Supporting Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF)…

I don’t think that ‘support’ should block anyone from using the extensions to adopt WCF, as any projects created using the extensions will continue to work with Orcas. The only difference is that Service references created using the extensions will be treated as normal folders that can no longer be updated. The project should compile…

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Visual Basic Issue with Types that are generated using svcutil.exe (WCF)

If you generate a WCF VB proxy that contains a DataContract type using svcutil.exe, calling a method that returns the type will always incorrectly return an uninitialized type. This works correctly for C#.  John Stallo, a peer of mine, spent some time investigating this issue. Here’s the resolution: The problem is a namespace mismatch issue that…

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Consuming a MapPoint Web Service with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)…

The issue with the MapPoint service is that it uses digest authentication, but the WSDL itself does not contain any policy stating this. Therefore, when you generate proxy class and config to consume the Service, it will fail until you add the appropriate configuration and client credentials. If I have time, I’ll add another post…

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Using WCF in VB6?

One of the demos a peer of mine gave (Johnathan) included creating a .NET form with a Web reference that, using the interop toolkit (just released), could be called from a VB6 app. This is a great scenario because it enables those with a VB6 legacy code base to use some of the cool features…

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WCF Databindings (and the Data Sources window)

As my new role in the VB team, I’ve been tasked to look at WCF Data bindings and determine our story for Orcas and beyond from a tooling standpoint. As a part of the VB team, we are particularly interested in enabling the N-Teir RAD data story in the Orcas timeframe. What I’ve been giving…

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Moving on …

My time at VSTS – Arch has been very important to me. I have learnt a lot shipping VS2005 and working on Orcas planning. I have had the opportunity to work with great people and made great friends. I have also been really impressed with the leadership that the team has shown. Therefore, with mixed…

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Deployment Report Whitepaper…

Kitty interned last summer and this paper was a result of a lot of hard work that he put in: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/DeployDSD.asp Cheers, Ali

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Describing a software architect by the patterns he uses…

Jack Greenfield sent an email around that described the architect from the perspective of the patterns an architect uses: The basic working methods of the architects are covered by a limited set of very generic patterns:– Viewpoint hopping, looking at the problem and (potential) solutions from many points of view, see section 4.2.– Decomposition, breaking…

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Pedro now a lead on the DSL tools team…

I still remember conversations over lunch about how Pedro did not want to be a dev lead/manager, having done it before. How his real passion was development. Therefore, I was taken a back when I saw the announcement so I ran over to Pedro’s office to confirm. Evidently, they made him an offer he couldn’t…

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Encrypted Config Sections…

One of the limitations of our designers is that it does not support encrypted appSettings entries. After talking to customers, however, we have realized that this it is not a common scenario to encrypt the config sections during design and that it is usually done at deployment time. In fact, an advantage of the new…

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