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  • …In addition what Scott has in its extensive article on SP1, lemme show you some more data on what is new and supported for WCF in SP1 of .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 – this list is not authoritative, it is my list and not Microsoft's official one.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf)
  • …This new recipe (hereforth referred to as "the new recipe") allows you to create the service interface, data contracts, and a stub of the service implementation from an existing WSDL document. Yeah, pretty cool, huh? Of course you can do the same thing in svcutil if you have the .NET 3.0 SDK installed, but you have to leave Visual Studio and head off to the command prompt – and it won't separate the parts into multiple files and place them in the appropriate projects.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf todo)
  • …Anyone who have tried to do contract/schema first design of data contracts or tried to generate proxies using SVCUTIL.EXE in an interop scenario with e.g. Spring-WS, will have run into how WCF magically decides to use the old XmlSerializer rather than the new DataContractsSerializer (DCS). And deducing which parts of a schema that cause this is not easy with real-life contracts.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf)
  • …If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups!
  • …unzip the VS2008 Icon package and poked around and was surprised to see a lot of beautiful new images. There is even a huge set of Common Elements png files that each have multiple images with the intent that we will snip the images for our own use.
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August 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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  • …The last piece of this eleven part series on fault messages covers advice for channel authors that need to define their own set of faults. Everything here assumes that you're writing a protocol channel, that you have interesting failure cases that need to be acted on programmatically, and that your protocol does not overlap an existing protocol, such as security, reliable messaging, or transactions. By now, you should either be familiar with all of the classes involved with faults or going back to read the previous articles in the series.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf)
  • …Although most people think of web servers when they hear HTTP, it's entirely possible to self-host WCF services over HTTP. You do need to perform some configuration magic to make this happen, especially if you want to peacefully coexist with an existing server like IIS. You also need to deal with the stronger security for services on Vista. This article explains how.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf)
  • The sample client code in this msdn help entry shows how to make a service calls with good exception handling…Mark an operation with the FaultContractAttribute attribute to declare one or more specific exception conditions that are added to the Web Service Description Language (WSDL) description of the service operation as explicit SOAP fault messages returned by the operation.
  • …In general, it is recommended that detail types be custom serializable types appropriate to the fault and not a System..::.String.
  • Useful tidbits…In Visual Studio it is possible to let the debugger break on unhandled exception. Normally something you want to happen, but in this case it is not a good idea. The debugger thinks that the exception thrown in the service is unhandled, so it breaks saying it found an 'FaultException was unhandled by user code' but in fact the exception is handled by the client.

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August 26, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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  • Interesting-looking object serialization tool…NetReflector is a library which can be used to help implement the conversion of an object or set of objects to and from an XML representation. This type of operation is particularly useful when developing applications with plug-in components, since the underlying executable does not need to know in advance which type(s) of object it will be supplied. (Typically, it will know that the object(s) in question will implement a specific interface, but even that is not essential).

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August 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm

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August 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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  • Great biking…Between Laramie and Cheyenne, just north of I-80, lies some great mountain biking in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The trails change seasonally, and are popular with cross-country skiers in the winter. All areas can be accessed via the Happy Jack and Vedauwoo exits (323 and 329 respectively). Look for the Lincoln state at the Happy Jack exit. The Pole Mountain trails at exit 323 connect with the Vedauwoo trails, so for strong riders that want to put in some miles, it's one riding area, for those looking for sub-20 mile rides, you can consider them two distinct areas.
    (tags: biking)
  • Great biking…Southeastern Wyoming seems to be little more than a vast sweep of high plains. But look closer and you’ll discover sprawling national forests that nurture mile after mile after mile of mountain bike trails that will thrill any level of cyclist. So toss your bike shoes in with your cowboy boots and be prepared to ride when you enter the Cowboy State.
    (tags: biking)
  • Good read, at reasonable level of detail…This article describes the essential concepts and building blocks of WCF and its architecture, enabling you to build simple services. Future articles in this series will address specific aspects, such as transaction management and security.
    (tags: dev dotnet wcf)
  • Try this…a short series demonstrating how to simulate fireworks in Silverlight using a very basic physics engine.
  • …I still feel that varable gears are only for people over forty-five.
    Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
    We are getting soft…As for me, give me a fixed gear!
    (tags: biking toread)
  • Potential pannier… carry these two locks, which are very secure but also heavy, in some Wald rear folding baskets.(Wald 582 Rear Folding Basket 12.75 x 7.25 x 8.5 Black)
  • …before you can actually run Kawa, you need to set CLASSPATH so it includes the Kawa archive.
    (tags: dev scheme java)
  • Funny…Someone once described life aboard a sailboat as being like standing in a cold shower tearing up hundred-dollar bills.
    (tags: sailing humor)
  • More info…The Flying Scot is a 19-foot day sailer that is sailed throughout North America. The large, deep cockpit is ideal for family sailing, providing safe, comfortable sailing for up to eight people. If your interest is racing, a crew of two or three will find the Scot a great boat for competition at all levels. The Flying Scot is easily trailered and rigged; and can be launched in as little as 12" of water.
    (tags: sailing boats)
  • This looks like a nice boat in a good price range (~16k new)…The late Gordon Douglass is an internationally known racing champion, so he designed the Scot for speed. The Scot is a low-displacement design (she sits shallow in water) and she has a flat, tapered shape in the stern which allows her to plane. This means she will come out of the water and is not limited to her waterline hull-speed. With over 200 square feet of sail area, she has the "engine" to move well in any wind speed. Get her on a beam-reach with 15 knots of wind, and experience the thrill of a planing hull!
    (tags: sailing boats)
  • This looks like a pretty neat boat…The Cape Cod Catboat won popular acclaim in the late 1800's.
    (tags: sailing boats)

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August 23, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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