Matt Powell

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    Bloggers Page on Webservices Developers Center

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    Being the Content Strategist for the MSDN Web Services Developer Center , one of the things I am responsible for is the list of bloggers that I have in the community section. This page has not been updated as much as it could and I have to admit that...
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    Rant: Don't return XML in string variables!

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    I have probably seen a half a dozen article submissions to MSDN in the last year with authors who do the following: // Bad Bad Bad [WebMethod] public string MyLameWebMethod() { XmlDocument dom = new XmlDocument(); // load some XML ... return...
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    Alyssa's First Application

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    My 13 year old daughter, Alyssa, has shown a little more interest in the computer than her older sister and she seemed like she might be a good candidate for pulling into the world-o-programming so I ran down to the company store the other day and bought...
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    Wanted: VB Content Strategist

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    Congratulations to Duncan for the life-changing event . But Duncan has decided to make another change as well and will be moving into a full-time development position here within MSDN (although I believe we will still be hearing from him in the way of...
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    Three gallons

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    At lunch today I gave blood. The lady who setup my appointment said I should make sure and pick up my 3 gallon pin (which means I've donated more than 24 times). I actually earned it at my last donation, but figured I would save them the expense of giving...
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    The Hallowed Halls of MSDN

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    Chris Sells gives a tour on Channel 9 of the hallowed halls of MSDN. Catch the show here . But in order to make sure you were paying attention and since its a topic near and dear to my heart, take out your pencils and a sheet of paper and answer...
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    WS-* Specifications: Are there too many and are they too complex?

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    Tim Bray and others have questioned the plethora of WS-* specifications . Tim says: I still think the WS-* stack is bloated, opaque, and insanely complex. I think it’s going to be hard to understand, hard to implement, hard to interoperate, and hard to...
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    WS-Security Interop: This is a Big Deal

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    Last week we published Simon's new Web Services Interop page . He published a total of 3 articles on Web services interoperability. I held off headlining one of them on the MSDN Web Services Developer Center. Not because it wasn't important...it is very...
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    Awesome Training on Web Services and other Server Technologies

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    The pluralsight folks have put together what looks like an awesome week of training from some of the best in the business: Don Box, Aaron Skonnard, Keith Brown and Fritz Onion. Topics include Web services, Indigo, service-oriented design, security, WSE...
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    AAAHHHHH!

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    My oldest daughter got her driver's permit yesterday...AAAHHH! Today is her first day of high school....AAAAHHHH! I can feel the rest of the follicles in my head switching from brown mode to gray.
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    Children and Humor

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    It occured to me recently that one of the greater joys I have of my children growing is to see their sense of humor develop. It begins somewhere around 5 years old where they start to get a knack for the rhythm of a joke. Here's one I recently heard from...
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    Problem with the WSE 3.0 July CTP

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    Two problems were found with the just published WSE 3.0 July CTP . 1. The Add Web Reference feature in the July CTP version of Visual Studio 2005 does not generate a WSE enabled proxy. To work around the problem, modify the generated proxy base...
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    Free MapPoint Web Service for MSDN Subscribers

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    If you are an MSDN Subscriber, there is currently an offer where you can get a MapPoint Web Service account for free. Find all the details here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/productinfo/enterprise/ And if you want to become an MSDN Subscriber...
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    Test Drive VS .NET to build a Web Service

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    Kent just posted a Visual Studio .NET simulator to walk viewers through three common tasks including building a Web service. This is pretty cool for beginners who would like to try out Visual Studio .NET but do not want to install it on their machines...
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    The Line System

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    Sara's post reminded me of Duncan's post which reminded me that I wanted to blog on my own New Years resolution. Yes, the weight thing. I thought about all the popular diets out there or joining a health club but I have a very busy life and an exercise...
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    New Library Structure

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    At the risk of talking about something that many would not even know exists, we updated the Web services section of the MSDN Library today. A little background... MSDN has a number of Developer Centers (of which the Web service developer center...
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    the king returneth (potential spoiler)

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    My 13 year old daughter talked me into seeing the 12:15 am showing of The Return of the King last night. I thought I was buying for her friend too and had an extra ticket so I brought my mom. I believe I had just about the youngest and just about the...
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    How many blogs do you follow?

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    Over dinner at TechEd the topic of how many blogs you follow came up.  The general consensus was somewhere in the neighborhood 20 to 40.  Keith piped in that he follows 500! "I've always been a fast reader," he says. Now one of the things about...
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    WSE 2.0 Documentation is Now Online

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    We finally got the WSE 2.0 documentation up in the online MSDN library. If you haven't noticed, this is the first time we have had the WSE documentation in the library. I think we have everything in order now so that we will have WSE docs in the MSDN...
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    Wired Hoax

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    Scott linked to this Wired article on the old chain email about Bill Gates sending money to anyone who forwarded the email. It is an interesting read about where that hoax originated. But I had a good chuckle when I read the following: On truthminers...
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    National Weather (Web) Service

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    NOAA is doing XML! It does my heart well to see our government going the SOAP route. Get your official NOAA forecast. And as Kent mentions , although they are SOAP, they decided they would use RPC/Encoded instead of Document/Literal. Oh well. At least...
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    Mark Fussell on Binary XML

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    Mark Fussell, currently working on WSE, let's loose on the W3C work on binary XML . Mark makes some good points. A few points of mine: I realize that you could trivially come up with a binary format that could replace XML, but then you need to get everyone...
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    WSE FAQ

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    John created www.wsefaq.com ! I can see this being a great resource for WSE developers although it is still a little sparse at this early stage (although I've noticed that it is getting better). And if a FAQ is too one-way for you, check out the wiki...
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    Message Based Security is Way Cool

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    Here at the Applied XML Developers Conference in the center of the unknown world, Stevenson, WA, there is definitely a well-represented camp that believes that SOAP envelopes are not particularly worth while and we should just use SSL for security. What...
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    $11 billion to spend on Web service projects

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    Want a piece of this ? -Matt
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