WCF Extensibility

I've been playing with Windows Communication Foundation for a while now, and one of the really strong points of WCF is it's extensibility story. While certainly not perfect, there are a lot of points where you can hook into the processing pipeline and introduce custom code into almost all aspects of the...

dasBlog 1.9 Upgrade Complete

After seeing Scott's announcement of the 1.9 release of dasBlog, I just went ahead and updated my blog to it. The upgrade was pretty uneventful, consisting mainly of overwriting all dasBlog files with the new version. I only did one minor change to the default Web.Config that shipped with dasBlog...

ColorView

This is a very simple (and probably useless) Color Picket Utility I put together yesterday to play around with colors for you know what. Code is available here. .NET, Utility

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...