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  • WS-MetadataExchange on ASMX

    Christian posted a link to a starting-point implementation of WS-MetadataExchange that's been put on top of ASMX web services through Soap Extensions. Read no further if you already know what that means. Web services are all about the exchange of messages and...
  • Smile! You're on camera...

    Interesting one from The Inquirer about Logica CMG doing work with facial recognition in a shopping centre - some interesting implications in there I'd think.
  • Shipping icon files in VS 2005

    There's a post here about the icons that ship with VS2005 for re-use in your own applications . This is a small thing but I think it's a really good thing. Most software companies don't have any kind of artist to draw this kind of stuff and the developer usually...
  • Avalon Property Triggers

    This posting by Joe Marini explains a bit about how "property triggers" work in Avalon. I'd not seen this stuff before - this looks like a really elegant way of replacing a tonne of UI code with a bunch of declarative statements.
  • Service Pack 1 of BizTalk Server 2004

    The first service pack for BizTalk Server 2004 has been released . It contains a bunch of fixes and the recommendation is that all installations of 2004 install it. There's also the BizTalk Server Adapter Migration Toolkit - if you had AICs or custom preprocessors...
  • NetHousePrices

    Like many people in the UK, I've recently registered to use a fantastic service which makes Land Registry house prices available. The service is provided by NetHousePrices and, essentially, it allows you to type in the name of a post code or street and find...
  • TaskMan in Avalon

    I really like this little sample application that Karsten Januszewski has built for this MSDN Article up at the Longhorn developer centre . The thing I like about is that I haven't seen a lot of code samples where people start from first principles with Avalon...
  • Windows Internals - 4th Edition

    It's very obviously an advertisement but I got my new edition of " Microsoft Windows Internals " in the post today and it's sitting on my table trying to trick me into opening it up and reading it. I can't think of many technical books where I've...
  • Films, films, films.

    I've seen some cracking films just lately. 2005 (or at least the start of it) looks like it's going to be a really good year - not sure what's going on in the world of film makers that's caused January 2005 to be so strong but it's fantastic. So far, I've managed...
  • Digital Blackbelt Developer Security Webcasts

    There's a cracking series of Webcasts being put together and delivered around looking at security topics from the developer's perspective. The series is called the " Digital Blackbelt Series " - they kick off in February and run through until May...
  • Unmanaged programming in Avalon/WinFX?

    I found this thread over on the Longhorn developer centre to be an interesting one. If you follow it through you'll see the question that's being asked is a really good one in that it's asking where do you go for "unmanaged" (i.e. native Win32) API...
  • Smart Client Architecture Guide

    I hadn't seen this architecture guide before today so I thought that I'd mention it. Those busy chaps over at MSDN Patterns & Practices have put together an entire architecture guide for Smart Client applications. Here's the hyperlink to the start page...
  • Designing Class Libraries on MSDN

    I just came across an area of the MSDN site that I'd never seen before. The hyperlink is here - the section is about designing .NET class libraries and there's a wealth of good information up there about design principles, naming conventions and so on. This...
  • Apple's New Kit

    So the MacWorld conference delivered what the rumour mill said it was going to deliver. A $499 computer (now, that should be around £250 but of course it'll be around £500 which is more like $1000 - quite how we get ripped off like that is beyond...
  • Marcus is blogging

    My team at Microsoft has grown a little lately with a couple of new members including Mr Mobile himself, Marcus Perryman who has a new blog site over here at MSDN . If you're interested in mobile development then Marcus is your man so subscribe right now. In...
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