2009 Year in Review

Another year’s worth of stats from the world around us. Due to the way the calendar falls this year I’m putting the year end post out on the last day of the year with no post Friday due to the holiday. The number of posts for the year ended up at 256, one more than…

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Deploying WCF RIA Services System Files

WCF RIA Services are not a part of the base framework install. That means that when it’s time to move your application from your development machine to some other system you’re the one that’s responsible for installing the WCF RIA Services system files if they aren’t already present. This isn’t done automatically for you as…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta and 2008 Trial VMs

Virtual machine images for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 are now available for download. Using a virtual machine image allows you to try out software without having a dedicated machine for testing. The machine image is available in a variety of formats. On the download page you’ll see that the image for each format has…

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Azure AppFabric December Release

Azure AppFabric is a part of the Azure Services Platform that provides a service bus, an infrastructure piece for connecting together different components in a distributed application, and an access control service, allowing integration of those connected components with identity providers. These services have previously been under a variety of names, such as .Net Services…

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Fix for Slow IO Thread Startup

The CLR team has recently released a fix for slow startup of asynchronous IO threads that may affect WCF users. After startup, asynchronous IO threads are created at a slow pace to avoid spikes in the number of threads. Having extra idle threads consume system resources needlessly. Having too few available threads creates a performance…

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ASP.NET MVC 2 Release Candidate

Last week also delivered onto us a release candidate for ASP.NET MVC 2. MVC is a model-view-controller framework on top of the existing ASP.NET runtime that separates display and application logic as well as makes test-driven development of ASP.NET applications easier. MVC could be used with a variety of types of web applications but is…

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Identity and Federation Services Releases

Windows Identity Foundation is an add-on for .Net 3.5 that provides support for building applications that use claims-based security. Claims-based security is the model used to implement single sign on, federation, delegation, and similar types of cross-boundary security scenarios in modern systems. The release for Windows Identity Foundation originally came out at PDC but support…

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Mono 2.6 and Moonlight 2 Released

Earlier this week marked the releases of Mono 2.6, an open source implementation of C# and the Common Language Runtime, as well as Moonlight 2, an open source implementation of Silverlight 2. Mono 2.6 marks the first substantial implementation of a subset of WCF (essentially the subset defined by Silverlight) as well as many other…

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Dynamic Routing Updates

Can I modify the message filters used by a routing service after the service is started? No, the filter objects are not thread safe. Modifying the message filters while the routing service is running creates the risk of getting incorrect results while the filter is being changed. This is especially noticeable when the filters might…

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Where UDDI Went

UDDI is a standardized enterprise repository for cataloging web services and other modules according to geography, organizations, or other categorization schemes. A common use for UDDI is service discovery among a set of trusted nodes. If you’ve been using UDDI Services with Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008, then you may have noticed that…

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