The Id Element weekly: Hervey Wilson on past, present & future of the Geneva Framework

Last Thursday we launched The Id Element, our new Channel9 show about all things Identity: we are amazed by the views we got in such short time (over 14K for the 2 videos combined already!), and we hope we’ll deserve your trust by delivering quality content on your favorite subject. Thank you!!!

Today we are publishing our third installment, an interview with Hervey Wilson about the Geneva Framework. If you follow my blog or even just worked on web services since some time, I am absolutely sure you know who Hervey is: back in 2003 I was furiously cranking up with web services, and I pestered him (via mail, I was still in Italy’s MCS) practically on daily basis with questions on his product (WSE). Ah well, I already wrote the caption for the video: why am I paraphrasing myself? Let me just just paste it in here:


If you have been working with web services for some time on Microsoft platform, you are certainly familiar with the name “Hervey Wilson”. Hervey is one of the key people behind the Web Services Enhancement (WSE) library, the first product that brought WS-* to .NET developers. In May 2005 he moved to the Federated Identity team, where he touched pretty much everything you can think of: today he covers the role of Architect in the Geneva team. Last week Vittorio went to visit Hervey in his office, and recorded him as he gives a detailed account on past, present and future of the Geneva Framework. Understanding how technology and industry practices evolved eventually leading to the creation of the Geneva Framework not only is interesting per se, but also provides insights on the kind of problems it can help you solve and precious indications on the intended usage of the product. Finally, Hervey gives some hint about the possible future areas that Geneva will explore in its next phases.

Hervey blogs at, but never appeared on video until now: do not miss this chance to enjoy a perspective on the product that can only be given by somebody from his vantage point!

Hervey used to blog at, but the feed looked abandoned for the longest time: however yesterday I noticed a new post, hence there is hope that he’ll start blogging again. After having seen today’s episode, I am sure you’ll agree with me that it would be a Good Thing. Enjoy the show!

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