Hosting Enhancements in .NET4 and Windows Server AppFabric

This blog post drills down on the various hosting capabilities of WCF and WF in .NET 4 and for Window Server AppFabric as introduced in in the Introduction to AppFabric blog entry. When referring to hosting, I am discussing the features of the “application environment”, which enables execution and management of the applications. The .NET…


Getting started with Windows Server AppFabric

In a previous post we introduced Windows Server AppFabric, a set of extensions to the Windows Application Server that “make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on Internet Information Services (IIS).” AppFabric enhances the Application Server role in Windows by providing some features out of the box that…


WCF Interoperability Highlighted at PDC and ApacheCon

At PDC this week we had a booth to showcase the interoperability that WCF gives you through its support for the WS-* protocols.  In particular, we highlighted an Apache incubator project called  Stonehenge.  At Stonehenge we work together with a growing list of WS-* vendors (WSO2, Sun, SpringSource, and soon Progress) to build samples and…


Claims-based security with Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and WCF

There is a great article in MSDN Magazine this month by Michele Bustamante on using WIF to implement claims-based security in WCF Services: It’s gets to the right level of detail to make it crystal clear.  Spend all weekend reading the docs, or spend an hour with Michele’s article? Hmmm… easy choice!


The WCF services ecosystem

At PDC, Microsoft announced the rebranding of ADO.NET Data Services as WCF Data Services and of .NET RIA Services as WCF RIA Services. This is not just a product marketing decision – it is also a technical commitment to provide a coherent and unified services story on .NET. The current implementations of ADO.NET Data Services…


New Web Services features in Silverlight 4 Beta

Cross-posted from the Silverlight Web Services Team Blog.  This morning at PDC ’09 ScottGu just announced the availability of Silverlight 4 Beta. Later on today I am going on to present the latest improvements around networking and web services and I’ll link to the full talk as soon as it is available online. In this…


Developing and Managing Services with Windows Server AppFabric

Today at PDC we are excited to introduce the Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1. AppFabric evolves the existing application server capabilities of Windows Server to make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on Internet Information Services (IIS). For Web applications, AppFabric provides caching capabilities to provide high-speed access,…


PDC 2009: Developing REST Applications with the .NET Framework

Attending Microsoft PDC 2009? Then come hear Henrik Frystyk Nielsen’s presentation on Developing REST Applications with the .NET Framework. The talk gives an overview of REST principles and why REST is becoming popular beyond traditional Web applications. Learn how to write applications that produce and consume RESTful services using the .NET Framework 4 and the improvements…


Common User Mistake in .NET 4: Mistyping the WF/WCF Service Configuration Name

Today I am blogging about a common mistake that several developers have committed when using our latest .NET 4 bits. This user experience has its origin in the simplified configuration work developed in this upcoming version of the framework. I will summarize it with the following scenario. Suppose you would like to write a new…


New Beta 2 docs to help with code migration (from .NET 3.x and .NET 4 Beta 1)

Fresh on the heels of the beta 2 release of .NET 4/Visual Studio 2010, the team has been working on supplemental documentation to help you out with evaluation and adoption of WCF and WF in .NET 4. Last week, two sets of documentation went live: WF4 Migration Guidance: The WF team updated the documents to…