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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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    Outlook 11 tip - the follow up flag

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    I have been using this for a while, ever since I installed outlook 11 . I find it very useful for remembering things I need to do. When you get a mail, just single click on the follow up flag to mark it with a “red” follow up tag. I often...
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    Intro to WF Rules Webcast

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    I will be giving a "Introduction to Windows Workflow Foundation Rules" webcast on Friday May 18th at 11am PST. Hope to see you there! Description: This session provides an introduction to the rules engine capabilities provided in Windows Workflow...
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    Async I/O and I/O completion ports

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    These days, the testers in Indigo are working on their TDSs (test design specifications). I own testing an area for which I needed to read up PostQueuedCompletionStatus; which lead to reading about async I/O and I/O completion ports. Pretty interesting...
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    Outlook wish

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    Meetings at Microsoft are an inevitable thing. Scheduling rooms for meetings is also an inevitable thing...I think it takes longer to schedule a meeting and finding a room than it should... Today, the Find Printer dialog can autofill my location correctly...
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    Security fix CDs are available

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    Mike Howard says in his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/michael_howard/archive/2004/02/20/77159.aspx Please take advantage of this and inform your friends/family who are on dial-up about the availability of these CDs.
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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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    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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    Restore the Show desktop icon

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    I was rearranging my taskbar and lost the show desktop icon and was searching how to do this. I “googled” “show desktop windows” and popped out in the first few links.... http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/windowstips/story...
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    Peace....

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    I was at work last week before christmas and this week too...oh it is so quiet that you can get lots of work done - no emails, meetings, or major distractions...its great! I managed to finish up 80% of my TDS work and if I finish up the rest today/tomorrow...
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    Windows Workflow Foundation Rules - Part II Webcast

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    I did a webcast in May on Introduction to Windows Workflow Foundation Rules. I am doing another one this Friday, on some advanced scenarios and extensibility. I hope to see you there! Here's the registration link. I've been told that the recording...
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    Come join the Connected Framework team!

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    Our team shipped WCF + WF and is now on a quest to build the next generation distributed application platform. We have a variety of openings for a Program Manager on our team and we'd love to hear from you! The openings are at various levels and are in...
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    Oslo, the silence explained

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    Check out Doug's post and Don's post about Oslo. Finally, we're ready to talk about Oslo at the PDC. I've been involved in Oslo since late 2006, when we were still trying to define what it really is! I personally work on the .NET Framework 4.0 which is...
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    PDC, here we come!

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    The premier Microsoft conference, the PDC - Professional Developers Conference, is happening in the week of Octobert 26th in Los Angeles! Microsoft stars will join movie stars and present a bunch of upcoming technologies and paradigms to thousands of...
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    WCF and WF .NET Framework 4.0 Beta1 Training Kit

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    In addition to the Beta1 samples I linked to , you may also find the training kit useful - it has more detailed walkthroughs of key features. Get it here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wcfwf4
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    First blog!

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    I am tester on the Indigo team at Microsoft. Having seen so many folks blog useful information out there, I decided to create my own blog. My product just got announced at the PDC @ LA in 2003. Hopefully I can share some useful information with the...
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    RSS feed for the web services page on MSDN

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    I just figured out that I can configure my reader to point to msdn and check for updates when I read my other blogs. May be you all already you knew that, but here it is for those of us who didnt know about this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices...
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    Water bottle!

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    I ended up buying myself one of these . I was surprised to see how popular these bottles are. After all, its just a water bottle! If I was back in India and I told someone I spent 8$ on a water bottle, and mind you, it doesnt have a thermos or anything...
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    Seattle snow and INS

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    The northwest has been having some real cold spells...of all days, I had a fingerprinting appointment with the INS today here in the Burien office. Now, they do not have a phone number listed anywhere. The appointment letter says if you do not show up...
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    Finally, a book on the PDC release of Indigo - "Inside Indigo"

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    Saw this on MSDN, its finally here. The first book dedicated to Indigo, published by Microsoft Press. MSDN has an article by the author (with one of the chapters of the book here). http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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