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    Re-living my youth

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    Back in the heady days of 1977 I caught a train down to Brighton on the south coast of England and went to see Star Wars at the Odeon cinema on the sea front. As did many, I came out transfixed by the effects, story and characterisation and proceeded...
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    WSE now enabled on the MSDN Product Feedback Center

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    Plenty has been written in blogs about the MSDN Product Feedback Center which enables you to report issues in a product directly to the respective product team. Now Web Service Enhancements (WSE) in its multiple forms has been added to the list. If you...
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    ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0--The Beta Version (2nd Edition) now Published

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    In time for the upcoming Visual Studio 2005 and .NET v2.0 Beta 2 release, the updated version of my ADO.NET and System.Xml book has now been published. See this book list for more information and where to download the code examples from. Alternatively...
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    WSE 2.0 SP3 Released to MSDN

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    WSE 2.0 SP3 has just been released on MSDN here . There are no additional new features just stress, perf and security fixes plus some other less significant fixes. Typically just the last two SPs are left on the download site, but we have decided to keep...
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    Combining the XmlReader and XmlWriter classes for simple streaming transformations

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    The XmlReader and XmlWriter classes can often be combined to provide simple streaming transformations rather than resorting to XSLT which requires a the document to be loaded into memory. This class combination is often faster and uses less memory, although...
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    Cisco entering the XML hardware processing market

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    As I have discussed in this blog previously , I believe that there in an inexorable move towards XML processing in hardware that can only be offset by the potential improvements to the processing capabilities vs. cost of the general CPU. Even if Moore...
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    System.Xml V2 book - C'est Fini

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    I finished reviewing the final versions of my chapters for the ADO.NET and System.Xml v 2.0 book which was a huge relief. Having read through it numerous times you start to get numb to your writing style. Needless to say the chapters where all re-written...
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    VSLive SF and WSE

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    I will be at VSLive in SF arriving on Sunday evening to give two short 30 minute talks on WSE 2.0. The first is on security and the other on the WSE messaging APIs that enable you to use TCP and alternative messaging patterns that are not simply HTTP...
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    WSE 2.0 Hands on Labs (HOLs) now hosted in virtual labs on MSDN

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    I have spent a fair amount of time with the WSE HOLs in the last 2 months, fixing them up for the SP2 release and ensuring that they cover the essential features of WSE 2.0. These were originally written by Aaron and he did an excellent job creating them...
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    MTOM goes to Rec with W3C

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    The MTOM spec has been made official with the W3C by moving to REC status. This is good news for WSE 3.0 as it ensures that a finalized standard can now be implemented and used to develop interoperable solutions to transmit binary data as part of a SOAP...
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    Binary XML: A Stillborn Spec.

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    I read with continued dismay another article about binary XML and the bizarre Fast Infoset project . Tim Bray must be crying in bed at night over Sun's continued persistence that ASN.1 should have been the data interchange format for the world. It lost...
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    Mark Fussell's Biography

    Mark is a Lead Program Manager at Microsoft working on XML and Web Service technologies....
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    Smart Watch Frustration - A Christmas tale of woe

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    I must by cursed to never have a working Smart watch . I seem to part of an insanity experiment. Here is the history of my experience for your enjoyment at Christmas time. My sad tale of woe. I wander into the company store and excitedly purchase a Fossil...
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    System.Xml V2 Decisions

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    Arpan has posted on some of the reasons for XmlDocument being the main XML store in System.Xml and the difficulty of supporting standards that are not yet at a recommendation status. Ironically I now find myself in the alternate universe to this where...
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    Building my Christmas present.

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    A couple of months ago my wife asked me whether she could listen to her favourite internet radio station on the HiFi stereo system that we have in our living room, rather than having to have the speakers on the PC in the office turned up to maximum volume...
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    WSE 2.0 SP2 released to MSDN

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    WSE 2.0 SP2 final bits have just been released to the WSE MSDN site . Here are the links. Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Service Pack 2 Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Service Pack 2 Redistribution Runtime MSI Issues, comments, feedback can be sent to wsefeed...
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    WSE 2.0 SP2 Pre-release Announcement

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    Hervey has posted the details of the pre-release on his blog. The download links are: WSE 2.0 SP2 PreRelease Full Product WSE 2.0 SP2 PreRelease Runtime Product
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    First Solo Sail

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    I did my first solo sail on the waters of lake Union in Seattle yesterday. It reminder me of the time when I took my dad's car out for the first time after having passed my driving test eons ago. All you concentrated on was not slamming into anyone else...
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    Beta Book Pain, Performance Love

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    Writing books on beta products is probably the most painful thing that you can ever endure even if you are in the product team (or was as in my case). I finally finished up the last XML chapter in the beta version of ADO.NET and System.Xml V2 . It is...
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    WSE 3.0 Feature List

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    Aaron has kick started a list of what he believes are important features in future versions of WSE. I would always add performance to this list, ahead of new features, since to me this is crucial for widespread adoption.
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    Life now as the WSE Program Manager

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    With much of the work done for version 2.0 of System.Xml and with Dare’s departure from the XML team to MSN, I decided that it was also time for me to look for new adventures. I have taken the job as the WSE Program Manager left vacant by Keith Ballinger...
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    Using the XmlSecureResolver to restrict access to web sites

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    Having just written an article on XmlResolver and looked through the MSDN docs I realised that there was little in terms of explanation on how to use the XmlSecureResolver. As always code speaks volumes sIo put together this example which shows how the...
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    System.Xml Beta 2 Changes

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    Dare and I compiled the Upcoming Changes to System.Xml in .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2 which he published on the MSDN XML developer center. Mostly my previous article still stands without the #6 and #3 gone. However as a result of implementing the editablable...
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    Win-Dev 2004 talks on XQuery in SQL Server and System.Xml V2.0

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    I am doing two talks at the Win-Dev 2004 Conference on the Web Services track and the Databases and Data Access so if you are going to the conference or live in the Boston area and want to meet up to have a chat, drop me a mail. The talks are; WS6 - Whidbey...
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