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  • Blog Post: Many many LINQ Providers

    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 later reblogged it . Charlie also has a list of...
  • Blog Post: Using the WSDL-First design approach with WCF services

    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 (in Java) or attributes (in .NET) and generate WSDL...
  • Blog Post: Web services interop with WCF - Relevant Forum Questions

    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 WCF service using SSL? How to transfer a Hashtable...
  • Blog Post: How to Build REST apps on .NET using WCF

    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 2008, and .NET 3.5. (10 minutes) Creating a HI...
  • Blog Post: Content-Type negotiation and REST (and how WCF fits in)

    Just had a comment-exchange on my prior post on How to build a REST app in WCF . I thought I would reproduce and elaborate on it a bit here, in a post. Kyle Beyer asked how to make WCF honor a content-type header (Accept header) in the request, and then modify the result of the REST request based...
  • Blog Post: Where were we 3 years ago? "Java apps don't interop with apps built on MS technology."

    Ha! I wrote recently about the history of .NET Interop in the industry, and how perceptions in the industry have changed so much. I was looking for some old benchmark code (dirty little secret - I do not use a project management and code versioning system, but the more code I write, and the older...
  • Blog Post: Hanselman survey of web2.0 APIs for .NET

    Hanselman does a whilrwind tour of the various popular web2.0 systems that have C# or .NET APIs. In my book, this is all interop. What makes it all possible? First: cool, interesting, programmable services. I don't have high value scenarios for programming Picasa, or Twitter, but apparently somebody...
  • Blog Post: A Look back at the History of .NET Interop

    Check out the last few weeks worth of blog posts here. One on .NET and Google's Social Graph API. Another on .NET connecting to OpenID. Another on JSON, another on JMS. When I started this blog, there were people out there who knew , they were certain, that .NET apps could not connect to systems built...
  • Blog Post: Google Social Graph API via C#

    Here's something different for a blog that generally focuses on enterprisey technologies. A .NET guy in Denmark built a C# wrapper on Google's Social Graph API. The Social Graph API exposes its data in JSON only; I guess it is designed to be consumed by web pages. This dev put a C# wrapper together that...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a REST app in .NET (with WCF)

    My prior post talked about how NOT to write a REST app in .NET. I mentioned WCF as the preferred option. In this post, I'll describe the steps for how you should do it. Some background First up, you should use WCF to build your REST app. WCF is the Windows Communication Foundation . ( Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to build a REST app in .NET (not)

    This post by Jack Altiere describes how to build a REST API in .NET. This spurred a respose... Firstly, I think really he is talking about a REST interface, not an API. REST is all about the interface. Maybe I am splitting hairs here, but I think it is important to be careful about terminology. ...
  • Blog Post: Get Smart on WCF

    Joe Stagner posted a good list o links for learning WCF. A good first stop on your journey. http://www.joeon.net/post/2008/03/windows-communication-foundation---65-links-to-make-you-an-expert!.aspx
  • Blog Post: SAP Enterprise Services Explorer for .NET (Visual Studio) does WCF

    via http://dedjo.blogspot.com/2008/03/localization-fix-for-sap-esa-explorer.html SAP just released a sneak preview of an add-in for Visual Studio 2005 that they call "SAP Enterprise Services Explorer for Microsoft .NET ". It feels like a misnomer to me, because it's not for .NET , which is the name...
  • Blog Post: Sudoku Generator and Solver in C#

    Seems like building a Sudoku application is almost a compulsory thing for programmers these days. I've written about my prior efforts . Here's an update. Rather than force you all to use the XBAP I published last year, here's a standalone WPF app. C# Source and EXE include. It uses the DLX (Dancing...
  • Blog Post: JNBridge Interview on Channel9

    Kirk Evans of Microsoft interviewed Wayne Citrin of JNBridge, the Interop company. Check it out on Channel9 .
  • Blog Post: DotNetZip, open source ZIP library for .NET applications, revs to v1.3

    I have updated DotNetZip, the open source Zip Library for .NET, to v1.3. [Update, 3 January 2009: DotNetZip is now at v1.7 . It includes Unicode, ZIP64, and runs on the Compact Framework. ] Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . Some of the key fixes new features include: ability to...
  • Blog Post: Another SOAP and REST discussion, Same Result

    Catching up with some reading, I was looking through the SDTimes issue from January 1st (yes, I know, it is now February. Cut me some slack!). In it, Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WS02, has a guest editorial column about your favorite subject and mine: REST versus SOAP. Nothing really new, to me anyway...
  • Blog Post: Interop Examples (Java, .NET, XML, AXIS) are Temporarily Unavailable

    The examples that are usually available at http://dinoch.dyndns.org:7070 and http://dinoch.dyndns.org:8080 , primarily showing interop between Java and Microsoft .NET, are temporarily unavailable. These examples used AXIS, JBoss, and a bunch of other Java technology to interop with .NET and even MS-Office...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 have been released

    On Monday this week, the .NET Framework v3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 were publicly released. The .NET Framework v3.5 includes some nice new capabilities in the communications stack, specifically REST support, support for JSON or XML serialization, and ATOM & RSS Syndication support. There's also...
  • Blog Post: JMS Adapters for .NET & BizTalk

    Love it! I previously posted about a beta of the JNBridge JMS Adapters. I just got a form email from the company that they've publicly released their adapters. There's a version of the adpater for .NET apps - this allows any .NET app to connect to any JMS resource. Think about that. It's really useful...
  • Blog Post: SOAP? REST? Whichever you choose, WCF is the right framework

    There's a new paper by David Chappell that is worth checking out. Entitled "Dealing with Diversity: Understanding WCF Communication Options in the .NET Framework 3.5", it discusses WCF and its applicability to REST as well as WS-* style communications. (To get the paper, click the link and then scroll...
  • Blog Post: DotNet Zip Library Graduates to CodePlex

    I finally created a CodePlex project for the .NET Zip Library. Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . If you want some background on the Zip Library, check out my prior posts on this topic .
  • Blog Post: Converting DateTime values to arbitrary TimeZones

    Dealing with dates and times across geographies is an ongoing challenge for many people. One of the aspects of that challenge is that in .NET, it is not easily possible to format a time for display, using an arbitrary timezone. It is possible of course, but it requires too much work. Now comes word...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to WCF - Article on TechTarget

    Last week, TechTarget published an article I wrote providing a brief introduction to WCF. If you haven't had a chance to look at WCF, it may be worth a look. It's about 2 printed pages (not that you or I would print it out, because we are both so environmentally conscientious these days). And at that...
  • Blog Post: Date and Time Values and Java Interop: a concrete example using XStream

    Last month I posted on Date and Time values and interop. One of the key points I made is that you can lose information (specifically timezone information) when you transition from .NET to something else. If you stay within .NET, then you don't lose that information, even if you serialize to XML and then...
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