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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: Microsoft SOA and Business Process Website

    We've officially launched a new website dedicated to providing invaluable information around building Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions using the Microsoft platform. As a part of this site , we've released our latest roadmap and product strategy around...
  • Blog Post: OBA Reference Applications - What would you like to see?

    One of the biggest challenges I feel that we ( Microsoft ) face in showcasing the "value" of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I'll call "solid reference implementations" along the lines of Duwamish Books , Fitch and Mather , Global Bank , LitwareHR , other many other...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Building an Application using the WPF Designer in Visual Studio 2008

    October 16th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) NOTE: Silverlight developers are encouraged to attend. By attending, you will get a feel for the future design experience for Silverlight in Visual Studio. This session will cover some of the great new features coming soon with the Windows Presentation...
  • 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: MOSS Supports Live Earth - How we built Conservation International's Public Websites (Part 2)

    Part 2 of the 2-part series on how we migrated Conservation International's public websites to SharePoint Server 2007 is now online. In this installment, we talk about how we designed and built the Silverlight v1.1-based Carbon Offset Calculator that is currently hosted on Conservation International...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Supports Live Earth - How we built Conservation International's Public Websites

    You may recall in a previous post , I wrote about how I led a couple of projects to migrate Conservation International's public websites to SharePoint Server 2007 as well as implement a Silverlight v1.1-based Carbon Offset Calculator that is currently hosted on Conservation International's newly re-launched...
  • Blog Post: OBA RAP for Public Sector (E-Forms Processing)

    As I mentioned in my last post , I've had the opportunity to work on a number cool solutions in recent months. One solution that I've been privileged to work on and help deliver is the Office Business Application Reference Architecture Pack for Public Sector (wow, say that 5 times fast!) and it has just...
  • Blog Post: Interesting article on "Hosting and Consuming WCF Services"

    WCF has been out for a while now, but I just found an interesting article (circa March 2007, revised May 2007) which talks about all of the options for hosting or supporting your service using: Self-hosting IIS as a Host Windows Service (aka., NT Service) They took the time (via sample code) to give...
  • Blog Post: WPF Hands On Lab demonstrating how to build an Outlook clone

    Some of the WPF sample applications you have seen probably don't resemble the type applications you plan on building. Some of these examples are a bit gratuitous in their use of WPF features because they are trying to show what is possible. Sometimes, after seeing their first WPF presentation, people...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Adapter for Windows Workflow Foundation sample (June 2007 CTP)

    Pretty cool, there WILL be a solution for hosting Windows Workflow Foundation workflows in BizTalk Server 2006. Paul Andrew has more details here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: Design your way to WCF services

    One of the things I've heard from people when I show them the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is that they would like some sort of "Service Designer" similar to the class designer inside of Visual Studio 2005, but that allows you to visually define your services. Well, the next version of the...
  • 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: Windows Workflow Foundation Web Workflow Approvals Starter Kit

    "This starter kit is a Visual Studio 2005 project that demonstrates using Windows Workflow Foundation for simple task oriented workflow in an ASP.NET web application. A workflow model is used to automate work order requests at a small example company. It includes three pre-defined roles which each play...
  • Blog Post: DevComponents Wpf-Ribbon final release

    Denis Basaric just let me know that final release of their Wpf-Ribbon control is now available. Check out his post here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: WPF 3D Goodies

    I was catching up on some blog reading and came across two posts that I think those of you interested in the 3D feature of WPF will find helpful: Bootcamp Lecture deck from the WPF 3D Team Blog New Lab Posted: Creating 3D Content with Windows Presentation Foundation -Marc
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: more than just a pretty face

    I just finished reading this article over at ars technica. Developers always ask me "why Vista if WPF works just fine on XP SP2?" WPF on Vista is a better experience because of the "plumbing" you will read about in this article. I think this article does an excellent job explaining the history of how...
  • Blog Post: Get the Windows Vista Aero theme in a Guest OS using Virtual PC 2007

    Here's a tidbit I've been meaning to blog about for months... If you install Windows Vista as our guest OS using Virtual PC 2007 (or Virtual Server for that matter), you may initially be disappointed by the fact that you only get the Windows Vista Basic theme: Have no fear, there IS a way to get the...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Release Candidate is out!

    More here .
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Introduction to WPF (13MAR07)

    UPDATE: I promised I would post the running list of WPF controls and XAML capable tools. Mike Swanson keeps it here . Thanks to everyone who attended. You can download my deck here . The demos & code I showed (plus more) are all available from http://wpf.netfx3.com/files/default.aspx . You can download...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 SDK version 4.0 is available for download.

    The latest and potentially last version of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK's is out and available for download here . Overview of the SDK (From the download site...) This is the official Visual Studio 2005 software development kit that allows developers to integrate tools, editors, designers, languages, and...
  • Blog Post: Using WPF, Virtual Earth, and WPF/E together...

    A while back, I blogged about using WPF/E & Virtual Earth together. The post is here . I've also blogged about adding Virtual Earth in a Windows Forms application here (last paragraph). What about WPF? Given that the Virtual Earth v4 Map Control is delivered as a set of JavaScript libraries, the...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Introduction to WPF

    Thanks to everyone who attended. You can download my deck here . The demos & code I showed (plus more) are all available from http://wpf.netfx3.com/files/default.aspx except the New York Times Reader and the stuff I built using Expression Blend. You can download Blend and the Visual Studio 2005 addin...
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar

    When Feb. 27th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325327 Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will need a speaker. Abstract Windows Sidebar Gadgets are lightweight programmable objects...
  • Blog Post: Developer Dinner in Reston, VA.: Building a Better UI with WPF (Win Vista Ultimate + Office Ultimate)

    When February 28, 2007 - 6:00PM – 7:30PM Registration Link http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/eventdetail.aspx?culture=en-US&eventid=1032330822 Where Microsoft Innovation and Technology Center 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190 What Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF...
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