WCF Syndication article in MSDN Magazine…

It seems that the RSS/Atom article I wrote for MSDN magazine was just published: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/08/01/WCFinOrcas/default.aspx The RTM version of .NET 3.5 was not available when I wrote the article, so I avoided the extensibility capabilites of the API. Perhaps that’s fodder for another article.

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Hamsters, Robots, and Services

This is one of the more interesting videos I’ve seen in a while: http://www.irobot.com/create/videos/bionic%20hamster.html I’ve been poking around a bit in the Microsoft Robotics Studio on and off for the past few months, and I’m intrigued by their approach to services, tasks, and coordination. From what I can tell, it seems just plain brilliant. Since…

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TechEd 2007 Barcelona Content

I just got back from TechEd Barcelona. It was my first time visiting Barcelona. I gave several talks, but still had a bit of time to see parts of the city. All in all, I had a great time. During my sessions, I promised that I would publish my decks and code samples. BizTalk Services…

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It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane. No, what the heck is it?

I’m not sure if my grammar for the title of this post is correct. I offer my apology to those that I’ve offended (Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a great book). Check out Blurb.com. It’s a way to self-publish a book that contains practically anything. Based on the price list, it seems like a very…

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What’s a Cybertopian?

If you do a web search on the term, you may find definitions that are less than flattering. That was certainly not my intention when naming this blog. I got the term from an interesting book I read a while back titled “Electric Dreams” (by Ted Friedman). If you like thinking about how computers fit…

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Setting HTTP Headers in WCF (.NET 3.5)

One of the cool parts of WCF in the .NET 3.5 is the simplified support of the REST architectural style. URIs, HTTP verbs, and HTTP headers are 1st class citizens in the programming model. Each of these citizens is interesting. I’ll focus a bit on HTTP headers here. HTTP headers dictate a wide array of…

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Check out Picture Services

A few days ago we released a new sample called Picture Services. As the name implies, this sample centers on pictures. More specifically, it demonstrates how to use the WCF API in the .NET Framework 3.5 to syndicate images from your local machine and expose them via a REST endpoint. There’s been a fair amount…

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On a personal note

I’m not one to make this blog a place for personal posts, but I have to make an exception today. Matt Winkler and I have been in Australia and New Zealand for their respective TechEd conferences. All in all it has been a productive trip. Yesterday we had some personal time, so Matt and I decided to…

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ASP.NET, WCF, and Asynchronous Programming

Jeffrey Richter told me once that a CPU was a terrible thing to waste. I don’t know if he was the one to coin the term – in fact, I think he told me someone else coined that term. Regardless of where it came from, the principle behind that phrase is solid. All too often,…

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What is the Web 2.0?

I often ask this question to people, and I’ve come to expect a wide array of answers. Last week I got one that may actually stand the test of time (we tend to re-define things in this industry). Web 2.0 may very well be a service mark (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/26/web_2point0_battle/) owned by O’Rielly Media. Whoa.

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