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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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    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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    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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    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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    Whats up with facebook this morning?

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    So, a bunch of us here at work are on facebook. I logged in this morning, and it logged in fine. Then I got an email from a Microsoft employee I dont know and she said facebook seems to be logging her in as me! Next thing I know, I was logged out, facebook...
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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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    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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    Want to work on Indigo?

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    The indigo team has some job openings. If you are passionate about working at Microsoft, passionate about distributed technologies and .NET, passionate about working on a product that's going to change the life of distributed system developers all over...
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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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    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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    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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    More Indigo Jobs!

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    I've been at Indigo for 3 years now. I started out working on our automation tools. The team had no test automation tools, and I worked on it full time for 1.5 years - it was just awesome building complex tools to help make automated testing of our system...
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    Doing a webcast, and doing it right

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    I had my first Live WebCast today on Intro to WF Rules. I did a tech-check with Julie and we checked the sound, the slides, discussed the protocol we would follow to reach each other during the Webcast, how to mute everyone else except me etc...We had...
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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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    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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    The frontline program

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    In the past year or so, there have been a lot of community initiatives at Microsoft. Kind of related is the frontline program that's part of the server and tools division under Eric Rudder. It is a 3 week program where participants are taken out of their...
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    Finally - Oslo announced!

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    This past week, we announced "Oslo" at the SOA-BP conference in Redmond. Oslo is the code name for a group of technical investments we're making over the next couple of years to simplify designing, building and managing composite applications. This is...
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    Cool article on the new C# features

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    If you want a two page summary on what's new in the C# language in Whidbey, this article is for you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/05/C20/default.aspx The three main ones discussed, among all the others: - support for generics....
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    Tell us what Activities you want us to build

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    We would like to know what Activities you want us to ship with in the next version of Windows Workflow Foundation. To help us with prioritizing our development effort, we've created a survey. We would really appreciate if you could take some time out...
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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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    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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    March Sample Madness Month

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    A mail came out in early March called the “March Sample Madness“, which asked for volunteers to help out with testing and writing new samples for Whidbey. Kind of exciting huh? It was nice to see the product teams open up and ask for help...
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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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    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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    After a long time

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    Trying to revive my blog after a long time. Sorry about that. I have been thinking of what to write while Indigo is still in-house. I guess I am not as bold as Don to post code snippets just yet :) Anyway, we had an app day, the same thing Don describes...
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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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