January CTP version of WinFX released, and includes a Go-Live license for WCF and WF!

Today’s January CTP drop of WinFX includes a Go-Live License for Windows Communcation Foundation (Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation! Wow! Windows Presentation Foundation, my friend Avalon, has (conspicuously) yet to receive its Go-Live status.  In fact, there were no changes to the Avalon binaries between the December and January CTPs.  Here’s why we have to wait a little…

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John Grace at INDA on .NET build tools -- More like that!

At last night’s INDA Cork meeting, I was co-presenting with local expert John Grace, who spoke with great authority and passion on .NET build tools, including Nant, FXCop, NDoc, and installers. John’s a great speaker, and has over 8 years of real-world project experience.  He was quick to point out how important project lifecycle tools…

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WSE 3.0 talk at the INDA Cork Usergroup Meeting

Last night, I spoke about service-oriented development using Web Services and WSE 3.0 at the INDA Cork usergroup meeting.  I always enjoy coming down to Cork for these presentations, and INDA Cork’s Joe Gill wrote some kind words and posted some photos from the presentations. I decided to focus on the existing technologies that are available in Visual…

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Irish .NET Usergroup Activities Next Week - Cork, Dublin, Limerick

January will see a number of .NET usergroup events in Ireland, some of which are listed here, on the developers.ie site. I’m going to be in Cork and Limerick next week myself, and Aiden O’Connor will be speaking in Dublin on Windows Workflow Foundation, which is not to be called WWF or confused with wrestlers or panda…

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Live goes Live - More on the Windows Live Ideas

I spent a little more time this afternoon with the other Windows Live betas.  These are some preliminary thoughts: Windows Live Safety Center and Windows OneCare Live are just good ideas.  If they’re executed well, many people will be very thankful. I’ve previously mentioned Windows Live Local (formerly Microsoft Virtual Earth).  It’s still cool. I tried…

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Live goes Live - Live.com and Live.com Gadgets

After watching Bill Gates’ keynote at yesterday’s CES, I was intrigued by Windows Live, and spent some time this morning exploring all of the available betas on the Windows Live Ideas page. The blanket goal of Live is to empower people by making everything in their online lives “work simply and effortlessly together.”  The concepts of…

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ASP.NET 2.0 Provider model - the guts, the glory, the goodness

It looks like I’m going to be presenting the Web Developer content at the Belfast launch next week, in addition to another riveting performance of the keynote demos!  So I’ve turned some of my thoughts back to ASP.NET 2.0.  I still think the Provider model — which handles high-level concepts like site membership, roles, and…

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Encrypting strings in an ASP.NET 2.0 configuration file

Today, a small group of us learned heaps walking through the WCF hands-on labs from PDC05. In the course of walking through the WCF exercises, we stumbled across an encrypted connection string in a Web.Config file.  Encrypting that string seemed like a good idea to me, but we didn’t know how to go about encrypting…

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