Improving Web Services Security Guide v1.0 Released by P&P Team

The Patterns & Practices Team have recently released v1.0 of the web services security guide (in PDF format) that shows how to make the most out of WCF.  With end-to-end application scenarios, it shows you how to design and implement authentication and authorization in WCF. Learn how to improve the security of your WCF services…


P&P ships Composite Application Guidance for WPF

  The Patterns & Practices team has recently released the Composite Application Guidance for WPF which provides guidance for “componetizing” the development of enterprise-class WPF applications across multiple development teams, with each team owning a piece of the application, and then seamlessly integrating these pieces into one homogenous application. Included in the guidance package is…


Announcing Visual Studio MythWeek!!

We are celebrating Visual Studio Myth Week from June 2-6.  Are you curious to find out what it is all about? Please stop by during/after the week at to learn more.  We hope you can join us. -Nandita


Microsoft Outlook Integration with .NET

I found this great article by Rachel Wireman and how-to documentation on building Outlook integration functionality with C#, and it has downloadable source code. She covers, General Outlook integration issues Creating an Outlook Contact with C# Programmatically sending emails to your Outlook contacts It’s short and the code samples are easy to follow and do…


How does FREE ASP.NET hosting until January 2010 sound?

Verio is offering a sweet little free hosting deal to developers and designers to promote Microsoft-based hosting for products and technologies like Expression, Visual Studio, and Silverlight.  The Plan includes: .NET Framework 3.0 (I am told 3.5 will be made available eventually) SQL Server Express ASP.NET 2.0 (Including ASP.NET AJAX 1.0) Full Trust Shared AppPool…


Building Add-Ins for Windows Live Messenger

Messenger Apps have evolved into a full-blown platform for communication. We see messenger-aware applications everywhere. We have also seen specific application of messenger technology for Customer Service integration. So we have seen messenger invading other apps. How about the reverse? Extending Live Messenger so that it can offer context specific interaction with users. Live Messenger…


Implementing SmartCard Authentication with ASP.NET

This little nugget just landed in my inbox.  Thanks to Jason for putting it together! -Marc


Thanks to everyone in Los Angeles & Sacramento who attended our conference

As promised, you can get my decks and demos from (direct link).  The demos are “as-is” but feel free to let me know if something doesn’t work anymore. A more detailed explanation of the WPF deck and demos can be found here.  If you are interested in WPF, then don’t forget to check out…


Upgrading from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 + AJAX

I’m trying to get back into the habit of answering customer questions via the blog so all of you get the benefit of the answer.  Here’s a question which showed up in my mailbox recently: “I have a very large project in ASP.NET 1.1. If I upgrade the server to ASP.NET 2.0 with AJAX, will…