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  • Blog Post: Application Partitioning with MEF, Silverlight and Windows Azure – Part II

    Welcome back to the partitioned blog post about application partitioning with Silverlight MEF and Windows Azure. In this second and last post I will talk about how you can retrieve the information about the deployed parts of the application and retrieve the actual XAP files from the Azure Blob Storage...
  • Blog Post: Application Partitioning with MEF, Silverlight and Windows Azure – Part I

    The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) supports you in creating loosely coupled and partitioned applications. To embrace those paradigms makes sense for many reasons. Some of the various benefits are: Share work across multiple developers or development team and have a well defined boundaries for...
  • Blog Post: Update: Enterprise RIA Project Now Running on Silverlight 3 Release Version

    As the release schedule of our Enterprise RIA template and sample application was a little bit unfortunate we now had the time to update the project. We needed to do some changes to the code which we couldn’t do before now due to some time constraints. For example the way ton include application services...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Business Applications Made Easy

    Jörg an I created a new RIA Template and sample application for enterprise applications based on Silverlight 3 and the Silverlight Toolkit. This Visual Studio template and sample application provides a basic structure with sample code for an Enterprise RIA. The intention of providing this was to show...
  • Blog Post: The ViewModel Pattern in Silverlight – An Example

    During the last few weeks I was working with Silverlight again quite a bit. This meant I had to write some code for several showcase projects, too. Of course no real production code (beware) but nevertheless in the end the applications were doing what they were supposed to do. However as it usually happens...
  • Blog Post: Short Gotcha When Working With Extent Initialization In ‘M’

    Not just in order to show that this Blog is still alive but also because it may be a little useful hint for all of you doing the first steps with M, the language of the Oslo Developer Center . As you might already know you can create data models with M which are parsed and transformed into T-SQL Reference...
  • 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: Some Reflections About Software Plus Services

    Yesterday I held a high level session about S+S at the Basta conference in Frankfurt. After the session I asked some attendees about if the concept (I don't use the term strategy on purpose) became clear. Unfortunately the feedback was mixed. One response I got was even that S+S is not really something...
  • 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: Physics, Silverlight and Visualization...How Businesses Can Benefit!

    Recently we had an engagement at a cutomer with a department responsible for knowledge management. They were looking for a way to visualize some of their knowledge data in a intuitive way and make content related to that data acessible to all relevant people in that company. The underlying data model...
  • 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 - 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: .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: Guided Automation In Service Oriented Application Design

    There are two major trends in enterprise development today. One is that the scenarios and environments are becoming more and more complex and the other is to align business capabilities with IT by implementing service oriented components and following service oriented patterns. Microsoft is constantly...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: When Psychology Meets Architecture

    I attended a session about something that is called Perspective Based Architecture (PBA) and I have to admit I chose the title because I wanted to catch attention. I have to admit beause at the very formal core PBA is not all about pschological aspects of the design of today's architectures. However...
  • Blog Post: Stories About SOA - How Mature Are We, and who can tell anyway?

    Depending on which media you are reading about service oriented architecture, service orientation or service oriented concepts you often will realize that it's often only about the technical aspects of this paradigm. In essence it is often stated that if you create web services to expose functionality...
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