Ron Jacobs

Windows Workflow Foundation

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  • Ron Jacobs

    Doing Better with Less

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    All across the world things are slowing down.  In many places they have come to a dead stop.  As I write this blog entry I’m sitting at the Seattle airport heading out to Chicago where I will deliver the keynote address to the MSDN Developers...
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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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    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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    ADO.NET Entity Framework Hands On Lab

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    Wow - I just completed the ADO.NET Entity Framework lab and this was really a useful introduction to the Entity framework.  In the lab you build a working WPF application based on the AdventureWorks database.  Not only did it help me with the...
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    .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit and Getting it working with SQL 2008

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    Today as a part of my learning resolution I decided to run through the hands on labs for ADO.NET Entity Framework from the .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit .  I downloaded and installed it on an old WinXP machine and set to work on the...
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    My Tech New Years Resolution

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    Don't you love new beginnings?  At the beginning of a year it seems anything is possible.  Perhaps that is why we feel compelled to think about how we can make 2009 a better year than last year.  I see that my last blog entry was Nov 21...
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    New WCF REST Hands On Lab Drop

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    Just released the November 2008 version of the WCF REST Starter Kit Hands On Lab .  This drop now includes a full lab on the REST Collection template.  With unit test coverage that demonstrates testing of a RESTful service for GET, PUT, POST...
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    Testing RESTful Services and Win7 Updates

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    I've been writing some tests for a new hands on lab based on the REST Collection template from the WCF REST Starter Kit.  I'm planning on using these tests in the lab to illustrate how to call a RESTful service for add, update, delete purposes. ...
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    Ready to learn more about REST with WCF?

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    Now that the WCF REST Starter Kit is out I'm happy to say that we have provided some great resources for learning all about it. Aaron Skonnard has put together a terrific set of screencasts for endpoint.tv to give you a great introduction to REST with...
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    WorkflowServices and Context Binding

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    While preparing for one of my Tech-Ed EMEA talks (SOA303 - Long Running Conversations in Workflow Services 3.5 and 4.0) I decided that it was important to make a point about context binding.  The point is that you don't have to use the context bindings...
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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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    Windows 7 - Day 3

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    So far I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised at the speed and stability of Windows 7.   It is much faster at most things.  One thing that really used to annoy me with both WinXp and Windows Vista was how long it took to display a...
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    Windows 7 Here We Come!

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    I'm writing this blog entry on a newly installed pre-Alpha version of Windows 7.  I know... am I crazy?  I installed Windows 7 on my main laptop.  Well... we shall see.  After getting a glimpse of Windows 7 at the PDC and some hallway...
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    More Video on the WCF REST Starter Kit

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    I recently recorded some video podcasts for the OnMicrosoft podcast series.  If you want to hear more about the WCF REST Starter Kit or listen in to Matt Winkler and I discussing workflow and the WCF 3.5 Unleashed book check these out. Inside the...
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    WF 4.0: A First Look at Microsoft PDC 2008

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    This week we are finally taking the wraps off of Workflow 4.0 and Monday we had a great talk from Kenny Wolf introducing Workflow 4.0.  The great news is that it is already live on Channel 9 along with some other episodes of endpoint.tv where I asked...
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    WCF REST Starter Kit

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    The big day is finally here - the release of the WCF REST Starter Kit .  A few months ago when I first started learning about REST with WCF I found it was possible to build RESTful services with WCF but it wasn't easy.  I started working with...
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    Clean that Project

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    Have you ever noticed that when you tell VS to "Clean" it doesn't really clean?  I don't know what it actually does but after a clean I still see bin and obj folders under my project.  When I want to share code with people I usually...
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    Building A Better Sample Application

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    Lately I've been working with the product teams on building new things that will be revealed at PDC 2008 (you are going aren't you?)  such as WCF and WF in .NET 4.0 and "Dublin" .  I'll have many more details on this to come but today...
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    Securing AJAX services with ASP.NET Membership

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    With the increasing amount of AJAX being used these days a lot of people are creating a security hole and many of them haven't really even thought about it.  Sure you have a site where people log-in.  You have protected your directories with...
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    Tip: Accessing the GAC Quickly and Easily

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    Have you ever been working with a colleague who asked you to do something like show me the GAC and then told you the coolest trick in the book about how to do it? Then for a brief moment you feel like a total dork because you didn't know how to do this...
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    Unit Testing Activities with Windows Workflow Foundation

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    The other day somebody asked me about unit testing activities without writing a test workflow.  While it might be possible to unit test some of the business logic that the class does outside of a workflow it seems to me that you need to test these...
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    TDD and Windows Workflow Foundation

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    In the past year I learned a lot about unit testing and TDD in general.  After meeting some very passionate TDD type guys like Peter Provost (see this ARCast.TV interview for more) and Roy Osherove I became convinced that this style of development...
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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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    The Road to "Oslo"

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    Have you heard about "Oslo"?  This code name applies to a wave of technologies coming your way in the future.  Most of the details have not been released yet but on today's episode of endpoint.tv I interview David Chappell about his...
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    SOAP and REST a Perspective

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    To many people when it comes to web services it is SOAP vs. REST.  I don't like to think of it that way.  I'd prefer to say SOAP and REST.  It seems to me that there is room for both.  Many of you, like me until recently, know little...
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