All About Interop

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This Blog is dedicated to exploring interop opportunities between .NET-based systems and other systems.  The key approaches to interop covered here include: Web services, REST/POX, message queues, dedicated bridges, and others. 

Dino Chiesa is the primary author of most of these articles.  Others may also contribute from time to time.

This blog won't carry human interest stories.  No birth or death notices, health or hobby updates, etc.  This is just interop. 

About the theme:
On July 23rd, 2007, I moved to the "Kid congo" theme for Community Server.  I added a few customizations to get the colors and layout the way I wanted them.  It uses a CSS-based layout. 

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    Enable .NET 3.5 goodies in IIS vdir

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    Some of you may be oddballs like me: you like .NET, you program in .NET, but you don't always use Visual Studio. You hand-code everything for some applications. You often open up a text editor and just start writing a source module, with no wizards, no...
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    Geneva supports OASIS WS-Trust, SAML

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    Last week at the PDC 2008, Microsoft released the public beta of “Geneva”. “Geneva” is three things: Geneva Server. This is a security token service (STS), as defined in the OASIS WS-Trust specification. This thing issues and transforms claims...
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    Connect WebSphere and Java applications to SQL Server

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    FYI: The MS JDBC Driver is completely tested by IBM for use with WebSphere App Server v6.1 and v7.0. From the IBM Announcement for WebSphere Application Server v7.0 : WebSphere Application Server V7.0 does not include the WebSphere Connect JDBC driver...
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    Such a deal! MSDN for startups

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    Today Microsoft announced BizSpark : http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/bizspark This program gives ISV startup with less than USD$1m in annual revenue (lower amounts for some other countries - for example it's just USD$250k for Egypt) free access...
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    REST in WCF: Varying response content type based on HTTP Request Headers

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    Damian Mehers made a comment on my blog post from April , but I felt it was worth a full reblog. Damian's used the same WCF extensibility points I used to produce some boilerplate that varies the response content type from JSON to XML, based on the...
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    It just got easier to build REST apps in .NET

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    The REST starter kit that we launched at PDC is now live! :: http://www.msdn.com/wcf/rest . The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that help people build REST apps using WCF. WCF, part of the .NET...
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    Microsoft joins AMQP

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    Microsoft joins AMQP It's very good to see this. For those that don't know, AMQP is the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol , a nascent middleware standard that describes an interoperable protocol for application messaging systems. Driven primarily by...
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    IIRF v1.2.15 is released - open source URL Rewriting on IIS6

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    I have previously written about IIRF . Here I go again: IIRF has now has been updated to v1.2.15. IIRF is Ionic's Isapi Rewrite Filter . It is a small, cheap, easy to use, URL rewriting ISAPI filter that combines a good price (free!) with good features...
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    DotNetZip revs to v1.6 – now with Unicode support

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    The v1.6 release of DotNetZip is now available. DotNetZip is the open source Zip Library for .NET, available at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . Major new features: Unicode support, as well as support for arbitrary code pages. Now you can...
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    Eclipse tools for Silverlight and .NET

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    There is now an Eclipse project, Eclipse4SL , to produce tools that work with Microsoft Silverlight . See Neil Hutson's blog post for some details. For those of you who have day jobs and find it hard to keep up with all the code-names and product...
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    Weblogic JMS with .NET

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    This came out last month, I just learned about it from an email from Jesus today. WebLogic Server 10gR3 now has an officially-supported .NET client for its JMS provider . Very cool. Some of you might be wondering, just what does that mean? It means...
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    Interop sessions at Oracle Open World

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    Jesus and my collegue Kent Brown both spoke at Oracle Open World recently, on interop between WCF and WebLogic. http://weblogs.asp.net/gsusx/archive/2008/09/19/speaking-at-oracle-open-world.aspx But I found out after the fact! nice!
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    WSDL-First in WCF, versus WSDL-First in ASMX

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    I wanted to point something out regarding the WSDL-First item I posted yesterday . This is a look at the interface generated by the SvcUtil.exe tool for WCF. [System.CodeDom.Compiler.GeneratedCodeAttribute( "System.ServiceModel" , "3.0.0.0" ...
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    WSDL-First development with WCF

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    A couple weeks ago I mentioned that you could do WSDL-First development with WCF, but I didn't go into detail as to how that would work. Somebody asked, so I guess I'll describe the specific steps. I want to use a real scenario, so for a WSDL, I will...
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    Flatten your WSDL with this Custom ServiceHost for WCF

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    Yesterday I mentioned using a custom service host to flatten the WSDL that is generated by a WCF service. This is something Christian showed us all how to do a long while ago, to improve interoperability between WCF-implemented services and consumers...
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    Custom Config file for a WCF Service hosted in IIS

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    I am constantly developing new WCF services to try out various techniques, ideas, scenarios. Many times for these quickie WCF applications I will just use a text editor to write the code. As you know there are multiple options for hosting your WCF...
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    DotNetZip users: Please Test Unicode support (free zip library for .NET)

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    DotNetZip is an open-source library to allow any .NET application to read and create zip files. If you want your ASP.NET page to grab an uploaded zipfile and unpack it on the server, DotNetZip can help you. If you want to generate a zipfile from a server...
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    Profiles in Microsoftee-hood

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    I hadn't seen Microspotting before - consider me educated. It's a blg site run by a Microsoft employee that profiles... Microsoft employees. Enough about you. Let's talk about me! Yeah, it's self-centered, but despite that I found the blog to be...
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    Many many LINQ Providers

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    When LINQ shipped, it included a provider model, to encourage people to make other systems and data stores accessible from the coolness-that-is-LINQ. Back in February, Charlie Calvert published a long list of LINQ providers . In July, Robert Shelton...
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    Using the WSDL-First design approach with WCF services

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    Couple of helpful posts from the archives for you. If you are care about interop, then you probably want to use a contract-first or WSDL-first design for your web services. In other words, you will not simply decorate server-side code annotations ...
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    Web services interop with WCF - Relevant Forum Questions

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    I was just browsing the WCF forum on MSDN. Here's a summary of the recent interesting threads dealing with interop: How to map complex data types exposed by a J2EE web services, into a WCF client? How to use connect from an AXIS 2 client to a...
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    How to Build REST apps on .NET using WCF

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    There's a new screencast series on building services using the WCF part of .NET. The first few are already available. The first one is the basic "Hello World" example, the next couple cover REST: How to build a WCF Service using Visual Studio...
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    Editing XAML in Emacs

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    Luis Diego Fallas provides some hints. He uses a RELAX NG based parser called nXML mode for emacs. http://langexplr.blogspot.com/2008/08/using-emacs-and-nxml-to-edit-xaml-files.html
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    REST Q & A - enough already

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    Tim Bray at Sun has some questions and comments on REST . First, let me say that the religious wars over WS-* and REST seem to be generated by a very small number of people who have a very large amount of spare time. Don't these people have things...
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    HOW TO: Configure the jakarta Tomcat connector for IIS (serve JSP from IIS)

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    Steve Sfartz offers a tip for configuring the Tomcat connector on IIS, to allow IIS and Tomcat to run from the same domain. This will allow numerous interop scenarios, one of which is to allow IIS to serve Silverlight apps while the Tomcat engine can...
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