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Architects Rule!

Community blog for architects in the Belgium and Luxembourg region moderated by Bart Vande Ghinste, Enterprise Architect for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg.

November, 2008

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About Architecture Rule!

The purpose of this blog is to become the Belgian & Luxembourg community blog of people interested in IT architecture in the broad sense of the word and having a particular interest for MS related architectural matters.   Your interaction will be greatly appreciated and I hope to meet a lot of you in person in the months and years to come!

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    Free MS software for students and startups

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    Over the last couple of months, Microsoft launched 2 programs that provide free software usage of developer and server solutions to students ( DreamSpark ) and technology startups ( BizSpark ). BizSpark creates a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that...
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    2 great architect interviews on ARCast.TV

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    ARCast.TV - Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic on the Impact of Cloud Computing Mark Hindsbo from Microsoft interviews Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic .  They discuss the impact of Cloud Computing as it relates to the application...
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    Application Architecture Pocket Guides

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    We’ve had multiple customers ask our app arch guide 2.0 team for smaller, more focused guides.  As a result, we created a series of application architecture pocket guides based on our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 .  Each guide is focused...
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    Nicolas Carr about Azure & Competing cloud platforms

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    Extract below from a blog post from Nicolas Carr (yep, the author of the famous book “Does IT matter?”) on Azure and competing platforms We can (and will) have debates about the relative openness of Azure and AWS and Force.com and all the other "cloud...
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    Impressive Silverlight Showcase Launched: ReportStorms.com

    Chris Pendleton reports that Weather Central has just launched a new beta community site called ReportStorms.com . The site utilizes Silverlight and you can report storms in your area, and/or look at what the weather is like (or was like) wherever in...
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    The end of an era - Windows 3.x

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    So long, Windows 3.x, and thanks for all the shoes! After 18 years of active living, you can finally take your place in the software memorial museum. On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in...
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    Exchange and SharePoint Online RTM in US for business of all sizes

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    Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Out of Beta and Ready for Purchase SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 17, 2008 — Today, at a launch event in San Francisco, Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft Corp., was joined by customers...
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    Microsoft new consumer security offering

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    REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 18, 2008 — To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors and rapid increases in the incidence of malware, Microsoft Corp. plans to offer a new consumer...
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    ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, WPF, WinForms: when to use what?

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    Use this cheat sheet to understand your technology choices for the presentation layer. Your choice of presentation technology will be related to both the application type you are developing and the type of user experience you plan to deliver. Use the...
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    The Application Architecture Guidance 2.0 Project

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    About the Application Architecture Guidance 2.0 Project The purpose of the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project is to improve your effectiveness building applications on the Microsoft platform.   The primary audience is solution architects...
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    WCF REST Starter Kit

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      WCF REST Starter Kit Thought you had to wait for .NET 4.0 to get better support for RESTful services with WCF?  No way! The WCF REST Starter Kit is now ready for download on CodePlex. What is the WCF REST Starter Kit? WCF is the framework...
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    Gartner on SOA projects: .NET increasing rapidly, Java declining even more rapidly

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    From Gartner: 28 September 2008, Daniel Scholler, 2008 SOA User Survey: Adoption Trends and Characteristics. It shows a rapid shift away from Java and toward .NET for SOA projects.  The % of organizations surveyed reporting .NET as their primary...
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    SharePoint Guidance from patterns & practices

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    Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance: SharePoint Guidance Quick Links – MSDN site: SharePoint Guidance – Future friendly url: http://microsoft.com/spg –...
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    Discount on SharePoint/OBA books

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    During November 2008, MSDN and TechNet Belux are offering 40% discount on following 2 books: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices  Request voucher: · Dutch · French Programming Microsoft® Office Business Applications Request voucher...
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    Visual Studio 2010 CTP Adds Parallel Computing Tools

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    As you know, a recent important hardware improvement are multicore CPU’s.  As opposed to just faster CPU’s, applications will not be able to take advantage of that additional hardware power  in a transparent way.  So we no longer have the...
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    Microsoft claims based Identity and Access platform

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    Last week at PDC 2008 , Microsoft announced and  released the public beta of code name “Geneva” claims based access platform.  This release consists of three components:  Geneva Framework for .NET developers, Geneva Server for IT Pros,...
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    Building Multi-Enterprise Business Apps on the Azure Platform

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    Learn how we built a multi-enterprise supply chain application using the cloud services platform. Today, most organizations are deeply interconnected, and business applications span multiple enterprises. See how we built an application that satisfies...
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