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Script#: Javascript Made Easy with C#

Script# is a Microsoft employee’s side project to make it easier to create AJAX applications. You are able to write code in C# and then it is interpreted and compiled into Javascript.

Essentially the Script# compiler is a C# compiler that generates Javascript instead of IL. A key driving goal of the design is to produce readable Javascript that you may have authored yourself, and would be ok deploying into real apps. Hence the translation works at the C# level, as opposed to converting from IL to script, and the converter doesn’t add any levels of abstraction itself.

So check it out here.

(Via Microsoft Watch)

June 3rd, 2006 Posted by Jason Schramm | Developers | no comments



Microsoft Secures Vista with Random Memory Placement

Microsoft has begun testing a new security technology in Windows Vista Beta 2. Called ASLR, or Address Space Layout Randomization, the technology loads system code into different locations in memory when the computer is booted. This helps prevent exploit code from calling system functions because the exploit code won’t know exactly which memory location to call. In Windows Vista Beta 2 an application could be in any of 256 locations making it harder to find. This is by no means a complete protection from insecure code, but it is a start and makes it harder to exploit Windows.

Source: eWeek (Via Microsoft Watch)

June 3rd, 2006 Posted by Jason Schramm | Vista, Windows, Security, Search | no comments

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Microsoft Live Labs Announces Winners

Microsoft Live Labs announced 12 winners of its Accelerating Search in Academic Research request for proposals. They accepted applications from universities that will improve search technologies, data mining, and discovery and analysis. Each winner will be awarded between $25,000 and $50,000 to continue their efforts. They will also gain access to “extensive data logs from MSN to aid in their research, as well as an increased quota of queries to the MSN Search software development kit.”

It will be interesting to find out if the projects are going to be released to the public. I wouldn’t mind “Aggregating Answers From Multiple Web Sources.”

Source: Press Release

June 3rd, 2006 Posted by Jason Schramm | Developers, Live, Search | no comments