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ARCast.TV - Nice Example of CCR Adoption in the Enterprise
Over on ARCast.TV, Bob Familiar interviews Stephen Tarmey of Tyco Software House on how he discovered the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) in the Robotics Studio SDK and used it to implement a high-throughput asynchronous messaging I/O pattern. This is a very common problem scenario that a...
18 Sep 2008
Gorgeous Fractals with VPL and Distributed DSS Services
I think Angel is fast becoming one of VPL's biggest fans. After discussing some ideas with him about simple Map-Reduce scenarios for his agent toolkit and a grid system that I'm building, he went ahead and did it. Check out his distributed Mandelbrot fractal generator. Gorgeous results. A bit over-engineered...
23 Jun 2008
Using the Visual Programming Language (VPL) as a Deployment Tool
When building applications using CCR, DSS and VPL one doesn't need to know a priori the precise order of data and message flows between services. Many of the VPL examples provided with the MRDS show services already 'wired' up which can give the impression that one needs to know this information and...
16 Jun 2008
CCR/DSS Use Cases in the Enterprise
I'm often asked what Enterprise customers are using CCR/DSS in serious, i.e. pretty significant, production deployments. I'm not at liberty to disclose the names of our customers without their permission - a few will be made public soon - but I can say there are quite a lot of application domains where...
12 Jun 2008
Web Crawler in VPL/DSS
In another weekend project down in sunny Buenos Aires the prolific Angel "Java" Lopez has (re)written a web crawler sample app we had from another project so it can be used in the VPL in MRDS. Check it out here . I had some minor Visual Studio version issues and in my case contract versioning issues...
26 May 2008
Mexico Regional Architect Forum 2008
Last week I had loads of fun delivering a CCR-DSS-Robotics presentation at the Mexico Regional Architects Forum (RAF) in Mexico City. There’s something wonderful about this technology that set many people abuzz and I had some great conversations and brainstorming with some customers over drinks at the...
3 May 2008
RoboChamps has launched! I've been on the road in Latin America so am late to make this announcement as I was really busy. But better late than never as they say. Robotics = Services + Orchestration so it could prove really interesting - intellectually at the very least - to those of you who have not...
2 May 2008
Fun with Microsoft Robotics Studio
Not bad for a Saturday project down in sunny Buenos Aires! My friend and professional geek Angel "Java" Lopez has recently rekindled his love of distributed computing (and Agents) through MRDS and specifically CCR/DSS . We're going to have a lot more fun with this stuff in the coming weeks. In the mean...
20 Apr 2008
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 CTP April Available
The high level set of changes is listed below. For me #2 and #3 are golden, but be sure to drill down to find out the details... like async streaming support! Improved security model with support for Message Level Authorization using Role-based access control allowing to fine-grained control of who can...
10 Apr 2008
Multi-Agent AI - I've Got the Bug Again...
It's Easter holiday and it's raining, snowing, sleeting, windy and generally undecided. So the family stayed in just hanging about, doing some reading, eating well and enjoying the odd bottle or two of vino. In a recent post I talked about The Microsoft Robotics Studio and it's sub components, CCR and...
24 Mar 2008
Distributed Computing Gets Spruced-Up with CCR/DSS!
The reality of distributed systems development today is the complexity that eventually if not immediately bogs it down. Instead of being fun, exciting and easy to develop, distributed systems are often hard and unwieldy to design and work with. We continue to face the same old issues time and again yet...
26 Feb 2008
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