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  • Blog Post: Improving Web Services Security Guide v1.0 Released by P&P Team

    The Patterns & Practices Team have recently released v1.0 of the web services security guide (in PDF format) that shows how to make the most out of WCF. With end-to-end application scenarios, it shows you how to design and implement authentication and authorization in WCF. Learn how to improve the...
  • Blog Post: P&P ships Composite Application Guidance for WPF

    The Patterns & Practices team has recently released the Composite Application Guidance for WPF which provides guidance for "componetizing" the development of enterprise-class WPF applications across multiple development teams, with each team owning a piece of the application, and then seamlessly...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio MythWeek!!

    We are celebrating Visual Studio Myth Week from June 2-6. Are you curious to find out what it is all about? Please stop by during/after the week at http://www.mythweek.com to learn more. We hope you can join us. -Nandita
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Outlook Integration with .NET

    I found this great article by Rachel Wireman and how-to documentation on building Outlook integration functionality with C#, and it has downloadable source code. She covers, General Outlook integration issues Creating an Outlook Contact with C# Programmatically sending emails to your Outlook contacts...
  • Blog Post: How does FREE ASP.NET hosting until January 2010 sound?

    Verio is offering a sweet little free hosting deal to developers and designers to promote Microsoft-based hosting for products and technologies like Expression, Visual Studio, and Silverlight. The Plan includes: .NET Framework 3.0 (I am told 3.5 will be made available eventually) SQL Server Express ASP...
  • Blog Post: New ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit version released

    Details here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: Building Add-Ins for Windows Live Messenger

    Messenger Apps have evolved into a full-blown platform for communication. We see messenger-aware applications everywhere. We have also seen specific application of messenger technology for Customer Service integration. So we have seen messenger invading other apps. How about the reverse? Extending Live...
  • Blog Post: Implementing SmartCard Authentication with ASP.NET

    This little nugget just landed in my inbox. Thanks to Jason for putting it together! http://choosing-a-blog-url-sucks.blogspot.com/2007/04/implementing-smartcard-authentication.html -Marc
  • Blog Post: Thanks to everyone in Los Angeles & Sacramento who attended our conference

    As promised, you can get my decks and demos from www.publicsectordeveloper.com ( direct link ). The demos are "as-is" but feel free to let me know if something doesn't work anymore. A more detailed explanation of the WPF deck and demos can be found here . If you are interested in WPF, then don't forget...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 + AJAX

    I'm trying to get back into the habit of answering customer questions via the blog so all of you get the benefit of the answer. Here's a question which showed up in my mailbox recently: "I have a very large project in ASP.NET 1.1. If I upgrade the server to ASP.NET 2.0 with AJAX, will the project possibly...
  • Blog Post: (Updated) Built in "Zip" compression for the .NET Framework

    So, I must admit, I thought that if I wanted to build ZIP (compression) into a .NET Application, that I would have to use some 3rd party control, like WinZIP. Well, I just learned today, that NO, it's actually built into the framework. Check out this article on CodeGuru.com that tells you how to do...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Savings Time Update for Developers

    I thought I'd post the contents of an email that was sent to contactable Developers in the US in the event you're on our "do not contact" list and therefore wouldn't have seen this important information. ________________ In 2005, the United States government passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Compact Edition RC1 Released

    This is what was formerly known as SQL Server Everywhere. If you need a lightweight database for your Smart Client applications, then you should definitely check out SQLCE. One of the great things about SQLCE is that you can deploy it as a private assembly. This means no admin privs to deploy a local...
  • Blog Post: Building a better ASP.NET 2.0 user experience with Microsoft AJAX technologies

    When Oct. 5th 12:00P-1:30P EST (9:00A-10:30A PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032311753&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Note : Audio will be via the Internet, so your machine will need a speaker. Abstract The...
  • Blog Post: NOVA SQL: September 2006 Meeting - SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) Best Practices

    The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group ( www.novasql.com ) is announcing its next session for 2006 to benefit IT Professionals (DBAs, Developers, Admins, etc.) in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland areas interested in SQL Server. Title – SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are available for download

    Just announced. MSDN landing page is here . "Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are free Add-Ins, Controls, Components, Tools or Samples for you to use with Visual Basic 2005 to make developing great applications even easier! Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0 This toolkit is aimed at simplifying the use...
  • Blog Post: WCF Workshops updated to Release Candidate 1

    I've just finished updating all of the Windows Communications Foundation Workshops to the Release Candidate 1 build. There's been a lot of changes from the Beta 2 builds, so if you've had a chance to work the labs within the workshop you might want to take another look. :) Here's a list of the 6 parts...
  • Blog Post: First drop of the Web Client Software Factory is available

    Edward Jezierski just announced it here . "The Web Client Software Factory is a guidance offering currently under development that will provide comprehensive architecture guidance to help customers build web solutions using the Microsoft platform (ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Workflow Foundation, etc)." This...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Forms/WPF interop blog

    Scott Berry is blogging about WinForms/WPF interop. His first post is is a nice list of gotchas. I suspect many people will incrementally introduce WPF into their Windows Forms based applications in places where taking advantage of the rich visualization of WPF makes sense. This should prove to be a...
  • Blog Post: "Atlas" 1.0 Naming and Roadmap

    Hot off the presses! Scott Guthrie has announced the new names for the ASP.NET "Atlas" technologies. The "Atlas" client script library becomes the Microsoft AJAX Library . The server controls become the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions . The "Atlas" Control Toolkit becomes ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. ...
  • Blog Post: Expression Web Beta 1

    I just blog'd about the CSS Control Adapter Toolkit here . If you are a web designer who has tried to use Visual Studio and found it lacking as a tool for CSS dev, then you will definitely want to check out Expression Web . Expression Web has a great CSS design time experience. There are quite a few...
  • Blog Post: New version of the CSS Control Adapter Toolkit

    Brian Goldfarb announced the new version here . Scott Guthrie has a nice walkthrough here . The toolkit itself comes with a tutorial. You can get the toolkit here . Are you saying to yourself "Great, but what the heck is it?" Many of the ASP.NET 2.0 server controls render out of the box using html tables...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implemenattion

    I've been on vacation and doing some other things so I haven't blogged much lately. I've pretty much been "unplugged" for the majority of that time. I'm slowly catching up on reading others blogs, etc. and came across this on J.D. Meier's Blog . "The ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implementation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow as Business Logic (Workshop)- Part 2: Custom Activities (Objects)

    (To save you some reading, here's the link to the file: www.federaldeveloper.com/workshops ), but please read on... Imagine, if you will, an application development environment where you can build an application without writing code; Assembling an application by snapping together code objects like...
  • Blog Post: Free online .NET Training, get them while they're hot!

    The Microsoft E-Learning web site is offering 4 free .NET courses. Course 2913: Creating Your First Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Web Application Summary: This three-hour online course covers the entities that form the foundation of Web applications written with ASP.NET 2.0. This course is a great starting...
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