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WCF and AMSX really have a good interopability. Of course ... both technologies are based on SOAP, so they should be. Also SOAP headers are supported and the VS2005 asmx proxy generation (add webreference) supports this by adding the headers as properties of the service class. Very convenient. Once these properties are set at the service level, for every call to an WCF operation this headerdata is send to WCF service and is available during the operation. This can be used in the scenario where every ...
As I was adding the Live Search Box to my blog, I realized that it wasn't entirely clear how to find the page that explains how to do this. The actual main link is on the Live Search homepage and is the "For Webmasters" link. However, this link actually takes you to the Windows Live Help site section titled "Welcome to Live Search Site Owner Help". There are two different Live Search boxes you can add to your site. The Basic Search Box and the Advanced Search Box. Both of these search boxes can be ...
I'm afraid I haven't had time to actually download the docs and read them through as there are other things I need to get done before heading over to Vegas for Citrix's Application Delivery Expo next week. But it would appear that the Guide for Softgrid has come at a very opportune time as I've been contacted a couple of times now in the last few weeks by recruiters looking for people here in Australia with experience in Softgrid, in fact a few weeks ago I was contacted by a recruiting firm in Hong ...
A few days ago I talked about Windows Live SkyDrive Updates and the new Windows Live Events, both of which are part of Windows Live Spaces. Since then, I've been browsing around the Windows Live site and checking out how things are working and noticed a few really annoying inconsistencies with the URLs being used for all of the different services. When you sign in to your Windows Live account, you are presented with the following secondary toolbar: If you look at the URLs used for each of these links, ...
Along with Microsoft's recently introduced Windows Live Events, a few minor updates were made to Windows Live SkyDrive as well. The new features are an increase in the online storage space from 500MB to 1GB. In addition to more storage space, all public folders now have an RSS feed. To subscribe to a folders RSS feed, go to the public folder you're interested in and click the icon at the top right of the page. The SkyDrive team has also made it easier to share folders with people that aren't in your ...
Yesterday, eWeek announced the debut of Microsoft's new event planning service, Windows Live Events. Live Events is part of Windows Live Spaces, and is intended to make it easy for users to create personalized event web sites. There are more than 100 predefined templates to choose from and allow you to add photos, videos, and blog posts after the party is over. This will be a free service supported by banner ads at the top of the page. The interesting thing is that Windows Live Product Manger Jay ...

Testing from Windows live writer :)

With the recent proliferation of the Windows Live services and APIs, Microsoft is taking steps to add the ability to develop Windows Live applications through additions to Visual Studio 2008.

A public beta of the Visual Studio Toolkit for Windows Live is expected sometime in October or November.

Microsoft is releasing a Windows Live toolkit for Visual Studio into beta in the next couple of months.  Think it will help adoption?

Microsoft to integrate Windows Live tools into Visual Studio

Most applications have some kind of exception handling routine where the details and stacktrace of the exception are logged in a file (or even beter through a central webservice). In this details you could not only put information about the exception but also the time, username, ip addresses, OS versions, hardware specifications, information about other running processes, etc. All this to have a beter understanding of the cause of the problem. But how can you know where in the application the users ...
I miss having admin rights to my laptop. All my development work is done with Virtual Machines now and I'm locked down on my laptop so I can't install anything that is beta or not directly work related. That included Windows Live Writer which I enjoyed using to post to my blog. But no longer ! Scott Kingery has released Windows Liver Writer Portable version 2.0 (apparently I missed version 1.0) so now I can get back to blogging semi-regularly. [via Download Squad] ...
Hello Scott, Thank you for writing to Windows Live Beta Technical Support. My name is Tom and I will be addressing your concerns with installing Windows Live Writer on a 64 Bit System. I have contacted the product team about this issue and they have provided the following response: We are working diligently on providing Vista x64-bit support. As stated in the release notes we are not supporting any 64-bit installations for this beta release, but this has always been in our plans for the final release. ...
Day one is over at MIX UK. As my first experience of a Microsoft conference I must say I was not disappointed :) The conference opened with a keynote from George Moore and Scott Guthrie and lots of small demos from third party companies and the little apps they have developed using MS technologies, mainly Silverlight, which is the main theme of the conference, well day one at least!! In the first and second session I stayed with ScottGu and watched as he ripped through the power of silverlight, present ...

