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

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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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    Microsoft SOA/BPM Roadmap leads to Oslo

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    The vision I am currently attending the our 5 th annual SOA & Business Process Conference where we unveiled the future direction of our SOA and business process platform with the public announcement of Oslo. Oslo is a set of technology investments...
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    Real-life Dilbert manager quotes

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    A magazine recently ran a 'Dilbert Quotes' contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. These were voted the top ten quotes in corporate America : 'As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access...
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    Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform: white papers

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    Check out these documents straight from a cloud – among others the white papers from David Chappell . Content: Azure Services Platform (.pdf file, 2.6 MB) Cloud Platforms Whitepaper (.pdf file, 822 KB) Azure Services Platform Fact Sheet (.doc file, 40...
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    2008 was the year of the Rat, 2009 the year of the Architect?

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    First of all let me wish you a wonderful 2009, may all your architectural – and not so architectural - dreams come true !! 2008 was the year of the rat, will 2009 be the year of the architect? Probably! These times of deep economical crisis are without...
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    What does it take to turn an ASP.NET app into an Azure app?

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    Read  here to learn what it takes (detailed steps) for taking an ASP.Net Web Application project and making the changes needed to use it as a Web Role in the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. 
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    Comprehensive set of videos on the entire Azure Services Platform

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    Overall Page Visit here for the full summary of videos   How Do I…   Get Started Developing on Windows Azure? If you’re a developer and you’re new to Windows Azure, start here! You’ll see what you need to download and install, and how to create...
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    5 simple steps to get going with Windows Azure development

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    What does it take to get started with developing applications with the Windows Azure  platform? 5 simple steps (including OS & VS) Install Vista SP1 or Windows 2008 RTM Install VS 2008, then upgrade it to SP1. (azure needs .net 3.5 sp1) Install...
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    Architecture Journal - Issue 17 – Distributed Computing

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    Just in time for PDC, we are pleased to announce Issue 17 of the Architecture Journal!  You can download the issue here . The theme of this issue is Distributed Computing , and features articles from many MS product groups,  MS Platform Architecture...
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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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    Microsoft Belux Architect Forum December 20

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    On December 20 we will organize our next Architect Forum for the Belux region. Theme: Software + Services As today’s architect, you are confronted with exiting but equally challenging broad topics like Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business...
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    Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition

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    The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of resources designed to help our customers quickly and consistently build WCF and ASMX Web services that adhere to well-known architecture...
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    Architecture Journal WPF based reader (Beta)

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    Demonstrating many of the UX principles highlighted in recent issues, this new reader is a locally installed application that enables you to take every issue of the Journal into a searchable, immersive, and easy-to-read experience. The application synchronizes...
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    OBA Application Patterns

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    OBA Application patterns describe the breadth of approaches that can be used to extend and integrate LOB systems and Microsoft Office. These application patterns in many cases are based on real-world implementations, and in other cases they are built...
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    Designer + Developer = Dev-igner: launching our local newsletter

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    Today we're launching our local newsletter for Web Developers, RIA Builders and Interactive Designers. All those guy's and yes a lot more girls than in the solid developers space, are looking at teh next web. Silverlight 2 is hot in this space, and equally...
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    MS Data Storage in the cloud: Microsoft SQL Server Data Services

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    On March 5th, 2008 11am PST at the MIX conference in Las Vegas Microsoft will announce a preview of Microsoft SQL Server Data Services (SSDS), a Web-facing utility-based services designed for businesses and developers that need scalable, highly available...
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    Windows Azure Tools and Upgrades

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    Scott Guthrie unveiled the new Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . These extend Visual Studio’s capabilities to allow for the creation, building, debugging, running, and packaging of scalable services on Windows Azure. The Azure Tools download...
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    Brian Noyes on Selecting the Correct Client Technology

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    ARCast.TV - Brian Noyes on Selecting the Correct Client Technology The one thing architects don’t have a shortage of these days are options, especially when it comes down to choosing the client technology that best suits their current project. Is it a...
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    Microsoft Boosts SOA with BizTalk Server 2009 Release

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    Microsoft released its BizTalk Server (BTS) 2009 enterprise application integration platform. The new release offers broader connectivity for those building enterprise services-oriented architectures and extended integration with Visual Studio 2008 Team...
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    Windows Azure Geo-Location Goes Live

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    With the Windows Azure CTP you can now specific location where you would like your app to run – think of this as choosing which data center you’re placing your app in. Right now, there are three locations (“USA – Anywhere,” “USA – Northwest,” and “USA...
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    Clouds over the Ivory Tower

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    Interesting thoughts from Redmonk on adoption of Cloud computing in Enterprise space, looking further then only the economics (reaction on recent McKinsey report about this). Some extracts: It being McKinsey, you can assume the math is correct. For once...
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    Microsoft vision on Public and Private Cloud Computing

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    Super clear 10 min pitch on how Microsoft sees the evolution of the Enterprise Datacenter and the Microsoft Platform moving forward. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/infrastructure/Default.aspx and choose Bob Kelly’s session. Enjoy!
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    Here is a series of new (developer) whitepapers on .Net Services

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    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5057e2b3-c8e5-4b26-a601-ff9621589ce3&DisplayLang=en An Introduction to Microsoft .NET Services for Developers . This overview paper introduces Microsoft® .NET Services, each of its building...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit

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    Last week, Microsoft and the New York Times released a New York Times Silverlight Kit ( http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/NYTimesSilverlight ) at the Enterprise Developer Conference in NYC. The kit makes it easier for designers and developers to use REST...
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    Microsoft Online Services Adopts Telco Standards

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    Microsoft Online Services Adopts Telco Standards, recognized as a leading Global Service Provider Business Problem: To provide the speed and convenience of cloud computing services, Microsoft recently launched Microsoft® Online Services, a new family...
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    Architecting Interface to Improve Testability

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    ARCast.TV - David Makogon on Architecting Interface to Improve Testability In this interview, David Makogon , senior consultant of RDA, discusses how to architect user interface code to improve testability. A common issue associated with testing code...
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