Microsoft has announced that two new IIS Extensions available, and each is a “Go Live” release candidate, meaning that they have reached the last milestone on the step to RTM.
First up, we have now released a Go Live version of URL Rewriter, a rules-based engine that does exactly what it says on the tin – it allows you to rewrite your Web application URLs to be more user-friendly and search engine-friendly. Not only does this mean easier content handling, but you can also use the rewriting rules as a way to obfuscate your Web application information so as not to leave any hints for potential site hackers. Of course, security by obscurity should never be your only defense, but there’s no point in leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to your door if you don’t need to.
Our second Extension update this week is a Release Candidate (a.k.a. “Go Live”) of Web Playlists, which allows media publishers and site managers to more directly control how media files are delivered to an end user, including limiting the ability to skip past or through specific playlist entries. Again, this module is integrated with IIS Manager, and the engine itself is implemented as a request handler for the IIS 7.0 integrated pipeline while the playlists themselves are stored in XML-based .isx files. In fact, with this release candidate, we have updated the XML format used to embrace the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) open standard.