Download Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit
With the release of Visual Studio 2008 RTM earlier today, the Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit is also available for download. (120Mb of training materiel...)
This kit contains Labs, Demos and PPTs about various technologies coming up with Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5. So If you're a little behind, this is your chance to catch up!
Fundamentals: Framework and Language Enhancements
Lap around Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5
.NET Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
Using LINQ with Relational Data
What's new in C# 3.0?
Commonly Used Types and Namespaces in .Net Framework 3.5 If you want to make sure you've read enough articles and blog posts about .Net Framework 3.5, or you just happen to have an empty wall in your office, download the Commonly Used Types and Namespaces in .Net Framework 3.5 poster. Enjoy!
Oslo - Future Direction of Microsoft BPM Platform During the keynote of the SOA & Business Process Conference, Microsoft has announced the future directions in its BPM strategy with Oslo - a multi-release set of technology investments across Application Platform for building service oriented and model driven applications. There are five primary areas of investment targeted by “Oslo”: Server. Microsoft BizTalk Server “6” will continue to provide a core foundation for distributed and highly scalable SOA and BPM solutions, and deliver the capability to develop, manage and deploy composite applications. Services. BizTalk Services “1” will offer a...
Influence the Roadmap of Windows Workflow Foundation vNext
The Windows Workflow Foundation Team is conducting a survey about your current and future usage of the technology in order to get feedback needed to prioritize the features and directions of Windows Workflow Foundation vNext.
So, If you're using Windows Workflow Foundation, and you can allow the time to participate in this survey, you can influence then next version of the technology.
WF, WCF and WCS Samples for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 A refresh of the samples for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows CardSpace (WCS) is available for download here. These samples are based on the .Net Framework 3.5 and were recently updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2. Enjoy!
Using WF Rules Engine without any Workflow
Customer often ask me: "If all I need is the WF Rules Engine - why do I have to use Windows Workflow Foundation?"
There is something very important to be clear about - The WF Rules Engine is although a part the the technology called Windows Workflow Foundation, but it can be used without being hosted inside a business process that was built with Windows Workflow Foundation.
The WF Rules Engine has it own API that allows developers to integrate rules capabilities into their applications. It also has many extensibility points for building custom actions, conditions...
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 - Orcas Beta 2 Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008 (formerly "Orcas") and .Net Framework 3.5 are available for download in several editions: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite (Virtual PC) Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team Foundation Server Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Professional Edition Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Standard Edition For an overview of Visual Studio 2008 and a list of features that are available in this...
Workflow External Data Exchange Service - ExternalDataExchange
In many scenarios, a workflow will need to communicate with the application in order to get some data, or notifications about state that has changed. In order to achieve that, the workflow needs a mechanism to exchange data with the application. Speaking in Windows Workflow Foundation terms, it is called External Data Exchange.
This post explains how to communicate between a workflow and the hosting environment using the External Data Exchange Service. After reading this series of posts, you will be able to understand each of the elements in the following Diagram:
Long running workflows...
This week at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Kevin Turner announced that Microsoft will be launching Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in Los Angeles on February 27, 2008. This event will kick off a “launch wave” of hundreds of events that Microsoft will host worldwide. But... This announcement doesn't mean than these products will not be RTM'ed before that date. Most important for me is Visual Studio 2008 of course, that will be released by the end of the year, according to some Microsoft sources (Soma, Scott Guthrie and more). Regarding Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 -...
Oracle Workflow Persistence Service I always get this question from customers who consider using and using Oracle DB. Today I ran into Mick's Blog, and found an implementation of Oracle Windows Workflow Persistence Service. I haven't tested it yet, and the above post clearly states it has not been roughly tested - but it can be a very good starting point. Enjoy!