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  • Blog Post: WCF Security Guidance

    If you're looking for pragmatic guidace for securing your WCF services, look no further. The WCF Security project has been posting how-to documents and videos on its community site . Now is the perfect time to give the team feedback. They aren't done yet and are completely willing, able, and even...
  • Blog Post: Using MessageContracts and DataContracts

    Users of the Service Factory often ask about the rationale behind the required use of MessageContracts even though the use of MessageContracts aren't mandated by WCF. I've answered this question in other venues, but it seemed like a good thing to put here in case I need to point others to it in the future...
  • Blog Post: First Service Factory v3 Community Drop

    Okay, we're off and running now. Earlier today I posted the first of many community drops for Service Factory v3 - don't let "build 19" fool you - this is the first one. It took us longer than expected to get this one out the door, but we're all set now. I suspect the first question you have is "...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Aaron's new Service Factory article on MSDN

    Steven just told me that Aaron Skonnard's latest Service Factory article about the December release was just published through his Service Station column in the MSDN Magazine . Talk about timing ... sweet. Even though it was written and finished before we locked down the code, it is still very accurate...
  • Blog Post: ... come and get yer Service Factory!

    That's right ladies and gentlemen, the December release of the Web Service Software Factory and a VB.NET version is now available for your consumption, modification, and production pleasures :) Okay, I'm just going to do 3 things in this post since I know there will be many more to follow: Lay...
  • Blog Post: Emerging Guidance

    Versioning Web Services Introduction Versioning Concepts Relationship Scenarios Principles and Motivations A Versioning Strategy Summary Introduction Most software systems evolve over time, and it is always challenging to manage the associated complexity of their evolution. When...
  • Blog Post: Handcrafting WCF-friendly WSDLs

    It's 10:15 pm and I'm still in the office, but I really think I should get this entry posted before I head home - or it won't ever get posted. I was supposed to be working on my demo for my Service Factory session at the SOA Conference tomorrow, but I got side-tracked early in the day when I started...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory now available for download!

    Before I get ahead of myself, which comes pretty easy for me J , here’s the link to learn more about and download the Service Factory . Wow, I’ve been waiting 8 months to write this blog entry. After months of planning, arguing, development, sleep deprivation, testing, writing, and making sure all...
  • Blog Post: Just Published: Service Factory ARCast

    Ron Jacobs did a load of ARCasts at Tech-Ed in Boston this year. One of them was with Shy Cohen and I about the Service Factory . Well, I just got an email from Ron that he's gotten around to publishing it on Skyscrapr . I can't imagine how many of these things he has queued up that he still has to publish...
  • Blog Post: Service Architecture Concept Model

    I'm posting this because I'm interested in your thoughts about it. IMPORTANT: This is just a concept illustration. I'm not encouraging anyone to accept and begin using the nomenclature used. This is just the result of a conversation Tom and Ed and I had today about how this illustration might...
  • Blog Post: How Teams Build Services

    With all this talk of software factories, it's important that we understand the different ways teams will use them to build services. I talk to a lot of customers and, of course, there are several different approaches a team might choose. I hope this post will be informative, but hopefully, the comments...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: Entity Translation

    For the third installment I've decided to talk about the entity translation (mapping) capability of the guidance package. Specifically, this is mapping between the entities that are [de]serialized to/from the wire representation and the entities that represent the business domain model. This time I used...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: Contracts

    Here's the second installment of my blogcast series on Service Factory. In this one I show how to create WCF data contracts and service contracts. It's a little bigger and longer than I would have preferred, but since I was building the project (a wine rating app) from scratch, I guess that's what took...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory: A Brief Introduction

    Here is the first installment of a series of blogcasts I hope to continue that are focused on the project I'm working on. This is just a quick 11 slide PowerPoint presentation that gives you the rationale and scope of the project. It's really the best place to start and it's only 15 minutes. Just ignore...
  • Blog Post: [Web] Service Versioning Guidance

    Oh man, I have waited years to be able to post this blog entry. I am finally in a position to release real pragmatic guidance on how to version your services based on your particular scenario. Just last week we kicked off a project that is part of a much larger effort (no, I haven't blogged about the...
  • Blog Post: The first of many ARCasts on Web Service Security

    Just got the email from Ron that he's just posted an ARCast on Web service security . I'm listening to the ARCast now ... this was created from a webcast Ron , Jason , and Fred did in September titled Web Services Security Patterns (Level 300) . I was supposed to be on this one, but something...
  • Blog Post: Message Protection

    I look in the window of his office and he's banging away on the keyboard. It doesn't look like he's on disney.com or IMing with his Aussie mates - it looks like real work. A few minutes later an IM window is telling me to link to a blog entry on message protection. Okay, so it's not typical work...
  • Blog Post: Jason is blogging ... woohoo!

    It's about time! Jason is the program manager on the Integration & Web Service program on the patterns & practices team (the same program I'm the product manager of). Jason is a really sharp guy and he knows a lot about Web services. I think this is going to be a really great blog. Also...
  • Blog Post: Prizes for best bugs

    Jason is offering prizes for the best bugs found in our October CTP release of the Web Service Security Patterns . Here are the details. Help us find bugs in our October CTP! Compare your security knowledge with the best in the world... As WSE 3.0 gets closer to RTM we are finalizing...
  • Blog Post: Web Service Security Patterns: October CTP Released

    I'm a couple days late with this entry, but I'd be remiss for not mentioning it at all. This release is a substantial improvement over the past releases. We added even more patterns and updated the implementation patterns to take advantage of WSE 3.0. The WSE 2.0 implementation patterns have been...
  • Blog Post: Web Services Architecture Domain Model

    I'm not in a position to provide any details just yet, but a couple of us on the patterns & practices team have teamed up with heavy hitters like Jason Hogg, Beat Schwegler , Christian Weyer , Wojtek Kozaczynski , Maarten Mullender , Daniel Cazzulino , Victor Aprea , Hernan de Lahitte , and Pablo...
  • Blog Post: Principles of Web Service Design

    John Evdemon just published 2 articles on the principles of web service design. The first one is titled Principles of Service Design: Service Patterns and Anti-Patterns and in my opinion should be required reading for anyone who is new to web service development. Specifically, anyone new to...
  • Blog Post: Interested in secure, interoperable web services?

    Well, then you may want to tune into a webcast we're recording live on Thursday the 25th. You can find out more about the webcast here . Okay, to get you up to speed quickly, we have this WS-I Basic Security Profile Sample Application which was designed by the WS-I organization and is implemented...
  • Blog Post: Web Service Security Patterns: August CTP just dropped

    Just a quick note to let you know that we just posted the August CTP release of the security patterns content to the community at http://practices.gotdotnet.com/projects/sopatterns . The biggest change from the last release is the inclusion of the Kerberos implementation pattern (that's right,...
  • Blog Post: What you can expect to find here

    You may not know this, but the patterns & practices team is pretty amped about making stuff that architects and Web service developers actually need (or at least make them happy). I know this because that's what they pay me for ;) If you're building Web services, are involved in an integration project...
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