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    RPC Over HTTP Woes...

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    I spent the last two weeks in Europe, first at TechEd Europe in Amsterdam and then back home in the UK. To stay in touch with the goings-on back in Redmond, I used Outlook’s “RPC over HTTP” feature (side rant: I don’t know what...
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    Smart Client Architecture Guide is now live on MSDN

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    The Smart Client Architecture Guide is now live on MSDN http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnpag/html/scag.asp The performance chapter is being completed as we speak and should be posted in a week or so. We decided...
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    MSDN Smart Client Developer Center

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    The Smart Client Developer Center is now live on MSDN. This site has a whole heap of links to useful smart client resources. http://msdn.microsoft.com/smartclient/ The Microsoft.com Smart Client site has also been launched. http://www.microsoft...
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    May was Smart Client month...

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    May was a busy month for the Smart Client cause… First there was the Microsoft Architect Forum in Lisbon. My colleague Maarten Mullender did the keynote on the value of smart clients and I hosted a break-out session on designing and building...
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    Smart Client Architecture Guide Update

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    The Smart Client Architecture Guide is nearing completion. It's been an interesting journey; writing stuff down always focuses the mind. One of the problems with writing an architecture guide is the need to try and give concrete advice without getting...
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    User Interface Process Block Version 2

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    More Smart Client relevant application blocks from PAG. Version 2 of the User Interface Process (UIP) Application Block has just been posted to MSDN... http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnpag/html/uipab.asp?frame=true...
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    Longhorn Concept Videos

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    More Longhorn concept videos for your delectation and delight... http://msdn.microsoft.com/Longhorn/productinfo/conceptvid/default.aspx Manufacturing has just been added to the list and joins the Financial Services, Healthcare and Commercial Real...
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    TechEd 2004

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    I'm going to TechEd this year! I have never been to San Diego before but I have seen Shamu, or one of them anyway. I'm doing a session on Smart Client Architecture which will form part of an unofficial 'virtual' track of sessions on Smart Clients... ...
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    Smart Client Architecture Guide

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    As I mentioned the other day, we are working on a Smart Client Architecture Guide to be published under the PAG umbrella. The guide covers the following topics... Chapter 1 - Introduction Definition of a Smart client. Types of Smart Clients. How to...
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    Tune in to Channel 9

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    If you have a spare couple of minutes, check out Channel 9 - the latest community experiment from MSDN. It has forums, videos, WiKi and a whole host of dodgy looking characters, including our very own Pat Helland . Check out Pat's video where he talks...
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    Windows Forms and Longhorn

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    Nothing for weeks at a time and then two posts in one day :-) For those who don't follow the prolific Scobelizer, an interesting post on Windows Forms and Longhorn... http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/04/03.html#a7150
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    Well, I'm back...

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    Sorry - went AWOL for a while there. Things have been a little hectic around here lately. I have been really busy working on the upcoming Smart Client Architecture Guide to be published by Microsoft Pattern & Practices . We just made a preliminary...
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    Smart Clients Important For Web Services

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    A nice article about the importance of smart clients to web service adoption... http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3322061
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    Offline Application Block

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    The Smart Client Offline Application Block is now live on MSDN. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnpag/html/offline.asp This block has re-usable code and samples which show how you can build smart client...
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    DevDays 2004 Smart Client Track

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    DevDays 2004 is nearly here. The Smart Client track looks really interesting - they are going to cover all sorts of things like security, deployment and application design. Check out the Smart Client track info at http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/devdays...
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    Smart Clients That Save Lives

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    Check out this very interesting case study for a medical diagnosis smart client application... http://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=14952 A nice example of leveraging local resources - AI and Bayesian decision...
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    NTD Authentication and Authorization Issues

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    Greg Robinson has an interesting No-Touch Deployment scenario. From what Greg has said on his blog , and the comments he has posted to my blog ( here and here ), it looks like he has a couple of interesting security related issues to resolve – the...
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    NTD Authentication and Authorization Issues

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    Greg Robinson has an interesting No-Touch Deployment scenario. From what Greg has said on his blog, and the comments he has posted to my blog (here and here), it looks like he has a couple of interesting security related issues to resolve – the first is how to prevent unauthorized access to the application on the web server, and the second is how to prevent unauthorized use of the application by a recently ‘departed’ employee....
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    Smart Client Architecture Web Cast

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    I did my first web cast the week before last. A colleague and I, Brenton Webster, who is also a solution architect in the .NET Enterprise Architecture Team, co-presented a session on Smart Client Architecture. Now, Smart Client Architecture...
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    And the winner is.....

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    This morning I was recorded on video as I gave a presentation on Smart Client architecture. Gripping stuff I’m sure you’ll agree and a surefire contender for next years Oscars (category: Best delivery of a PowerPoint presentation on Smart...
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    Oh, the things you do when you’re young…

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    I just changed the tag line for my blog to a quote from Nicholas Negroponte’s book “Being Digital” . I think it succinctly conveys the fact that, whether we geeks like it or not, computing is becoming ever more pervasive. I’m not...
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    Egg and Smart Clients...

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    I just found this article about Egg, a UK based online bank, and how they are going to use smart clients to provide better services to their customers, such as video conferencing features, to clients running Longhorn... http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3...
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    More on No Touch Deployment...

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    I got some great feedback on my article on what a smart client so smart. Thank you everybody. I also got a couple of questions about No Touch deployment so here are some more details... There is a quirk with NTD in that it does not check the version...
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    What is a Smart Client anyway?

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    One question I get asked a lot is “So what, exactly, is a Smart Client and what makes it so smart?“. Well, OK, that's two questions but you get the idea. Hmmmm.... After much deliberation, soul searching and speaking to customers and partners...
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    What is a Smart Client anyway?

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    And what makes it so smart? Well, the term Smart Client was coined to highlight the differences between the typical rich client applications of yesteryear and the next generation of client applications. This article looks at these differences and explains why they are key to providing the kind of client applications that users are demanding. It also looks at the business case for smart clients and discusses why client applications are moving away from the thin client to the smart client model....
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