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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    Microsoft + Apache = ?

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    You saw the big news: Microsoft announced that it will give $100k to the Apache Software Foundation . What are the implications of this move? I don't know exactly, but I smell opportunity! I feel very pleased with this step. Of course, it is only...
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    Microsoft Becomes a Platinum Sponsor of Apache Foundation

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    Ha! It happened, just not in the way I thought it might . In February, I wrote that Microsoft, if it's bid to acquire Yahoo were successful, would become a Platinum sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation. Last week, MS took a much cheaper route...
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    Oslo sessions at PDC 2008

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    https://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/sessions.aspx "Oslo": Managing Software + Services Applications Presenter: Oliver Sharp Increasingly, applications will consist of services that run both on-premises and in the cloud...
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    More on non-standard RPC protocols - Cisco Etch

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    I came across this old bit of news - In May, Cisco joined the ranks of vendors that want to introduce a house-brand protocol and description in lieu of the standard ones already available in things like REST, SOAP, and WSDL. Going by the name of Etch...
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    Changing of the Guard: AXIS out, JAXWS in

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    I'm switching my preferred web services stack for Java, from Apache AXIS to JAX-WS. ...
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    Connecting to Exchange using JAX-WS, part 1

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    Yes, it is possible to Connect to Exchange using JAX-WS The fear and trepidation I had when considering the effort to connect a Java application to Exchange Server 2007 was well founded. It wasn't easy. I'm going to spoil the ending and tell you, yes...
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    Connecting Java to Exchange over WebDAV, with Apache HttpClient

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    Earlier I mentioned a Java Exchange Connector I had seen, and in that post I also said that I had some code that connected from Java to Exchange Server via WebDAV. Some people have asked for the code, so here it is. I use a set of Apache libraries...
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    What is Scalability? Do I have Extreme Requirements?

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    Can I turn my Volvo into an F1 Racer? I am a fan of auto racing. I started following racing way, way back. At the low end of the spectrum, anyone with a car can get started racing in autocrosses and track days, for not very much money. At...
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    .NET Terrarium - it's BAAAAAACK!

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    Remember Terrarium? It was a .NET 1.0 learning tool disguised as a game. Microsoft released a developer's kit, and and people built herbivores, carnivores, or plants and introduced them into a peer-to-peer, networked ecosystem where they interacted and...
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    Facebook Thrift, Google ProtoBufs, and Interop

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    Dare had an en-pointe analysis of the emergence of various new non-standarcd communications protocols, such as Facebook Thrift and Google Protocol buffers , and how they compare to the standards-based comms protocols like RSS, ATOM or even WS-*. Dare...
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    New WCF + WF blog: Endpoint

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    A New Blog started last week, aggregating WCF and WF topics. If you're like me you have really good intentions about reading blogs, you have your subscriptions all organized, you download the content through outlook daily... but then when it comes down...
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    More on PowerShell Interop - this time with Tibco EMS

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    Keeping on the theme of PowerShell interop.... Marc Adler wrote up a short, sweet little CmdLet for querying TIBCO EMS . And he separately referenced a CmdLet by Scott Weinstein for connecting PowerShell to Coral8 .
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    PowerShell CMDLets for WebSphere MQ - administer queues on Windows or Linux

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    Last year, I wrote about the idea of PowerShell CmdLets for WebSphere MQ. PowerShell is a beautiful scripting environment, you see, and it allows you to load any managed class library and then call into it. This is what allows me to, for example, create...
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    Create Zip files within Powershell

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    You can use DotNetZip library from within Powershell . It's pretty simple, fast, easy. example: function ZipUp-Files ( $directory ) { $children = get-childitem -path $directory foreach ( $o in $children ) { if ( $o.Name -ne "TestResults...
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    Questions on Interoperability? Check the Forums !

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    Microsoft has migrated its interop discussion forum to a new forum engine. Find it at: http://forums.community.microsoft.com/en-US/interopconversations/threads/ There you can ask questions on Vista print drivers, .Docx interop, Web services interop...
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    DotNetZip, open source library for .ZIP files, revs to v1.5 - nice ASP.NET capability

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    DotNetZip, the open source Zip Library for .NET, is now at v1.5. Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . New features: ASP.NET - save a zip archive directly to Response.OutputStream to send down to the browser client, no need to create...
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    OpenID and ASP.NET MVC interop

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    Another one of those in-case-you-missed-it posts: Scott Hanselman's done a good review of the possibilities of integrating openID with ASP.NET. I mentioned this before as an interesting area for development. Looks like things are moving along. Excellent...
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    Microsoft System Center will manage Linux apps and assets

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    In case you missed it, this is from 6 weeks ago, on a Port25 post from Sam Ramji: Today, Bob Muglia and Brad Anderson announced that System Center will have the ability to deliver automated management across heterogeneous IT environments, such as...
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    Open Source and Interoperability

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    Open. Source. Is. Not. Interoperability. Ted Neward is an entertaining and talented writer, not to mention a stand-up guy, and a first-rate technogeek. But that doesn't mean he is always right. I was just reading and old post of his which I missed...
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    Rewriting URLs on IIS5, IIS6, or IIS7 (mod_rewrite on IIS?)

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    A couple weeks ago, Bill Staples made a splash when he announced a Rewrite Module for IIS7: http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2008/05/31/urlrewrite-module-for-iis7.aspx But you can get mod_rewrite -like capability, even on IIS6, using the free IIRF...
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    Java Exchange Connector and EWSJ

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    Just saw this on TheServerSide.com . The Exchange Web Services for Java (EWSJ - what happened to the 4?). It's a Java class library that uses the Apache AXIS web services stack to connect connects to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, via the published and...
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    Microsoft Platform services

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    Microsoft has a new web page up covering a collection of hosted platform services . Worth checking out. There is good interop capabilities in all of these. I'm thinking maybe I have to stand up some PHP examples that connect to SQL Server Data Services...
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    DotNetZip now can save directly to ASP.NET Response.OutputStream

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    Did you ever want to zip up a file within an ASP.NET page, and then send it as a download for the requesting browser? The DotNetZip lib works within ASP.NET, and a recent update, available in the v1.5 preview release, allows you to create a zip file and...
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    Updated site for BizTalk Server

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    We've updated the BizTalk Server web site , it looks pretty nice. I think the 3D warped spiderman web graphic thingy is going to sell a lot of enterprise software! ;) Seriously, though, the content is quite good. I think it's remarkable that we...
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    Some uses of the Ionic DotNetZip library

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    ASP.NET App that compresses a file as it is uploaded http://professionalaspnet.com/archive/2007/11/17/Compressing-a-File-as-it-is-Uploaded.aspx ASP.NET app to manipulate ZIP files as virtual directories or read-only resource containers. http://www...
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