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WSCFblue on Endpoint TV

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The latest episode of Endpoint TV now features a demo of WSCFblue and an interview with lil ol’ me :-)

Its the first time a trans-atlantic webcast has been attempted and that too with video chat and desktop sharing via OCS so there are slight lags in the audio sync to the face to face bits. However, the video is primarily an on-screen demo so audio sync doesnt appear to be much of an issue.

Check it out and post your feedback on the episode and the tool.

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November 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

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NUnit and config files

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I’m back in the NUnit world after a long time. We are looking at packaging up the NUnit GUI along with some BizUnit tests for my current gig so that we have a set of integration tests to run on the rigs. Ironically, the project isnt even a BizTalk one, but BizUnit is still a useful framework, nonetheless. More about that in a later post and back to the main subject here.  

I created a separate NUnit project file and specified assemblies etc. I intend the project file to be deployed on the rigs as well so we can just open the GUI, select it and run the tests. The first hitch I ran into was that the NUnit GUI didnt recognize my app config file. After some digging around I found this post by Charlie Pool which shed some light on how NUnit looks for config files however the key point missing in Charlie’s post  (or maybe its obvious and i’m just dense :-)  )there is the exact location of the file. The file should be a sibling of the NUnit project file and not in the bin\debug folder (unless of course your nunit proj file is there)

To summarise  Charlie’s point with my extra clarification:  If you load an NUnit project, such as mytests.nunit, the config file must be named mytests.config and should be co-located with the .nunit file.

I also found a gem in the comments that helped me sort the issue. The commenter indicated that we can examine AppDomain.CurrentDomain.SetupInformation.ConfigurationFile  in debug mode. I didnt know this could be done and found a ton of interesting stuff in the SetupInformation structure too which i should look into some more.

Hope this helps anyone running into this issue.

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November 4, 2010 at 6:40 PM

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Presenting AppFabric @Avanade Soltech AfterHours

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I have been invited to present a session on Exploring AppFabric (Server & Cloud) at Avanade, London on the 28th October (next week). This is part of the regular Soltech After Hours meetings. This session will be a hands on look into the components of both Server AppFabric as well as Azure AppFabric. We will also look at how these offerings fit into Microsoft’s overall platform strategy and how they align with other products such as BizTalk Server and what the roadmap for all of them looks like.

My AppFabric presentation at TechDays Online 2010  went off very well. Thanks to all those who took the time out to attend my session as well as the other sessions. There were more than a 350 attendees through the day and even with 3 tracks going on simultaneously, I managed to get over a 100 in my talk alone which is really encouraging  :-) . If you attended my webcast (or have watched it since) and have any questions or require clarifications, feel free to ping me on this blog.

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October 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

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Presenting Azure AppFabric @ TechDays 2010

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In case you weren’t aware, we are organizing the TechDays Online Conference on Oct8th. Check out the agenda. You’ll find some well known names and an unknown one in the middle :-) Yep, lil ol’ me speaking on a “Lap Around Azure AppFabric” at 1pm in Track-1.

In general the track is supposed to be a high level one but i will be talking about getting to grips with the AppFabric vision, components that are on-premises, in the cloud and the general plan for convergence. We’ll also talk about how good ol BizTalk Server fits into this vision. We’ll discuss common patterns of usage in the Service Bus and ACS.

If you can make it, do register for the conference and it would be cool to have you attend my talk !!

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September 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM

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WSCFblue- Get Voting

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I had previously written about the WSCF Roadmap. These have now been entered into the IssueTracker on the workspace. WSCF vNext is underway but we need to know what features to invest in. What additions to the toolset would help your productivity and delivery. 

The main items are listed below. Which of these would ‘rock your world’ :-) and which of these do you not give 2 figs about? Have a look and then head over to the workspace and get voting.

  • T4 Templates
  • DataContractSerializer support
  • Contract First Workflow Services
  • Re-platform with FeatureBuilder
  • Merge ‘Classic’ and ‘Blue’
  • Externalized API
  • Persistence & Reload of settings
  • New command line
  • Other bindings
  • Multiple SVC files
  • Custom Behaviors
  • Incremental code-gen
  • WS-Addressing Support
  • Flexible Naming conventions
  • Integration with ServiceFactory
  • New/additional UI

If there are other items that we could consider, let us know on the forums or add items to the IssueTracker.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

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September 17, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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WSCFblue- Walkthrough

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We’ve now published a walkthrough for WSCFblue v1. In the walkthrough the following areas are covered

  • How to model your data
  • How to model your messages
  • How to model your interface (build a WSDL from a set of XSD files)
  • How to use advanced options such as Fault Contracts as part of your interface
  • How to generate a service side stub from the WSDL
  • How to generate client ‘proxies’ from a WSDL
  • How to work with the auto-generated code and fill out your implementation
  • How to generate data contracts from a WSDL 

The walkthrough applies to both VS2008 and VS2010 as the steps are the same. The only difference is the config files for WCF4 and if you run  into any problems in this area please let us know and we can update the content.

We hope you find this to be useful.

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September 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM

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Feature Builder – ‘The Book’

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One of the really cool things about Feature Builder is that the guidance documentation also opens up inside VS and is available as you build extensions. However, this can also be limiting sometimes. If you want to just read through the material end to end to get a feel for the product or need a quick reference (or prefer a hardcopy) then the VS channel doesnt help. 

Michael Lehman has provided an ‘offline’ documentation PDF which we have  now made available at the Feature Builder Contrib workspace.  Do note that this is a compilation of the guidance that unfolds inside VS so the hyperlinks wont work. This is just meant to be a ‘ready reference’ and not to replace the in-product guidance. We will try to update it for each release.

Check it out and send us feedback and also let us know what other content would be useful. As you use FB and FBContrib, if you would like to contribute any ‘User Notes’ (like the MSDN Community Content) with tips etc, then please do send that to us on the Contrib workspace and we will add it to the documentation.

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September 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

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