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January CTP version of WinFX released, and includes a Go-Live license for WCF and WF!
Today's January CTP drop of WinFX includes a Go-Live License for Windows Communcation Foundation (Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation ! Wow! Windows Presentation Foundation, my friend Avalon, has (conspicuously) yet to receive its Go-Live status. In fact, there were no changes to the Avalon...
18 Jan 2006
John Grace at INDA on .NET build tools -- More like that!
At last night's INDA Cork meeting, I was co-presenting with local expert John Grace, who spoke with great authority and passion on .NET build tools, including Nant, FXCop, NDoc, and installers. John's a great speaker, and has over 8 years of real-world project experience. He was quick to point out...
17 Jan 2006
WSE 3.0 talk at the INDA Cork Usergroup Meeting
Last night, I spoke about service-oriented development using Web Services and WSE 3.0 at the INDA Cork usergroup meeting. I always enjoy coming down to Cork for these presentations, and INDA Cork's Joe Gill wrote some kind words and posted some photos from the presentations. I decided to focus on...
17 Jan 2006
Irish .NET Usergroup Activities Next Week - Cork, Dublin, Limerick
January will see a number of .NET usergroup events in Ireland, some of which are listed here, on the developers.ie site . I’m going to be in Cork and Limerick next week myself, and Aiden O'Connor will be speaking in Dublin on Windows Workflow Foundation, which is not to be called WWF or confused with...
10 Jan 2006
Live goes Live - More on the Windows Live Ideas
I spent a little more time this afternoon with the other Windows Live betas . These are some preliminary thoughts: Windows Live Safety Center and Windows OneCare Live are just good ideas. If they’re executed well, many people will be very thankful. I've previously mentioned Windows Live Local ...
5 Jan 2006
Live goes Live - Live.com and Live.com Gadgets
After watching Bill Gates' keynote at yesterday's CES , I was intrigued by Windows Live , and spent some time this morning exploring all of the available betas on the Windows Live Ideas page. The blanket goal of Live is to empower people by making everything in their online lives "work simply and...
5 Jan 2006
'Tis the Season to be Coding! (More Sudokus, More X-Box 360 Shenanigans, and the WinFX December CTP!)
Cormac O'Brien pointed me to his brother's .NET Sudoku Solver that uses a rich Windows Forms interface to show you each step it takes to solve the puzzle! And Don Box has festively raised the stakes of what can be done using .NET and an X-Box 360 Controller, by adding a dash of SOAP and -- wait for...
20 Dec 2005
ASP.NET 2.0 Provider model - the guts, the glory, the goodness
It looks like I'm going to be presenting the Web Developer content at the Belfast launch next week, in addition to another riveting performance of the keynote demos! So I've turned some of my thoughts back to ASP.NET 2.0. I still think the Provider model -- which handles high-level concepts like site...
17 Nov 2005
Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 RTM and are available to download for MSDN Subscribers!!
Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 have been Released To Manufacturing! They're available to download now for MSDN Subscribers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/ Redistributable packages, such as the final .NET Framework 2.0 , are also publicly available. Let the downloading begin...
27 Oct 2005
Encrypting strings in an ASP.NET 2.0 configuration file
Today, a small group of us learned heaps walking through the WCF hands-on labs from PDC05. In the course of walking through the WCF exercises, we stumbled across an encrypted connection string in a Web.Config file. Encrypting that string seemed like a good idea to me, but we didn't know how to go...
13 Oct 2005
On SQL Server 2005 Web Service integration
My Cork and Galway SQL Server 2005 presentations featured thoughtful questions on Web Service Endpoint integration that I wasn't able to answer completely (and occasionally at all!). That prompted a thorough, if belated, literature search, which I'll summarize here: On SQL Server 2005 Web Service...
13 Oct 2005
TechEd Europe report: Andrew Lees Keynote: Ready for Business
Andrew Lees Keynote: Ready for Business Andrew Lees' opening keynote session at TechEd Europe 2005, "Ready for Business," discussed how Microsoft innovations across the board address productivity and security challenges from three viewpoints in an organization: Developer, IT Pro, and Information Worker...
5 Jul 2005
From Interop to Indigo
There's been a run of great technical discussions in Dublin. As Bill writes , Dino Chiesa 's discussion of interop at the IrishDev meeting last week was fantastic. Dino is a dynamic and eloquent speaker, and he reminded us all of the huge range of interop options that are available to the creative...
2 May 2005
Last Tuesday's Belfast MSDN day: ASP.NET 2.0 follow-up
Many thanks to everyone who attended the packed ASP.NET 2 session in Belfast last Tuesday! I've had a number of requests for the Olive website code that we wrote during the 3-hour coding bonanza. I’ve handed it off to Damien McGivern, who has hosted the code on the NIMTUG site . I’ve made some minor...
10 Mar 2005
When RSS feeds take over the world
It’s been a day for seeing RSS feeds being used in interesting ways. This dude has taken Bungie’s RSS feed that reports Halo 2 player stats, and brought it into an Excel application so that you can analyze your fragging ability using all sorts of pretty graphs. You can even use it to visualize the answers...
13 Jan 2005
Interoperability Month begins Jan 18: Webcast Schedule online
Microsoft announces a month-long Webcast series focusing on interoperability – why it matters to businesses, common strategies and methods, and guidance on specific implementation scenarios between the major platform players. This series will feature over 40 Webcasts which include brand-new technical...
10 Jan 2005
Contractual Obligations (or, 'First Contact with Contracts')
Christian Weyer led a very interesting discussion last night at the IrishDev meeting about the importance of Contract-First Web Service design. What Visual Studio needs, in his estimation, is a good WSDL designer that would allow architects to focus on the service contract, instead of being fully abstracted...
17 Dec 2004
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