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Enable .NET 3.5 goodies in IIS vdir
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 project templates, etc. You hand-code your MSbuild...
5 Dec 2008
REST in WCF: Varying response content type based on HTTP Request Headers
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 Accept or Content-Type header of the GET request...
4 Nov 2008
It just got easier to build REST apps in .NET
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 Framework, got some enhancements for REST support...
29 Oct 2008
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...
22 Aug 2008
REST Q & A - enough already
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 to do ? Can it possibly be enlightening or helpful...
18 Aug 2008
Whatever happened to WSRP? (psst: I'll give you a hint, it rhymes with BEST, and you can do it on a mattress)
Remember when the Java vendors used to advocate WSRP as a way to accomplish Interop ? I never thought much of WSRP as a tool for implementing interop, and I went on the record with that . Web services (without the RP add-on), and REST are what people are using for interop, and that really makes...
3 Apr 2008
Varying Content-Type according to the URL in a WCF REST Service
My buddy Justin wrote about how to set the Content-Type headers in a WebGet method in a WCF REST app. Doing this would allow each WebGet method to specify its own Content-Type at runtime. After I summarized how to build a WCF REST app in a post a couple weeks ago, Kyle Beyer asked if there was a...
3 Apr 2008
Why choose WCF for REST?
Chuck, in a comment on a previous post , posed this question: Why choose WCF for a REST app? Here it is in full context: I'm having a hard time justifying why I would use WCF for REST. It seems dead simple in ASP.NET (or any other web framework), yet obscure in WCF. There are two big problems I...
2 Apr 2008
MySpace, and Content-Type Negotiation in REST using WCF
Hah! followup on a hot topic. I posted earlier on content-type negotiation in REST with WCF. My buddy Vittorio wrote about MySpace's kiss-and-tell episode at Mix08. MySpace has exposed a REST interface for the MySpace resources - see http://developer.myspace.com for more info - and the designers talked...
2 Apr 2008
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...
28 Mar 2008
Standalone JSON library in .NET on CodePlex
As you know, because you are such a FAITHFUL reader of this blog, there is new JSON support on WCF for version 3.5. The way you get JSON though, would be only through a service interface. But what if, for whatever reason, you cannot use .NET 3.5 (like maybe the corp standard where you work is still on...
26 Mar 2008
Tilkov on doubting REST
Stefan Tilkov has written an article addressing doubts about REST, it's posted on InfoQ . He delivers a top-10 list of weaknesses of REST, and then proceeds to address each one. These are things like, lack of tools support, lack of a formal contract language (WADL isn't real (not yet anyway)), it...
24 Mar 2008
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...
20 Mar 2008
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. ...
18 Mar 2008
WADL and WSDL and REST, oh my!
Hernan Garcia made an interesting comment on my post of yesterday: For REST, there is an alternative to the WSDL in SOAP and it is WADL . Good point Mr Garcia - The adoption and practical utility of WADL is worth watching. The question for me becomes whether WADL+REST is actually better than WSDL...
6 Feb 2008
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...
5 Feb 2008
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...
13 Nov 2007
Want to connect to Windows Sharepoint services or Sharepoint Server programmatically?
The WSS network interface is documented here . What it means is you can browse, save, or insert files into lists and libraries programmatically, from any app that can do REST style invocations, Web services, or Win32. Any app including apps that run on non-Windows platforms.
20 Sep 2007
SCA is an endorsement of WCF?
huh? SCA is an endorsement of WCF ? Seriously? I posted earlier in the summer about SCA and made a statement to that effect. That post just got a comment questioning my sanity or intelligence or both (the comment asked if I was in marketing. Can you believe that? The nerve of some people!) Talking...
17 Sep 2007
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