Matt Powell

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    Encrypting only 1 parameter of a WebMethod with WSE

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    You don't have to encrypt the entire body of a message with WSE. You can encrypt just certain pieces. Or you can encrypt some pieces with one key and other pieces with another key. You can find code that shows you how to encrypt part of a message here...
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    Rant: Don't return XML in string variables!

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    I have probably seen a half a dozen article submissions to MSDN in the last year with authors who do the following: // Bad Bad Bad [WebMethod] public string MyLameWebMethod() { XmlDocument dom = new XmlDocument(); // load some XML ... return...
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    Answers revealed: The Hallowed Halls of MSDN

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    As promised, here are the answers to the pop quiz from my last post : 1. According to Chris, what does PAG stand for? Prescriptive Architectural Guidelines 2. What does PAG really stand for? Prescriptive Architectural Guidance Extra...
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    The Don, Doug and Ted Show

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    Check out The Server Side .NET's Ted Neward interview Don Box and Doug Purdy on their roles on the Indigo team, their philosophies on Web service specifications, and what is good/bad about existing technologies and how to use them today to prepare for...
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    Clemens on .NET Rocks

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    Clemens Vasters from Newtelligence speaks on service-orientation on the latest .NET Rocks episode. Check it out ! -Matt
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    Speaking at Win-Dev in October

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    I'll be speaking at Win-Dev in Boston (Oct. 25 - 29th) on Reliability and Transactions with Web services. You can check out the whole Web Services Track here which has some great speakers lined up. Register Now . -Matt
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    Upcoming WS-ReliableMessaging Interop Workshop Details Available

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    Jorgen had us post the details for the upcoming WS-ReliableMessaging Interop Workshop hosted by BEA on May 12-13 in San Francisco. In addition to the reliable ping with and without failure scenarios from the previous WS-ReliableMessaging Workshop , they...
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    The Hallowed Halls of MSDN

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    Chris Sells gives a tour on Channel 9 of the hallowed halls of MSDN. Catch the show here . But in order to make sure you were paying attention and since its a topic near and dear to my heart, take out your pencils and a sheet of paper and answer...
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    WSE 2.0 Documentation is Now Online

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    We finally got the WSE 2.0 documentation up in the online MSDN library. If you haven't noticed, this is the first time we have had the WSE documentation in the library. I think we have everything in order now so that we will have WSE docs in the MSDN...
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    Message Based Security is Way Cool

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    Here at the Applied XML Developers Conference in the center of the unknown world, Stevenson, WA, there is definitely a well-represented camp that believes that SOAP envelopes are not particularly worth while and we should just use SSL for security. What...
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    Real Web Services Interoperability

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    Mr. Web Services Interoperability, Simon Guest, has just published 3 articles on real interoperability between toolkits: .NET Framework, IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, and Sun JWSDP. Real interop between the big boys (all playing pretty darn nicely together...
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    WS-* Specifications: Are there too many and are they too complex?

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    Tim Bray and others have questioned the plethora of WS-* specifications . Tim says: I still think the WS-* stack is bloated, opaque, and insanely complex. I think it’s going to be hard to understand, hard to implement, hard to interoperate, and hard to...
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    There is only one program...and it is still being written

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    I'm currently sitting in Doug Purdy's Web services versioning talk here at TechEd. The fact that we are here with Doug reminded a few of us of his earlier talk where he philosophized on the connectivity of applications. Apparently he will be talking a...
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    Gartner's Magic Quadrant Analysis says Msft Leads the Way

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    [UPDATE]: You can now get the report here . I didn't actually purchase the document, but the description says: Microsoft and IBM continue to lead the Web-services-enabled software market, with Oracle and SAP nearing leader status. Innovation in this market...
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    WS-Security Interop: This is a Big Deal

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    Last week we published Simon's new Web Services Interop page . He published a total of 3 articles on Web services interoperability. I held off headlining one of them on the MSDN Web Services Developer Center. Not because it wasn't important...it is very...
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    WinDev - Here I Am

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    I just arrived in Boston for WinDev 2004. This looks like an exceptional conference this year and based on the speakers presenting, it looks like the attendees are in for a real treat. Of course I will be spending my time with the Web Services track and...
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    John and Benjamin are at it again

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    John Bristowe and Benjamin Mitchell, Microsoft Regional Directors from opposite sides of the British Commonwealth, have come together once again in the world that is MSDN to add to their previous multimedia adventure by joining Carl and Rory on .NET Rocks...
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    WS-Addressing goes to W3C

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    I'm back from vacation and a lot of things have happened during my absence, for instance, SP1 for WSE 2.0 is now available. One of the bigger things that happened is that the WS-Addressing specification was formally submitted to the W3C . Authors on this...
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    Test Drive VS .NET to build a Web Service

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    Kent just posted a Visual Studio .NET simulator to walk viewers through three common tasks including building a Web service. This is pretty cool for beginners who would like to try out Visual Studio .NET but do not want to install it on their machines...
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    SOAP Toolkit Support Extended

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    In case you missed the news, Microsoft SOAP Toolkit support has been extended past the originally posted July 1, 2004 date. Full support will end in April 2005 and extended support will last until April 2008 which coincides with the support of Visual...
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    Wanted: VB Content Strategist

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    Congratulations to Duncan for the life-changing event . But Duncan has decided to make another change as well and will be moving into a full-time development position here within MSDN (although I believe we will still be hearing from him in the way of...
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    C'mon people, it's a NOTE!

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    I wander over to some of the other Web services sites once in awhile and see what they are saying. At IBM's site I saw this article . It has a lot of similarities to my article , and has some good info in it (I like mine better but I'm probably biased...
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    WSE WSE WSE

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    There's a lot of excitement here at TechEd about the WSE release. I got to watch Keith Ballinger's WSE Messaging talk and Benjamin Mitchell 's WSE Security talk. Both talks had a full room. For some reason all the Connected Systems track presentations...
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    Free MapPoint Web Service for MSDN Subscribers

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    If you are an MSDN Subscriber, there is currently an offer where you can get a MapPoint Web Service account for free. Find all the details here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/productinfo/enterprise/ And if you want to become an MSDN Subscriber...
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    Simon Guest: Top Ten Interop Tips

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    Okay...I'm through most of my email from vacation...starting to catch up on blog posts. Mr. Interop, Simon Guest, has a great post giving his top ten tips for Web service interoperability . Check it out. -Matt
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