Smart Watch Frustration – A Christmas tale of woe

I must by cursed to never have a working Smart watch. I seem to part of an insanity experiment. Here is the history of my experience for your enjoyment at Christmas time. My sad tale of woe. I wander into the company store and excitedly purchase a Fossil FX-3001 at the end of Dec 2003….


System.Xml V2 Decisions

Arpan has posted on some of the reasons for XmlDocument being the main XML store in System.Xml and the difficulty of supporting standards that are not yet at a recommendation status. Ironically I now find myself in the alternate universe to this where WS-* specifications seem to pop in and out of existence on a…


Building my Christmas present.

A couple of months ago my wife asked me whether she could listen to her favourite internet radio station on the HiFi stereo system that we have in our living room, rather than having to have the speakers on the PC in the office turned up to maximum volume. This is a UK radio station…


WSE 2.0 SP2 released to MSDN

WSE 2.0 SP2 final bits have just been released to the WSE MSDN site. Here are the links. Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Service Pack 2 Web Services Enhancements 2.0 Service Pack 2 Redistribution Runtime MSI Issues, comments, feedback can be sent to


WSE 2.0 SP2 Pre-release Announcement

Hervey has posted the details of the pre-release on his blog. The download links are: WSE 2.0 SP2 PreRelease Full Product WSE 2.0 SP2 PreRelease Runtime Product


First Solo Sail

I did my first solo sail on the waters of lake Union in Seattle yesterday. It reminder me of the time when I took my dad’s car out for the first time after having passed my driving test eons ago. All you concentrated on was not slamming into anyone else and mentally shifting gears, or…


Beta Book Pain, Performance Love

Writing books on beta products is probably the most painful thing that you can ever endure even if you are in the product team (or was as in my case). I finally finished up the last XML chapter in the beta version of ADO.NET and System.Xml V2. It is a vast brain dump of the delta between…


WSE 3.0 Feature List

Aaron has kick started a list of what he believes are important features in future versions of WSE. I would always add performance to this list, ahead of new features, since to me this is crucial for widespread adoption.


Life now as the WSE Program Manager

With much of the work done for version 2.0 of System.Xml and with Dare’s departure from the XML team to MSN, I decided that it was also time for me to look for new adventures. I have taken the job as the WSE Program Manager left vacant by Keith Ballinger’s departure. Having spent 4.5 years…


Using the XmlSecureResolver to restrict access to web sites

Having just written an article on XmlResolver and looked through the MSDN docs I realised that there was little in terms of explanation on how to use the XmlSecureResolver. As always code speaks volumes sIo put together this example which shows how the XmlSecureResolver can be used to restrict access to specific web sites. The…