BizTalk Services Public CTP

Last month I mentioned briefly that the Connected Systems Division was working on some interesting "cloud" services, starting with Relay and STS services. The picture is now starting to unveil, and now they have been publicly announced as "BizTalk Services", with a new home at http://labs.biztalk.net/! The Relay Service is...

Certificate Token

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Colombia's department of commerce was changing the rules on how to register declarations of exported services with them (which is something needed in Colombia to be avoid having to charge VAT as well as being able to receive payment in foreign currency without getting into trouble)....

PrimoPDF on Vista

I noticed last week that PrimoPDF v3.1 was released, which now (finally) works on vista. I tried v3.0 (which I had used in XP before) on Vista after RTM, and it just didn't work because it kept trying to create temporary files in the installation folder. I installed v3.1 and...

wsa:To and Output Channels

Here's one tip I discovered while building a Windows Communication Foundation output channel: The client channel can rewrite the URI sent in the wsa:To WS-Addressing header on the request message to the server. Normally, the URI sent in wsa:To matches the destination URI passed in by the user when the client...

BizTalkHotRod Newsletter

There's a new BizTalk newsletter/website on the web: BizTalkHotRod (found through Richard Seroter), created by some Microsoft Technology Specialist and other members of the community. The first issue can be found here. I find the layout and overall design of the website and newsletter to be pretty awful (my opinion), but suffering...

PowerShell In Action

I just received my copy of Bruce Payette's Windows PowerShell In Action book from Manning today! I did some late reviews of the book and really, really liked it. This will be a wonderful reference to keep around when doing any PowerShell!   Technorati tags: PowerShell

Channel Listener Ownership of its Channels

Nicholas Allen posted a while back a short entry on the assymetries between channel factories (send side) and channel listeners (receive side) in Windows Communication Foundation. I've been revisiting some of his posts while working on my custom channel, and this one seemed pretty fundamental. The lifetime tie between channel...

WCF Channel Listeners

Almost two months ago, I wrote a couple of entries on writing custom transport channels for Windows Communication Foundation. Those entries and a few that followed on defining URI schemes for transport channels were based on some stuff I was working on at the time. Unfortunately, I got sidetrack with some stuff...

Other Programming Fonts

Damien Guard shows a few other, less well-known monospaced fonts that have potential as programming fonts: Anonymous, Crystal, Onuava and Share Technical Monospaced. I used Anonymous a few years back for a few months, back when it was a free download from the Microsoft.com site, and found it pretty usable. It was...

PSHostUserInterface.PromptForChoice

I've been working a bit lately with the Windows PowerShell hosting interfaces (PSHost and friends). I've got a basic host up and running (UI and all), but I'm still strugling a bit with some of the methods. So, here's one question for you PowerShell guys: What command will trigger a call...