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  • Blog Post: Identity Framework SDK and Training Kit for Visual Studio 2010

    A new version of the Windows Identity Framework SDK and developer training kit is available targeting Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4. The Windows Identity Framework SDK includes samples and Visual Studio templates while the training kit includes hands-on labs and training resources. The SDK and training...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Business Application Course

    The Silverlight 4 business application training course is a set of videos and labs divided into eight modules for learning about building business applications with Silverlight. The primary focus of the training course is to learn about the new features in Silverlight 4. Existing preliminary material...
  • Blog Post: Download the Moving to Visual Studio 2010 Draft

    Moving to Visual Studio 2010 is a developer guide for learning about the new features of Visual Studio 2010. The final version is planned to come out in a few months. The content so far is as much about the libraries released at the same time as Visual Studio 2010, such as MEF and ASP.NET MVC 2, as about...
  • Blog Post: Ten 2010 Services Videos

    Ten talks of interest for web service developers from the recent TechDays 2010 and DevDays 2010 conferences. I've pulled out the videos on WCF, WCF service development, and web service development with Silverlight that you might be interested in. What's New in WCF4 Learn about new features in WCF4...
  • Blog Post: WCF 4 Samples and Training

    The WCF 4 sample collection is now available as a direct download independent from the framework or SDK release. The collection includes over 200 WCF samples from both .Net 4 and past releases. These samples go along with online sample guides available from MSDN. Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Starter STS Sample

    Dominick Baier has put up the completed StarterSTS sample that demonstrates how to write, configure, and use a realistic security token service. The token service is built using Windows Identity Foundation and provides authentication based on the ASP.NET identity provider model. Although the StarterSTS...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Guidance and Survey

    The patterns and practices team has released an updated version of their samples for Windows Azure development that cover migrating an existing application to Windows Azure, connecting cloud applications with existing systems, and taking advantage of cloud computing. These guidance samples make use of...
  • Blog Post: .Net 4 Certification Exams

    Initial details are available for the Microsoft Learning certification exams for .Net 4. The expected publication date for the exams is July 2, 2010. Similarly to the current arrangement of specialist and developer exams for WCF 3.5, there are a few different relevant exams for .Net 4. TS: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Release Candidate Walkthroughs and Training Kit

    Following the Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 release candidates last week, the Visual Studio training kit got a February update to cover the new content. Training kits are a collection of presentations, hands on labs, and demos related to the new features in a release. There are also videos although I...
  • Blog Post: WCF and AppFabric on .Net Rocks

    The folks at .Net Rocks have posted a few recent interviews with some of the people on the WCF and AppFabric teams talking about the upcoming releases. These are casual conversations, each about an hour long, covering a variety of topics with the day's guests. Show 521 is Kent Brown and Ed Pinto...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and Windows Azure Training Kit Updates

    The contents of the Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure training kits have again gotten an update to add new material. The training kits are collections of presentations, hands on labs, and demos related to the new features in each release. The Visual Studio training kit covers Visual Studio Team...
  • Blog Post: Managed Extensibility Framework in Silverlight Screencasts

    The Managed Extensibility Framework makes it easier to create and reuse extensibility applications by providing a standardized model for discovering and composing application plugins. This allows you to get an off the shelf component model without having to build the infrastructure yourself as part of...
  • Blog Post: Fall Training Kit Collection

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the October update to the training kit for Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 . Soon afterwards though, updates came out for the Windows 7 training kit and then at PDC the training kits for Windows Azure and security. Training kits are a collection of presentations, hands...
  • Blog Post: Web Security Interviews

    The folks at .Net Rocks have been doing a number of interviews over the past few months on web service security as part of their regularly running show. These are very casual conversations, each about an hour long, covering a variety of topics with the day's guests. Show 486: Michelle Leroux Bustamante...
  • Blog Post: How to Configure MSMQ Activation for Workflow Services

    Our customer experience team has published a new article describing how to configure MSMQ activation when using workflow services . Queued communication is the typical mechanism used for communicating with long-running workflow services when the client and service may be starting and stopping over the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs for AppFabric and .Net 4

    Ten labs for AppFabric and .Net 4 are available on MSDN virtual labs. Virtual labs allow you to borrow a virtual machine for a while, giving you the opportunity to try out the lab online with no setup or installation required. You get the machine and a copy of the lab manual with no other work. These...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Out of Browser

    Silverlight 3 introduced an out of browser mode that provided a standalone experience for running Silverlight applications using the same execution sandbox model as when running in the browser. For the upcoming Silverlight 4, the out of browser support is being extended to allow an application to either...
  • Blog Post: Windows Web Services Samples

    The Windows Web Services API is a native-code implementation of a subset of the SOAP web services support in WCF. This makes Windows Web Services useful when you want to build web services but need to use C or C++ instead of managed code and need to have a minimal set of dependencies. Many of the...
  • Blog Post: WCF Samples for .Net 4 Beta 2

    The Windows SDK samples for WCF and WF are now available updated for .Net 4 Beta 2. These are only the samples that are new or changed in .Net 4. If you want the complete set of existing samples as well you'll need to pick those up from the platform SDK. You can also get online documentation for...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and .Net 4 Training Kit October Update

    The training kit of materials for Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 has now been updated with the latest for beta 2. The contents of the training kit include presentations, hands on labs, and demos related to the new features in the release. Here's some of what you should expect to get for web services:...
  • Blog Post: WCF Case Studies Year 3

    Two and a half years ago I put together an initial list of case studies involving WCF from the Microsoft case study site. Yesterday I covered the year past the initial list and this time I'll go one year farther. Today's list covers roughly a year starting from the time that Orcas SP1 was released. I...
  • Blog Post: WCF Case Studies Year 2

    Two and a half years ago I put together an initial list of case studies involving WCF from the Microsoft case study site. I thought I'd give an update to gather together a list of case studies published since then. Today's list covers roughly a year stretching from the end of the previous list to approximately...
  • Blog Post: Web Service Technology Update with RIA Services

    I've updated the WCF developer technology page with some of the ASP.NET MVC articles I've posted recently and also added another entry: .Net RIA Services. RIA Services are an application design pattern that live between ASP.NET and Silverlight in a multi-tier architecture. Inside RIA Services you...
  • Blog Post: Contract First Development through Schema

    Christian Weyer and Buddhike de Silva have an article in this month's MSDN magazine covering contract-first development with WCF . They go over modeling messages and services through schema and then applying that to build a web service with WCF. They also look at tooling for working with schemas including...
  • Blog Post: Guide to the WCF REST Starter Kit Preview

    We've got a new article up on MSDN by Aaron Skonnard that covers the most recent preview release of the WCF REST Starter Kit. The download for REST expands on the capabilities we added in Orcas for building web services with REST protocols with features such as project templates, extensions to WCF, and...
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