Checking For Installed Media Center Applications From MCML

With the new Windows Media Center Presentation Layer (WMCPL) programming model it becomes easy to create rich and interactive media center experiences. While WMCPL supports an online only deployment and delivery model namely Windows Media Center Presentation Layer Web Applications many applications will still need to have code artefacts installed locally on the client machine. This…

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Quick Win Series – Intellisense For WCF Service Configurations

If you ever wondered why you don’t have Intellisense support in Visual Studio 2005 when working on a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Service Configuration in a web project then here comes the workaround. The reason for that is that you add your service configuration to the web configuration of the web application. Therefore when the project…

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Guided Automation In Service Oriented Application Design

There are two major trends in enterprise development today. One is that the scenarios and environments are becoming more and more complex and the other is to align business capabilities with IT by implementing service oriented components and following service oriented patterns. Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to support both trends and help enterprises to implement services…

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Media Center@Vista – Let’s Unite What’s Been Separated

One great thing about most of today’s presentation layer technologies is that they not only support but sometimes even enforce a separation of application logic and the view. This is also true for the new Media Center presentation layer language called Media Center Markup Language (MCML) coming with Media Center on Windows Vista. It is a…

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WCF – Let’s Communicate (across borders)

This is an addition to my blog post from last friday. If you tried my little sample and it worked perfectly you probably had client and server running on the same physical machine. If you tried to access the server from a different machine the client requesting the service probably failed with a security exception…

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WCF – Let’s Start The Dialogue

With a current project as background I had another look at the duplex channel communication options in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Duplex channels are a great means to break the usual request/response pattern in web services communication. And they are useful as there are quite some scenarios where you would like to establish a bi-directional…

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TV Broadcast & Custom Media Center Applications

With the upcoming release of Windows Vista there is also a new version of Windows Media Center to be released. When it comes to developing custom applications for Vista Media Center you now, maybe unfortunately, have a choice of technology. While the only option within Windows XP Media Center Edition was to use DHTML and JScript you can now develop your applications either as…

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Got A Problem – Solve It With MSDN Solve

This time I would like to draw your attention to a new Subsite that was just launched on the German MSDN Site. MSDN Solve tries to help professional developers to overcome common obstacles and to meet the challenges in their everyday programming life. Therefore MSDN Solve provides practical help for those problems with easy to…

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When Psychology Meets Architecture

I attended a session about something that is called Perspective Based Architecture (PBA) and I have to admit I chose the title because I wanted to catch attention. I have to admit beause at the very formal core PBA is not all about pschological aspects of the design of today’s architectures. However in my opinion from…

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Stories About SOA – How Mature Are We, and who can tell anyway?

Depending on which media you are reading about service oriented architecture, service orientation or service oriented concepts you often will realize that it’s often only about the technical aspects of this paradigm. In essence it is often stated that if you create web services to expose functionality and you stick to the standards that are…

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