Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter I

For enterprises, power users and people who simply don’t like the Azure administration portal but do use Windows Azure as an deployment option for their applications or services it may be desirable to integrate deployment and administration tasks into automatic processes and/or customized tools. To support that Microsoft provides a REST based Service Management API….


DHL Shipment Tracking Accelerator for IE8

Today it’s going to be a short and extremely non technical post however I thought this may be of interest to some of you. I had some spare time and was waiting for DHL to deliver my copy of Dragon Age: Origins. So I consulted the DHL tracking system quite a few times. And because…

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Installing IEAK IN A VPC without Disk Space Determination

If you try to install the Internet Explorer Administration Kit on a Virtual PC image you may have probably encountered the following situation The box shown above appears and stays there forever. The only option you have is to click the “Return” button and cancel the installation process. But as you may still want to…


Win7 your Visual Search if it speaks RSS

I already blogged quite a bit about the new Visual Search feature in Internet Explorer 8. Since this needs some customizations on the server side in order to create search responses that correspond to the Visual Search standard and are either in JSON or XML format changes are good that your search already is able…


Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF – Part V

With some delay here is the final part of the series on how to implement a IE8 Visual Search Service using WCF. In this last part I will deal with the small bits which are still open in order to be able to deploy a full functioning Visual Search service and those are: Simple caching…


Using IE8 Beta2 IEAK with RC1 Bits

The release of Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is just around the corner and fortunately there is a significant number of people and organization that want to release their own customized version of IE8. Luckily Microsoft publishes a tool that can let you easily customize IE8. The tool is called the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK)…

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Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF – Part IV

Well I have to hurry up a bit as I initially planned to have this series finished even a while ago and now I’m even struggling to finish it until the end of the year. Anyway here is the next part and as promised this time I will focus on the search providers which feed…

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Building A Visual Search Service For IE8 With WCF – Part III

It’s definitely about time to publish the promised third part of this series. This time I will cover the class model which I used to let the .Net XmlSerializer generate the necessary XML structure. I want to utilize almost the full breadth of the capabilities the Visual Search component is offering with respect of information…

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Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF – Part II

Welcome to part two of this series on how to implement a visual search service for IE8 using the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and other .Net technologies or libraries. The first part described the overall scenario of the service and today I want to go into a little more details with respect to the service…

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Building a Visual Search Service for IE8 with WCF – Part I

Beta 2 of Internet Explorer has been out for a while now and as you already know one of the new functionalities of Beta 2 is the visual search feature. Since there is a really extensive introduction about visual search and the steps on the IE8 side in this article on the Internet Explorer Team…

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