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    Top Ten Tips for Web Services Interoperability

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    I thought it might be fun to put together a "Top Ten Tips for Web Services Interoperability" - especially between .NET and IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and some of the open source toolkits. I'd love to add other people's experiences, findings and comments...
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    WSE 2.0 Trace Tool

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    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been searching for tools to display trace output for WSE 2.0. Many tools available today seem to be too expensive, over engineered, complex to install or don’t offer the features I want. My criteria for the perfect trace...
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    Architect Personas

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    I’ve sat through many architect events over the past few years and one thing that always strikes me is how different one self claimed “architect” attendee can be from another. For example, I saw two architects sitting together at a recent event – one...
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    Off Topic: MSN Toolbar Suite

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    I installed the MSN Toolbar Suite today. I've never used the Google desktop equivalent, so I can't comment on how it compares - but I do like the power of searching everything from Windows Explorer, especially using my keyboard shortcuts. In the past...
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    Implementing Getting Things Done using Outlook 2007

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    Last week, I made the switch from Office 2003 to Office 2007 Beta 2. Prior to the upgrade I was organizing my “stuff to do” using David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and using the NetCentrics GTD Add In for Outlook. Unfortunately, as I...
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    Visit the New Web Services Interoperability Home!

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    Today sees the launch of a new home on MSDN for Web Services Interoperability and Integration. This site includes features and articles and recommendations for acheiving interoperability and integration using Web Services. The site launches with three...
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    Project Niobe

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    Every once in a while, it’s nice to let off steam and blog about a project you’ve been working on for the past few months. Well, it’s my turn and the project in question is a prototype I’ve been working on with a number of customers...
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    Using soap.tcp between Microsoft WSE and Apache Axis

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    You may know that Microsoft WSE 2.0 has the ability to use other transports other than HTTP for Web Services. Supplied "in the box" are implementations of soap.tcp and soap.inproc. When speaking at recent events I've had a few people approach me and ask...
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    Getting Multiple Virtual PCs to Work Together

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    I'm a big fan of using multple Microsoft Virtual PC images, especially for demos and development. My current machine has a second hard disk that is dedicated to images that I use for such work. One of the problems I've run into in the past is getting...
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    Top Ten Tips for Using Virtual PC 2004

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    I'm a big fan of using Virtual PC for both developing and prototyping new software - enabling me to try new and untested stuff, while leaving my main laptop intact for Email and Office. While Virtual PC isn't a match for the raw power of a separate development...
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    What do you need to know to be an IT Architect?

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    Update: This post has moved to here . My team has been spending a fair amount of time recently asking this question "What is it that you need to know to be an IT Architect?". What you should be reading? What skills should you be honing? Who should...
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    Samsung i700 PocketPC phone

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    My New Year's resolution for 2005 was to get a new phone. I've been pondering over this for a while, and putting aside the jealousy of my friend's phones in Europe and Asia, I took the plunge with a new purchase. My requirements for a new phone were:...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. Null dates.

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    One Web services interoperability issue that I have been investigating recently has to do with using null DateTime values between .NET and Java. Here's the problem: System.DateTime in the CLR is considered a value type, where as the equivalent in Java...
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    WseTrace 1.0.5

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    I have now uploaded a new version of WseTrace to a GotDotNet workspace. For those that haven't seen the previous version, WseTrace is a small utility to graphically display and manage the trace files created by WSE 2.0. It is designed to be: - Easy to...
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    AxisTCP

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    Interoperability between Microsoft WSE 2.0 and Apache Axis 1.2 RC2 using a SOAP TCP Channel Summary: This article shows how to extend the usage of the SOAP TCP channel, a sample custom transport supplied with Microsoft Web Services Enhancements (WSE)...
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    How to do MTOM Interop

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    In my JavaOne session yesterday I showed (what I believe to be) the first MTOM Interop demo between .NET and Java using publicly available toolkits. For those that don't know MTOM (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism) is the new specification...
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    5 Options for Backing Up My Home PC

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    I'm recovering from losing both the power-supply and hard disk of my home PC after we just moved house. I'll cut a long story short by saying that there was a loud bang and smoke coming out of my Shuttle XPC after I unpacked it from moving. After a...
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    Updated: WS-Security Interop with Sun JWSDP 1.5

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    A few people have asked where the update is for WS-Security interop between WSE 2.0 and Sun's JWSDP 1.5, which I mentioned in this post . For those who are looking for this, I've uploaded the code to here . Updated document will be on MSDN shortly...
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    Removing the intimacy to create services

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    Ram is back from vacation has been blogging on the subject of SOA and OO . While I agree with option C in Ram’s post, some of his comments took me back to the PDC talk where Don was explaining the difference between a service and an object...
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    Off Topic: MSN Deskbar Clip

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    Since installing the MSN Toolbar suite last week (see previous posts), I've setup quite a number of shortcuts. Amongst others, this includes one called blog which points to http://weblogs.asp.net/smguest . This is great, but people often Email me and...
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    Getting Things Done - Command Line Processor

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    I’ve been doing a ton of work recently around user experience (UX) – and the importance of UX for architects. One thing that has become apparent is context for user interfaces – often the prettiest, most glamorous user experience does not lead to the...
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    ARC202 - Slides from TechEd 2006

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    I've now uploaded my slides (hosting space courtesy of Mark ) from my user experience presentation at TechEd 2006 this week. You can find them here: PowerPoint 2003 Format (60Mb) PowerPoint 2007 Beta 2 Format (20Mb) *** Update - Fixed link (again...
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    Review of WSCF

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    This week, Christian Weyer of Thinktecture released a tool called WSCF (WS Contract First), designed to help promote developing Web Services using a WSDL first approach - and hence make services naturally more interoperable. Instead of just posting a...
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    On-Demand Web Casts Now Available!

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    Due to popular demand, I've put up the links to 14 Web Casts on Web Services Interoperability. These are short (approx 20 minutes each), to-the-point videos that show how to write interoperable Web services and clients, using an XSD first approach. Enjoy...
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    When is Microsoft going to support JMS?

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    Wow, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question...! A high number of posts on this subject have been circulating recently. I wanted to spend a couple of minutes to first define what JMS really is, and summarize the Interop options that...
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