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Archives / 2009 / November
  • Brad Abrams on RIA Services with EF

    Abrams basically walked through a typical RIA Services app and most of it is familiar to anyone who has studied the RIA Services documentation and walkthrough. However there were several new things specific to VS2010 and the new bits. Continue reading...

  • WCF 4

    You no longer need to describe in detail all of the configuration for endpoints, bindings and protocols. For example, if you wipe out your web.config then basicHttp protocol is used by default. Also, and this is obscure, by default WCF 4 will act as a protocol bridge. If the client request is SOAP 1.1 but the back end service is SOAP 1.2 the bridge will transform the message automatically, which is transparent both to the client and service. In effect then the client can be an old skool app speaking SOAP 1.1 in http and the back end service can be SOAP 1.2 in tcp and no additional endpoints need to be configured. You do need to create a RoutingService to support routing behavior. Continue reading...

  • VS2010 and MS Deploy

    VS2010 along with the existing project templates for SQL Server 2005/8 will now allow you to configure a complete build package that targets any environment as well as the database. Vishal Joshi did a demo at PDC that was pretty sweet. His blog is http://bit.ly/vijoshi and he has a lot of notes on known issues, release notes, and links to documentation. No longer will it be necessary to get the DBA and the sys admin to coordinate the push to staging or prod. Continue reading...

  • Silverlight 4 Beta Announced

    Just when I was getting used to SL 3, Scott Guthrie announced today at PDC that SL 4 Beta is now available at silverlight.net. Among the new features he demonstrated: Continue reading...

  • Windows 7 Development

    "Building Windows is like building a movie theatre." Microsoft provides the seats, lobby, screen, and so on and we provide the movie. Windows 7 development: research showed that 55% of Windows 7 beta testers had 1024 x 768 screen resolutions. Really? Continue reading...

  • Microsoft PDC09 Keynote Address

    Microsoft announced the new bits at PDC keynote today. The theme? Cloud, cloud, and more cloud. The Azure platform goes into production on Jan 1. In beta through the next several months are new cloud platform tools: AppFabric (previously code named "Dublin") and Endpoint. From what I understand AppFabric provides a unified hosting environment for WCF and Workflow, SQL Azure database caching, and can be configured right in IIS. Endpoint seems to be a discovery service for web services all over the world. You can search it and get all the information you need to consume that data in your application. It probably uses the REST protocol. Microsoft showed a pretty cool demo with the NASA web service that involved showing 3D landscapes of pictures taken by the Mars Rover. You could do a serious mashup in a .NET app with Endpoint. Continue reading...