Microsoft's Live project grows with the addition of Windows Live Translator. Try it here:

I just rebuilt one of my machines to run the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. When I tried to install Live Writer I needed to use the new single installer package released last week. Well, it doesn't work on x64. I sent an e-mail to Microsoft, and they said a lot of people have reported the problem and they are working on it. They gave me a work around but it just launched the same installer with different options, so it crapped out too. The odd thing is, all the individual packages should work on ...
I will be presenting "Developing with the Virtual Earth SDK" at ReMix07! If you missed Mix 07 in Vegas, you should come join us for this 2 day event in Boston! You can get a $100 price break on registration too! Just because you read my blog! When registering, use discount code: RM07EXTB What to expect at ReMIX07 Boston … If you’re in the web business, learn about: Building a better user experience to unlock new revenue opportunities Forging tighter, stickier customer connections Building innovative ...
WCF supports the Duplex Message Exhange Pattern through the wsDualHttpBinding. Using this pattern the service can call back to the client while executing a call it got from it. One possible scenario for the patterns is that when a client calls a service, the service decides to ask the client for more data before returning the answer to the client. So the client acts as a service for the incoming call from the called service. In this code example we assume the client and service share a common assembly ...
When testing with X509 certificates it's sometimes hard to refer to the needed key in the certificate store. It is easier to load them from a file. The Certificates MMC snap-in allows you to export the private key to a file with the .pfx extension. This file must be protected by a password which you have to specify in the code that loads this file as the certificate to be used. Steps to export ... Code Here's some code to load this .pfx file and use it as the clientcertificate. //using System.ServiceModel; ...
One of the biggest draw backs of using Live Mail versus Gmail, in my opinion, is that you cant use Outlook for Live Mail unless you pay for the premium services and paying for an email service seems nuts to me. This morning I was greeted with an email from Live Mail which had this in it... Update to Windows Live Hotmail and you can manage your Hotmail account in Outlook – for free! With Outlook Connector, you can easily manage your Hotmail messages, folders, and contacts alongside your other e-mail ...
By using the MVP (model-view-presenter) pattern you create a clean separation between the code in eventhandlers of UI components and the business related logic behind the UI. It creates a loose coupling which results in the ability to change the technology used for the UI without the need to change and recompile the business logic. Besides this behavior you also get the benefit that your logic can be tested without the need to even use the UI components. The tests can be automated by NUnit so multiple ...
I was recently migrating an old blog to community server through the web services API. For some reasons while migrating over the posts, it would die after the 36th item every time while giving a generic "The post could not be added" error. I thought that it could be something to do with that specific post, so I removed it from the list to migrate. Same error. So I began to wonder if it was some spam post count limiter, and there was no blog posting limiter. Needless to say, I was pretty confused. ...
I'm a big fan of Windows Live Writer and use it almost exclusively to write my blog posts. As a result of this, I'm always on the lookout for new and useful plug-ins. Since I have accumulated quite a few of them, I thought I'd share my favorite plug-ins. These are listed in no particular order. SkyDrive Embed Plugin Allows you to easily embed a file or folder from your public Windows Live SkyDrive account. You can specify 3 different embed formats. Paste MSDN URL Allows you to paste a URL from any ...
The new design looks better. Oh, wait. Looks like it's loaded with the Verizon music and video junk (more ways to take your money) and they have REMOVED Windows Live and Live Messenger. Okay, which one of you Microsoft employees showed up drunk at the Verizon party and hit on the CEOs wife? No word yet on whether the Q will be upgraded like Microsoft was pushing for. Image Source and CNET Review ...
So after you have survived another update Tuesday you are thinking that all's well with the on-line world? Perhaps it's worth checking all those other media snap-in's and add ons to make sure you have minimized the security implications? And don't think that you're safe just because you're running Firefox, etc? As an example this was what the scan came back with for my Laptop: Applications / Result Version Detected Status Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 Adobe Reader 7.x 7.0.9.50 ...
While I was getting the Code Project Add-in for Visual Studio working on Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, I decided to see if I could get the SlickEdit Gadgets for Visual Studio 2005 working as well. It turns out, with a little bit of registry tweaking, they work under Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 without any problems (so far). This is by no means a supported configuration from SlickEdit and requires modifying the registry, so you should do so only after making the necessary backups and any other precautions ...
The CAG isn't a easy part of WF to learn. So I put together a small WF application that shows how this activity works. CAG is an activity that can contain sequences of childactivities which will be executed one or more times depending on conditions. There are multiple conditions involved for the CAG to make the decision whether to execute the childactivities. * The until condition of the CAG itself. This is evaluated when the CAG starts. Only when it's false the CAG continues. * The when condition ...
When working with userconrols (winforms) in a mutiproject solution in Visual Studio you can experience problems when building. Especially when the controls are using resource files. Visual Studio keeps the assemblies with the usercontrols open and can not recompile them. Even when performing a clean solution you get an error saying 'Unable to delete file, access to path denied'. This can be solved by following procedure : 1. Close Visual Studio. 2. Delete the bin and obj directory of each project. ...
class GenericSerializer<T> { static public string SerializeToString(T o) { XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(T)); StringWriter writer = new StringWriter(); ser.Serialize(writer, o); return writer.ToString(); } static public T DeserializeFromString(string Xml) { XmlSerializer ser = new XmlSerializer(typeof(T)); T obj = (T)ser.Deserialize(new StringReader(Xml)); return obj; } } ...
Some folks are lovin their Vista machines while others are cursing as they are having problems (mostly with the drivers and some lockup issues). It really does only depend upon what you are using your machine for. Though, Microsoft has just released some performance and reliability patches out there: http://support.microsoft.co... http://support.microsoft.co... The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ...
When running workflows from a windows forms application the events raised by the WorkflowRuntime run on seperate thread than the user interface. So it's not possible to update controls in the form from these events. You get an InvalidOperationException saying "Cross-thread operation not valid". You can solve this by using the System.Threading.Synchroniz... It allows you to post an anonymous method to the UI event queue from within the workflow events which can update the UI controls. Example ...

