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WCF – Windows Communication Foundation

by Mike Liu | July 2009 | Microsoft

WCF is the latest technology from Microsoft for building services. In this article by Mike Liu, we will explain what WCF is, and what it is composed of. We will also explain various .NET runtimes, .NET frameworks, Visual Studio versions, the relationships between them, and what is needed to develop or deploy WCF services. You will see some code snippets in this article that will help you to further understand WCF concepts, although they are not in a completed WCF project.

Let us discuss the following in detail:

  • What WCF is
  • Use of WCF for SOA
  • WCF architecture
  • Basic WCF concepts
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Skinner's Toolkit for Plone 3 Theming (Part 1)

by Veda Williams | July 2009 | Content Management Open Source

Choosing the right tools for implementing a design in Plone is the most important step. Fortunately, there are a number of tools available that make the process much easier. This two-part article by Veda Williams, will deal with Plone 3 Theming.

In this part we will cover graphic design tools, browser toolbars and extensions, and CSS validators.

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Authentication and Authorization in MODx

by Antano Solar John | July 2009 | Content Management Open Source

Authentication is the process of verifying that users are who they claim to be. Authorization is the process of granting access to the authenticated users—based on their role—to perform operations such as view, edit, or delete on resources. In this article by Antano Solar John, you will learn how MODx facilitates authentication and authorization. You will build your site to include user registrations, logins, user types, and set rules on who can do what.

As you read this article, it is important that you keep in mind that MODx has two user types.

  • Web Users—users who use the web site
  • Manager Users—users who are allowed to log in to the Manager interface
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SOA—Service Oriented Architecture

by Mike Liu | July 2009 | .NET BPEL Microsoft SOA Web Services

In this article by Mike Liu, we will explain the concepts and definitions related to SOA, and clarify some confusions regarding SOA. Let's discuss each of the following in detail:

  • What is SOA?
  • Why do we need SOA?
  • What are the various approaches to implementing SOA and what are the key differences between them?
  • What is a web service and how is it related to SOA?
  • What standards and specifications are there for web services?
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Implementing Document Management in Alfresco 3- part2

by Munwar Shariff | July 2009 | Content Management Open Source

In this article by Munwar Shariff, we will learn how to use Alfresco as a smart document repository. This will include providing automatic version tracking and control, and accessing documents in the Alfresco repository from your web browser, a network drive, FTP, or WebDAV.

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