jason McConnell

Featured Articles in this Edition
If you think a JPEG doesn't pose a threat to your network's security, think again. Newly discovered issues in JPEG processing technology have been found to affect a range of software supporting this image format. The good news is that a simple, free solution is available the form of a security update. Click here or more information and for steps on how to apply the update.

The Future of Microsoft Software
Make the Web your playground with the new Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. It's got everything you need to start building Web applications with ASP.NET 2.0, plus a stack of amazing upgrades. Check out the improvements in data binding space - they'll blow your mind! Plus, take a look at the creative coding competition Channel 9 recently ran in the US - winners will pick up a Microsoft Xbox, an Xbox Live subscription and Halo 2! Please note that this competition is open to US residents only. - Sorry!
Tune in and learn how to build Microsoft Windows forms applications and smart clients using Microsoft .NET technology. During this series of Webcasts, you'll learn how to create rich user interfaces, access data, and see industry-proven ways to get Winforms applications to market quickly. And, after viewing the Webcasts, you can work hands on in the Microsoft MSDN Virtual Lab.

New on Microsoft .NET Technology
Bugs are a (frustrating) part of every developer's life. But now there's a way to customise your data while you're debugging through managed code. This article describes how, using Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 release, you can build a "watch list'". The software will then seek out and post customised notifications on your chosen targets - helping you keep the bugs at bay.

Fresh from the Web
If you've just made the move from code to including IT Architecture, this white paper is a must-read. "An Introduction to the Web Services Architecture and Its Specifications" describes the design principles underlying the architecture and foundational technologies for Web services. Plus it covers all the essentials - from protocol requirements, to code infrastructure and security requirements.
The Architecture Strategy Series is the perfect way for you to spend some quality time with one of our new additions - Longhorn. The wide range of articles will give you an insight into how Microsoft views the road ahead. And you'll get a sneak peek at the tools and technologies that will help you blaze your own trail to a better integrated enterprise application portfolio.

MSDN Flash Australia
Wednesday, 29 September, 2004
In this Issue:
Featured Articles in this Edition
The Future of Microsoft Software
New on Microsoft .NET Technology
Fresh from the Web
Most Popular Downloads
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c Redistributable for Software Developers
Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 3.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4)
Microsoft Windows Script 5.6 for Windows 2000 and XP
DirectX 9.0 SDK Update: (Summer 2004)
MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 2 (Microsoft XML Core Services)
Windows Script 5.6 for Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows NT 4.0
SDK for Windows Mobile 2003 System-Based Pocket PCs
Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Service Pack 5: Run-Time Redistribution Pack (vbrun60sp5.exe)
MDAC 2.7 SP1 Refresh
eMbedded Visual Tools 3.0: 2002 Edition

Whidbey Code Samples
Simple Animation in the Console (Microsoft Visual C#)
Secure String Console Feature Demonstration (Visual C#)
Debugger Views (Visual C#)
GC Add Pressure Demo (Visual C#
Add Pressure Demo (Visual C#)
Generics Performance (Visual C#)
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