It has been a heck of a year for password/password hash disclosures. In the same week in June, millions of password hashes were disclosed from LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm. And in the same week in July, more than 450,000 usernames and unencrypted passwords were reportedly stolen from Yahoo Voice, while 420,000 password hashes were leaked as a result of an attack on the social networking site, Formspring. These events have drawn a lot of attention to the issue of password security. One particularly interesting breach occurred right at the end of 2011. Anonymous released over 800,000 password hashes along with personal information and credit card numbers from Stratfor. Stratfor writes popular analyses of current geopolitical events, and most large companies have a few employees who have created accounts with them. There is a search engine of the Stratfor data available online in which you can input your company's domain name and obtain a list of employees who associated their work … [Read more...] about Our Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Password System
Mercury Interactive unveils a raft of new components for its business technology optimization suite this week. MI designed these additions to improve enterprise application and infrastructure performance. The company is aligning itself in the systems management market with four new software components called Optimization Centers: IT Governance, Application Delivery, Performance Center, and Business Availability Center. Each incorporates software, services, and best practices enhancements. In IT Governance, MI has produced a new module for portfolio management that gives CIOs a view to projects and resources. "It will allow a CIO to do unlimited 'what if' scenarios. If a project is off schedule, the CIO can move resources and see its impact," said Christopher Lochead, chief marketing officer at MI. [ Get the most out of collaborative programming with InfoWorld's 20 essential pointers for Git and GitHub. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. … [Read more...] about Mercury Interactive heats up optimization suite
The transition to Microsoft’s brave new world of managed code will probably take a decade, during which time Windows programmers will struggle with the complexities of a hybrid managed/unmanaged environment -- both in the Windows OS itself and in the componentized applications and services layered on top of it. Instrumenting these very different programming environments -- so that developers can analyze, profile, and more effectively debug programs straddling the unmanaged and managed worlds -- is a big challenge that Compuware's latest offering, DevPartner Studio 7.1, tackles fearlessly. The DevPartner suite, which integrates deeply and gracefully with Visual Studio .Net 2002 or 2003 (I tested with both versions of the integrated development environment), supports the following activities in addition to run-time error detection: source-code review, code coverage analysis, memory analysis, profiling, and analysis of distributed applications. To perform one of these activities, … [Read more...] about DevPartner 7.1 is a powerful programmers suite
Columnists' Corner: Jon Udell calls ECMAScript the "Switzerland of development environments." And that drives into the lingering debate concerning static and dynamic typing. Oh yes, Udell also revisits Charles Petzold's question "Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?" VoIP: Microsoft bands together with Softbank BB and Japan Telecom to offer integrated VoIP, e-mail, IM and other groupware services to customers in Japan. Best of the blogs: An IT recruiter writes into Bob Lewis' Advice Line with a problem: hiring the right people when the pay he has to offer is low. His particular company does not pay IT folks as much as competitors do, but there are strong points to sell to prospective employees, namely the fact that "here, a 45-hour week would be considered going the extra mile." Therein lies an answer. [ Find out how to get ahead with our career development guide for developers. | The art of programming is changing rapidly. We help you navigate what's hot in programming and what's going … [Read more...] about Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?
