Silverlight 3 Business Applications Made Easy

Jörg an I created a new RIA Template and sample application for enterprise applications based on Silverlight 3 and the Silverlight Toolkit. This Visual Studio template and sample application provides a basic structure with sample code for an Enterprise RIA. The intention of providing this was to show how Microsoft Silverlight 3 can be used…


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…


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 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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Some Reflections About Software Plus Services

Yesterday I held a high level session about S+S at the Basta conference in Frankfurt. After the session I asked some attendees about if the concept (I don’t use the term strategy on purpose) became clear. Unfortunately the feedback was mixed. One response I got was even that S+S is not really something relevant for…

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Cardspace – Want To Take A Even Deeper Look?

Two days ago I found a small parcel in my office mailbox which contained a copy of a new book written by one of my architect evangelist colleagues Vittorio Bertocci together with Garret Serack and Caleb Baker. Its title is:”Understanding Windows Cardspace”. And although you my dear reader probably already have a quite good understanding of Windows…

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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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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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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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