Matt Powell

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    WSE 2.0 Hands on Labs

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    Here at TechEd we have created two Hands On Labs for attendees to walk through in order to get a good introductory feel of the features of the WSE 2.0. These labs are now available for everyone on the Web Services Developer Center on MSDN. Find them...
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    WSE 2.0 is Released!

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    It is finally here! WSE 2.0 is now available as a free download. Coolest Feature: The policy support (WS-Policy) makes the task of creating secure messages a breeze. Not just signing and encrypting, but verifying that messages do meet the policy criterion...
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    TechEd and Web Services

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    I've made it down here to San Diego for TechEd and am currently sitting in a VERY comfortable couch in the developer section of the Cabanas. We have been working very hard over the past few weeks in preperation for TechEd and it is exciting to know...
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    Web Service Specification Timeline

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    The folks at 3 Leaf have an interesting timeline with the various Web service specifications laid out. This would be an excellent companion when perusing our specification index pages . They also have a resources page with a ton-o-links to Web services...
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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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    Rant continued again: Don't put XML in Strings

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    Shaun's post reminds me of two points to make about my aversion to HTML-encoding XML into strings and then returning the strings from your Web service instead of returning the XML: Web services are all about wire format and are not about what objects...
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    Rant Continued: Avoiding the DOM?

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    More feedback from my earlier post... ChadBr came up with the best reason I have heard so far on when you might return XML encoded as a string instead of the actual XML from a Web service. What if you don't want the overhead of creating the DOM...
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    Rant continued: Some reasons...that don't usually apply

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    My previous post on my distaste for encoding XML into strings and passing the encoded strings in the Web service message payload generated some feedback . While thinking over the possibilities for when it might be acceptable to encode XML, I came up...
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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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    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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    Jeff Schlimmer shows us how it works

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    Jeff put together a really compellilng presentation of the message exchanges around the Devices Profile . For those of us who want to see the XML, this is an awesome extension to his article . -Matt
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    thinktecture

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    Congratulations and the best of luck to the guys starting up thinktecture . This really is a very solid group of guys. And of course it is nice to note that half of the thinktecture team has or is writing content for the MSDN Web Services Developer Center...
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    Devices Profile for Web Services Released

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    At WinHec today Microsoft announced the publication of the Devices Profile for Web Services . This profile outlines a set of Web service specifications and contraints within those specifications that define a core set of Web service functionality that...
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    Top 10 Kent Resolutions

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    Since Kent won't tell us what his resolution is , unlike others of us who did (and I know I personally have suffered the humiliation of limited success in my resolutionary regard), I have come up with my own list of possible Kent Sharkey resolutions....
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    Remembering Grad School

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    Kent's post today got me thinking about my days back in grad school in Tallahassee, Florida. I wonder why? -Matt
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    Upcoming WS-ReliableMessaging Interop Workshop Details Available

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    Jorgen had us post the details for the upcoming WS-ReliableMessaging Interop Workshop hosted by BEA on May 12-13 in San Francisco. In addition to the reliable ping with and without failure scenarios from the previous WS-ReliableMessaging Workshop , they...
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    Answers revealed: The Hallowed Halls of MSDN

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    As promised, here are the answers to the pop quiz from my last post : 1. According to Chris, what does PAG stand for? Prescriptive Architectural Guidelines 2. What does PAG really stand for? Prescriptive Architectural Guidance Extra...
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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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    What's new in the next version of ASMX Web Services?

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    With the pending release of WSE 2.0 with all its support for all the latest and greates WS-* protocols, we sometimes forget that the 2.0 version of ASMX Web services will be coming to us before long. Christian Weyer takes it upon himself to educate the...
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    Results from the WS-Federation Passive Requester Profile Interop Workshop

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    Jorgen had us post the results from the WS Federation Passive Requester Profile Interop Workshop that occurred at the end of March. I imagine this means good things for the spec: The workshop demonstrated high levels of interoperability between...
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    TechEd PreCon: Essential Web Services

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    TechEd is fast approaching and you should be sure to check out the preconference sessions that are available on Sunday, May 23rd. In particular, if you want to come up to speed on Web services you should check out Essential Web Services: Programming with...
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    Steven Van Roekel on WS-Security

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    Now that WS-Security has become an Oasis recommendation , it is a good time to sit back and talk about exactly what WS-Security gives us. Microsoft's Steven Van Roekel does just that on Integration Developer News. In case you are curious about some...
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    WS-Security becomes Oasis Standard

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    The first of the WS-* specifications that Microsoft has been working on with our partners has made it through a standards body. Yesterday WS-Security was approved as an Oasis standard. WSE 2.0 will support this version of WS-Security (I don't have...
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    Global MVP Summit Dinner

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    Had Sushi last night with XML, Indigo and Web service folks from Microsoft along with the MVPs who are in town for the global summit. A good time seemed to be had by all. My personal favorite moment was when Sam Gentile slurped down some Uni like a kid...
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    Check out www.WebServiceResource.com

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    http://www.webserviceresource.com A fairly new site with links to all kinds of Web service information from tools to tutorials to hosting services and even Web service developers. -Matt
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