Providing one-stop shopping for SOA deployments, Oracle is packaging together several of its existing Fusion middleware products as the Oracle SOA Suite. Products will be integrated and have a common install and common management tools. The suite is a unique approach to addressing SOA deployments, said Rick Schultz, vice president of Fusion Middleware at Oracle. "People have piece parts but nobody's really put together a comprehensive SOA suite and certainly not one that's hot-pluggable and works with other vendors' middleware products," Schultz said. Using the suite with Oracle's application server, however, will be less expensive than using it on a rival application server: The price is $50,000 per CPU when deployed with an Oracle app server or $65,000 per CPU when used with a rival product. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. … [Read more...] about Oracle packages middleware as SOA suite
A vulnerability in Visual Studio 2005 could let an attacker execute code on a targeted Windows machine, Microsoft said Wednesday. Danish security vendor Secunia rated the vulnerability as "extremely critical" since it hasn't been patched and there are unconfirmed reports it's being exploited, said Thomas Kristensen, chief technology officer for Secunia. Microsoft said proof-of-concept attack code has been published, and the company could eventually issue a patch after its investigation. The company typically issues patches on the second Tuesday of the month, although it has been known to push out a patch faster depending on the risk of the vulnerability. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]"We are aware of the possibility of limited attacks that are attempting to use the reported vulnerability," wrote Christopher Budd, a … [Read more...] about Vulnerability found in Visual Studio 2005
My February 2nd posting Small Differences in Vista Can Break Applications drew a comment touting Java as "WORA (write once, run anywhere)" and disparaging Microsoft. I thought it was kind of ignorant, the sort of thing I heard from Amiga-philes 20-odd years ago, but I approved it anyway. My reply at the time was In my experience, Java WORA is in reality WOTE: write once, test everywhere. No development API is perfect or universal, I'm afraid. I have embraced and subsequently abandoned numerous programming environments that claimed that a single executable could run anywhere. UCSD Pascal and P-System was the first that I can still remember clearly. I thought portable Pascal was a great idea when I tried it around 1980, as I was then a Pascal fan doing mostly scientific and engineering programming. Alas, its performance on a PDP-11 was much worse than my usual combination of Fortran IV+ and Macro-11, and I was never able to get it to interface with the Industrial Control Subsystem of … [Read more...] about Write Once? Remember the P-System?
When I wrote about free Ruby on Rails IDEs last Wednesday, I drew a comment from "teki321:" "I would never put 'Ruby in Steel' in the context of free. It's an extension for a commercial application, which is not free." That's currently true, but I wasn't really thinking in those terms. It's free for people who already have Visual Studio 2005 Standard or above. The Ruby in Steel folks have mentioned to me their wish that their product worked as an add-on to one or more of the free Visual Studio Express products. They're certainly not the only VSIP partner to feel that way. [ Download the Deep Dive: Monitoring in the age of devops. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]A little later this year, all of these partners can have their wish, if they build their product with the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. "If you create software development tools, you'll want to consider building on the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. A streamlined Visual Studio … [Read more...] about Visual Studio 2008 Shell InfoWorld
I'm a fan of win-win situations. But what do you do when you have a team member that's not pulling his weight? I look at this very common situation in today's post. I fundamentally believe that in most situations there is a chance for everyone to benefit. The Happiness Marketing Board calls this a “win-win” situation; sadly this term is vastly overused by people who are usually trying to convince you that the bad deal they’re giving you is really for your benefit. Yuck. I call it the right way to do things. Business as usual with bad apples Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld\'s Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld\'s career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan.15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z.You’re a new leader with a tight deadline and too much work to do. And one member of your small team isn’t pulling his weight. Your first instinct is to shuffle them out of your group and find someone new who can perform. At … [Read more...] about (Re)structuring your team InfoWorld
Endeavors Technologies, Inc. (at one time doing business as Stream Theory), announced that they have come to an agreement to end all outstanding lawsuits that Stream Theory has pursued on its patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Exent has been granted licenses to Endeavors' and Stream Theory's streaming patents and Endeavors and Stream Theory were granted licenses on Exent's streaming patents. Peter Bondar, CEO at Endeavors, said "with the agreements signed with Microsoft, Citrix, AppStream and now Exent, we have consolidated our position as a major supplier of application streaming technologies and intellectual property." Commercial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Around the same time, however, the company also announced its latest product line - Application Jukebox - the company's next-generation application streaming and virtualization family of products. [ Doing storage virtualization correctly is not simple. InfoWorld's expert contributors show you how to get it … [Read more...] about Endeavors Ends Law Suit and Launches New Product
