May, 2006

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About Anna Liu

Anna Liu is currently an Architect Advisor at Microsoft Australia, where she works with the community of architects involved in enterprise and application architecture. Her goal is to understand enterprises' IT challenges, and to help them with building successful systems through the use of architecture patterns, proven best practices, and reusable frameworks. Anna has extensive experience in the financial services industry and specialises in designing high performance and highly scalable distributed systems.
 
Prior to joining Microsoft, Anna was a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at CSIRO, where she led the Middleware Technology Evaluation project. Her group evaluated various middleware technologies through rigorous benchmarking studies and provided middleware acquisition advice to various Australian Government agencies and the Financial Services industry.
 
Anna holds a PhD (Computer Science UNSW) and a BE (Computer Engineering UNSW). She has also held various academic appointments including a senior lectureship at the University of Sydney, and a visiting scientist position at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a frequent speaker on software architecture and distributed systems topics at International Conferences including OOPSLA and ICSE.

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    A day as an architect at Microsoft Australia

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    Lots of friends and family aften ask me the question "what is it exactly that you do?" so I thought I'd share with you what I did for the day - Friday 26th May. 6:30-7:30am - logging in from home - clearing my inbox, 46 new items came through...
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    Security and Web 2.0

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    In a past blog , I talked about the importance of building 'quality' Web 2.0 applications, that is, addressing performance, scalability, security, reliability dimensions (in addition to usability and user experience). I want to focus on Security in...
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    Windows Live Local - Australian Map Data is out

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    Within minutes of hearing about its release from Frank Arrigo , I've already put it to good use - this is the direction I gave to Gordon Bell on how to get to NICTA to give a seminar on 'Computer Next Generations' . pretty cool eh? Now, who's got...
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    Get started on the next big thing!

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    Patrick forwarded me this latest article from Cringely . Yet another observation that is consistent with my past posting on " the end of the Enterprise as we know it ". Mike Platt also has been visiting enterprises around the world, and his findings...
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    on MSDN frontpage

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    I was pleasantly surprised to find all these Australian news items on the international MSDN home page : Tech Talk Blogs Microsoft Australia has launched a community blogging portal for local Technology bloggers. Frank Arrigo has been...
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    Person to Person Lending online

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    I came across these new ways of borrowing and lending money online via Prosper and Zopa from John Devadoss's blog . It's the perfect example of my theory of " It's the end of the Enterprise as we know it ". Just a quick glance at any young 'User Experience...
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    Integrating CORBA and .NET applications

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    This question came up again recently, so I thought I'd blog about it. In general, you should build interop solutions using Web Services wherever possible. This will give you a much cleaner integration architecture over time, across multiple projects...
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