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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Tag - Snap. Blink. Wow!

    Sometimes there's just a really cool idea worth mentioning. I hope this Mobile Tagging concept takes off because with server redirects from the info stored in the high capacity colour barcode tag, the possibilities seem endless and loose associative coupling between tag and function means the target...
  • Blog Post: TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers - Introducing the Windows Embedded track

    Catherine Heller , Technical Evangelist on my team, has been working hard to put together a great Windows Embedded track at TechEd EMEA 2008: Developers in Barcelona, Spain | 10-14 November, 2008. She's provided a comprehensive write up of the track on her Blog - "We believe there's a huge opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Journal #17 - Article on Distributed Embedded Systems

    I've been working on Distributed Embedded Systems and related communications technology recently so for the "Distributed Computing", Issue #17, of the Microsoft Architecture Journal I wrote a paper on the subject. My Aim was to open up - 'expose' - this very exciting field to the "traditional" distributed...
  • Blog Post: JAOO 2008 Presentation

    In a previous post I listed all the Microsoft folks presenting at JAOO 2008. Well that event has successfully come and gone this week and I'm pleased to share my presentation with the community. My talk went pretty well and I achieved my objective to explain the relevance of Distributed Embedded Systems...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft folks at JAOO Conference, Sep 28 - Oct 3, 2008 Aarhus, Denmark

    Many of my colleagues and I will be presenting at the very popular JAOO Conference in a couple of weeks time. Although I can only be there for one day for my own session, I'm really looking forward to it. There's a buzz at JAOO that is rarely matched in other developer conferences. "JAOO Aarhus is Europe...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Aspiring Architect Series - 2008

    My mate Mohammad Akif in Microsoft Canada is doing a sterling job helping folks aspiring to become Software Architects by providing a gentle introduction to common methodologies and software architectures. Visit his Blog to see the full list of upcoming Webcasts in the Aspiring Architect Series - 2008...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Next Revolution in Productivity - Harvard Business Review Article Related to MSBA

    I got my monthly issue of HBR this weekend and was really pleased to see the article "The Next Revolution in Productivity" by Ric Merrifield, Jack Calhoun and Dennis Stevens. For those of you who've followed my posts on Business Architecture and Capabilities , this article will be a welcome and easy...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RoboChamps

    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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Live Mesh

    Some say this is what will propel Microsoft innovation for the foreseeable future. One thing's for sure, it'll be big. Angus Logan has the details .
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in the Big House

    I'm often looking for pointers to where customers and partners can check out Microsoft innovations in an easily consumable - informal - fashion. Channel 9 has definitely been the first place I think of. Then I suggest visiting our very active Bloggers on MSDN . If one's more future-oriented then I would...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE - Business Architecture Resources (MSBA / Motion)

    ** = Update The Microsoft Services Business Architecture (MSBA) methodology was formerly codenamed Microsoft Motion. I will continually add to this list over time! ** Getting Hold of MSBA Many people have asked me how they can get hold of the tools and detailed methodology documents for MSBA/Motion and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Modeling Business Capabilities by Combining Services with Communication Patterns (5)

    In my previous post I examined the business transaction pattern is some detail and made the case for using the pattern to much better implement a capability as a service (capsule). In this post I will develop the connection between the three part model introduced in [SS06] and propose how it can be extended...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Buzz

    There's been a lot of buzz about Open XML and if you're wondering how to ramp up quickly, then I'd highly recommend reading this excellent concise explanation by Wouter Van Vugt . Quite a number of Microsoft folks have written about the recent Open XML support from IBM and Google and here are some links...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developers - 05-09 November 2007, Barcelona, Spain

    ARC01-IS Capability Mapping: A Foundation for Service-Oriented Architecture Next week I'll be in Barcelona at TechEd: Developer to present the same interactive session I did at TechEd US 2007. Please join me and come over to say hello - I very much look forward to seeing you on Mon Nov 5 17:45 - 19:00...
  • Blog Post: Modeling Business Capabilities by Combining Services with Communication Patterns (4)

    In my previous post I looked at the communication patterns supporting the mutual interactions and coordination between services. Here we'll take a brief tour of the DEMO methodology [RD99] which, as we heard previously, builds upon Searle’s Language/Action Perspective and introduced the important concept...
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