.NET Framework 3.5

Sunday, April 8, 2007 2 comments

Its time to add a new category to the existing blog entry categories and that new category is going to be called “.NET Framework 3.5“. Yea i know many of us have already heard about this and even started playing around with this latest .Net framework release which is right now in the CTP stages.

In the first week of March 2007, Microsoft released the Visual Studio codename “Orcas” March 2007 CTP and this is the first time that features from .NET Framework 3.5 have been included.

Brief on .NET Framework 3.5

Many ISV’s, enterprises and even Microsoft product teams are successfully building on the new features WF, WCF, WPF and CardSpace in the .NET Framework 3.0. Microsoft plans to continue to invest in the .NET Framework developer platform and in support of existing users the .NET Framework 3.5 has no serious breaking changes so existing applications built for .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework 3.0 will continue to execute. The .NET Framework 3.5 adds new features in several major technology areas.

  1. Integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness
  2. Support for Web 2.0 AJAX style applications and services in ASP.NET and WCF
  3. Full tooling support for WF, WCF and WPF including the new workflow-enabled services technology
  4. New classes in the base class library (BCL) for the .NET Framework 3.5 address the most common customer requests

.NET Framework 3.5 will ship with Visual Studio codename ”Orcas” and will be available for separate download from MSDN.

Just The Server Side (WF and WCF)

Here’s some detail of the new things to look for from WF and WCF.

  • Workflow enabled services – process and messaging together
  • Web 2.0 AJAX friendly (works with ASP.NET AJAX Client) and REST enabled WCF services
  • New project templates and other new features in Visual Studio for WF and WCF
  • More WS-* Standards Support including WS-AtomicTransaction, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-SecureConversation and WS-Coordination
  • RSS and ATOM Syndication Support in WCF
  • Partial Trust for WCF applications deployed through click-once
  • Rules Data Improvements

 You get the Team Suite-Only VPC to review the new features in .NET Framework 3.5.

Categories: .NET Framework 3.5

It’s been a while…

Sunday, April 8, 2007 Leave a comment

I have always believed in the fact that life is never going to be a bed of roses. Time and again life throws a volley of questions back at you which leave you clueless. Life has been a little hard for me since the past 2 months and i had to attend to my personal and family life. That has taken me slightly away from technology, but not that far. I am really trying to catch up with the fast pace at which technology is changing and growing. This speed really amazes me. Talking just about Microsoft and the .Net Framework, I am already getting a lot of information and mails on .Net 3.5. God!!! Lot of catching up to do… and i feel there is so less time :). Hope i can continue from where i left off and keep you folks out there interested in the new technologies that are out there or might come out in the near future. I leave you with the following lines…

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.

(adapted)

Cheers!!! 🙂

Categories: General

Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007 10 comments

In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.

This article summarizes the updates and tools that Microsoft is developing for its customers to address the DST change.

Categories: MS News

Windows Vista Hacked Within Hours Of Launch!!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows Vista was finally released yesterday – and already a hacker has claimed to have broken the operating software’s encryption.

Read the article 

Categories: Windows Vista

Windows Vista and Office 2007 finally released for consumers

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Leave a comment

After countless delays Windows Vista and Office 2007 were finally released yesterday to consumers in what Microsoft calls its “most significant release ever”.

Microsoft rolled out Windows Vista at retailers in 70 countries on Tuesday, delivering a new computer operating system that aims to better manage the explosion of digital media and protect users from the dangers of the Internet. The world’s biggest software maker marked the launch of its first all-new Windows operating system in five years with a marketing blitz, including commercials featuring basketball star Lebron James and appearances by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on morning and late-night chat shows.

The most obvious change is the new look. Vista’s “Aero” interface uses 3-D graphics to create translucent windows that appear to float above the background screen, with much of the other changes being under the covers. Vista has received criticism early on, with new controversial DRM technologies, in addition to Apple’s claim that Microsoft’s Vista is a copycat version of its Mac OS X Tiger operating system that originally introduced many of Vista’s new features. Similarly, Apple also has plans to introduce a new operating system of its own later this year.

It is Microsoft’s first major update since Windows XP was released in 2001.

Windows Vista Homepage

Categories: Office 2007, Windows Vista

ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 released!

Monday, January 29, 2007 Leave a comment

The final release of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (formerly code-named “Atlas”) is available now.  This new framework for creating more sophisticated user experiences on the Web was released as a free download. Major updates were also rolled out to the http://ajax.asp.net/ community site to coincide with this release.

The fully-supported AJAX framework integrates seamlessly with Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. The ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, a shared-source development project consisting of both Microsoft and non-Microsoft developers, will also continue to be supported.

But wait, there is more. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will be releasing the source code packages for the various ASP.NET AJAX components to assist developers with application debugging and interoperability.

The team is also already hard at work on the next ASP.NET AJAX release and customers can already start using many of these new features today with the ASP.NET AJAX Futures January CTP (also available for download on the ASP.NET AJAX site). Going forward, all of the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 features will be integrated directly into the next release of ASP.NET shipping with VS “Orcas.” With that release there will also be improved tool support and even better integration with the latest .NET Framework technologies.

Categories: ASP.NET

Yahoo messenger for Vista….

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Built from the ground up specifically for Microsoft Windows Vista, this all-new version combines the reliable and easy-to-use features you’ve always loved from Yahoo! Messenger with the cutting-edge experience of this new operating system.

  • Instant message, voice, webcam video, and more
  • Use the integrated Yahoo! Messenger Sidebar gadget to keep up with the friends that matter most
  • Also add Windows Live™ Messenger friends to your contact list to see when they’re online and IM them
  • Keep conversations organized by dragging and dropping them into one tabbed window
  • Brand new emoticons, program icons and alert sounds
  • Instantly change the look and feel of your Yahoo! Messenger interface
  • Automatic groups are created in your contact list based on your Yahoo! interests (i.e. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football league)

Check it out : http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php

Categories: Windows Vista