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Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features.


Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don’t realize these feature voting sites exist. In addition to WF/WCF, I am aware of these:























Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any.  I’ll add them.

San Francisco, Open 311, Silverlight and Windows Azure

“City of San Francisco, CA has launched their Open 311 solution called HeyGov! for San Francisco .  HeyGov! is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft Partner, ISC, that provides a new and engaging way for citizens and governments communicate more effectively in the Web 2.0 era.  

The service requests are captured from device-centric applications or entered by city’s 311 staff into their existing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, exposed via an API based on Open 311 standards and visualized via a rich user-interface built with Silverlight 4 and Bing Maps. Built and hosted on the Windows Azure platform, the HeyGov! solution also takes advantage of virtually unlimited storage and processing power of the cloud and provides the ability to quickly address service requests and implement updates even during peak times.”

More details here…


Police Department Protects Citizens … with Windows 7

Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team, just blogged about some great work he was a part of:


Here’s a blurb from the official case study:

“The Vernon Hills Police Department wanted to support the work of its field officers by installing in-vehicle video recording systems in police cars. After evaluating available solutions, the department chose the Mobile Video Platform from Modularis, in conjunction with the Windows 7 operating system and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform. The solution has saved the city money and has become an invaluable job tool for field officers.”

Not called out specifically in the case study, but the application running in the police cars is a WPF app.

MUST READ: A Guide to Claims–based Identity and Access Control

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Joel just blogged about this on my team blog with a curious title of “If you are a government developer please read this”:


Any “enterprise” customer really should read this guide and start thinking about moving towards a clams-based approach.  Furthermore, if you want to move your apps to the cloud, then a claims-based approach is a no brainer.  In most cases, it is a must!

Windows Azure Dynamic Scaling Sample

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Just came across this one.  I haven’t checked it out myself, but it sounds promising.

“…  A question that is commonly asked is how to automate the scaling of a Windows Azure application. That is, how can developers build systems that are able to adjust scale based on factors such as the time of day or the load that the application is receiving? …”

I’m speaking at FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud Summit

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My team is participating in FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud – Presented by Microsoft on March 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Pavilion room in Washington DC.  I’ll be presenting as part of the Developer Track.  My session is titled “Sharing Government Data through Windows Azure using OGDI & ‘Dallas’.”  My team is responsible for OGDI.  Come check out the event and dev track if you are interested Cloud Computing.  Full details here: