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Microsoft Launches .NET StockTrader, Provides Securities Industry With Guidance for Building Scalable Trading Solutions on Microsoft Platform


Sample application illustrates Windows Communication Foundation and .NET enterprise technologies, gives firms a head start in creating scalable, service-oriented applications.

NEW YORK — Today at the 2007 Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Technology Management Conference & Exhibit, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of its .NET StockTrader, an end-to-end sample application based on an online stock trading scenario, along with a technical white paper that provides guidance for developers seeking to create high-performance, scalable and interoperable financial services solutions on the Microsoft® platform.

The .NET StockTrader provides a blueprint for how companies can advance their business through Microsoft’s application platform technologies, including Windows® Communication Foundation (WCF), to create service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions. Because performance and agility are a key concern when building mission-critical applications, .NET StockTrader also includes instructions for performance testing across distributed environments.

“More than ever, securities firms are demanding that their applications leverage existing IT investments, adhere to service-oriented architecture principles, be created in a common development environment, and present an interface that is familiar and easy to use,” said Stevan Vidich, technical architect for capital markets solutions in the U.S. Financial Services Group at Microsoft. “.NET StockTrader addresses those concerns. It was designed to showcase how to implement SOA on Windows Server® and the .NET Framework 3.0.”

.NET StockTrader also illustrates full interoperability with Java-based enterprise systems. In particular, StockTrader can transparently interconnect with IBM Corp.’s Trade Performance Benchmark Sample for Websphere Application Server V6.1. Financial services developers can use StockTrader as a model for building .NET systems that interconnect with IBM’s WebSphere Application Server. Support for Web services standards in WCF provides interoperability, addressing a key requirement in the securities industry. Technologies illustrated by .NET StockTrader application include the following:

High-performance ASP.NET Web applications based on a logical n-tier, service-oriented enterprise design pattern

High-performance WCF services, reconfigurable without code change

Support for different network transports and message encoding formats using WCF

Loosely coupled message-driven services using WCF and Microsoft Message Queuing

Distributed transaction services

Core performance tuning parameters for WCF and .NET to achieve high throughput

Simple, adaptive load-balanced server clusters for scalability and failover purposes

A complete technical overview of the .NET StockTrader application and more information is available at


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