Archives / 2008 / June
  • Pros and Cons of the Sprint Instinct Phone

    There’s been a lot of hype over Apple’s new iPhone 3G coming out on July 11th as well as Sprint’s recently released Instinct phone.  I was originally going to switch over to AT&T and get the iPhone but it meant switching my wife samsung_sprint_instinct over as well since we need to be able to call each other without using plan minutes.  After evaluating the cost of switching carriers we decided it wasn’t worth it since we’d have to pay $400 to get out of our Sprint contracts and my wife recently bought the PPC-6800 Windows Mobile phone which wasn’t cheap.  We’ve been very happy with Sprint’s network in our area as well.

  • Pushing Data to a Silverlight Client with a WCF Duplex Service - Part I

    Silverlight provides several different ways to access data stored in remote locations.  Data can be pulled from Web Services and RESTful services and even pushed from servers down to clients using sockets (see my previous articles on sockets here, here and here).  Silverlight 2 Beta 2 introduces another way to push data from a server to a client using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and HTTP.  WCF's support for duplex service contracts makes this possible and opens up unique opportunities for pumping data to Silverlight clients.  In this first part of a two part series I'll demonstrate how a WCF push service can be created and cover the steps to get a sample service up and running.  The second article will focus on the client and show how to communicate with a WCF duplex service and listen for data that's sent.

  • Creating a Silverlight 2 Client Access Policy Socket Server

    Silverlight 2 provides built-in support for sockets which allows servers to push data to Silverlight clients.  By using this feature clients can avoid polling the server on a timed basis to ensure that clients are kept up-to-date.  If you're new to the socket features built-into Silverlight 2 you'll want to read my previous posts to get additional details about how data can be pushed from a server to a client:

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