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  • Blog Post: Police Department Protects Citizens of Vernon Hills, Illinois with Windows 7

    Repost from the Windows Team Blog Great coverage about the real world Windows 7 and Azure solution developed by Modularis on the Windows Team Blog ! Exciting things are happening here as this excellent solution is evaluated in several countries world wide. This is a great example of leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps roadshow in Reston

    NOTE: This was cross posted from here . Want to get up to speed on the latest release of Bing Maps including both the Ajax and Silverlight controls as well as the SOAP web services?  Don’t miss the upcoming roadshow in Reston, Va.  Details: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/govmaps/archive...
  • Blog Post: Track Stimulus Spending with SharePoint… new Recovery.gov site LIVE on SharePoint Server 2007

    One of the cool aspects of working at Microsoft is the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects. It’s truly been a pleasure working on some great internet facing SharePoint websites that showcase the platform’s ability to service some of the internet’s most demanding websites and show it’s effectiveness...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit - April Update - Released

    The April Update of the Azure Services Training Kit has released and is ready for download . Below is a brief overview (taken from the download site) of what's included in the latest release. Overview The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands...
  • Blog Post: ESB guidance

    A new set of ESB guidance has been released by the Patterns and Practices team. Details below: Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance: ESB Guidance 2.0 CTP October 2008...
  • 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: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Building Workflow Services (WF+WCF) with Visual Studio 2008

    Thanks to everyone who attended.  Sorry for the technical difficulties with Live Meeting as well as accidentally doing one of my demos out of order.  Hopefully it wasn't too confusing. The deck is here .  The demos I used are split into a few downloads.  The ones built from scratch...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: What's New in the WCF and WF in Visual Studio 2008 & the .NET Framework 3.5 (January07)

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) were released in 2006 as part of the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 with separate extensions for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. These tools were improved on and are now integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and enhanced in...
  • 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 FOLLOW UP: What's New in the WCF and WF in Visual Studio 2008 & the .NET Framework 3.5

    Sorry for the technical glitches today. I know it's not the most exciting thing to watch my desktop sharing screen in complete silence as I scramble to figure out why my phone stopped working. The deck and code are available here . A recording should be available soon here . - Marc Technorati Tags: wcf...
  • Blog Post: Picture Services 1.1 - Building RESTful and Syndication (RSS, ATOM) Services with WCF

    "Pictures Services is a simple Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service that is returns pictures from the computer in which the service is being hosted. The Picture Services 1.1 sample demonstrates the following: How to build a Syndication Service using WCF and the .NET Framework 3.5 Expose syndication...
  • 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: BizTalk Services Explained

    John Shewchuck & Dennis Pilarinos have a video over at Channel 9 explaining BizTalk Services here . I just watched it. If buzzwords like SOA and ESB grab your ear, then you will want to check out this video. -Marc
  • 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: Updated Virtual Earth with Silverlight samples

    I've received quite a few requests to update my Virtual Earth + Silverlight and WPF + Virtual Earth + Silverlight samples. Both codebases are old code. Therefore, they no longer work against the current releases of Silverlight (1.0 Beta or 1.1 Alpha) and Virtual Earth (v5). I'm part of the way there...
  • 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: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar (MARCH)

    Sorry for those of you who expected this post to show up yesterday. You can find my updated deck here and the gadget which uses ASP.NET AJAX for web service calls + client side data binding here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Virtual Earth & ASP.NET AJAX

    UPDATE: CORRECTED THE DATE. SORRY ABOUT THE CONFUSION. When March 29th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032331002&Culture=en-US Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and ESRI Data

    One of the questions I get asked about like clockwork when I do Virtual Earth programming sessions to government customers is "How do I get my 'ESRI data' onto the map?" I always caveat that I don't know much about ESRI products. I then tell people that Virtual Earth is a platform visualization of data...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar

    Thanks to everyone who attended. I wish I was not so under the weather. Hopefully it was not too hard to understand me. I didn't want to cancel the webcast at the last minute. The deck from my presentation is here . The majority of the samples I showed are available in the gadgets section at http://www...
  • 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: AJAX programming in Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets

    I've been talking to a few customers about gadget programming recently. I've also been doing some gadget programming myself to get ready for my webcast this month on the topic. One of the first things people ask me about gadget programming, once they understand the fundamentals, is how to make network...
  • Blog Post: December release of the Service Factory from patterns & practices is available

    By way of Don Smith . Details: http://blogs.msdn.com/donsmith/archive/2007/01/09/come-and-get-yer-service-factory.aspx The two features that jumped out at me are support for the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and "WSDL-first support." The direct download is here . UPDATE: Here are two really...
  • Blog Post: (Web Cast) Learn how to quickly convert your .NET Applications to Service Oriented Solutions w/NET 3.0?

    Do you want to learn how to quickly convert your .NET Applications/Components to Service Oriented Solutions? If so, then that's perfect, because I want to show you how easy it will be with the .NET 3.0 Framework and Windows Communication Foundation. Register and attend my web cast and I promise very...
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