Thought I'd give the Windows Live Writer a try for blogging to GWB......please excuse this spurious post.

The Windows Live Folders team has opened its beta for new testers. I have been looking around and immediately I am taken aback by what seems like the requirement to upload your files one-by-one! As I browse around I see no options to upload a directory or folder's worth of files. This definitely needs addressing pronto Live Folders team. PS Raise the quota while you are at it. 500 MB is pitiful. I am prepared to pay. You also get the ability to create folders in which to organize your content. I ...
It's been a while since I last blogged. I'm still doing my xna stuff on the side however, now that I'm working, and I'm engaged again, I'm having smaller and smaller amounts of time to dedicate towards xna. At work though, I'm still playing with .net. :) I'm recreating the Inventory Application that I made last year. This time with Ajax, Crystal Reports and an SQL Server. It's extremely complex, with lots of parts to it. Parts Technology Work Orders - Add notes, Complete, Due Dates for Work Orders ...
Microsoft has started offering limited beta testing of Windows Live Folder and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Windows Live Folder is designed to allow file sharing without relying on email, external USB devices, or public sharing sites. The Live Folder service uses email to share a link to the folder, but the files are stored and accessed online. One of the things that make Live Folder different from other public online sites (like Xdrive) is that you choose who has access to the folder from a list ...
Is Linspire getting desperate? They just struck a deal with Microsoft to license code for Windows Live Messenger, Windows Media, and TrueType fonts. Okay, that seems like a good thing. But they agreed to make Live Search the default on their Linux based OS! Linspire has always billed itself as the super easy Linux distro for everyone. I guess they are going to find out if they can make in the mainstream market, because I just think they alienated a lot of Linux geeks, assuming they had some left. ...
I had a bit of a nightmare getting the previous post online. No matter what I did I was getting this error message "The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a receive". I had just installed beta 2 of Windows Live Writer, so I uninstalled that and went back to beta 1, but that still had the same issue. I then logged into the Web UI for my blog and pasted the contents of my post in their and got more errors. At this point I started to think that there was something wrong ...
Cream, as in 'Pick of the Litter' is always subjective, but this is my list for today as I view my Morning Paper, and will add on as I come across others DLR and Performance Michael Schwarz is posting the results of some discussion and testing in Silverlight Running managed JavaScript in Silverlight In another Silverlight post from Michael Schwarz, he demonstrates running a simple JavaScript inside the Dynamic Language Runtime... code included :) Windows Live Writer Beta 2 released In a non-Silverlight ...
We did the Next Web Day in Hyderabad last Sunday and had a good number of audience pouring in, despite it, being a Sunday and with short notice. Our sincere apologies though, for the short notice. I presented on Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX & Windows Live and my friend Pandurang Nayak presented on Silverlight. If you had missed the action you can catch up the same from our online webcasts, which we did, couple of weeks ago. The webcasts can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/in... ...
Well, I havent talked much about Windows Live and when the whole world is keen about our Live initiative and the exciting bunch of services we have unveiled, I thought of starting it up, with an article on how you can consume the Live Search API and implement Live Search within your web applications. Before getting started, there are a few things you would need to know about Live. Windows Live is a platform. It is a collection of online services which can be utilized as well as programmed against. ...
We are conducting the Next Web Day event in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai this month. The Hyderabad event is happening on Sunday, 27th May 2007. It is a great opportunity for the Web Developers to gear up their skills to the next level as well as learn about the Next Web Technologies like AJAX, Silver Light and the Live Platform. The event information for Hyderabad is as below. Would post shortly on the other cities and venue. Date : Sunday, May 27, 2007 Venue : MPR Room, Microsoft Campus 2, Gachibowli ...
Following the instructions in Jeff's post, I have Writer alive and blogging. This is much better than the default editor and has the advantage of allowing off line composition. Some test code: public static String Base64StringEncode(String input) { byte[] encbuff = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.G... return System.Convert.ToBase64Stri... } I like this ...
Up until now, Windows Live Writer has not had a good product page to reference. Anyone who wanted to linked their blog posts either to the Writer Team Blog or directly the Writer MSI. That has all changed! Now you can also directly navigate to the Writer product page directly at: http://writer.live.com/. It features links to the Writer Team Blog and the Writer feedback forum. Now we just have to wait for an updated release ...
Earlier this week, Microsoft rather quietly released it's Windows Live Hotmail offering. Along with the release, a replacement for the Outlook Express and Windows Mail desktop clients was announced as well as new software to integrate web mail with Outlook, called the Outlook Internet Mail Connector. Outlook Express and Windows Mail will be replaced with a new desktop product called Windows Live Mail in the coming weeks. The program will handle POP, IMAP, and Windows Live Hotmail accounts and is ...

