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  • 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: Moonlight 3 Preview 6

    Moonlight, the Linux version of Silverlight, has produced its sixth preview release of Moonlight 3. I don’t announce every release that they do because the team has a very short development cycle; the last announcement I did was for the first preview release of Moonlight 3 and that was less than three...
  • 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: 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: Silverlight 4 Launch Event

    The Silverlight 4 launch event at the DevConnections conference will be taking place today. Starting off later this morning at 8 AM is the keynote address by Scott Guthrie. A link to stream the keynote presentation isn’t available yet but will be on the Silverlight site prior to the start. Additional...
  • Blog Post: WCF RIA Services Release Candidate

    Together with the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate comes the WCF RIA Services Release Candidate. 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...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Release Candidate

    At the MIX10 conference last week was the announcement that the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate was now available for download. You'll need Visual Studio 2010 to use the developer tools for Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 Windows Runtime Silverlight 4 Mac Runtime Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Moonlight 3 Preview

    Moonlight, the Linux version of Silverlight, has produced its first preview release of Moonlight 3. You may recall that in the recent Moonlight 2 release they shipped both their equivalent of Silverlight 2 as well as a number of features from Silverlight 3 (such as out of browser support). This preview...
  • Blog Post: Domain Services with WCF RIA Services Introduction

    Early documentation is available of a walkthrough for building a domain service using WCF RIA services . A domain service uses application logic running on the server to provide data validation and access control in a way that integrates the service with clients such as Silverlight. This walkthrough...
  • Blog Post: MEF on the Technology Summary Page

    I've gone ahead and added another category to the technologies of interest to WCF developers . This entry covers the Managed Extensibility Framework. The Managed Extensibility Framework makes it easier to create and reuse extensible applications by providing a model for discovering and composing application...
  • 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: Mono 2.6 and Moonlight 2 Released

    Earlier this week marked the releases of Mono 2.6, an open source implementation of C# and the Common Language Runtime, as well as Moonlight 2, an open source implementation of Silverlight 2. Mono 2.6 marks the first substantial implementation of a subset of WCF (essentially the subset defined by...
  • Blog Post: Managed Extensibility Preview and in Silverlight

    It's been a while since I've talked about the Managed Extensibility Framework, but there were two recent announcements: a new preview release and news that MEF is coming as a part of Silverlight 4. The Managed Extensibility Framework makes it easier to create and reuse extensibility applications by...
  • 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: WCF RIA Services Beta

    Also during the second PDC keynote came the announcement of the previously announced RIA Services being given the name WCF RIA Services. WCF RIA Services simplify building multi-tier applications where the client tier is using Silverlight. WCF RIA Services are able to use all of the features of WCF while...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Developer Beta

    During the second PDC keynote came the announcement of a beta release for Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 adds a number of new media features as well as extends capabilities for applications that run outside of the web browser. The beta release is primarily intended for software developers to test out the...
  • Blog Post: Future of Moonlight

    Taking a quick break from PDC, this prerecorded message is about Miguel de Icaza's comments last week on the future of Moonlight . Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux/X11. Cooperation between Microsoft and Novell was started for Moonlight in the summer of 2007. Moonlight...
  • Blog Post: Bob Muglia Talks Distributed Systems and Silverlight

    TechCrunch talked to Bob Muglia a few months ago covering cloud computing, distributed systems, and Silverlight programming. Bob is the president of the Server and Tools business here at Microsoft that produces all of these technologies. There's a long transcript available for the whole piece with a...
  • Blog Post: Federating from Silverlight

    I've had a few people ask whether the WCF subset in Silverlight supports message-level security. The answer currently is not very much. The security support is limited to basically the facilities that you'd expect to have for any other browser based application, primarily HTTPS and common browser HTTP...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Documentation Refresh

    The documentation for a published product periodically receives corrections and bug fixes in a refresh update that publishes many of the changes at once. On occasion there may even be new content added that was produced since the last release. Silverlight 3 recently had a documentation refresh to...
  • Blog Post: Using Polling Duplex Scaled Out

    Tomasz Janczuk has posted another example using the HTTP polling duplex channel in Silverlight to build pub-sub style applications. This sample addresses the use of polling in a scaled-out configuration . The solution employed is to move the server queue of messages from in-memory state to a shared...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 GDR 2

    Silverlight 3 has been updated with a small set of bug fixes and support for the GB18030 code page for developing Chinese localized applications. A GDR, unlike a hotfix update that you might get from product support, is intended for general use but is much more narrowly scoped and often much smaller...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Firestarter Sessions

    The broader Silverlight team is running a one day event here at Microsoft on September 17 to talk about Silverlight 3. It’s possible to sign up either for in-person attendance or for a live meeting presentation. Here’s what’s on the agenda for the day: Keynote by Scott Guthrie Key Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Moonlight 2 Beta 1

    Moonlight, an open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux systems, has released their feature complete beta corresponding to Silverlight 2 (and a small bit of Silverlight 3 too). You can get the Moonlight 2 beta as either binaries or source code. Prebuilt Moonlight 2 Beta 1 binaries...
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