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  • Blog Post: Good Morning. It's 2008 and I have a new job.

    2007 I've posted some 30 entries on my blog. That's what some of the "Whoa, listen to me, I am so awesome!" blogging crowd of today typically does in a day or two. 2008 promises to be so interesting that it would be a shame not to be blogging, and hence I do. There'll be lots of things going on in tech...
  • Blog Post: SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

    You are in North America and not in Europe ? You want more content than what fits into a track at TechEd? No problem! Just come to the SOA and Business Process Conference that we're running October 29 - November 2 at the Microsoft Conference Center here in Redmond. There'll be lots of very interesting...
  • Blog Post: Live again at TechEd Barcelona: The Steve & Clemens Show

    Even though the TechEd Europe Developer Website doesn't yet clearly say so, Steve Swartz and myself will "of course!" be back with a new set of Steve & Clemens talks in Barcelona for TechEd Europe Developer (November 5-9). And for the first time we'll stay for another week and also give a talk at...
  • Blog Post: LiveID + CardSpace

    Check this out .
  • Blog Post: Sin, Sin, Sin: How to do Simple, Webby, and Completely Insecure ASP.NET Membership Authentication and Role Authorization with WCF

    We're all sinners. Lots of the authentication mechanisms on the Web are not even "best effort", but rather just cleartext transmissions of usernames and passwords that are easily intercepted and not secure at all. We're security sinners by using them and even more so by allowing this. However, the reality...
  • Blog Post: XML-RPC with WCF

    UPDATE: The code has been updated. Ignore this post and go here . I'm writing lots of code lately. I've rejoined the dasBlog community and I'm busy writing a prototype for the .NET Framework 3.5 version of dasBlog (we just released the 2.0 version, see http://www.dasblog.info/ ). One of the goals...
  • Blog Post: TweetieBot - A BizTalk Services Experiment

    Having an Internet Service Bus up in the cloud is not very entertaining unless there are services in the bus. Therefore, I built one (and already showed some of the code basics ) that’s hopefully fun to play with and will soon share the first version with you after some scrubbing and pending a few updates...
  • Blog Post: Help Wanted

    After roughly 15 months of working for the firm I've got to say that while it was fun talking about the .NET Framework and BizTalk at conferences and in writing, it's quite a bit more fun to be part of building the .NET Framework and BizTalk. You could be part of it, too, if you have the Jedi skills...
  • Blog Post: Connected Systems @MIX: The Videos

    For those of you who couldn't make it to MIX, here are the (Silverlight-) videos of the talks from the Connected Systems Division deep-linked to sessions.visitmix.com Don Box, Steve Maine: Navigating the Programmable Web Garrett Serack, Mike Jones, Pat Felsted: Enable Windows CardSpace and Information...
  • Blog Post: Live at MIX: WCF and the Web (and Steve Maine, and Don Box)

    We love WS-* as much as we do love Web-Style services. I say "Web-style", full knowing that the buzzterm is REST. Since REST is an architectural style and not an implementation technology, it makes sense to make a distinction and, also, claiming complete RESTfulness for a system is actually a pretty...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Services: Christian shuttling back and forth on the bus

    Christian Weyer shows off the few lines of pretty straightforward WCF code & config he needed to figure out in order to set up a duplex conversation through BizTalk Services.
  • Blog Post: Stephen Forte on what BizTalk Services means for his shop

    Steve has a great analysis of what BizTalk Services means for Corzen and how he views it in the broader industry context.
  • Blog Post: Internet Service Bus

    "ESB" (for "Enterprise Service Bus") is an acronym floating around in the SOA/BPM space for quite a while now. The notion is that you have a set of shared services in an enterprise that act as a shared foundation for discovering, connecting and federating services. That's a good thing and there's not...
  • Blog Post: So how much faster is it really and is it? WCF performance in comparison.

    We just published a great whitepaper written by our WCF/WF Performance PM Saurabh Gupta on the relative performance of WCF compared to ASMX, WSE, Enterprise Services, and Remoting. This is material for your favorites folder. The summary says: To summarize the results, WCF is 25%—50% faster than...
  • Blog Post: Dinner Now

    Before I continue pointing out SDK samples, why not take a look at a great end-to-end .NET Framework 3.0 demo first? It's been out there for a while and hence this isn't really news, but in case you've not seen it (or the latest revision of it) go check out DinnerNow . The demo covers WCF, Workflow,...
  • Blog Post: P2P Made Easy

    One of the "niche" features in WCF that deserves a lot more attention than it is getting is our P2P support. The NetPeerTcpBinding looks, from the developer perspective, mostly like any other binding. The main difference between P2P applications and "normal" client/server apps is, of course, that they...
  • Blog Post: WCF Schema Validation with Message Inspectors

    There are a lot of blog entries that I'd write if they weren't already written. Stupid statement. No, really. One of the great qualities of the documentation that we built for WCF and WF and CardSpace is that it's completely legible and understandable :) Since there's just a lot of stuff in the SDK...
  • Blog Post: Poison Control.

    A bad sign for how much I’m coding these days is that I had a HDD crash three weeks ago and only restored Visual Studio into fully working condition with all my tools and stuff today. I’ve decided that that has to change otherwise I’ll get really rusty. Picking up the thread from “Professor Indigo...
  • Blog Post: Blogger Types: Who are they? Who are you?

    I see an increasing number of research efforts going on to get people’s heads around the blogosphere and how to figure out what's relevant and what's not. 4-5 years back it was quite easy to do so, because there were so few of “us bloggers” and you could read pretty much all blogs that mattered in your...
  • Blog Post: COM Is Love

    COM Is Love. Disagree? Stop reading. Agree? Still feel it? Well, I just learned that there's a very unique way you can show your love for COM. Own it! Own it? Yes, I'm completely not kidding. We've got an open position for a Program Manager to own COM+, DCOM, RPC, the WCF/COM Integration, System...
  • Blog Post: Wow. Cleveland 1946. Wow.

    Wow! I'm watching the Oscars with my wife and she just thought I completely lost it during the last commercial break. I actually started cheering. Why? I've seen the first Microsoft commercial that made me think ... Wow. The firm starts getting how to do this. Short, witty, provocative, impactful. Cool...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo Pipes. Aha.

    I'm busy at a conference but just stumbled upon Yahoo Pipes via TechMeme and Dare . The little bits I read about it make that quite interesting to me (and put a big grin on my face) specifically because of this piece I wrote in 2003 and which also got some attention back then . I claim prior art ;-)
  • Blog Post: One more (big) step to make Identity work ...

    WS-* or REST? Is there an epic battle? How does Microsoft think about a big chunk of the web development community ignoring the beloved WS-* specs and preferring "HTTP programming"? Answer: We think that people make these choices of good reasons and we like and support any way you want to write services...
  • Blog Post: Doug got email.

    Doug Purdy , the (my) Group Program Manager of the Connected Framework team (owning WCF and WF) just got email: Dear Douglas, Last year you emailed us regarding .NET Framework 3.0. We are emailing you to let you know that we have installed .NET Framework 3.0 on our webservers . We continue...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET's autoEventWireup="false" page config setting breaks ASP.NET Web Services (ASMX): NullReferenceException

    I've spent the last 1 1/2 weeks doing one of the most fun (seriously) work assignments that each Program Manager of our team gets to do every once in a while: Servicing. So until yesterday night (I'm flying home to Germany today) I was in charge of ASP.NET Web Services and Remoting. An even though these...
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