Richmond .NET UG: July 10, 2008 Meeting

Kevin Hazzard
presents Accessing Web Services from Silverlight 2 Beta 2

Thursday, July 10, 2008, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Social Time starts at 6:00!
Location: Markel Plaza
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 [map]

Registration is not required, but please take a moment to register so we’ll know how many people to expect. Thanks!

July’s Presentation: Accessing Web Services from Silverlight 2 Beta 2
by Kevin Hazzard


Silverlight is a client-side technology. So it’s not really a part of your SOA strategy, right? You may want to think twice about that. SOAP and WSDL support are coming to the web desktop via Silverlight. And Silverlight has good client support for REST+ JSON/POX and RSS/ATOM-based web services, too. During this discussion, we’ll dive into data serialization, security and cross-domain access policy capabilities inside Silverlight 2 Beta 2. We also talk about the nuances and pitfalls of provisioning your web services for an Internet audience. This presentation will be heavy on coding, demonstration and interactive discussion.

About Kevin Hazzard

Kevin is currently the Software Architect for in Richmond, Virginia. He has served on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and as an advisor to Virginia’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS). While serving as a Senior Engineer in the Intel Architecture Lab, Kevin successfully authored patents and designed ciphers, protocols and peer-to-peer networking components used by millions of users worldwide. Kevin has been writing software for 25 years and loves the art and science of his job as much today as he did in the very beginning. Kevin is a father to five, a husband to one and a servant to many others. He speaks a bit of Portuguese and enjoys doing missionary work in South America. He also enjoys motorcycling, welding, hiking, etymology, bird-watching and friendly discussions about world politics and history.

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iPhone theme for BlackBerry

image  I found a cool iPhone-like theme for my BlackBerry 8830 called bPhone for BlackBerry.  Please do NOT leave comments saying that the iPhone is better. Work pays for my BlackBerry – FREE is better than iPhone. Thank you.  :)

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.NET P2P web search

imageFaroo is P2P web search built with .NET.  They only require .NET 2.0 so it wasn’t built using WCF PeerChannel.  They have add-ins for IE and Firefox.

Very interesting.  I wonder if peer-to-peer searching will work.

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To learn more, take the tour.  Or register for your FREE account using my referral link.

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Old Executives Never Get Fired

Mark Griffin, chief investment officer will leave the company to “pursue other career interests.” Dan Sheehan, senior VP of portfolio management, will replace him on an interim basis.

Like Douglas MacArthur’s quote about old soldiers, corporate executives never get fired, they just "pursue other career interests."

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