Thursday, December 29, 2005

Thursday, December 22, 2005

ABC of an Endpoint

The message passing in Indigo is done by endpoints. Endpoint consists of ABC. A is address, B is binding and C is contract. By address we mean the URI of the location where the service is located or the address of the service. By B we mean the Binding which defines the Protocol, encoding, security transactions ECT and C is the contract of the Service i.e. what it is exposing to the outside world.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

VS2005 Launch event in KIET

Yesterday we did a VS 2005 Launch Session at PAF KIET . That was second the launch activity by INETA Pakistan. I was accompanied by Adnan Farooq (MVP) and Hammad rajjoub (MVP). Event was attended by some 50-60 students + faculty members. We also introduced Imagine Cup 2006 and INETA to the audience. Adnan started off the proceedings with introduction to INETA. Hammad rajjoub followed it up with introducing Imagine Cup 2006 and VS 2005 Launch. Then I presented Smart Clients technology in VS 2005 with a introduction to Biztalk on which hammad also shed some light. then Hammad rajjoub ended presentation with an introduction to SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006. We also showed a video for VS2005 launch address by Steve Ballmer. After the presentation we distributed the goodies amongst the audience, thank to Microsoft Pakistan. There were few questions on VS2005 and Biztalk which we were very glad to answer.

Thats me :)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

BizTalk Server 2006 Accelerators

Microsoft has released following BizTalk Server 2006 Accelerator Beta2s:

· Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA 3.3
· Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 1.3
· Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet 3.3
· Microsoft BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.3

I am really glad to see SWIFT Accelerator being made avaialble. Its an awesome oppurtunities for Banks and other financial institutes that are connected to SWIFT network to try BizTalk 2006 and see the value it adds to EAI as well as other domains.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Microsoft Distributed Computation Technologies

Microsoft has 5 different Technologies for building distributed applications. To start with my favorite is .Net Remoting, it’s for communicating with .Net to .Net Apps cause then it is at its best. Then we have ASMX, also known as ASP.Net Web Services). Then ES (Enterprise Services) where you can manage object Lifetimes and define transactions in Distributed Environment. WSE or Web services Enhancement with WS-* specification. Last but not the least is MSMQ or Microsoft Message Queuing which is best suited for Windows based Applications.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Indigo - The new Communication Technology

After doing some work on Avalon I shifted my focus to Indigo. I started reading about it. And the most fascinating thing is that I came across the unification of the existing .Net Framework communication Technologies. The power of all in one. It’s a great idea to start with. Then the thinking that the current investment of the people remains safe with interoperability. Finally the best thing is that the whole idea is around SOA.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2 Launch

Microsoft has launched BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 2. For those who want to get their hands onto it are adviced to logon to Microsoft Beta Home. Once you are registered you can not only download beta 2 but also ODBA (Orechestration Designer for Business Analyst) beta 2 as well as BizTalk Adapters for Enterprise Applications. its a must download.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Depending upon the Dependency properties

Going through Avalon a new area of Avalon opened before me, "The Dependency Property System".Dependency properties are properties that are registered with the "Avalon" dependency property system. There are two typoes of Dependency Properties
1. By backing your common language runtime property with a dependency property. This Includes support for styling, databinding, animation, default values, value expressions, property invalidations, or inheritance.
2. Attached properties are properties that can be set By the child or contained element for/of its parent or Container Object.

This Dependency property system is the core component for the Avalon. I personally really adored this approch of microsoft.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Encounter with the Avalon Kind

I was working on the Microsoft Presentation layer (Avalon) and had a strange feeling that I’m working in good old days of HTML but just an advance version of the HTML. Jokes aside Microsoft has given Framework and Tool developers their long awaited desire of generating and persisting UI in XML format. The thing that impressed me most is the flexibility in creating Controls e.g. I can have a button and in a button I can have a Panel in that panel I can have images, text ect. The simplicity of XAML combined with the power of Avalon has made this Presentation Layer Framework a very elegant piece of Software Engineering. But I do have some fears about it as how it will perform in a Real Application with the complexity of User Requirement is involved. I hope and feel that Avalon will come good and Microsoft have finally nailed it right this time around.

Framework Description

Finally I finished scripting the Description of the Framework :). There were many things to talk about but the dilemma was not what to mention but rather how much of each element to state, I hope that I got it right. Following is the Post-Development draft for the Framework

"Framework provides a mechanism that guides programmers through a proper order of steps via a common interface to implement business vocabularies in a systematic format and technical structure. Framework, consisting of specialized APIs, services, and tools, is built around the concept of providing technological support for reducing knowledge as well as time programmers’ needs to built extensible applications. Framework is prevalent in the area of .Net based desktop designs.
At the heart of the Framework is an Application Container and a Framework Class Library (FCL).The Application Container constitutes an environment for servicing and running WinForms based application that inhabits FCL. FCL is a managed code library of classes and interfaces that define a contract of cooperation between application and the container itself. Framework is tailored around the concept of Thin Client. Framework Security Administration Panel implements IoC (Inversion of Control) to provide integration with Enterprise Business Application.

Framework provides,
1) Secure Client-Server Communication (based on Symmetric key Encryption as part of Security sub-package of Microsoft Enterprise Library Block).
2) Dynamic Download of Business Components.
3) XML based data-binding model – Performs auto-binding of WinForms to domain objects and vice versa.
4) Dynamic Security - dynamic menu generation and tasks (Action Buttons), as per the assigned user permissions/rights.
5) Theme Builder and Appling Theme – Theme builder generate user desired XML based Theme which automatically applies to application to give it a consistent look & feel.

Framework is built exercising .NET Remoting, XML and .NET Microsoft Enterprise Library Block.
Along with Framework development, C# code generation tool was also developed which Generates PONO reflected against existing database schema of different styles."

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Presenting VS 2005

Previous week have been very tuff, I was to give presentations on Microsoft VS 2005 and also have to complete the Web alteration of the Framework. Presentations were a pre-Release Activity of VS 2005 (Whidbey) and SQL Server 2005 (Yukon). There were around 10-12 Software Engineer attending so it was good to have so many people to talk about and experience the new features of VS 2005. As a presenter it was a immense experience to present such existing features. I gave presentation on the following topics

Creating Professional Looking Windows Forms Applications

Deploying Applications with ClickOnce

Building Data-bound Microsoft Windows Forms Applications

Using New Features in .NET CF 2.0

Programming the Actions Pane

Programming with Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO)

One topic which I also presented in the training of Yukon was SQL Server .NET Integration.

As per the Alteration of the framework to WEB framework, it’s in middle of somewhere. I hope to finish it by the mid of next month.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

long time no c

It has been long since my last blog. The framework has matured and has being effectively deployed in CPSP and now as I write these lines I’m going through the same feeling as the framework is altered to WEB version and the thing that gives me the shivers :p is this adaptation is for alavi bhai's project sakook(read Shakook). Saadi has departed to Dubai and has started scripting novels. I'm so much looking forward to the new edition of that. Saadi man, I be wating :p.