Bottom Line Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is a very promising upgrade to the premier IDE for .Net development. It improves the UI, IntelliSense, and Designers; supports parallel programming; and improves support for test-driven development. It's still missing support for ASP.Net MVC and smart devices. As I said in my review of Visual Studio 2008 in January 2008 and repeated in my SP1 review in August 2008, Visual Studio is the premier IDE for developing applications with the Microsoft .Net Framework and at least a contender for the best Windows-hosted C/C++ IDE. At the same time, despite my glowing endorsement, I quibbled about a few deficiencies in the product; in my later Silverlight 2.0 review in November, I went on to complain that the XAML designer added to Visual Studio by the Silverlight toolkit only had a preview pane rather than a full-blown designer. [ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld … [Read more...] about First look: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 teases
Microsoft's Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (Visual Studio 2012.1) is now available for download. The update allows users to develop applications for Windows XP and more thoroughly test their work. The previous version of Microsoft's development tool was launched along with .Net 4.5 in September of this year. [ The Windows Store online application marketplace is open for business. | Learn how to work smarter, not harder with InfoWorld's roundup of all the tips and trends programmers need to know in the Developers' Survival Guide. Download the PDF today! | Keep up with the latest developer news with InfoWorld's Developer World newsletter. ] [ Get the most out of collaborative programming with InfoWorld's 20 essential pointers for Git and GitHub. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]That an update arrives so quickly following the launch is part Microsoft's plan to upgrade Visual Studio at shorter intervals, the corporate vice president of … [Read more...] about Microsoft updates Visual Studio 2012 with better testing tools, Windows XP support
Developers using Microsoft's mainstay Visual Studio IDE on Windows will be able to build native Apple iOS mobile applications via version 2.0 of the Xamarin development platform, which is being announced Wednesday. Leveraging the Mono .Net runtime, Xamarin, from the company of the same name, enables development of cross-platform mobile applications for Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows via C#. Developers can leverage Visual Studio using the Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio feature within version 2.0, though having a Mac on the network for the purpose of software builds is required. [ Microsoft has been embracing open source -- to a point. | A recent survey of developers found that they are enthusiastic about iOS, but ambivalent about Apple. | Subscribe to InfoWorld's Developer World newsletter for more news on software development space. ] [ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily … [Read more...] about Apple iOS development extended to Visual Studio
CShell, an interactive C# scripting environment providing real-time evaluation of code, is expected to have a formal 1.0 release in one to two months, having spent two years in development, says Lukas Buhler, developer of the project. Leveraging both the Roslyn .Net compiler project and the Mono runtime, open source CShell provides a REPL (read-eval-print-loop) console-like environment. "Your code is directly evaluated and executed in a shell window; no separate executable has to be compiled and then run in a different process. More elaborate code can be written in a C# script and then evaluated as one file, only one line, or a selection," the project's webpage says. Buhler likens it to GitHub's recently released Atom code editor, albeit for C#. Developers can use CShell alongside Visual Studio. Buhler said that it's more lightweight, so users don't need to start up Visual Studio every time they wish to test something, but CShell is not intended to replace Visual Studio. [ Download the … [Read more...] about With CShell, C# developers can bypass Visual Studio more often
Visual Studio Code 1.3 not only adds a passel of feature improvements and bug fixes, it shows Microsoft using a clean product slate to experiment. Microsoft is free to do things with Code that would be unwelcome and jarring in the full-blown Visual Studio environment. Some new features are taken straight from the Visual Studio product. With Tabs, for instance, open files appear in a list of tabs along the top of the editor and can be reorganized by simply dragging and dropping. Users of Visual Studio and many other IDEs will find it a more familiar interface paradigm than the list of working files that showed up in the Explorer column to the right. [ The art of programming is changing rapidly. We help you navigate what's hot in programming and what's going cold and give insights into the technologies that are changing how developers work. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's Application Development newsletter. ]That working files list, by the way, has also changed; … [Read more...] about Visual Studio Code 1.3 is Microsoft’s new dev playground
The human immune system is complex, with multiple cell types stationed all over the body, ready to launch an attack at the first sign of infection. However, there has been no clinical tool to measure an immune response as it travels through the body. Such a tool would be helpful in monitoring immune reactions to diseases such as cancer. There have been cases in which the immune system successfully fights a tumor, and others in which it stimulates tumor growth. Finding an effective drug to treat cancer is also tricky, as many drugs actually suppress immune function, causing infections that could be life threatening. Understanding how the immune system reacts to certain cancers and drugs could help clinicians better diagnose and treat patients. Now scientists at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed an imaging probe for positron emission tomography (PET) that tracks an immune response throughout the body as it fights off cancer and infection. The scientists … [Read more...] about Tracking the Immune System – MIT Technology Review