SOA applications tech stack

There are a lot of times when I am asked to complete a stack of technologies for building a Service Oriented Applications. And of course, like for everything, also for this topic there are a lot of answers (and opinions). Using this post I want to express my opinion based in my experience (through years in building medium-to-large applications for public and private sector), what are pieces to combine a SOA lego. So, here I am going to explain what are technologies that could be used to build a SOA application, of course Windows environment friendly. But, this post, is not attempting to give a complete tech stack for this type of apps.

SOA
SOA 

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Registration error… Windows Phone with Windows Azure debugging problem!

You just have started to trying out the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, and created your first sample application. Then , when you launch the admin page, you get this error:

Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request.
WP7CloudApp1.Web.Infrastructure.RoleInWrongPortException: The Web role was started in a wrong port. For this sample application to work correctly, please make sure that it is running in port 443. Please review the Troubleshooting section of the sample documentation for instructions on how to do this.

Interesting. You notice that in the address bar, Internet Explorer has for some reason browsed to port 444 instead of the expected port 443. Looking at the documentation on MSDN for Azure, in the paragraph Testing an HTTPS endpoint in the compute emulator, one can find this little tidbit: If a port that you specify is not available, in the case of an HTTPS endpoint 443, the compute emulator will increment the port number until it finds one that is free.

There are several solutions proposed in web, like one that is to change port in Compute Emulator when you start debugging. But I personally did another solution, that is maybe dude but it functions well :D.

In Web project (ASP.Net MVC3) in Global.asax.cs I changed Default HTTPS Port const from

private const int DefaultHttpsPort = 443;

to

private const int DefaultHttpsPort = 444;

and voila 😀 I received message

Welcome to the administration site for the Mobile Cloud Application Services!

Why developers need interviews?

Short introduction
Just a year ago I couldn’t imagine writing this blog-post, but since I passed some experiences I’m really convinced for what I am writing here. If you are employed (self | corporate | startup | freelance | other type 😀 ) don’t just say: ou this post isn’t for me?! but please read till to the end because you’ll find something interesting even for your profile. I just want to show you here my two past interview experiences shortly and lessons I learned from them.

Job interview
Job interview

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Contacts Factbook v1.1

I published an update for my application Contacts Factbook. This is not a major update but it brings some significant changes. From this version I also started with ads, and this is more a test I’d like see how it will perform, than other reason (btw I wouldn’t refuse cents or dollars 😀 , if it brings any) .

These are new features:

  • Sharing total number of contacts
  • Sharing number of pinned contacts
  • Percentage of phone number types
  • Pinned contacts

Dots or stat’s separators are now in accent color and this make my application more platform consistent.

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Windows Phone 7 Resurse

Të fillosh programimin për Windows Phone 7 është fare e lehtë por të gjeshë shpejtë resurset e duhura merr kohë dhe kërkime të ndryshme. Mendova se do të ishte shumë e mirë që të publikoj disa lidhje për burimet e resurseve për programim në WP7, të cilat do të shërbenin si nisje e shpejtë. Continue reading Windows Phone 7 Resurse