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  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF - Part V

    With some delay here is the final part of the series on how to implement a IE8 Visual Search Service using WCF. In this last part I will deal with the small bits which are still open in order to be able to deploy a full functioning Visual Search service and those are: Simple caching mechanism "Spambreak"...
  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF - Part IV

    Well I have to hurry up a bit as I initially planned to have this series finished even a while ago and now I'm even struggling to finish it until the end of the year. Anyway here is the next part and as promised this time I will focus on the search providers which feed the aggregator component with their...
  • Blog Post: Building A Visual Search Service For IE8 With WCF - Part III

    It's definitely about time to publish the promised third part of this series. This time I will cover the class model which I used to let the .Net XmlSerializer generate the necessary XML structure. I want to utilize almost the full breadth of the capabilities the Visual Search component is offering with...
  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF - Part II

    Welcome to part two of this series on how to implement a visual search service for IE8 using the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and other .Net technologies or libraries. The first part described the overall scenario of the service and today I want to go into a little more details with respect...
  • Blog Post: Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF - Part I

    Beta 2 of Internet Explorer has been out for a while now and as you already know one of the new functionalities of Beta 2 is the visual search feature. Since there is a really extensive introduction about visual search and the steps on the IE8 side in this article on the Internet Explorer Team Blog I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Cardspace Meets Vista Media Center

    It's again time to post a new blog entry. This time I thought it may be interesting to see how Windows Cardspace can be used together with applications built on top of the Media Center Presentation Layer (WMCPL). So and why do I think that Cardspace can be of very good use especially in a Media Center...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 3

    The publication of Vittorio's book "Understanding Windows Cardspace" about which I wrote a post only yesterday I realize that there is more and more demand for information about topics around identity. And from my experience it is not only people working in IT or have a great affinity to technology who...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 2

    Q: Can a card be marked as "not exportable"? A: No this is not possible at the moment. After a card has been installed in the card-selector the card can always be exported using the standard facilities of the card selector. This allows easy tranportation of cards and use of the cards on several devices...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 1

    Since the Identity Metasystem and Microsoft Cardspace is quite a complex topic but is a great means to enable the user to have better control how and when identity information and login credentials are used I felt that there needs to be some more clarification about certain aspects of Microsoft Cardspace...
  • Blog Post: Astoria: Data Services for the Web

    Although my colleague Frank Fischer already mentioned it already on his Blog I think the technoloy is worth to mention it at least one more time. And it is worth because of the fact that the very early bits of a new technology from Microsoft are available for download . Astoria focuses on exposing data...
  • Blog Post: Astoria - Hello World Style Walkthrough

    Create a new project in Visual Studio "Orcas". Be careful not to create a new website. Then choose Web --> ASP.NET Web Application as project type. Right-click on the application in solution explorer and choose Add --> New Item. In the add new item wizard choose ADO.NET Entity Data Model...
  • Blog Post: Should I Stay Or Should I Go - With Silverlight?

    Despite the fact that there have been already an amazing amount of blog posts about the Silverlight announcement Microsoft made on the Mix coference in Las Vegas last week I will step into the round dance of blogging about it. Why? Because I realized in discussions that there is already some kind of...
  • Blog Post: Mixing Up In Germany - XTOPIA Is Open For Registration

    I just returned from a great Mix '07 conference in Las Vegas with some exciting announcements, great keynotes and sessions. So there's a lot to discover and to learn about all the products and technologies Microsoft has released or is about to release in the near future to help designers, developers...
  • Blog Post: .Net 3.0 What? Where In My N-Tiers Can I Use It?

    I often get asked about where the framework extensions introduced with the .Net Framework 3.0 fit best in a multi tiered architecture. If you are not familiar with those I'm talking about the technologies Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Blog Post: WPF 3D - Blender Helps You Getting Productive

    The last few days I played around with the 3d capabilities of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). After doing my first steps understanding the basics and and the differences between WPFs 2d and 3D coordinate-systems and painting manual sketches of my primitive 3D objects I found this kind of workflow...
  • Blog Post: Quick Win Series - Intellisense For WCF Service Configurations

    If you ever wondered why you don't have Intellisense support in Visual Studio 2005 when working on a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Service Configuration in a web project then here comes the workaround. The reason for that is that you add your service configuration to the web configuration...
  • Blog Post: WCF - Let's Communicate (across borders)

    This is an addition to my blog post from last friday. If you tried my little sample and it worked perfectly you probably had client and server running on the same physical machine. If you tried to access the server from a different machine the client requesting the service probably failed with a security...
  • Blog Post: WCF - Let's Start The Dialogue

    With a current project as background I had another look at the duplex channel communication options in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Duplex channels are a great means to break the usual request/response pattern in web services communication. And they are useful as there are quite some scenarios...
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