Just curious if the "Post Draft to Weblog" works as expected in Windows Live Writer...

Update: it does work....Very cool.  It will put the post in your Posts tab.  When you are ready to publish it, just click "edit", make your changes, check "Published" and "Syndicate on Main Feed" on the Advanced options, and push "Post"

I've used several different code formatters in Windows Live Writer and have finally found one that I really like: http://www.codeplex.com/ins... Technorati tags: code formatter, windows live writer ...
MIX 07 is happening right now in Las Vegas!!! Some of you might have viewed Ray Ozzie's Key Note as well as Scott Guthrie's Key Note few hours back. At Mix 07 the world is waiting to see our latest announcements and our next steps in the future of computing. With SilverLight and Windows Live reaching new heights in the scale of software and services or Software + Services, the world is set for a turn around on the way Enterprises and people use computers, software and the internet. You can catch ...
With Windows Live Writer, there is no more need for Flickr, or hand rolling galleries to get pictures in your posts. If you have a post and you want to add a picture from your hard drive to it, just drag it on and publish. Metablogger and SubText will take care of the rest. Don't believe me? Check it out below: Brandon can't get away from computers ...

Does anyone use, or know of, a good application for Windows SmartPhones to use for blogging?  Something similar to Windows Live Writer would be good.

It should be able to support categories and photos and of course it needs to work with GeeksWithBlogs.

Jeff has updated his original post about configuring Windows Live Writer for .Text so that it shows how to configure WLW for use with Subtext. The nice thing is that this is very simple and really just involves running through the wizard and selecting "Another weblog service" as the blog type. Don't forget to check out Jeff's post on configuring pings in Windows Live Writer ...
This post will update my original post of configuring Geekswithblogs.net with Windows Live Writer (previously using .Text). In this version, I will discuss how to a SubText blog with Windows Live Writer to get the most out of writing blog posts. I can't emphasis enough that external blogging tools are important to your day-to-day blogging activity. Unlike browsers, these tools allow you to write, stop, and come back and write some more. You can leave the window open all day and just come back when ...