Pro WCF 4 – My latest book published




What does this book contain


The release of .NET 4.0 brought a wide range of new functionality to WCF. Developers and Architects with experience using WCF 3.5 or earlier who want to be able to apply this new functionality to their application will benefit greatly from the discussions and code samples in this book. This book is also a great resource for application developers and architects new to SOA or just new to the core concepts of WCF.

For more info, you can visit on APress site with (http://apress.com/book/view/9781430233688) , or books selling sites like Amazon at (http://www.amazon.com/Pro-WCF-Practical-Microsoft-Implementation/dp/1430233680)


Silverlight 5 Announced

Last week, I blogged and mentioned about very nice article of Brad Becker talking about future of Silverlight. The article was talking about what Silverlight will be doing in future. The article can be downloaded by clicking Here. Today, Scott Guthrie announced Silverlight 5 in Silverlight firestarter event. All the information mentioned in Brad’s article is been mentioned as a part of Silverlight 5. More information is mentioned in Scott’s blog by clicking here. The features of Silverlight 5 are really impressive.

Contest for Sharepoint Journey

Sharepoint can be used for variety of reasons..  Be it for a workflow, collaboration,  DMS or now even for social media integration.  Microsoft team would like to know how you  or your organization got started with Sharepoint and how Sharepoint applications helps in driving business values.  In order to achieve this, Microsoft team has set up a contest to submit a video that talks about it. If you are intrested, click Here to know more about it.

Future of Silverlight after HTML 5

HTML 5 offers a great support of what Silverlight have been doing since few years. There has been a lot of questions around What will be future of silverlight after HTML 5 comes in full swing.  I found a very nice article of Brad Becker talking about future of Silverlight. It can be seen by clicking here.

If you have any more questions, I would reckonned to attend the conference (online) of Scott Guthrie by clicking here

LinkedIn Group for Windows Communication Foundation

LinkedIn is the one of the best Professional site and strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. There are lot of technical groups and I personally follow quite a number of them. However, there was no good group for Windows Communication foundation and other connected systems. I created a group for windows communication foundation and can be joined at
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=3460246&trk=anet_ug_grppro
(wish I could have friendly urls for linkedIn groups)

What this group is all about ?

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified framework for building reliable,
secure, transacted, and interoperable distributed applications. WCF represents a new step
in distributed programming for developers using the .NET Framework.This group is for all those professionals interested in delivering the next generation of distributed application using Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation
 
Join me in LinkedIn at http://in.linkedin.com/in/nishithpathak
 

My upcoming book titled "Pro WCF 4.0"

I have been authoring since few months on a book on WCF for APress titled “Pro WCF 4.0″. The release of .NET 4.0 brought a wide range of new functionality to WCF. Developers and Architects with experience using WCF 3.5 or earlier who want to be able to apply this new functionality to their application will benefit greatly from the discussions and code samples in this book. This book is also a great resource for application developers and architects new to SOA or just new to the core concepts of WCF. This book is expected to release by early quater next year. I will be sharing some more snippets about the book in coming days. It has come in APress site for initial promos by clicking here

Sharepoint 2010 installation hotfix on Win server 2008

If you happen to install Sharepoint 2010 on Window Server 2008(without SP2), you may encounter the below problem while accessing sharepoint sites.”Request is not available in this context “

Problem

Server Error in ‘/’ Application.
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Request is not available in this context
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: Request is not available in this context

Solutions

This is been a known issue since while and Microsoft have acknowledge and rectified it in Windows Server 2008(SP2). if you are using SP1 of Windows Server 2008, I would suggest you to install SP2 or download the hotfix for this solution by clicking on here. Basically, .NET CLR does not understand the new optimization mechanisma and hence after installing this hotfix, one need to also set set the optimizeCompilations property of the tag in your web.config file to true. More information about it is also mentioned in Microsoft support site at here

Crystal Reports in VS2010- Where is it ?

Crystal Reports has been integral part of Visual Studio since 1993. I believe the first time, Microsoft introduces Crystal reports with Visual Studio was with VB 2. Now, with VS2010, Crystal Reports are not integral part of VS 2010 any more.

Well, Not to worry.. Crystal Reports will be separately available as download from Sap. Yesterday, beta version is launched and can be downloaded by clicking here. The good part and as I read the article from Sap Networks here is that Crystal reports will always be available as a free download. The actual product is expetced on Q3 2010.

Silverlight 4 release on Feb 13

Remember Feb 13, 2007… Silverlight went public for the first time and yeah, here post 3 yrs later at Feb 13,2010, Silverlight 4 got released… This seems to be a intresting fact isn’t it .. :) .. There are lots and lots of capabilities coming on Silverlight 4 . The RIAs support seems to be increasing in Silverlight on their every release.. So if you would like to know what’s new in Silverlight 4, click here
Silverlight 4 application requires VS 2010 as an IDE. I would be blogging more on Sharepoint 2010 , VS 2010, Silverlight 4 and few more upcoming Tech.. in coming day and will talk about specific features of each of them..