MySpace does WCF

My friend Vittorio has posted that MySpace will be talking about WCF at Mix 2008 (see it here). This promises to be a good session!


Life of a WCF Demo, Part 1

I thought it might be mildly interesting to document the lifecycle of a demo. Over the next week or so I have to design, build, and deploy a demo that shows off some of the web-centric features of WCF in the .NET Framework 3.5. First, let me state the constraints: 1) it has to be…


XML namespace declarations in SyndicationFeed objects

Following on the heels of Steve Maine’s post about namespaces in Syndication objects (Feeds, items, etc.), I thought it wise to plug the new stuff in PictureServices. At the moment, PictureServices implements SLE (Simple List Extensions), and does a pretty crude job of it at that. Time permitting, I will add more support for field…


PictureServices updated to VS 2008 RTM

Today I updated PictureServices to work with the RTM release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 (what a mouthful). My testing rigor for this release was less than perfect. Please let me know if you find any bugs. For what it’s worth, the changes in the API made the simple list extensions…


PictureServices status update

I’ve received several mails about PictureServices and RTM. As some of you know, the Syndication API changed before RTM. The were subtle, but they did have an impact on the Picture Services project. Specifically, the simple list extensions part of Picture Services isn’t up to date with the RTM bits. I will update the bits…


WCF Syndication article in MSDN Magazine…

It seems that the RSS/Atom article I wrote for MSDN magazine was just published: 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.


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…


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…


WCF, ASP.NET AJAX, and JavaScript Proxies

I spent this weekend tinkering around with the JSON messaging capabilities of WCF new in the .NET Framework 3.5 (Orcas). The object model is changing substantially between Beta1 and Beta2, and I think the changes make for an easier to use system. To better understand the JSON messaging features of WCF, check out some of…


WebServiceHost vs ServiceHost

WCF in .NET Fx 3.5 introduces several types that simplify the creation of services that use the protocols of the web (read REST/Syndication/JSON). Among these are two hosting types: WebServiceHost and WebScriptServiceHostFactory. These types serve the same function as the ServiceHost and ServiceHostFactory type, but they are tailored for the web. For example, WebServiceHost automatically…