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This is Kavita Kamani's blog. She works at Microsoft. Everything here, though, is her personal opinion and is not read or approved by Microsoft before it is posted. No warranties or other guarantees will be offered as to the quality of the opinions or anything else offered here.

On this blog, you will find information about WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), more popularly known as Indigo; and also on WF (Windows Workflow Foundation), concentrating on Rules.

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    Your feedback

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    Alberto, a PM on the Activities team who drove our BPEL release , mentioned that there have been over 3000 downloads since March when we first released our BPEL CTP. However, we havent heard feedback from customers, making us think that most customers...
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    Business Analyst Authoring support

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    In WF V1, we targeted developers and worked with some partners to enable high level authoring capabilities on top of our foundation. InRule went out with the general availability of their support for WF this week - you can read about it here .
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    WF Web Approvals Starter Kit Released

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    Paul Andrew just announced the release of the first out of a series of new starter kits to help developers new to these technologies get started faster.
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    Code as data, it's pretty neat

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    So I have to admit I've been late in jumping to the "code as data" magic! I did play around with LINQ and the lambda syntax back last year with the May CTP, and found it really simple and powerful - reminding me of the days I worked with ML. I did not...
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    New sample for rules

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    After the excellent work done by our test team, I've written a small and simple sample that shows how to create rules using the object model - without using any editors. A scenarios where you'd want to do something like this - you're writing your own...
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    Another sample from the rules team - Rules against XML

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    There's another new sample up, written by one of our testers Charlie. This sample shows how the WF Rules Engine can be used to process rules on Xml documents. This is something BizTalk BRE customers were able to do inside the Business Rules Composer,...
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    A new custom activity sample - PolicyFromFile activity

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    Maggie, a tester on the Rules team, recently wrote a PolicyFromFile sample. The idea here is similar to the PolicyFromService sample that is part of the ExternalRuleSetDemo , except that the PolicyFromFile activity does not use a database and externalizes...
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    DinnerNow has been updated!

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    An updated version of Dinner Now is now available - (version 1.2) http://www.CodePlex.com/DinnerNow The new version has several bug fixes and a few enhancements. Out-workflow PowerShell Commandlet - David Aiken developed a custom commandlet...
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    DinnerNow.net is live on CodePlex

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    Our evangelism team has built a new sample application called DinnerNow.net. It is a fictious online marketplace for people to order food from a variety of restaurants. The samples showcases a bunch of the .Net Framework 3.0 technologies - WF, WCF, WPF...
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    Another day, another storm

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    Well, Western Washington seems to have made this a habit. We got snow again yesterday, and where I live, we have 9 inches of snow! Driving on the local roads is risky and I for now, cant even get out of my house in the car since there are cars just stranded...
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    Patterns and Practices: Web Service Software Factory has been released

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    Don Smith from the Patterns and Practices group has published an architectural and development guideline around the Web Service Software Factory specifically for WCF. The Web Service Software Factory (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated...
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    Spanish post on the forum

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    My main work for the next two weeks is to take care of WCF servicing. This means responding to forum questions, taking care of any customer issues that arrive in these two weeks etc. As part of that, I was going through old forum questions that have not...
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    Finally...

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    On Friday, Day 8, we got power. Felt great to be back home!
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    Day 7 - no power

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    Another day gone, another day without power. It's just getting unbelievable. So, I found out that there are 24 houses in my community without power. There's more than 2000 houses in all, and I guess I am seeing what being in a minority implies. PSE was...
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    Authoring rules against a collection

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    Sometimes you want to write rules against all items in a collection. In WF V1, this is not supported natively but can be achieved in the following manner: (you can come up with other ways too, but the essential idea is you want to simulate looping using...
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    Weird bug

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    I was looking into a question on the WF forums and trying out something. So I defined a WF Sequential WF project, added some properties on my root workflow class, added a policy activity, defined some rules against those properties - all standard stuff...
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    Day 6 - No power, still counting

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    What are the odds of living in a community where 99% of homes have power but ours doesn't? The person across the street has power too. Still counting and hoping we'll get power today.
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    TechReady 4 in Seattle

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    As part of an effort to get the Microsoft field ready for the technologies the product teams are building, Microsoft organizes a conference called TechReady. It is Microsoft internal mainly meant for the Microsoft Technical Field community. TechReady...
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    Power outage

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    In the windstorm that hit the pacific northwest on Thursday night, a lot of homes lost power. We, still do not have power - 5 days later. They're saying it could be through the weekend before we get power. Funny enough, most of my community got power...
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    Linq to XSD releases Alpha today

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    A month ago I was investigating authoring WF rules against XML. We dont support it out of the box, but a simple way of achieving this is by exposing your XML schema as a .Net type - and then author rules against that type. Simple, and doable with XSD...
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    Our team on Channel 9

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    Last week the Channel 9 team came over to our building. They initially wanted to do an interview with Doug , our Group Program Manager. But Doug loves to put a nice spin to things, so he called other folks from the team over to his office and it ended...
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    Business Rules Forum - so far

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    I'm spending this week in DC at the Business Rules Forum Conference. It's been interesting. First, before this I'd been to TechEd and PDC and those are obviously much bigger conferences - 10,000+ or 15,000+ people. This one, comparatively, is tiny...
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    Rain, gosh I've never seen so much of it!

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    I am actually in DC this week at the Business Rules Forum conference, but someone sent me a couple of photos - it's been raining near Seattle like crazy. Yes, even though most people feel that's not news for Seattle, let me tell you, it's usually just...
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    We've shipped .Net Framework 3.0

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    After being on the WCF team for almost 4.5 years, I can tell you we've all been waiting for this day. You can now download WCF (and WF and WPF) as part of the .Net Framework 3.0 release here. This is not Beta1, or Beta2, or RC0 or RC1 - this is the final...
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    Internet Explorer 7 for XP is now available for free download!

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    Internet Explorer 7 (English Version) for Windows XP is now available as a free download . Other languages will be available in the coming weeks. Internet Explorer 7 incorporates major advances like a streamlined interface, tabbed browsing, printing...
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