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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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    StockTrader - now with source code

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    Last month I wrote about the .NET StockTrader app , an app that shows Interop between .NET/WCF services and services running under IBM WebSphere. The .NET source code is now available. Download it here . The main stocktrader page on MSDN will be updated...
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    Oracle developer tools for .NET, including ASP.NET Providers

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    I missed this. In June, Oracle delivered a new beta of its .NET Developer tools. Some highlights: VS2005 integration Server Explorer, Data Sources Window, the Dataset Designer, and more integration with Query Designer support for creating...
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    The SOAP-over-JMS spec and interop

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    In a previous post , I wrote about a WCF Channel for MQ that IBM is building. Some customers had asked about this project and its implementation, specifically around the interop implications if other JMS providers, other than MQ that is, were used in...
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    IBM WebSphere Registry/Repository and Interop with .NET, part 2

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    In a prior post , I said that there was no good interop story between .NET and the IBM WebSphere Registry and Repository (WSRR). I said this based on an examination of the WSRR documentation. IBM's product doc is available online and keeping to the IBM...
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    John Udell podcast on BizTalk Services

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    Channel9 has a podcast by John Udell on BizTalk Services . He interviews John Shewchuk on the thinking behind BizTalk Services and the new types of applications this kind of infrastructure can enable. Check it out!
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    Interop between ASMX and WCF Services

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    My esteemed colleague, Kevin , is working on a project where the customer has a bunch of ASP.NET (ASMX) web services, and they are looking at migrating to WCF. The customer's goal is simplicity: in stage 1, they'd like to keep their ASMX files, keep the...
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    JNBridge JMS Adapter Beta

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    I see JNBridge has a public beta now for their JMS Adapters for .NET. I haven't tried this out, but Wayne tells me that with the JNBridgePro JMS adapters, you can access JMS Services from a wide variety of systems. A MOSS 2007 app could connect to a JMS...
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    Custom WCF Channel for IBM MQ

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    IBM have shipped an early version of a Custom WCF Channel for MQ. The dev team in Hursley contacted me to solicit feedback. It's apparently pretty simple now, supporting only SOAP one-way messaging, but they say if there is sufficient interest and feedback...
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    Posting Photos from Word 2007

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    Woot! This is a test of the Word Blog posting trick, using Fiddler . Fiddler, using a little custom rule, allows Word to post pictures really easily. I picked up this trick from my esteemed colleague Paul Andrew , who picked it up from Rudolph Araujo...
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    XPS being picked up by ECMA for standardization

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    From a ComputerWorld Article: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9026039&intsrc=news_ts_head Standards body ECMA International has formed a technical committee to develop a standard built...
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    Comparing SCA to Microsoft platform technologies

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    I posted about SCA previously. My take on it is, SCA isn't really about interop. But many people think it is, so I post about it here, on the interop blog. Sometimes people ask me to compare SCA with what Microsoft offers. Here's my take. A large...
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    What about this SCA thing?

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    Ever heard of SCA ? Service Component Architecture? (Leave it to the English-speaking people to glom together 3 nouns and expect people to understand what that jumble of words is supposed to mean. In the glass-houses dept: shades of "Windows Communication...
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    InfoCard Relying Party for Java, PHP, etc

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    I missed this when it came out last month at the Interop event in Las Vegas. Bob Muglia announced that the specs for Information Card have been added to the Open Specification Promise , and there are now several new open source projects set up to deliver...
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    .NET StockTrader shows Interop between WCF and WebSphere

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    Customers looking to build distributed applications according to the principles of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) can use the new .NET StockTrader as a blueprint. This new sample/performance kit download includes full source code and a technical...
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    Adobe Coldfusion 8 - call .NET from CFML

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    A couple weeks back, Adobe posted their ColdFusion 8 public beta . One of the big new features is, as Adobe puts it: Native support for .NET objects to easily integrate ColdFusion applications with enterprise data and infrastructure services. ...
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    Page Flow Designer for ASP.NET

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    For designing and controlling the page flow through an application, Java-based platforms can take advantage of Struts, the Beehive NetUI stuff, Spring Web Flow , and numerous other frameworks and models . For a long time, this capability was not well...
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    Sudoku Toy redux - using C# DancingLinks Engine

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    A while back I posted a toy app that generates (and optionally solves) a Sudoku puzzle. It was under the rubric of Interop because the inner engine of this toy used an implementation of the Dancing Links engine for Sudoku, built in Java. The original...
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    using Java to manipulate Word 2007 docx files

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    In this article, Ted Neward has a look at the docx format introduced with Word 2007, and demonstrates how Java can read and write it: http://www.infoq.com/articles/cracking-office-2007-with-java
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    LINQ and interop with other (non-Microsoft) databases

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    This topic came up on an internal mailing list at Microsoft. The question is, will LINQ be usable with databases other than Microsoft SQL Server ? Before we answer that, first of all let us understand, what is LINQ? What is LINQ? LINQ is Microsoft...
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    Project Astoria, S+S, and Interop

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    With the unveiling of Project Astoria , we're seeing more and more "services in the sky" from Microsoft. Of course there is the BizTalk Services ISB , which I commented on previously . At Mix , Microsoft talked about a bunch of things, but one category...
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    Simple Object Apology Protocol? Are we, maybe, moving an itsy bitsy bit too fast here?

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    I just read David Ing's post on Simple Object Apology Protocol . He's got some interesting ideas there, but some of his conclusions seem to be based on some serious hand-waving. One excerpt: I think the 'mistake' of the Indigo cycle was trying...
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    Improving WCF Interoperability

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    WCF supports WS-* protocols, so Microsoft claims it is fully interoperable. Alas, that is not always sufficient, as Christian Weyer has discovered. Check out what he did to get WCF apps to more easily interop with tools for Flex and PHP.
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    IBM connects .NET to Informix Databases

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    IBM Software has announced an update to the .NET support for their Informix database. This update includes add-ins for VS2005, plus some big performance improvements.. A new data provider for Informix™ Client SDK V3.0 and its runtime product IBM...
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    The SOA Road Less Traveled

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    This caught my eye, an article in Tech Target on Microsoft's approach to SOA, entitled "Microsoft: The SOA road less traveled" . It talks about the role of various Microsoft products and technologies, including BizTalk Server, and Widnows Communication...
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    "BizTalk Services" ISB debuts

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    This just in.... Microsoft has just released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of BizTalk Services , a set of hosted services delivered via the Internet to help developers rapidly build and run composite applications at internet scale. At it's core...
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