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Security is always an important topic to keep on top of these days. It is good to note that things are improving as according to our recent research, exploits, malware and hacking accounted for no more than 23% of all Worldwide security breach notifications recorded between 2000 through 2007 . And if you look at the first half of 2007, that number goes down to 17%. Some of the top security threats for 2008 include Web site /Application attacks (input validation / cross site scripting / SQL injection) and attacks on devices.

So if you are a developer and you want to make sure all your applications are secure, what are some of the strategies you can undertake? The first thing we would recommend is visiting the Developer Security Center to get the latest updates on techniques and technology to help. If you want to know how Microsoft helps secures its own applications, check out the Security Development Lifecycle and a great comprehensive book written on the topic. The free Threat Modeling and Analysis Tool and blog will provide you with a way to quickly model and assess threats in your applications. And finally, the best place to learn about what your peers are doing and keep up with the times is to attend local user groups in your area!



Local News

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Evaluation Center

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Web Resources

Read what the inventor of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, has to say about language zealots, the evolution of programming, and what the future looks like


MSDN Magazine shows how to manipulate metadata from docs in Office for better discovery and management.


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Security for Developers



Make no mistake: this is tough stuff. This needs to be an industry-wide, long-term effort, and it's about more than just technology. Enabling true end-to-end trust will require that we continue to build on technology progress while aligning those innovations more closely with social, economic, and political forces.




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KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access



KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing



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Technology Partner News

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Volume 12, Number 10

May 16, 2008


In This Issue:

Local News

Evaluation Center

Web Resources

Security for Developers

KB Articles on on .NET Framework

KB Articles on Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio .NET

KB Articles on SQL Server and Data Access

KB Articles on Team Development, Source Control, and Testing

Case Studies, KB Articles, & How-tos

Technology Partner News



Canadian Links




Webcasts & Online Events

Interactive Developer Webcast Calendar
Choose your time zone and filter webcasts by series, product or topic, and presenter.


Canadian User Groups

User groups are a critical part of the developer and .NET community. Check out the listing of user groups below, and if you don't find one - start one! For more information on starting a .NET user group in your area, visit and email

nbdotnetdev (Moncton, New Brunswick)
St. John's .NET User Group
Halifax .NET User Group
Fredericton .NET User Group

Montreal Visual Studio .NET User Group
Quebec City .NET User Group
Montreal BizTalk User Group

Canada Technology Triangle User Group (Kitchener)
Toronto .NET User Group
Metro Toronto .NET User Group
Toronto Visual Basic User Group (TVBUG)
East of Toronto .NET User Group
The Toronto Chapter of the BizTalk UG (BTUG)
Ottawa .NET User Group

Winnipeg .NET User Group

Regina .NET User Group
Saskatoon .NET User Group

Alberta .NET User Group (Calgary)
Edmonton .NET Wizards User Group
Lethbridge .NET User Group
DotNetCalgary User Group
Edmonton .NET User Group

British Columbia
netBC User Group (Vancouver)
VANTUG (Vancouver)
Thompson Okanagan .NET Users Group
Victoria .NET Developers Association

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