Getting Started with the Service Bus Samples for Windows 8

As part of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8, we recently released a sample library for accessing Service Bus from Windows 8 metro style applications and a sample metro app demonstrating how to use some basic Service Bus functionality. In this post, we’ll take a quick tour around the sample app, get an introduction…

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AppFabric Service Bus on NuGet and CodePlex

Today, the Service Bus team is happy to announce a couple of initiatives to make it even easier to get started learning and using the Service Bus: the AppFabric Service Bus NuGet Package and the Service Bus Samples CodePlex Site. Both our Samples and SDK are still available as a download from MSDN, but we’re…

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Using the Service Bus via REST / HTTP

The new Service Bus Durable Messaging features introduced with the May 2011 CTP are really cool, and what’s even better than a slew of new messaging features added to the AppFabric is the fact that many of them are accessible from clients on any platform using HTTP. In this post, I’m going to introduce you…

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Getting Access Control Service Tokens via HTTP

Some people like to say that French is the language of love. Others – mainly those with more interest in slipping you a network stack than an afrodisiac – will tell you that HTTP is the protocol equivalent. The AppFabric Service Bus loves HTTP too, and it also loves Security: in this post, I’m going…

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Some Thoughts on Test Frameworks

It might not be the sexiest of topics, but building, consuming, extending and debugging Test Frameworks is a large part of any SDET‘s day. Traditional wisdom teaches us to write abstraction layers – often many of them – to shield test cases from changes in the system under test: in API testing this often means…

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Getting Started with Service Bus v2 (October CTP) – Connection Points

Last week at PDC we released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of a new version of Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus. You can download the SDK, Samples and Help on the Microsoft Download Center. There’s plenty new in this release and the first is the notion of Explicit Connection Point Management. In v1 whenever you…

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Windows Authentication, ADFS and the Access Control Service

Its just a few weeks ago that I started looking in more detail at the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (or just ACS to its friends) and one of the first things I wanted to figure out was how to federate between my on-premise Active Directory domain and ACS. With a few pointers, its…

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How to figure out when your ACS Auth Token Expires

If you’re using the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) you’ve probably encountered a Simple Web Token (SWT) accessed via the Web Resource Authorization Protocol (WRAP). Doing this recently, I wanted to figure out when my token expired (so that I could cache it until a couple of minutes before expiry, improving my app’s…

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The Fibonnaci Sequence using C# Iterators

Iterators in C# are probably one of the least understood and most wonderful features the language has. They were added in C# 2.0 and are the magic that gives LINQ its Deferred Execution goodness. Anyway, I was needing an arbitrary length list of Guids today (although, with the recent shortage, perhaps ScottGuIDs would have been…

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European Tech Talk Tour

For a few days this autumn (or is it Winter now?) I’ll be out and about talking to great uni students about Microsoft Codename ‘M’, and some of the fantastic technical opportunities for graduates at Microsoft. Here are some resources: Apply for a Position at Microsoft Description of the Program Manager Role Description of the…

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