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  • Blog Post: “Create Unit Tests” Screen Shows No Types in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    When trying to create a unit test in a test project, the “Create Unit Tests” screen shows no types, thus the wizard cannot continue.  The [OK] button is disabled, and the only thing the user can do is cancel the unit test wizard.  This happens on Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on x64 (for me). Not...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Properly Utilize a WCF Service Proxy Class in Code

    One critical thing when using proxy classes is to be aware of how to properly call methods and then close the proxy.  Because the proxy makes HTTP requests, (assuming your service is housed within IIS), unless you call .Close() on the proxy, those requests will be held open in IIS and threads will...
  • Blog Post: Wallpaper Manager 1.0 Update

    Hi all, I've updated the Wallpaper Manager written in WCF to the 3.5 version of the Framework.  I have also included some bug fixes and eliminated some exceptions when the program can't find a directory, or there are no items in a specified directory.  Below is the original post and the link...
  • Blog Post: How to Arrange a Solution using the WCF Service Library and WCF Service Application Templates

    In Visual Studio 2008 (Beta 2), there are two WCF application templates. The WCF Service Library is a class library that defines a WCF service, that can be exposed through a variety of WCF hosting options (i.e., IIS, a custom built WCF host, or a Windows Service). This WCF class library defines the service...
  • Blog Post: Exposing LINQ Generated Classes through WCF

    The lure of using LINQ to generate classes and expose them as data contracts through WCF is extremely attractive. The designer-driven LINQ to SQL interface allows for generation of LINQ classes based on database objects (i.e., tables and stored procedures). The power here is that if any of those elements...
  • Blog Post: WCF Test Client: Failed Adding Service

    When writing your first WCF service in Orcas Beta 2, you might set the service as a start up project and attempt to debug it. The challenge you will face is that the service will start and the WCF Test Client will launch and try to add the service. The problem that you will encounter may be as follows...
  • Blog Post: Wallpaper Manager 1.0 Update

    Hi all, I've updated the Wallpaper Manager written in WCF to the 3.5 version of the Framework.  I have also included some bug fixes and eliminated some exceptions when the program can't find a directory, or there are no items in a specified directory.  Below is the original post and the link...
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