A Tweaked Color Scheme for VS2005

Jeff Atwood posted his own Visual Studio Color Schemes here; I have to say, the screenshots look pretty enticing, and I look forward to trying them out. Meanwhile, After using the dark color scheme I posted last week for Visual Studio 2005 for some time now, I've been slowly doing some "improvements"...

Blog Content

As some of you have probably noticed by now, I've been trying to pick up my posting frequency on this blog; mostly trying to become more regular with the stuff I post and trying to share a bit more about the stuff I'm working on and the stuff I'm playing...

A Sample IWsdlExportExtension for WCF

<IMG style="BORDER-TOP-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-LEFT-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-BOTTOM-WIDTH: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH: 0px" height=217 src="/weblog/content/binary/ASampleIWsdlExportExtensionforWCF_11600/WSDLNotice_WSDL_thumb8.jpg" width=300 align=right border=0> I've been playing for a few hours with implementing an IWsdlExportExtension for Windows Communication Foundation in RC1, and thought some of you might be interested in this little sample. Basically you implement IWsdlExportExtension as a way to customize the WSDL...

Testing Code That Invokes WebServices

I've been working on a solution lately that calls an existing WebService as part of the business functionality it implements. Obviously, I needed a good way of testing it, and I wanted to mention here a pattern I've used with good success for that. The overall pattern I'm using now...

Foobar2000

One of the tools I've been a very happy user of for the past couple of years is Foobar2000, a nifty, simple and lightweight Win32 music player. Plenty of reasons I like it: It has a great plug-in models, with several plugins available for almost anything you want. It has a dead-simple...

File Adapter And Partial Stream Reads

I've been playing for the last couple of days with BizTalk Server 2006, building a custom encoder pipeline component. One of the things I've been trying to do is finding a way to do all encoding operations in a streaming fashion, by building a pass-through stream implementation that only reads and...

Adding SmartTag Verbs to an Activity Designer

<IMG height=202 src="/weblog/content/binary/AddingSmartTagVerbstoanActivityDesigner_7197/WF_SmartTagVerb1.png" width=295 align=right> Here's a small sample on how to add a new Verb and another SmartTag option to your custom Activity in the Windows Workflow Designer. Adding a new context-menu option to your activity is fairly easy and intuitive: You just need to create a new instance...

Microsoft Open Specification Promise

As reported by Sam and Christian, and covered in a bit more detail by Richard Turner, Microsoft has released its Open Specification Promise (OPS): Microsoft promises not to assert any necessary claims (whatever that means) against anyone making, using, selling or offering and so on an implementation of the various...

BizTalk News

Several cool BizTalk-related news reported today: The new BizTalk 2006 developer's Troubleshooting Guide released, as reported here, here, here and here. Fantastic work on the part of BizTalk's Documentation Team putting this together. I've turned my copy into a slightly smaller PDF file I can keep around for constant reference! Managing a...

Windows Live Alerts Tryout

After reading about the Windows Live Alerts service over at Mads Kristensen site, I thought it sounded interesting enough to warrant a look and thought about experimenting with it out on my own weblog. Turns out the signup process isn't quite the experience I expected: The signup page asks a lot of...