Microsoft "Dublin" to get visualization tool

Microsoft will soon release a set of extensions for the Application Server in Windows Server codenamed “Dublin."  These extensions, built on .Net, add workflow, management and troubleshooting to simple Web services. More importantly, the tools allow developers to add "persistence" to Web services, meaning that if an portion of a workflow stalls out, the app can automatically repeat the process. (For instance, if a Web service workflow required the sending of an e-mail, and a workflow was interrupted prior to the sending of the e-mail, the app would resend the e-mail.)

The extensions are relatively easy to use, but lack one thing ... no visualization tool. If you want to troubleshoot an app, you have to page through lots of logs and documentation. However, at TechEd, the apps developers said that a visualization tool has been written and is on its way. It won't, however, be released with the original Dublin, which some sources have said should coincide the rollout of Microsoft's next-generation .Net Framework 4.0. A preview of Dublin was released at the PDC conference in October but it is unclear when Microsoft plans to release a final version.

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