MSDN April 2005 Update

Thursday, 31 March 2005

MSDN April 2005 Update: “Get set for the next wave with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 at MSDN April Update. Like to get a headstart on Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Register now for MSDN Update. You’ll hear from leading speakers and receive the latest SQL Server 2005 Beta Resource Kit including web casts and hands on lab images. It’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with the latest Microsoft technologies and solutions - even before SQL Server 2005 launches.”

Custom Visual Studio.NET Schemas

Wednesday, 30 March 2005

Custom Visual Studio.NET Schemas: “Custom VS.NET Schemas” I’ve created a custom schema for Visual Studio.NET 2003 to validate W3C HTML 4.01 Transitional documents. It includes a few things Microsoft forgot from their IE5 schema like the [ABBR](http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#edef-ABBR) tag and the [LONGDESC](http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/objects.html#adef-longdesc-IMG) attribute for certain elements. -dave

Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy

Wednesday, 30 March 2005

Microsoft have just published a number of documents about using IPsec and Group Policy to only allow access to a domain by computers that are trusted and meet certain requirements (eg. up to date virus scanners and latest hotfixes etc) The documents may be downloaded from the Microsoft IPsec page.

Customising the default pages in Visual Studio.NET

Thursday, 24 March 2005

When you add a new Web Form or HTML page to a project in VS.NET, it uses templates stored on your computer to generate the new page. You can customise these templates so that they contain extra code/layout info to save you having to enter everything in again each time you add a new file. eg. For VB.NET projects:

So an example of a revised HtmlPage.htm file could be:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<title>\[!output SAFE\_ITEM\_NAME\]</title>
<meta name=vs\_defaultClientScript content="\[!output DEFAULT\_CLIENT\_SCRIPT\]">
 <meta name=vs\_targetSchema content="\[!output DEFAULT\_TARGET\_SCHEMA\]">
 <meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 7.1">
 <meta name=ProgId content=VisualStudio.HTML>
 <meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 7.1">
 <meta name="Keywords" content="">
 <meta name="Description" content="">
</head>
<body MS\_POSITIONING="\[!output DEFAULT\_HTML\_LAYOUT\]">

</body>
</html>

FoxyVoice

Friday, 18 March 2005

A nifty Firefox extension: Mozilla Update :: Extensions – More Info: FoxyVoice: “Provides text-to-speech functionality by using Microsoft Speech API.”