More MS Releases

More product releases: Following Vista and Office 2007 RTM last week, we now have the 1.0 release of Windows Powershell. Pretty cool. Look forward to installing that to use as my main console. On a related note, just finished downloading the Office 2007 products from MSDN last night (Office Professional...

WCF Arbitrary Endpoint and IIS

I mentioned a few days ago I had succeeded finally in hooking an arbitrary endpoint into a WCF service host in order to publish custom metadata information associated with a service. Since then, I've been working on cleaning up the code and ensuring the code actually works correctly. A few extra...

Inconsolata

I've said in the past I enjoy looking for cool and beautiful fonts, particularly of the monospaced variety. I tried using Monaco (a font recomended by some), and while the font is nice, I found it too tiresome for everyday use, and reverted back to trusty 15pt Consolas. I recently found...

New Releases

I'm in Lima, Peru all this week, so probably won't be able to blog much. Meanwhile, several important releases are coming out: .NET FX 3.0 RTM: WCF, WPF, WF and Cardspace all in RTM. I'll be installing it as soon as I get back home and have a decent internet...

Solving the Virtual PC Network Problems

I do all my development inside Virtual PC virtual machines, and except for some performance issues I've talked about in the past, it does work rather well. However, one thing that kept bugging me was the networking was flaky, particularly when I was connected through the wireless network (i.e. 90%...

Getting the ServiceDescription for a WCF Service

Sometimes you may need to get at a service's ServiceDescription (WSDL) from a place where it is not normally accessible. One way to do so that I found is if you've enabled metadata publishing for your service, you can do something like this: <P class=MsoNormal style="BACKGROUND: white; MARGIN: 0in 0in...

Decoding Components and Streams, II

A few months ago I wrote about an issue with writing fully streaming custom decoding components for BizTalk pipelines, which originated in limitations imposed by the disassembler components (the XmlDisassembler component in particular) on the streams it received from the decoding stage. While doing some further work on custom decoding component...

Two Types of Service Architects?

Harry Pierson posted a response to a comment I said in a previous entry about SQL Server Service Broker. Lots of interesting stuff to consider, but let me address some of the points Harry made right away. First of all, it seems Harry made quite a bit of assumptions about...

Hacking my way into an Arbitrary Endpoint in a WCF Service

I mentioned in a few posts that I've been attempting to hook WCF to attach custom metadata endpoints to a WCF service, and that I hadn't had much success yet because of how WCF works and because a lot of the necessary functionality that would've made it easier to do...

Battery Arrived

A while ago I commented on the Dell battery replacement program mentioning I had yet to receive my replacement battery. Well, it arrived today via DHL. I checked all the markings on the new battery and it seems to be the same power rating and all (I had ordered the...