Windows Cardspace Meets Vista Media Center

It’s again time to post a new blog entry. This time I thought it may be interesting to see how Windows Cardspace can be used together with applications built on top of the Media Center Presentation Layer (WMCPL). So and why do I think that Cardspace can be of very good use especially in a…

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Smart Enconding Enables Content Reuse

As I work with many customers from the media and entertainment sector which naturally have a high affinity to Windows Media Center and Silverlight technologies I’m frequently asked the question on where the overlaps are between Media Center and Silverlight when it comes to supported Video and Audio formats. And this question is obvious as…

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WPF 3D - Blender Helps You Getting Productive

The last few days I played around with the 3d capabilities of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). After doing my first steps understanding the basics and and the differences between WPFs 2d and 3D coordinate-systems and painting manual sketches of my primitive 3D objects I found this kind of workflow for producing WPF 3D objects…

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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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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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