WCF Configuration Complexity

Windows Communication Foundation supports a pretty extensive XML configuration schema in your app.config or web.config file to configure both service providers and service consumers as an alternative to using code to set things up. This is a good thing in most respects. What causes problems for people getting into WCF...

Vista Hanging at the Logon Screen

Since a couple of weeks ago, I've been having a pretty annoying problem with Vista. Basically, what happens is that I start my machine, enter my password at the logon screen (or use the fingerprint logon), and then, when the "Welcome" text appears while the logon is in progress, Vista...

Intellipoint and Screensaver

I've talked a bit about some issues in the latest Intellipoint release on Vista. One issue that some people had reported and that I definitely experienced as well was that Intellipoint prevented the screensaver from kicking in unless the workstation was locked. A few days ago I saw an optional...

PipelineTesting Library v1.0.1.0 Released

I've just uploaded an updated version of my PipelineTesting library for BizTalk Server 2006. This version fixes an issue that Gregory Van de Wiele pointed to me a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Gregory! The issue was that when I added Transaction support to the pipeline library, I didn't provide...

Living with Resharper

A couple of weeks ago I talked a bit about some of what I liked (and some I didn't like) about CodeRush, and asked a few questions about Resharper and how it compared. Ilya Ryzhenkov, one of the developers at Jetbrains was extremely kind and answered some of my questions and...

JET, MAPI and STA

I spent yesterday my fair share of hours trying to get the Exchange/Outlook MAPI Installable ISAM for the JET engine to work through System.Data.OleDb. What we needed to do was pretty simple: Just do a couple of queries on the user's Outlook Inbox folder or Address book and display a few...

Long Running Services and WS-RM

Harry Pierson posted a story about Windows Communication Foundation and his "epiphany" (my words) on the usefulnes of WS-ReliableMessaging in Web Services. I found several comments here that made me think. Sam Gentile recently commented as well on the importance of WS-RM, and I did a few quick posts there. Let...

WF Tracking Services Explained

Two new articles just got published to MSDN covering the Tracking facilities in Windows Workflow Foundation in great detail. The first one is "Windows Workflow Foundation: Tracking Services Introduction", by David Gristwood, and provides a high-level introduction to what Tracking is and how it works in WF. It also shows...

Intype

Steve Eichert and a few others mentioned Intype recently as a "TextMate for Windows". I've never used TextMate, so I can't say if it really is that. However, the site looked intriguing enough that I downloaded and tried it recently. I have to say I'm pretty impressed by how well...

QuickCounters 1.0.0.8 Released

As Scott Colestock announced last week, a new release of QuickCounters was put up for download on the project's CodePlex site. This release includes the following new features for WCF instrumentation: Instrumentation of WCF client-side proxies: This part is done by configuring the InstrumentedClientBehavior as an endpoint behavior at the client...