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The Basics of Building a Security Token Service

Last week at TechDays in Toronto I ran into a fellow I worked with while I was at Woodbine.  He works with a consulting firm Woodbine uses, and he caught my session on Windows Identity Foundation.  His thoughts were (essentially—paraphrased) that the principle of Claims Authentication was sound and a good idea, however implementing it requires a major investment.  Yes.  Absolutely.  You will essentially be adding a new tier to the application.  Hmm.  I’m not sure if I can get away with that analogy.  It will certainly feel like you are adding a new tier anyway. What strikes me as…

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Token Request Validation in ASP.NET

Earlier this week during my TechDays presentation on Windows Identity Foundation, there was a part during the demo that I said would fail miserably after the user was authenticated and the token was POST’ed back to the relying party.  Out of the box, ASP.NET does request validation.  If a user has submitted content through request parameters it goes through a validation step, and by default this step is to break on anything funky such as angle brackets.  This helps to deter things like cross site scripting attacks.  However, we were passing XML so we needed to turn off this validation. …

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Minor Change to TechDays Presentation

Just a quick update to let everyone know that Miguel Carrasco and I are switching sessions so he can get back home for a prior engagement.  As such, I will now be doing OPT315: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks. This session is on the 2nd day at 3:40pm – 4:45pm.

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Presenting a TechDays Local Flavours Track Session!

Earlier this morning I got an email from John Bristowe congratulating me on being selected to present a session for the local flavours track at TechDays in Toronto!  This bumps up my count to 2.  Needless to say I am REALLY excited. I was a little disappointed to find out there weren’t any sessions on the Windows Identity Foundation, so that just meant I had to submit my own to the local flavours track…and they accepted it!  Here are the details: October 27, 3:40 PM to 4:45 PM Breakout | LFT330: Windows Identity Foundation Simplified: All the Scary Things Made…

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Techdays 2010 Presentation: Build Websites Fast with Visual Studio 2010

Joey Devilla has graciously offered me the opportunity to present at Techdays in Toronto this year!  The Toronto event is October 27th-28th. Here is the session abstract: DEV355: Build Web Sites Fast with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (click for more information) Day 1 – 1:00pm – 2:05pm Learn about the new Web developer innovations in Visual Studio 2010. Visual Studio 2010 makes development of standards-based Web sites better than ever with new support for CSS 2, HTML code snippets, powerful dynamic Intellisense for Javascript, and more! Visual Studio 2010 also makes it easy to deploy applications from development to test…

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Pictures from Techdays and FailCamp in Toronto

After getting my camera back from Mitch Garvis after Techdays and FailCamp in Toronto, I decided to upload photos from the events, and to my surprise there were some pretty good shots.  Here is what I came back with:

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ASP.NET WebForms are NOT Being Overthrown by MVC

It’s always a fun day when the man himself, ScottGu responds to my email.  Basically it all started last week at Techdays in Toronto (pictures to follow, I promise).  Quite a few people asked me about MVC, and whether or not it will replace Web Forms.  My response was that it wouldn’t, but I didn’t have any tangible proof.  I discussed new features in .NET 4.0, and how the development is still going strong for future releases.  Some didn’t buy it. So, earlier today I emailed Scott and asked him for proof.  This was his response: Hi Steve, Web Forms…

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Presenting at Techdays 2009!

Still working out session details, but it looks like I will be presenting in Ottawa and Montreal for Techdays 2009.  I will be loitering around at the Toronto event soaking up all the techie-goodness, so come find me at any of the three events.  We can talk shop, shoot the breeze, or just mill about having a good time. I promise I won’t embarrass anyone.  Except maybe myself.  But that’s a warning for all occasions. Here are the dates of the events across Canada.  Buy your tickets before the early-bird deal runs out! City Date Venue VANCOUVER SEPTEMBER 14-15 Vancouver…

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Techdays 2009 – VIP Pricing

As budgets get tighter, Tech·Days is the perfect way to get the Tech·Ed experience without the travel expense, with two days of skill-strengthening education to help you position yourself for success by: Learning the technology—with a customizable agenda from over forty sessions across five technical tracks on both current technologies and new products, like Windows® 7 and Microsoft® Exchange 2010; Connecting with Experts and Peers—with Birds-of-a-Feather lunches and the new Windows 7 Zone, you’ll have lots of opportunities to share your ideas with those who know the products best; and Apply what you learn—with a Learning Kit packed with products…

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Presenting at Techdays!

What is Techdays? The Canadian IT Pro Team would love to call it a Tech-Ed of the north, except on tour. Check out the site: www.techdays.ca to get the info, but the dates are: Date City Venue October 29/30 Toronto Toronto Congress Centre November 6/7 Montreal The Palais des Congrès November 27 Ottawa Mariott Hotel December 4 Winnipeg Delta Hotel December 10/11 Calgary Calgary Stampede Roundup Centre December 17 Halifax Halifax World Trade Centre January 21/22 Vancouver Vancouver Convention Centre I will be doing a presentation in Montreal and Ottawa entitled Microsoft SQL Server: Essential Database Maintenance for New and…