Networking Features in .NET v3.5

Microsoft has released the March CTP of .NET 3.5 (a.k.a Orcas) and there are many new networking features. Last year as I was doing the research for my book especially on the P2P implementation in WCF it was quite obvious that while that was an excellent start using PeerChannel, there was a lot left to me done (in managed code). This new CTP drop fixes that!

Over the last few months, I have been in touch with some of the guys on the P2P and the System.Net team and I have been very excited seeing what is coming out the door. In addition to improving socket perf. by 70% there is are new managed API’s now for PNRP, People Near Me, managing your mesh, etc. There is also support for URI’s with international characters. All this available in a new namespace – System.Net.PeerToPeer.

You can download the VPC with the SDK; unfortunately only the bits are not available at this point – the only way you can get this is via the VPC.

My only issue is I don’t like this new way from MS of distributing bits – why do I need to download so many gigs just to get a SDK or runtime? I usually have a dedicated playground where I can run most of the stuff natively and do not need the overhead of a VM.

Given VMWare is so much better, I wonder if this Is just one way to push VPC in the market?  Huh?

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Amit Bahree

This blog is my personal blog and while it does reflect my experiences in my professional life, this is just my thoughts. Most of the entries are technical though sometimes they can vary from the wacky to even political – however that is quite rare. Quite often, I have been asked what’s up with the “gibberish” and the funny title of the blog? Some people even going the extra step to say that, this is a virus that infected their system (ahem) well. [:D] It actually is quite simple, and if you have still not figured out then check out this link – whats in a name?

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