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    Windows Azure: startup reflections video, 6 months in...

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    A quick (12 minute) presentation by Andy Milligan, from the recent UK Tech Days event, on the experiences of AllMyPlans.com replatforming their proposition on to Windows Azure and SQL Azure. At the end of the day, it is about the mature capabilities without...
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    Moving on from Microsoft... AllMyPlans.com is next...

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    As of July 2nd 2010, I no longer work for Microsoft. I have moved on to the Chief Technology Officer role at the financial services firm http://allmyplans.com – a free & secure service that pulls together all of your finances in one place...
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    COM+ Integration webcast on Tuesday April 10th @ 2PM PST

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    Just a pointer towards an upcoming webcast session on COM+ Integration (and peer to peer support) in WCF. I have worked with Shawn on a few topics and he certainly knows his stuff, as I’m sure his book shows, so this should be good. For me, I’ll be interested...
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    Connected Systems: Help wanted...

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    With the release of Vista and WCF well behind us, we are deep into planning for our next generation of distributed application technology. We’re throwing around some fine ideas on how to transform the space but we really need more great technical talent...
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    Hosting WCF COM+ Integration services in-process

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    As you are probably aware, the Windows Communication Foundation runtime cares little about the process that is hosting it. With the WCF COM+ Integration feature we take advantage of this to offer a “COM+ hosted” mode (see documentation for the other two...
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    TechEd: “WCF: Integrating with COM+ and MSMQ” slides and demos

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    Thanks to everyone who attended Thursday’s TechEd session on “Windows Communication Foundation: Integrating with COM+ and MSMQ Applications”. We have taken a very pragmatic approach to integration and it’s always great to hear positive feedback directly...
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    An alternative "WCF to IBM Mainframe CICS" approach

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    Dino has a post on the potential for WCF to IBM Mainframe CICS interop. The cross-vendor support for common specifications is of course a key benefit of web services and this release seems like a good step forward for some critical line-of-business processes...
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    WinFX Beta 2 is out there

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    Head over to the Windows Vista, Windows SDK and WinFX Beta site to get all the goods for building Windows Vista and WinFX apps. This does include the WinFX Runtime Components - Beta2 so you can start using some very recent bits, samples and docs from...
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    Rev your transaction engines for WinFX Beta 2

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    With the imminent release of WinFx Beta 2, we have posted some updated hotfixes that are required for WCF’s WS-AtomicTransaction support or the COM+ Integration features. They are available from the download center for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003...
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    WCF, COM+ and MSMQ at TechEd 06

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    Given the near term focus of the TechEd conference, the breakout session coverage of Windows Communication Foundation and other connected systems technology was relatively light last year. This year , things are lining up to be very different. In the...
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    New WS-AtomicTransaction Configuration tools

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    To date, the tooling available to enable and configure interoperable WS-AtomicTransaction in Windows Communication Foundation and MSDTC has been less than ideal with a number of issues that have been detailed in previous release notes. With the upcoming...
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    Personal focus expanded: I’m committed to transactions…

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    For the last couple of years, I have been working within the COM+ team, within the broader Windows Communication Foundation ("Indigo") team and, as documented here, this has primarily involved the cat herding of COM+ Integration and a handful of supporting...
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    Hosting WCF in COM+ with different transports

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    I have had some questions around how to use COM+ Integration's "COM+ hosting mode" usually with the goal of using other, faster transports than HTTP. This post will demonstrate exactly how this can be done with no new code using the IIS hosted “Integrating...
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    WinFX November CTP: WCF COM+ Integration just got upgraded

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    As detailed on many other pages , the WinFX November Community Technology Preview is available for download and this time it works with the release version of Visual Studio 2005. On the Windows Communication Foundation front and from a COM+ Integration...
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    WCF & COM+ Integration for the careless typist

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    (or "The Wizard's Way from COM+ to Indigo") As I have described here previously and as I have recently shown at the PDC, MVP and BPI events, the task of using the Windows Communication Foundation's COM+ Integration feature to produce a secure, reliable...
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    Other perspectives on WCF's COM+ Integration

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    Jurgen Postelmans has just posted a clear and concise example of using an Enterprise Services class with the Windows Communication Framework (forever "indigo") integration. He also mentions the method exclusion that we're adding for Beta 2 to address...
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    WCF ("Indigo") & COM+ / MSMQ Integration PDC Demos

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    The complete code for the demos in the PDC session COM305 Windows Communications Foundation ("Indigo"): Integrating COM+ and MSMQ Applications is now available with a rough guide documentation here . These should all work on the "WinFX Runtime Components...
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    WCF ("Indigo") & COM+ / MSMQ Integration PDC Slides

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    I just noticed that slide decks from the PDC are available for download here including my COM305 Windows Communications Foundation ("Indigo"): Integrating COM+ and MSMQ Applications deck. Let me know if there is anything that I can clarify.
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    WCF & COM+ Integration at PDC: Ask The Experts tonight

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    If you’re at the PDC, then please do come along tonight and ask Anand, myself and Harris (WCF COM+ Integration developer) some tough MSMQ, COM+ and WCF questions – find us round the WCF area. We’d love to connect with as many customers as possible. Since...
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    WCF ("Indigo") & COM+ Integration PDC Update

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    I'd like to thank everyone who came along to the PDC session COM305 “Windows Communications Foundation ("Indigo"): Integrating COM+ and MSMQ Applications”. Despite being up against Don Box in the same timeslot, it was excellent to see an overflowing room...
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    GUIDs going fast (from Indigo COM+ integration)...

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    Largely unrelated to the fact that they're getting more expensive than they ever used to be, we've been significantly reducing the need for them in WCF's COM+ integration features. So it turned out that when the Beta 1 COM+ WCF Integration tool exposed...
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    The new new Indigo PDC and the WCF / COM+ / MSMQ session

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    As you can imagine with a CTP and Beta 1 behind us and Beta 2 approaching fast, the Indigo team is going to have pretty strong representation at the PDC. We may have had one or two "coming out" parties in the past, but this will be our biggest and best...
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    150 things to do in Los Angeles when you're a developer

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    There is still more to come but much of the PDC session titles just went live on MSDN and of course there is a solid chunk of Indigo sessions on the communications track. From the high level, crossing interop and integration to diving deep down into the...
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    Serving MetadataExchange and WSDL from COM+

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    Whether you are living in COM, .NET, web services or any other distributed application technology it is clearly incredibly useful if you have a definitive statement of the contract that the service supports. Without it, writing clients can be a hit or...
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    Hotfixed: COM+ and Indigo Transactions

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    The COM+ Integration and WS-AtomicTransaction hot fix package for Indigo is now available and I thought that it would be good to give it a little exercise… I’ll take a quick walk through the steps required to get a transactional client (using the very...
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