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The Case For Simple Services
Ralph James put together a video entitled “The Case For Simple Services”: Discover RSSBus Simple Services™. This video explores simple services concepts, and demonstrates how RSSBus can be used to enhance data, application, and service accessibility. RSSBus Simple Services are "simple" because they are called with standard URLs and they return data streams as RSS name-value pairs, HTML pages, and other popular, easy-to-consume formats. They don't require programming, custom clients, SOAP envelopes, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:27 PM

Pass by Reference Parameters in PowerShell
A long time ago Jeffrey Snover briefly mentioned the PowerShell [REF] parameter attribute, but otherwise there isn’t much mention around about how to use it. It seems simple enough, but I kept getting this error from PowerShell: “Reference type is expected in argument.” This post by MOW cleared things up for me – I needed to wrap my [REF] parameters in parens in the function call, like so: Find-NewMessages $valvar1 ([REF]$refvar1) ([REF]$refvar2) For those looking to see how pass by reference params ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:06 PM

Vista Media Center – Obvious Usability Shortcomings
User interface is so important, and shouldn’t lightly be sacrified for functionality. There’s always another way to approach things if you think about it hard enough. I’m only on the second sentence and I’m already getting off topic. :) Vista Media Center has some obvious improvements over the previous Media Center Edition, but for some reason they leave out simple yet big impact features. This is a list of a few things that I am missing. Automatic “jump-back” when finishing a fast-forward. After ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:48 PM

New nsoftware Releases for SharePoint, BizTalk, SSIS
Today /n software announced new versions of three more toolkits today: SharePoint Extensions V3 BizTalk Adapters V3 SSIS Tasks V3 I have been involved in building these products, so if you have any questions feel free to let me know. Technorati Tags: BizTalk, SharePoint, SSIS ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:38 PM

Amazon EC2 developer component
/n software’s new Amazon Integrator toolkit is now available (it was just released today!) for software developers: Amazon Integrator V3 with EC2 & SimpleDB Now Shipping! Integrate popular Amazon Web Services, including S3, SQS, SimpleDB, AWS, and EC2 with your applications. All Editions Now Shipping: .NET, Java, C++, ActiveX, Delphi, & C++ Builder! Technorati Tags: Amazon, AWS, nsoftware ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:25 PM

PowerShell Server v2 vs PowerShell v2 Remoting via WinRM
A lot of people have asked me to explain the differences in the PowerShell Server v2 product with the obvious alternative: PowerShell v2 Remoting via WinRM. PowerShell Server The nutshell is that with the PowerShell Server, you are not limited to Windows machines and you don’t need WinRM or any other software other than the PowerShell Server itself and any old SSH client. This means that the “client” machine, where the commands are being sent from, can be anything – a Linux machine, a handheld device ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:16 PM

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