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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    Interesting: Microsoft may become Platinum Sponsor of Apache Software Foundation

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    Am I the first to notice this? Yahoo is a platinum sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation . If Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo goes through , Microsoft will assume that role. Interesting! I wonder if that is the key reason Steve Ballmer...
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    Java Native Interface library for MSMQ - opensource on CodePlex

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    More CodePlex stuff. I have posted MsmqJava, an open source MSMQ Library for Java, on CodePlex. Find it at http://www.codeplex.com/MsmqJava . This thing allows any Java application running on Windows to connect to MSMQ, to enqueue and dequeue...
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    DotNetZip, open source ZIP library for .NET applications, revs to v1.3

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    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...
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    Another SOAP and REST discussion, Same Result

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    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:...
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    Gates Center at Carnegie Mellon

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    I visited my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon last weekend. Met up with some fellow alums who came in from out of town, including Brendan, Scott, and Brian, pictured here. We're checking out the construction site for the Gates Center at Carnegie Mellon. This...
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    Interop Examples (Java, .NET, XML, AXIS) are Temporarily Unavailable

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    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...
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    BizTalkBlogs.com

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    Hey! There's a new aggregator for blogs related to BizTalk Server. Check it out. BizTalkBlogs.com
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    .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 have been released

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    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...
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    VS2005 support for SQL 2008 CTP5

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    Visual Studio 2005 Support for SQL Server 2008 CTP is now publicly available. Download Center links: SQL Server 2008 CTP, November 2007 - this is the "Community Tech Preview" (CTP5) of SQL 2008. Visual Studio 2005 Support for SQL Server 2008...
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    JMS Adapters for .NET & BizTalk

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    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...
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    SOAP? REST? Whichever you choose, WCF is the right framework

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    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...
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    DotNet Zip Library Graduates to CodePlex

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    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 .
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    Microsoft launches new SOA Website

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    The new Microsoft SOA & Business Process website is up! And I am really pleased to see it. Mea culpa time: For a long time, we (Microsoft) have not effectively communicated with customers and partners about Service Oriented Architecture. That...
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    CardSpace interoperability with PHP and Java

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    Another note on PHP... this time dealing with Information Cards and CardSpace. This, like the SQL+PHP integration I mentioned previously, was also announced at ZendCon about 10 days ago. Microsoft and Zend Technologies announced a collaborative...
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    SQL Server driver for PHP

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    In case you missed it : The first CTP (Community Technology Preview) of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP, is now available for download from Microsoft. Microsoft announced the imminent release of this thing during the Zend/PHP Conference 10 days...
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    Microsoft General Manager blogs on Interop & Integration

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    Steve Guggenheimer blogs on interop . I love to see this! Steve runs the global application platform business at Microsoft; his organization has responsibility for overall strategy, as well as responsibility for indvidual products and technologies like...
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    Converting DateTime values to arbitrary TimeZones

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    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...
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    Introduction to WCF - Article on TechTarget

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    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...
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    Date and Time Values and Java Interop: a concrete example using XStream

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    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...
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    Benchmarks and Interop: IBM responds to StockTrader

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    Just saw comments by Andrew Spyker of IBM on the StockTrader demonstration and benchmark that my buddy and esteemed colleague Greg Leake put together. IBM's Trade 6.1 benchmark application is a sample and performance testing application published by...
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    WCF and Apache AXIS interop

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    I'm getting back to building and publishing working examples. My latest is a working example of a WCF client communicating with an Apache AXIS 1.4 server, using web services. You can find it here . There's full source code available. This one shows...
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    Keeping it real on SOA

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    Bobby Wolfe of IBM told no lies when he said that Clients often want to build only an ESB, because that involves a technology challenge without the need for messy business requirements. Building just an ESB becomes an IT field of dreams, where IT...
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    For Date or Time values and Interop: watch the transitions!

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    Someone asked, My client has an asp.net application in which there is a lot of date/time management. DB server, application server and the client PCs are in different timezones, so they want to ensure that time management is done in one timezone...
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    XBOX + BizTalk Services + CardSpace + Lego Robot =?

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    AniB posts about a demo that Justin Smith did with Kim Cameron at Digital ID World conference yesterday. It linked a Lego Mindstorms Robot to an XBOX controller, and included a digital identity based on an CardSpace InfoCard connected to the identity...
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    Develop Ruby in Visual Studio (on VS Shell?)

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    Where's Ruby? There is a 3rd-party Ruby (and Rails) developer capability built on top of Visual Studio. It's called Ruby In Steel - you can find it here http://www.sapphiresteel.com . This is one of those deals where you license Visual Studio, then...
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