Ron Jacobs

Windows Workflow Foundation

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  • Blog Post: WCF and AppFabric Auto-Start

    Auto-start is a really cool feature of Windows Server AppFabric. Recently I was asked about how you can do some kind of process initialization in your code with Auto-start (which the documentation implies that you can do). This led to a discussion with a number of questions that we want to address ...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric WCF DataService (C#)

    Today I’m happy to announce the availability of a new Feature Builder based template for Windows Server AppFabric and WCF Data Services. This template is an evolution of the previous AppFabric-enabled WCF Data Service (C#) template. WCF Data Services enables the creation and consumption...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric-enabled WCF Data Service Walkthrough (C#)

    In this walkthrough I’ll show you how to use the AppFabric-enabled WCF Data Service (C#) template for Visual Studio 2010 to enhance your WCF Data Services by providing Monitoring events and errors to the AppFabric Data Store Eliminating the need to use the .svc extension in your URI ...
  • Blog Post: Need Help Moving from WF 3.5 to WF 4?

    Here are some helpful resources Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) Migration Guidance for WF 4 This Code Gallery project contains the code samples to help .NET developers better understand and evaluate Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4. The code accompanies a collection...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric Local Security

    In this episode, Michael McKeown describes the security model used in Windows Server AppFabric, which spans Windows Security Groups and SQL Server Database Roles.
  • Blog Post: Monitoring WCF Data Service Exceptions with Windows Server AppFabric

    After my previous post about how you can monitor service calls with AppFabric, several people asked about how you can capture errors with AppFabric. Unfortunately, the default error handling behavior of WCF Data Services does not work well with AppFabric. Though it does return HTTP status codes to the...
  • Blog Post: How to detect if Windows Server AppFabric is installed

    Here is a little PowerShell script that will tell you if Windows Server AppFabric is installed edit 6/29 – thanks for the comments – this is a much cleaner script - Ron function IsWindowsServerAppFabricInstalled() { if (Get-HotFix -Id "KB970622" ) {$ true } else {$ false } } IsWindowsServerAppFabricInstalled
  • Blog Post: DataCache.Put with Regions

    If you really want to understand how something works.  Try creating an interface and then creating a stubbed implementation that behaves exactly the same way.  It’s a big job but wow – I’m learning so much about Windows Server AppFabric Caching by doing this. Consider this method DataCache...
  • Blog Post: Setting Up Windows Server AppFabric – order matters

    What to do if your IIS Manager has no Deploy menu item Over the weekend I setup a new machine.  When everything was installed I opened the IIS manager and right clicked on the default website so I could deploy a package and… there was no “Deploy” menu option.  This has happened to me before...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv – Developing Services with IIS/Windows Server AppFabric

    To those nearly 5000 people who tried to watch this video today… sorry.  I forgot to publish the video correctly for Channel 9 and didn’t realize it until a couple of hour ago. As I mentioned previously in my post on Developing Services with IIS/Windows Server AppFabric it is possible to work with...
  • Blog Post: How to clear and reinitialize Windows Server AppFabric Persistence and Monitoring databases

    If you are using Windows Server AppFabric in a development or testing environment you will find the need to quickly clear and reinitialize both the persistence and monitoring databases. Fortunately this is easy with the supplied PowerShell cmdlets. To make it really simple I’ve got a script...
  • Blog Post: Developing Web Services on IIS with Windows Server AppFabric

    Much of the content and samples for AppFabric shows developing your web site and services in Visual Studio with the ASP.NET Development Server and then deploying the solution to IIS and AppFabric.  While this works great for many solutions, there may be cases where you want to use IIS/AppFabric...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 RTM

    The emails are rolling in…  Usually they say something like this. Hi Ron - I installed VS2010 and the .NET 4.0 Framework RTM versions yesterday. I then went to re-install Windows Server AppFabric from the Web Platform Installer, but it has a dependency on the .NET 4.0 Framework RC. Is there a build...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 – AppFabric Caching (“Velocity”) and REST

    I just got back from MIX10 in Las Vegas where I had a great time meeting a lot of people and speaking at the event.  I have to say that normally I’m prepared for the event way ahead of time and I submit my slides early so that they will be on the conference web site.  Unfortunately for MIX10...
  • Blog Post: How to add a reference to Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.Client

    If you are ready to test out the new caching capabilities in Windows Server AppFabric beta 2 you will have to write some code and you will need a reference to the caching client libraries. No problem, just select Add Reference and browse away right?  Wrong!  Turns out that the way the stuff...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Server AppFabric with the Web Platform Installler

    If you want to setup Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 on a Development Workstation your best option is to use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer .  When you launch it you will immediately have a question… Where is AppFabric? If you saw the video on Channel 9 endpoint.tv - Announcing Windows Server...
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