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  • Blog Post: Life of a WCF Demo, Part 1

    I thought it might be mildly interesting to document the lifecycle of a demo. Over the next week or so I have to design, build, and deploy a demo that shows off some of the web-centric features of WCF in the .NET Framework 3.5. First, let me state the constraints: 1) it has to be lightweight - a person...
  • Blog Post: PictureServices and BizTalk Services

    Previous posts have talked a bit about PictureServices. Now I'd like to run through what it took to bring PictureServices to the BizTalk Services. I've talked a bit in other posts about BizTalk Services, but it has some interesting and very useful messaging features. For starters, BizTalk Services has...
  • Blog Post: PictureServices updated to VS 2008 RTM

    Today I updated PictureServices to work with the RTM release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 (what a mouthful). My testing rigor for this release was less than perfect. Please let me know if you find any bugs. For what it's worth, the changes in the API made the simple list extensions...
  • Blog Post: PictureServices status update

    I've received several mails about PictureServices and RTM. As some of you know, the Syndication API changed before RTM. The were subtle, but they did have an impact on the Picture Services project. Specifically, the simple list extensions part of Picture Services isn't up to date with the RTM bits. I...
  • Blog Post: Setting HTTP Headers in WCF (.NET 3.5)

    One of the cool parts of WCF in the .NET 3.5 is the simplified support of the REST architectural style. URIs, HTTP verbs, and HTTP headers are 1st class citizens in the programming model. Each of these citizens is interesting. I'll focus a bit on HTTP headers here. HTTP headers dictate a wide array of...
  • Blog Post: Check out Picture Services

    A few days ago we released a new sample called Picture Services. As the name implies, this sample centers on pictures. More specifically, it demonstrates how to use the WCF API in the .NET Framework 3.5 to syndicate images from your local machine and expose them via a REST endpoint. There's been a fair...
  • Blog Post: WCF, ASP.NET AJAX, and JavaScript Proxies

    I spent this weekend tinkering around with the JSON messaging capabilities of WCF new in the .NET Framework 3.5 (Orcas). The object model is changing substantially between Beta1 and Beta2, and I think the changes make for an easier to use system. To better understand the JSON messaging features of...
  • Blog Post: WebServiceHost vs ServiceHost

    WCF in .NET Fx 3.5 introduces several types that simplify the creation of services that use the protocols of the web (read REST/Syndication/JSON). Among these are two hosting types: WebServiceHost and WebScriptServiceHostFactory. These types serve the same function as the ServiceHost and ServiceHostFactory...
  • Blog Post: Podcast with Jon Udell

    Jon just published a podcast where we discuss how WCF in Orcas simplifies Syndication and RESTful style architectures. Hear it here .
  • Blog Post: Web and SOAP via WCF

    WCF in Orcas introduces several new types that, among other things, dramatically simplify the work needed to write applications that adhere to the protocols of the web. These types of services are commonly described as having a REST-ful architectural style. For the most part, a REST-ful architectural...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Beta 1 Available for Download

    The .NET Fx 3.5 Beta 1 is now available here . Check it out. It's a set of Virtual PC files, so there is no install hocus pocus. Some of the features in .NET Fx 3.5 (as it relates to WCF): WCF web programming, syndication, JSON messages, and integration with workflow.
  • Blog Post: Syndication - Beyond the News

    The next version of the .NET Framework ( Orcas ) includes support for web programming via WCF. In this context, web programming is the inclusion of web-centric protocols and constructs into the WCF programming model. Specifically, the WCF-related parts of Orcas support HTTP GET-style programming, HTTP...
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