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June 2007 Entries

The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions.

And now it's available to everyone as CTP 2 at

Some fun stuff on the Microsoft Connect Site: Welcome. This site is for software developers who want to build Windows Workflow Foundation workflow models and then take advantage of the BizTalk Server 2006 hosting environment. Here you can download the latest version of the SDK Sample that does this, submit bugs found or feature suggestions and from time to time we will survey you so that you can provide input into planning for this technology in the future ......

Thought I'd try a spread of speed tests on my Broadband line.... http://www.thinkbroadband.c... Speed Down: 5992.21 Kbps ( 5.9 Mbps ) Speed Up: 375.63 Kbps ( 0.4 Mbps ) Speed Down: 5983 Kbps ( 5.9 Mbps ) Speed Up: 326 Kbps ( 0.3 Mbps ) Speed Down: 5821 Kbps (5.8 Mbs) So I'm on BT Broadband 8Mbs so not too bad I think ......

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Windows Communication Foundation looms as an important step forward for Microsoft-style development. WCF can provide an infrastructure for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This chapter reviews data representations.

Download the PDF here

WCF introduces a claims-based approach to security at service boundaries, improving on role-based and permission-based security models. Claims can represent many different types of information including identity, roles, permissions or rights and even general information about the caller that may be useful to the application. A set of claims is also vouched for by an issuer such as a security token service, adding credibility to the information described by each claim – something not present in role-based ......

Here's an interesting thought: The theft of laptops is on the increase and of particular concern the use of laptop specific carrying cases is making the target easier! Now I'm not an alarmist but....there does seem to be a correlation between 'in the street' laptop robberies and the laptop owners use of a dedicated laptop bag. My advice and one that Solidsoft has endorsed is put it in a rucksack. Theft of a rucksack seems to be much less of an issue than laptop bags. With this in mind I have recently ......

Quoted from Ms white paper: SQL Server 2008 capabilities deliver on the four key areas of the data platform vision. · Mission-Critical Platform – SQL Server 2008 enables IT groups to be more productive by providing a more secure, scalable, and manageable platform. It includes a new policy-based management framework that shifts from managing by scripts to managing by rules. SQL Server 2008 also protects valuable information in existing applications and disconnected devices. In addition, SQL Server ......

Business Processes are happening, day in and day out. These are the ways your company makes money. If you want to make more money, you can do so by reducing the friction in the process, making it faster, more efficient and perhaps in the process discovering new ways to make money. Today we learn all about how an architect thinks on these matters with Andy James of Solidsoft. See the interview here ......