Visual Basic announcements
WCF, System.Net namespace and remoting technology
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) announcements
.NET Framework Class Libraries announcements
Claims based access platform (CBA), code-named Geneva announcements
The Federated Identity ”Geneva” team is happy to announce the release of Microsoft code name “Geneva”, an open platform for simplified user access based on claims. This release consists of three components: Geneva Framework for .NET developers, Geneva Server for IT Pros, and Windows CardSpace “Geneva”.
You can find all of our installation downloads and supporting documentation for each component of the Geneva platform on the “Geneva” Connect site.
POS for .NET announcements
Microsoft Point of Service for .NET v1.12 (POS for .NET) is a class library that enables POS developers to apply Microsoft .NET technologies in their products. It provides a simple and consistent interface for .NET Framework applications to interact with POS devices, in compliance with the UnifiedPOS standard (aka UPOS). In addition, it provides windows plug and play (PnP) support. There are thirty-six classes of POS peripherals supported including cash drawer, receipt printer, barcode scanner, magnetic strip reader (MSR), line display, RFID, Biometric, Belt, Check Scanner, Fiscal Printer, Electronic Journal, Image Scanner, Item Dispenser, Magnetic Ink Character Recognition Reader (MICR), PIN Pad, signature capture device, etc. In addition, POS for .NET supports many legacy devices where OPOS service objects are available.
POS for .NET 1.12 Download page:
· POS for .NET 1.12 Download page:
· Team Blog:
· POS for .NET Forum:
· MSDN Documentation:
· Sample Scanner (TechEd 2008 HOL)
· Unified POS specification:
· Common Control Objects (OPOS):
· Setting the BinaryConversions property for certain legacy devices:
This may be helpful for those that need to interface with SigCap devices (such as Ingenico)
· New Blog: Interfacing with Biometric devices from POS applications
Windows Communication Foundation, Serialization, and Networking announcements
.NET Native Preview announcements
.NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. You will continue to benefit from the productivity and familiarity of the .NET Framework with the great performance of native code. Popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native.
Useful resources for .NET Native
Download .NET Native Developer Preview and general resources:
MSDN Documentation for .NET Native:
General .NET announcements:
.NET StockTrader Sample Application announcements
The new 6.0 version, which can live side-by-side with the 5.5 version, is now live. Visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/stocktrader to download the source code with automated setup wizard.
You can read the technical whitepaper about it, including the mobile client architecture, and support for SQL Database Federation here.
You can view the application running live on Windows Azure (new HTML 5/MVC client) at https://azurestocktrader6.cloudapp.net; or the classic ASP.NET Web Forms client at https://azurestocktrader6classic.cloudapp.net.
The download also includes Configuration Service 6.0, which adds support for Azure Service Bus. You can access ConfigWeb 6.0 to explore the live deployment at https://azureconfigweb6.cloudapp.net.
The updated StockTrader 5.5 sample is now available for download and setup. This replaces the 5.0 release of StockTrader. The installer can be downloaded from https://azurestocktrader.cloudapp.net or http://msdn.microsoft.com/stocktrader.
This new download includes the new Configuration Service 5.5 assemblies and ConfigWeb 5.5. Configuration Service 5.5 is backward compatible with 5.0 configuration repositories. You will want to rebuild solutions implementing Configuration Service 5.0 with the new 5.5 shared libraries.
StockTrader 5.5 What's New
The big change is support for Windows Azure SQL Database Federations. Federations allows horizontal partitioning, also called sharding, of the Azure SQL Database data tier. You will note that we have also split the previously single database into two separate physical databases: a QuoteDB and an AccountDB. By default after install, neither will be federated. You can use the new \stocktrader\builds\SQL_Loader\TradeSQLLoader.exe to create new QuoteDB/AccountDB databases, and choose the number of federation members when creating the initial databases. You can then deploy (to Azure) and then use the \stocktrader\databaseloaders\TradeSQLAzureLoader application to load data into the federated databases.
The single DAL layer works now against on-premises SQL Server (including SQL Server running in an Azure Virtual Machine); non-federated Windows Azure SQL Database, and federated Azure SQL Databases.
Configuration Service 5.5 What's New
Configuration Service 5.5 has various bug fixes, and especially enhancements to the SQL retry logic in the SQLHelper Class. Solutions using Configuration Service 5.0 should be upgraded to the new 5.5 assemblies, as well minor updates have been made to ConfigWeb.
Coming Soon: StockTrader 6.0
Within the next few weeks, a new version of StockTrader will also be available: StockTrader 6.0. StockTrader 6.0 does not replace StockTrader 5.5; but rather is a new Azure-only implementation, and it is not backward compatible with 5.5. You will be able to do side-by-side installs. Both will remain on the MSDN site. The coming Config Service 6.0 version adds support for Windows Azure Service Bus bindings, and StockTrader 6.0 can optionally be configured to use Service Bus and reliable messaging for order processing. In addition, RESTFUL web services are used in the new Business Logic layer, and the service can serve as the cloud-based backend for new StockTrader 6.0 clients that will be included in the download: Windows 8 Modern UI client; HTML5 ASP.NET/MVC client, Windows Phone client, Android client, and IPhone client.
If you have setup issues, or questions about the sample once it is installed this is the place to post them. Thank you!
Visual C# announcements
This forum is for C# related question. GUI questions become very unclear if its a WPF or Winforms or ASP.Net related question.
Please post any GUI related questions to the target forum:
Windows Forms General
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
depending on what you are working on.
The C# forum is for C# related questions on the language constructs and not indirect component usage. THX
AppFabric Caching announcements
This forum is dedicated to answering questions about using Windows Server AppFabric caching on-premises. Microsoft recently announced a CTP of Windows Azure AppFabric Caching, which allows you to use AppFabric caching features in the cloud. If you want more information about the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching CTP, see the documentation, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=205141, or this blog post, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazureappfabric/archive/2010/10/28/introduction-to-windows-azure-appfabric-caching-ctp.aspx.
If you are trying to ask a question on the forums about the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching CTP, go to the Windows Azure Platform forum portal, http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsazureplatform.
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