Wednesday, May 24, 2006

IIS 7.0 + Media Player 11 + Skype free calling

IIS 7.0 on the MSDN .NET Show
Microsoft revealed about some of the new features, which would be a part of IIS 7 release. Here is the quick summary.

As discussed in this post about IIS 6 that Microsoft has disabled most of the features by default to reduce the attack space for the vulnerabilities. So if some one is not using a feature of IIS, his application should not be a target of attack for some vulnerability in that feature. Now with IIS 7, Microsoft has extended it to next level that you will only install those many features with your IIS which you want to use. Other than this, MS is going to add logging features to help if something goes wrong. Also it would support role delegation so that Admin can delegate some user a role so that he can change some of the settings those defined by Admin.

Beta 1 for Windows Vista is already out in the market. One very important thing is.. IIS 7 is only meant for windows vista or windows longhorn server so all existing windows web server would need an upgrade to use IIS 7.

Windows Media Player 11 Beta Released
Microsoft has launched beta version for Media Player 11. I just installed it on my machine and by the first look, GUI looks pretty cool. Thought I could not manage to do a lot of RnD on the new stuff, but during installation it told about new Music Store, MS has launched like we have ITunes for Mac. You can read more about it here.

Skype Outgoing Calls to US and Canada goes free.
Skype has made outgoing calls to landline phone/ Mobile nos of US and Canada free for US and Canada customers. Its free only if source and destination of the call is both in US or Canada. But if you are skype customer from outside these counties, you will still need to buy Skype Outgoing Credits to make calls to landline/Mobile nos.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Development Tools

SQL Intellisense tool available for free.
Here is the tool available for SQL which adds SQL intellisense capabilities in your Query Analyzer. This is really helpful as you no longer need to look for exact table names and column names while writing SQL queries (as we don’t remember whole lot of things for .net library and mostly rely on intellisense).

Re-Sharper Tool for Visual Studio
Re-Sharper integrates with Visual Studio IDE and provides a lot of features which includes..
1. Syntax and Error Handling
2. Error and Quick-Fixes and Code Assistance
3. Refactoring
4. Code Generation and Code completion etc.

Only word of caution is that it impacts your IDE working speed. You can notice a significant performance hit working with .NET IDE after installing resharper. But still features outweigh the performance loss !!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Google's Eric Schmidt : Pamela Video Moment

Hey.. This video is really interesting.

Google's Eric Schmidt Has a Pamela Anderson Video Moment

The way Eric started and then how he improved till end of the video... also the conflict thing he talked about... too good.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Microsoft Tech Ed 2006

Microsoft is back with Tech Ed 2006. Here is a newsletter telling details of the same.

Dear Developer,

Microsoft India presents Tech.Ed 2006 this June. And for the first time ever - across six cities.

Microsoft Tech.Ed, as you know, is the most definitive technology conference for Developers, IT Professionals, and Architects. Tech.Ed 2006 promises to deliver a more relevant experience for you. With, more focused technology sessions that matter to you, the opportunity to network with the community and with your peers, and access to technology that will enable you to evaluate the technology for yourself.

Also, for the first time ever, we present Tech.Ed for Developers. Two complete days dedicated to Developers with four tracks (32 break-out sessions and multiple Deep Dive Sessions!)

Attend Microsoft Tech.Ed 2006 this June and you will return with the edge you need to keep up with the latest development trends. Here's how:

Gain hands-on experience trying out and evaluating the latest cool development tools.
Acquire skills to build more streamlined, scalable, and secure applications.
Meet and discuss topics of interest with industry gurus, Microsoft staff, and colleagues.
The event promises great content covering topics such as, Programming Mobile Devices; Windows, Web, and Microsoft Office Programming; Language Enhancements and IDE Productivity Features. Besides, addressing issues, such as easier development of applications across client types, migrating applications to .NET, building a scalable and secure architecture, and designing applications for easier and more effective deployment.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sheila Gulati
Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism
Microsoft Corporation, India

Tech-Ed for Developers (Day 1 and Day 2)

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