Enable .NET 3.5 goodies in IIS vdir

Some of you may be oddballs like me:  you like .NET, you program in .NET, but you don’t always use Visual Studio.   You hand-code everything for some applications.  You often open up a text editor and just start writing a source module, with no wizards, no project templates, etc.  You hand-code your MSbuild files.  You…

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Geneva supports OASIS WS-Trust, SAML

Last week at the PDC 2008, Microsoft released the public beta of “Geneva”.    “Geneva” is three things: Geneva Server.  This is a security token service (STS), as defined in the OASIS WS-Trust specification.  This thing issues and transforms claims, manages user access, and enables automated federation. Geneva Framework.  This is a managed (.NET) Framework…

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Connect WebSphere and Java applications to SQL Server

FYI: The MS JDBC Driver is completely tested by IBM for use with WebSphere App Server v6.1 and v7.0. From the IBM Announcement for WebSphere Application Server v7.0:  WebSphere Application Server V7.0 does not include the WebSphere Connect JDBC driver that had been provided in WebSphere Application Server V6.1. To replace the functionality provided by…

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Such a deal! MSDN for startups

Today Microsoft announced BizSpark: http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/bizspark This program gives ISV startup with less than USD$1m in annual revenue (lower amounts for some other countries – for example it’s just USD$250k for Egypt) free access to MSDN subscriptions. Nice. You get Visual Studio, Expression, VSTS, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, SharePoint Server, Windows Server – all you need…

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REST in WCF: Varying response content type based on HTTP Request Headers

Damian Mehers made a comment on my blog post from April, but I felt it was worth a full reblog. Damian’s used the same WCF extensibility points I used to produce some boilerplate that varies the response content type from JSON to XML, based on the Accept or Content-Type header of the GET request.  He extends WebHttpBehavior to…

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It just got easier to build REST apps in .NET

The REST starter kit that we launched at PDC is now live! :: http://www.msdn.com/wcf/rest . The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that help people build REST apps using WCF.  WCF, part of the .NET Framework, got some enhancements for REST support in the .NET 3.5 release.  This…

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Microsoft joins AMQP

Microsoft joins AMQP It’s very good to see this. For those that don’t know, AMQP is the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, a nascent middleware standard that describes an interoperable protocol for application messaging systems. Driven primarily by companies, and not by vendors, AMQP aims to introduce new innovation, more competition, and better interop between messaging…

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IIRF v1.2.15 is released – open source URL Rewriting on IIS6

I have previously written about IIRF.   Here I go again:  IIRF has now has been updated to v1.2.15.  IIRF is Ionic’s Isapi Rewrite Filter.  It is a small, cheap, easy to use, URL rewriting ISAPI filter that combines a good price (free!) with good features. It is fast and powerful. It works on IIS 5.0, 5.1,…

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DotNetZip revs to v1.6 – now with Unicode support

The v1.6 release of DotNetZip is now available.  DotNetZip is the open source Zip Library for .NET, available at http://www.codeplex.com/DotNetZip . Major new features: Unicode support, as well as support for arbitrary code pages. Now you can build zip files that have names with Unicode characters. Large file support.  Full streaming architecture means you can…

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Eclipse tools for Silverlight and .NET

There is now an Eclipse project, Eclipse4SL, to produce tools that work with Microsoft Silverlight.  See Neil Hutson’s blog post for some details. For those of you who have day jobs and find it hard to keep up with all the code-names and product names coming out of Microsoft, Silverlight is the name a cross-browser, cross-platform,…

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