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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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    International Women's Day Luncheon

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    Over 350 people joined together to celebrate the success, leadership and influence achieved by women in the Australian ICT industry on International Women's Day 8 March 2006. Photographs of the event are available on the FITT website http://www.fitt.org...
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    Web 2.0 and Software Architecture

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    Since I returned from maternity leave, I've been chatting to lots of colleagues about all the exciting technologies and industry development related to Web 2.0 . I must admit I don’t really have much of an opinion or insight into this yet, but my gut...
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    SPARK at MIX - Live in Vegas!

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    Norman Guadagno just told me about this wonderful inititative to be held at MIX - " SPARK is unique and something we have never really done before. As you are well aware, at the same time that the Web 2.0 wave is sweeping technology we are still trying...
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    VB6 Migration Resources

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    Recently, quite a number of architects have asked me VB6 migration questions, so I thought it might be worthwhile to put together the following resource pointers for all of you that are embarking on VB6 upgrade projects: VBRun remains the best resource...
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    Advanced research with DSL tools right here DownUnder!

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    Liming just told me about the exciting research work he and his colleagues are NICTA are doing in the area of Model Driven Development. He is currently testing out his research ideas using Domain Specific Language with Visual Studio 2005. Here is a...
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    Returning to lots of exciting technologies and events!

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    Am still busy in catching up mode - with many exiciting technologies to play with such as Windows Communication Foundation and Office 12 . Also many US visitors will be visiting us DownUnder later this month at the Patterns and Practices Summit as guest...
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    Back in action!

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    Sorry I've gone dark for such a long time... but I've had a very good excuse - been busy looking after this cute little project:
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    Must Read for Architects!

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    The Microsoft Architects Journal is a great periodical for all enterprise and application architects to get up to speed on the latest architecture design and analysis approaches/techniques, as well as overviews of some of the latest, coolest and funkiest...
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    Importance of engineering models before the actual build

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    Call me a control freak, but I really like to know what I'm going to get before I buy something. Not just how the box and wrapping looks, but the internal engineering details. I used to work for CSIRO - with a group of other diehard computer engineers...
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    PC Mechanic

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    Wow, can't believe it's been 2 months since I last blogged... time simply flies when you're having fun working on customer sites. Like I said to my good friends Josh Lee (The FinServ Guy) and Jim Webber , I've become a 'One Blog Wonder'! Anyway, over...
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    Software development as an engineering discipline

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    I'm currently working out at a customer site in Parramatta (a small city about 25 km west of Sydney). I happen to live in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, so been spending 2 hours in traffic daily... this means I've had a lot of time to myself - listening...
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    Links to resources mentioned in my TechEd presentation

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    Many thanks to Nick Lothian for reminding me this. Here are the links to cool SOA related topics that I mentioned in my TechEd presentation: Integration Patterns , Entity Aggregation whitepaper , Designing Application Managed Authorization and some general...
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    My first TechEd Australia presentation!

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    I wish I had a lot more time to spend at TechEd... the dreadful thing was due to existing customer work commitments, I had to fly into Canberra Thursday, give my presentation on Realising Service Oriented Architecture, and fly out! I didn't even have...
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    My First Blog!

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    Blogging for the first time, all the way from TechEd Australia 2004! It's wonderful atmosphere here, you should all be here!
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