Microsoft

2014, New Year For SQL Server {1}

The next step in Microsoft’s Relational Database Management System looks promising for efficiency and speed in transaction processing. Microsoft recently held a community technology preview for the massive project and this is what was found. SQL Server 2014 will come with their new In-Memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) feature called Hekaton that is a built in part of the database system. Hekaton works by selecting data that is being read or written more frequently and moves it into the server’s working memory. It allows for the priority data to be quickly accessed and ready for transactions or updates on the fly. By enabling this Hekaton optimization, it detects which data should be used by the working memory and optimizes the specified data into main memory. Integrity of the data is maintained by writing any transactions to a separate log file in case of system outages. Beyond just the increased speed, companies can expect to see a saving in cost as Hekaton would reduce the computational requirements necessary to get data processing done, which would require less servers and hardware.

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A Vulnerability in Microsoft XML {3}

This article discusses about a flaw in Microsoft XML that can allow attackers to gain access to a system. The vulnerability is known to all versions of Microsoft OS, and other popular supported programs such as Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007. This vulnerability can be exploited just by simply loading a malicious web page but most users have been taught not to click on any suspicious links. One way attackers are getting around this is to take over a well known site that many users are already going to. Experts say one European Medical Site was hijacked and implanted with a corrupted code, exploiting the XML flaw. Although Microsoft gave advice on how to reduce the risk of the flaw, Microsoft has not released an update to cover this exploit. The author goes on and discusses how to protect yourself such as making sure your security software is up to date with it’s definitions and also to use the Fix-it tool from Microsoft which will implement measures to block the site the vulnerability is at.

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MySQL over Microsoft SQL Server {3}

After several hours of reading Microsoft support articles on how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on my machine, I finally got everything to work.  However, for the amount of time sacrificed I wanted to find some significant differences between MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.  To my surprise, I found out that MySQL 5.1(150MB) is about the same size as Microsoft’s  .NET framework,  a necessary component in the installation of  Microsoft SQL Server 2008(2GB). A possibly bias article entitled “Why Move to MySQL from Microsoft SQL Server” written by one of MySQL’s director Robert Schamuer,  makes a strong case for MySQL.

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Microsoft Healthvault {3}

The article discusses a partnership between the Microsoft Corporation and St. Jude Medical Center to better integrate data from implantable devices with patient health records. It reveals that since 2008, Microsoft has collaborated with companies such as Health Solutions Group and Merlin.net in an effort to share device information directly from patient care devices such as implanted cardioverter defibrillators. Health devices such as these monitors a patients vitals, collects data, and securely transmits the information to a internet-based system in which physicians can remotely follow-up with a patients progress and recovery. Data such as these can determine a patients’ heartbeat, rhythm, and even real-time electrograms. The collaboration with Merlin.net is to assure the standards of reliability regarding patient privacy and security while meeting regulatory requirements by the International Quality Certification Standards as all transmissions are encrypted using industry standard cryptography.

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Oracle Enters PaaS Market! {1}

The article I read for this week discusses Oracle’s plans to enter the PaaS (Platform as a Service) market to battle with Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud Foundry and Amazon Web Services. Oracle’s entry into this market doesn’t mean much to users or to Oracle’s revenues. They are primarily entering to provide delivery and support of Java-based SaaS applications, primarily Oracle’s own. Whatever Oracle does in PaaS is strictly there for customization of the SaaS. Not very much information is available about the details of their new launch.

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ASP.Net using servers {1}

Microsoft Active Server Pages also known as ASP was first released in 1996 and has provided web developers with a rich and complex framework for building web applications. But since 1996 ASP has evolved greatly and has improved a lot. ASP is still known but they have now renamed it ASP.NET. It is a framework for building web applications that run over the web and client- servers are represented by a browser forwarding request. Communications over the web occur through HTTP which relies on TCP and IP to transmit data between the two nodes. ASP.Net is connected with Microsoft’s Internet Information Server also known as IIS. The Asp. Net worker process performs many task with the isapi extension and they are the main things that happen under the ASP.Net request.
This week we talked about ASP.Net in class as well as we learned some basic code that can be used for our project three. The thing that I learned in class this week is that you no longer need to use javascript in the web page the ASP.Net will take over and use its own language to process some of the users request. The thing that I took from reading this article was some of the history of ASP. ASP has evolved a lot and is kind of like a server. It connects to browsers and sends request.
I have not really dealt much with ASP. I am really interested in learning how to use it because in class this week we went over basics but the thing about Visual Basics is it is so much different and I am not used to it yet. Once I get used to using the program it will be a lot better because I will be able to do projects a lot easier. I have talked to people that understand the use of ASP and they all say it is easy once you know what to do that is why I wanted to find more information about ASP.Net.
Busoli, S. (2007, May 2). ASP.NET Internals IIS and the Process Model, Retrieved May 19, 2012, from http://dotnetslackers.com/articles/iis/ASPNETInternalsIISAndTheProcessModel.aspx

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Web Development With ASP.NET MVC {2}

As discussed last week, Microsoft ASP.NET is a common web development tool. ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) is a component, built into ASP.NET that offers built in AJAX functionality and support of jQuery. As we progress further in web development, we are starting to see that AJAX is becoming more standardized to many web applications. ASP.NET MVC peovides Helper classes to generate HTML, which supplements AJAX scripts. ASP.NET MVC also provides a good development platform when designing in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Don’t Call VB.NET by That Name Call it FRED.NET {Comments Off on Don’t Call VB.NET by That Name Call it FRED.NET}

After reading Bernard’s “Visual Basic is not dead, its undead!”, I wanted to compare the results of Microsoft’s hard work to its original product. Unfortunately for me, I have never used Visual Basic (VB) or Visual Basic.Net (VB.NET) so I had no comparison so I had to go and try to get an expert opinion. In this article, experts compare VB and VB.NET and say that they are so different from each other that in their perspective “the new product might as well be called FRED.NET” (Otey, 2001). While VB.NET does provide new features such as true object-oriented inheritance, overloading, free threading, strict type checking, a new shared development environment, several changes are harder to get used to like the zero-based arrays. and Microsoft  messed up by recalling some of the VB.NET changes to make it more compatible with VB 6.0, it does little to help any transfer of code and hinders the development of VB.NET language’s cross-language compatibility, the main purpose of that framework.

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Microsoft Plans to Reduce Carbon Footprint! {Comments Off on Microsoft Plans to Reduce Carbon Footprint!}

The article I read for this week was about microsoft’s pledge to reduce their carbon footprint and become carbon neutral starting July 1. The COO of Microsoft said that they are doing this to cut back on emissions and for emissions not eliminated through efficiency measures, Microsoft will purchase renewable energy and carbon offsets. Microsoft is even setting up a system of internal incentives to help drive the Microsoft’s ambitions.

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The Connection Between JQuery and the Metro Theme {4}

The article I read this week discussed the Metro internal code created by Microsoft.  According to the author, the Microsoft Open Technologies has been able to make Metro available  to the JQuery mobile open source mobile interface, thus allowing mobile apps and websites the availability to have to look and feel of the Metro theme on the Windows Phone 7.5  O.S. that was otherwise limited to only native applications.  The article states that “JQuery is a touch-optimized framework leveraging HTML5 and the JQuery JavaScript library” (Krill).  The author says that the CSS and JavaScript Metro theme adapts to the theme already used in the Windows Phone and then applies styling to JQuery Mobile controls and in effect, mobile HTML5 websites are able to integrate the Metro-style theme.

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