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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: Service Activation without Files

    WCF services in IIS use a .svc file to bootstrap the process of activating a service. It’s possible but not recommended to put the entire service source code and definition in a .svc file to be dynamically compiled and run. Instead, the information that’s typically conveyed is: The identity of the...
  • Blog Post: Routing and Impersonation

    Can the routing service introduced with .Net 4 be used with impersonation? Yes, the routing service can be used with impersonation for both sending and receiving messages. All of the usual Windows constraints of impersonation apply. If you would have needed to set up service or account permissions...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Site Bindings

    A WCF application in IIS is a service page that is hosted under a site. You can assign different bindings to the site that describe the protocols through which the site can communicate. It’s possible to assign multiple protocols to a single site by specifying bindings that have different protocol schemes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Refresh and Videos

    Windows Server AppFabric provides management, monitoring, and other component services for WCF services using .Net 4. The beta 2 release of AppFabric came out a few weeks ago using the release candidate of .Net 4. Now that the final version of .Net 4 is available, you can get a refreshed version of Windows...
  • 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: WCF RIA Services Release Candidate 2

    Late last week a second release candidate for WCF RIA Services was released. RIA Services are an application design pattern that lives between ASP.NET and Silverlight in a multi-tier architecture. Inside RIA Services you can host application logic for data access control, queries, and other data operations...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 Released

    The release events for Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 started this morning and will continue throughout the day with conference presentations at multiple sites. If you want to join in, there’s a web cast of the keynote presentations from the Las Vegas site later this morning at 8:30 AM PST. Downloads...
  • Blog Post: To Appear in the Windows 7 SDK

    Shortly after Visual Studio 2010 ships the Windows 7 SDK will be updated to include the development tools, samples, and resources for .Net 4. The current version of the SDK is for Windows 7 and .Net 3.5 SP1. The native portion of the SDK will have a small number of improvements but mostly will be the...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Default Throttle Settings

    I buried this in a previous update on changes in .Net 4 but here’s a more prominent description of how service throttles have changed. The ServiceThrottlingBehavior allows you to configure three settings that limit the resource consumption of a service. MaxConcurrentInstances limits the total number...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines

    If you'd like to try out some of these recent releases without a dedicated machine, there are virtual machines available for use with the developer tool previews. Each virtual machine is configured with the Visual Studio 2010 release candidate and hands on labs. The only difference between the virtual...
  • Blog Post: OData SDK Released

    OData is a protocol for exchanging structured data sets in an interoperable fashion. The .Net implementation of OData is called WCF Data Services but the team has also released a variety of client libraries for other platforms in a package called the OData SDK . Included are libraries for Javascript...
  • Blog Post: Legacy Created, Obsoleted, and Destroyed Before Shipping

    As far as I can tell there has never been a description of what the mysterious LegacyExtendedProtectionPolicy property is for that appeared on the HTTP and TCP transports and is now slowly in the process of disappearing. In the small number of places it appeared the property has been marked as obsolete...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC 2 Released for Visual Studio 2008

    Ok, a release of ASP.NET MVC 2 coming soon turned out to mean coming extremely soon. I had been holding off talking about the ASP.NET MVC 1 to ASP.NET MVC 2 migration tool until it was done and that ended up being much closer to the release than I expected when I wrote the article. MVC is a model...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Migration Tool

    Eilon Lipton has posted a migration tool for converting ASP.NET MVC 1 application projects to the soon to be released ASP.NET MVC 2. The tool takes in a Visual Studio 2008 project for ASP.NET MVC 1 and spits out a Visual Studio 2008 project for ASP.NET MVC 2. This changes the project type, updates and...
  • Blog Post: Getting WCF 4 Release Candidate Documentation

    Although I didn't include it in the release candidate announcement, the online documentation collection for WCF has also been updated. While you can navigate between the different framework versions for the reference documentation, some people seem to be having more trouble finding the conceptual documentation...
  • Blog Post: Two More Fixes for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

    Two fixes were published over the last few days to address issues reported with the Visual Studio 2010 release candidate. The first fix resolves a crash that can sometimes occur when hovering over an identifier to bring up a tooltip information display. This is a different issue than the crash when...
  • Blog Post: Compatibility Update for Serialization

    Last week we released a fix for serializing data between .Net 4 and previous versions of the framework. Cross-version serialization allows you to write binary data with one version of the framework and read it with another, even if the reader is the older version. Although we can obviously try to work...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Beta 2 and Samples

    Yesterday marked the second beta release of Windows Server AppFabric. Windows Server AppFabric is a set of integrated technologies that make it easier to build, scale, and manage web service applications that run inside of IIS. Included in AppFabric are the hosting features for WCF and WF previously...
  • 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: Early TechEd 2010 Registration Ends this Week

    TechEd this year runs from June 7th to June 10th in New Orleans, LA. As previously announced the early registration discount is scheduled to run out at the end of this month. You should register now if you're interested in getting it. Now that more of the session summaries have been posted, here...
  • Blog Post: MEF Preview 9

    Here's the post that was supposed to appear last Friday. The Managed Extensibility Framework makes it easier to create and reuse extensible applications by providing a standardized model for discovering and composing application plugins. This allows you to get an off the shelf component model without...
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