Ron Jacobs

Windows Workflow Foundation

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    Ready to learn WF/WCF 4?

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    Tomorrow Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 beta 1 will be available for everyone to download.  I’ve been keeping quiet about the work I’ve been up to for the last month and a half while we got some great resources ready for you. Ok – I let some of this...
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    Have to go back to Windows Vista

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    After this week when I do my final keynote for the MSDN Developer Conference in Detroit I'm going to have to go back to Windows Vista.  Not that this is a terrible fate but I've become quite fond of Windows 7 lately.  However, I've run into...
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    Partial Classes, Default Constructors – watch Out!

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    Recently I was working on some code where I was using classes generated by a tool.  I wanted to be able to construct one of these generated types from another type so I decided to use a constructor overload to support this. // From file SomeClass...
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    RESTful Services and Business Exceptions

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    Last week I had the privilege of speaking at MIX09.  My session RESTful Services for the Programmable Web with Windows Communication Foundation is already available for online viewing (pretty cool how fast they turned that around).  This morning...
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    Today on endpoint.tv – The REST Collection Template

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      One of the more interesting (challenging?) things we did with the WCF REST Starter Kit is the REST Collection Service Template.  The idea behind this template was to produce a service that allows you read/write access to a service using a...
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    Windows 7 - Day 7

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    I'm now 1 week into my Windows 7 adventure.  I've had a few crashes here and there but far less than one would expect from something labeled "Pre-Alpha".  I am on my second installation however because I did relent and setup multi...
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    Mocking the TableGateway pattern

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    I've been writing some new Hands On Labs for the WCF REST Starter Kit and as I mentioned previously on my blog I want to include unit tests.  Several people commented on my previous efforts and pointed out that the tests I included with the REST...
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    Windows 7 Beta 1 Installation Tip

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    I've been running Windows 7 on my work laptop for a couple of months now with good results.  Yesterday I decided to put Windows 7 on the family PC at home.  I downloaded it from the Microsoft Windows 7 page and I must say that the download went...
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    Record setting webcast!

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    Wohoo! The first webcast in the Entlib series set a record for our team with 564 people participating! You guys are awesome! There were so many questions we couldn't even begin to keep up. Then today we did the configuration webcast including another...
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    Committed to guidance

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    One of the really great things from TechEd was to hear Andy Lees tell the world that Microsoft was committed to providing architectural guidance for common scenarios. I mean, how great is that? Especially when it is my job to get that done. The problem...
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    Looking for some people in cyberspace...

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    I'm working on this project that I can't say much about yet, but I need to find some people who are not responding to the email address I have for them. I know the hassles of SPAM make it such that many people are having to change email accounts quite...
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    Exception Handling & Metadata

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    Metadata is a funny thing... In an effort to make the complex simple we often go down this road of building a generic-meta-data-driven-solution-thingy and end up shooting ourselves in the foot. For example, COM+ has support for transactional semantics...
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    Why SOA?

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    As the product manager of Shadowfax I am often asked about how Shadowfax relates to service oriented architecture (SOA). I have had many lengthy discussions with others here at Microsoft as we consider how best to help our customers with this new architectural...
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    Contending for Canada Tour Day 2

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    Ok – Day 1 wasn’t much... I just got on the plane and got myself to Toronto . I did have a very nice extra long workout in the evening to make up for the many calories I will be consuming this week. Today I presented my favorite talk “Patterns for...
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    Complain enough and…you get to be in charge!

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    Be honest now… you’ve complained about TechEd haven’t you? You’ve said the sessions were too shallow or too deep. You’ve said they are filled with marketing fluff instead of the real meat that you wanted. Ok… I’ve complained too and now I’m a part of...
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    Three Simple Rules for Better Debugging with WorkflowApplication

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    Developers often say that there is a steep learning curve with Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4).  I won’t deny that… instead, allow me to share three simple rules that will help you to get over that curve sooner and to make them easy to remember...
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    MSTest [DeploymentItem] and Environment Variables

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    Today I’ve been fixing up the build system for Microsoft.Activities and Microsoft.Activities.UnitTesting.  Over time I’ve been using a combination of strange tools and batch files to build things but it became such a mess I decided to take the time...
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    Visual Studio 11 Preview and .NET 4 Platform Update 1 Side by Side Bug

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    If you install the Visual Studio 11 Preview release on a machine that has .NET 4 Platform Update 1 installed you will find that projects targeting .NET 4 Platform Update 1 will fail to build properly.  The error you will get is 'System.Activities...
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    How to make a library portable and data binding friendly at the same time?

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    Here is the challenge.  Create a portable library that could be used by almost anything including Console Apps, Windows Phone, ASP.NET, Xbox 360 Make it data binding friendly for targets like WPF, Silverlight and Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps by supporting...
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    Brazil: Day 1

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    After flying all day yesterday and all night tonight I left the plane to a beautful and warm day here in Brazil. The morning mist rolled down the lush green hillsides surrounding Sao Paulo. I plugged in the GPS on my laptop and tracked our position on...
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    Composite UI Application Block - today is the day

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    Today is the day… I can’t put it off any longer – I have to dive in and learn about the CAB. “What?” You say “You don’t know the CAB!” Hey… I’ve been busy. I thought I would keep a journal of notes on my experience in learning this – maybe...
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    My Best Webcast - ever

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    Last week I gave the best webcast of my life (so far anyway...). All right, so I have only given about 5 webcasts but I keep getting better at this. Here was the interesting challenge. I signed up to deliver a webcast about the Asynchronous Invocation...
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    How much would you pay?

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    Everybody wants something for nothing, but we all know that this is not realistic. Architects know that their job is one of evaluating trade-offs. Often developers get into the trap of thinking that performance is the only thing that matters and if this...
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    Architecting the User Experience

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    Ok everybody... get your thinking caps on. I’m working on developing a new module for our train@skyscrapr architecture training courses. Today we are asking this question What are the essential baseline skills an architect needs to have for architecting...
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    Make your program run as admin on Vista

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    Whenever I look at sample code I always poke around to find interesting things.  I was looking over the new .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit and I found something interesting, They have some tools in the labs setup that run as administrator...
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