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    Getting Started with the Service Bus Samples for Windows 8

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    As part of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 , we recently released a sample library for accessing Service Bus from Windows 8 metro style applications and a sample metro app demonstrating how to use some basic Service Bus functionality. In this...
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    AppFabric Service Bus on NuGet and CodePlex

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    Today, the Service Bus team is happy to announce a couple of initiatives to make it even easier to get started learning and using the Service Bus: the AppFabric Service Bus NuGet Package and the Service Bus Samples CodePlex Site . Both our Samples and...
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    Using the Service Bus via REST / HTTP

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    The new Service Bus Durable Messaging features introduced with the May 2011 CTP are really cool, and what's even better than a slew of new messaging features added to the AppFabric is the fact that many of them are accessible from clients on any platform...
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    Getting Access Control Service Tokens via HTTP

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    Some people like to say that French is the language of love. Others - mainly those with more interest in slipping you a network stack than an afrodisiac - will tell you that HTTP is the protocol equivalent. The AppFabric Service Bus loves HTTP too, and...
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    Some Thoughts on Test Frameworks

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    It might not be the sexiest of topics, but building, consuming, extending and debugging Test Frameworks is a large part of any SDET 's day. Traditional wisdom teaches us to write abstraction layers - often many of them - to shield test cases from changes...
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    Getting Started with Service Bus v2 (October CTP) - Connection Points

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    Last week at PDC we released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of a new version of Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus. You can download the SDK, Samples and Help on the Microsoft Download Center. There’s plenty new in this release and the first is...
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    Windows Authentication, ADFS and the Access Control Service

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    Its just a few weeks ago that I started looking in more detail at the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (or just ACS to its friends) and one of the first things I wanted to figure out was how to federate between my on-premise Active Directory...
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    How to figure out when your ACS Auth Token Expires

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    If you’re using the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) you’ve probably encountered a Simple Web Token (SWT) accessed via the Web Resource Authorization Protocol (WRAP). Doing this recently, I wanted to figure out when my...
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    The Fibonnaci Sequence using C# Iterators

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    Iterators in C# are probably one of the least understood and most wonderful features the language has. They were added in C# 2.0 and are the magic that gives LINQ its Deferred Execution goodness. Anyway, I was needing an arbitrary length list of Guids...
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    European Tech Talk Tour

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    For a few days this autumn (or is it Winter now?) I’ll be out and about talking to great uni students about Microsoft Codename ‘M’, and some of the fantastic technical opportunities for graduates at Microsoft. Here are some resources: Apply for a Position...
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    A selection of things which rocked my world this week

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    Its been a fun and exciting week. Not only has Copenhagen managed to give us sunshine for days at a time, but I received my new tablet pc and home server too! Tablet PCs are the coolest thing. Ever. To help me to be a better ‘mobile worker’ (i.e. work...
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