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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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    How to write a caching Policy Activity to improve the performance of your WF rules

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    To follow up on my post from yesterday on Tuning the performance of your WF Rules , here is some code that you can use to write a custom PolicyActivity that does caching of rule sets. The dictionary caches your rule set. public class PolicyCacheService...
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    Business Rules Forum

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    I'll be attending the Business Rules Forum in Washington D.C. in November. Really looking forward to getting immersed in a conference just focusing on Rules! Hopefully some of you rules folks who read my blog will be there at the conference as well, I...
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    Tuning the performance of your WF rules

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    Someone asked a question on the WF forum today about tuning the performance of his rules. Basically the WF Rules Engine is single threaded and we dont expose any knobs for you to tweak the performance of the rules in WF V1. One way for you to improve...
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    Getting Linq to work outside of a Linq project template

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    I've been playing with the Linq family of technologies using the May CTP, and the other day, I was trying to use Linq from a VS 2005 project but not using the Linq project template. To get it to work, here's what I had to do: Add references to the...
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    Tinkering with the Rules OM

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    Ok it's been a long time since I posted. Time for some code now. I was thinking what to write about and Don's post on CodeDom Quirks made me think about CodeDom and Rules. As Don said, the WF rules engine uses CodeDom for its expression model. Just...
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    A new rules team blog

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    You havent seen any posts from me in the last couple of weeks because I was out on vacation! I'm back and will start posting again either here on this blog or a new Connected Framework Rules Team Blog I created for my team. While my blog will have a mix...
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    Updates to BRE documentation

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    The BizTalk team has updated their online documentation. You can get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3294ddaf-9f67-409f-a92d-2f6070dc0d1a&displaylang=en Specifically, as relates to the Business Rules Engine...
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    Where do Rules fit in a Workflow?

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    A workflow has a bunch of activities. Some activities like the If-Else activity or the While activity have a confition. This condition is really part of a business process "rule". Eg. if the condition models a check for OrderQuantity being over a certain...
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    Why workflows?

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    Workflows are used to model business processes. Anything you can think of from order processing, car rentals approvals, and the like are process-oriented systems that can benefit from workflows. You might wonder why you need workflows because you can...
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    RC1 Windows SDK docs are live!

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    Get it here: http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/default.aspx Feedback welcome! Here are quick links to WCF and WF docs / samples: WCF: Docs : http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms731082.aspx Samples : http...
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    Rules

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    With WCF RC1 out the door last week , I changed roles from being a test lead for the WCF Transports, Channels and Message feature to being a Program Manager on the WF Rules team. I'm excited to start on my new role, and in a new space. I'll be working...
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    WCF Ships RC1!

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    Last week, the WCF team finally signed off on RC1. WCF was a long product cycle, I personally have been with the team for about 4.5 years and there are folks who've been with the team for 6 years! We're now in escrow. It felt great to finally lock down...
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    WCF and WF Chalk Talk Slides now available

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    We're all back from TechEd at work! I've posted all the chalk talk slides on www.netfx3.com , our new home on the web! Specifically: WCF Chalk Talk Slides: http://wcf.netfx3.com/files/folders/teched_2006_chalk_talks/default.aspx WF Chalk Talk...
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    TechEd 2006: WCF and WF Chalk Talk Schedule

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    I've finalized the chalk talks that will be presented by various members of the WCF and WF teams during TechEd - from June 12th, Monday through June 16th, Friday. These talks will be in the CON track (Blue Area in the TLC). Members from the WCF and WF...
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    Beta2 of WinFX Runtime Components v3.0 now available

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    The Beta2 bits of the WinFX Runtime Components are now available. This includes the RC0 bits of WCF. Get it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/downloads/products/getthebeta/ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4A96661C...
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    TechEd 2006 - Chalk Talks on Custom Channels

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    I am the owner for the Technical Learning Center at TechEd for the Connected Systems Track. That is the area where you will be able to hang out with product team members from the WCF, WF, Infocard, and Biztalk Teams. I've lined up a list of chalk talks...
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    WCF Documentation CTPs

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    The latest WCF product documentation is now posted on the WCF portal http://windowscommunication.net , and will be updated every two weeks. See Documentation Updates here: http://windowscommunication.net/default.aspx?tabindex=3&tabid=45 Direct...
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    TechEd Boston June 11 - June 16, 2006: Chalk Talk Suggestions?

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    TechEd is coming up soon! I am the owner for the Technical Learning Center for the Connected Systems Track. What does that mean, you wonder? Well, I am responsible for the TLC area where the product team members will hang out, we will have a few demo...
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    Configuration Code Generator

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    I pointed out in another post about the Channel Ecosystem project that a few of us from the Core Communications team worked on. I wrote the Configuration Code Generator tool. Whenever you want to expose your custom channel to the configuration system...
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    The joy of AppDay

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    A few members of the Core Communications team spent a part of their "App-Day" time to write a bunch of samples, tools, test libraries for creating custom channels. If you are interested in extending WCF and write any custom transports or custom protocol...
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    PDC05 Content now available online

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    The PDC05 content is up online for free viewing for 6 months to anyone! Those who attended the PDC will be getting a copy of the DVD set later in November. Michael Swanson has all the details here .
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    WCF Interop Plug Fest - 7-10 Nov 2005; You're invited!

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    Kirill , our interop PM, is organizing a plug-fest here in Redmond from Nov 7-10, 2005, where vendors and partners can come interop with WCF on some of the core asynchronous messaging, security, reliable messaging, and transactional scenarios . If...
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    5 years!

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    Couple of days back, I completed 5 years at Microsoft. Today, at a team meeting, I was showered with confetti and then back in my office there were some more. It's amazing how quickly time has flown by. I started out as an SDET in the ASP.Net group working...
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    What I work on

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    I am the test lead for the transports and listener feature. I work with Steve Maine , Yasser Shouhoud , and Kenny Wolf all of who gave talks at the PDC this year. I was fortunate to get to attend the PDC this year and meet some of you. Do keep in touch...
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    PDC 2005

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    I haven't been regular with my blog and I apologize for that. With the PDC just over, I thought now is a good time to resume my blog. I spent the week of 9/12-9/16 at the PDC in LA. Since this was the first MS conference I attended, I was amazed by the...
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