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David Solivan Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation davidsol@microsoft.com Twitter alias: mrbeaudreaux http://www.youtube.com/dsolivan Gamertag: MagicalSolly

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    A Whole Different Kind of "Coding"

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    Craig Venter is about to do something no one in the history of humanity has ever done.  He has written code that is RTM and may have already gone into production this weekend.  What makes this code so special is the end result: artificial life...
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    MSDN Live Events Coming to a City Near You!

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    Microsoft continues to champion developer freedom this first quarter of 2009 with more and better live events!  We have 2 types of events: The MSDN Freedom Roadshows will run on weekdays from 1 pm to about 8 pm. We are changing the time so that you...
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    .NET Smart Client Architecture

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    I am currently in Atlanta for MGB (Microsoft Global Briefing). It's our annual meeting where we ramp up on current and future products and strategies. As I learn more and more about Longhorn , I am becoming convinced that our .NET Smart Client architecture...
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    Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum

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    Hi all, Sorry for the long hiatus. I am sitting in a large conference room at Microsoft HQ undergoing Architect Advisor training prior to our 2004 Strategic Architect Forum. I am delighted to hear that Microsoft is starting a major focus on architecture...
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    The death of Java Enterprise Edition will make my job harder

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    In my role as a Senior Architect Advisor at Microsoft, I have often been asked by my customers to compare and contrast the .NET and JEE platforms. It is, of course, a somewhat loaded request. On the one hand, I work for Microsoft and am not likely to...
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    Team System Positioning as an IBM/Rational Competitor

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    This will generate some interesting conversations. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1987850,00.asp
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    Strategic Architect Forum IV: Day 2

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    The SAF is going well. Today I moderated Mike Burner's breakout session on Enterprise Information Integration. Mike was apparently able to take time away from his yearlong Webcast on Architectural Frameworks to discuss this topic (if that joke makes no...
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    tafiti

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    This is probably old news for many of you, but I have been loving the new Silverlight-enabled search engine, Tafiti.  It's a great example of how Silverlight can be more than just flash, and can really improve a user experience.  Check it out...
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    Microsoft and Sun Expand Strategic Alliance - Press Release

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    Holy cow!  This is big.  Today, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems announced in a joint press release that Sun has signed on as a Windows Server OEM.  Since the 2004 collaboration announcement, we have been working with Sun to grow our relationship...
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    Windows Live Betas

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    If you are anything like me, you run beta software.  The lure of new features always outweighs the fear of problems.  Truth to tell, I've had catastrophic results only once in the last 20 years or so.  I know this will sound like the party...
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    Democracy 2.0?

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    In my house when I was a kid, there was a rule at dinner time.  If you didn't like what was being served, then you could make your dinner yourself.  It may seem harsh, but when there's 5 kids in the house, mom ain't Burger King and no one get...
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    Halo 3 - Halo 3: Biggest Day in U.S. Entertainment History

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      Uh....wow! "Microsoft today announced that Halo® 3 has officially become the biggest entertainment launch in history, garnering an estimated $170 million in sales in the United States alone in the first 24 hours. The Xbox 360™...
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    The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer

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    Take a look at this thoughtful comparison of 8 platforms for mobile development with the hobbyist programmer in mind.  Vivek Jishtu live and kickin': The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer
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    HealthVault

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    Today, Microsoft announced HealthVault , a site for managing personal medical records.  I have already set up my account, and it's pretty sweet, especially for a beta release.  It is efforts like this one where our rich partner ecosystem really...
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    Phizzpop

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    Despite what many in the open source community may think, Microsoft has understood the value of community for some time now.  We have fostered a great developer community at http://www.msdn.com   While a little late to the game, Microsoft also...
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    Live Search Club

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    Microsoft is using Live Search to help searchers contribute to their favorite charity.  Check it out at http://club.live.com .    Live Search Club
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    The Business of Web 2.0 in Healthcare

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    Microsoft Health and Life Sciences Industry Council Healthcare 2.0 Perspectives & Industry Impact - Blogs, Wikis, podcasts, social networking, mashups, and RSS have become mainstream. Yet, the overall business value and viability of the viral movement...
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    In the UFC or IT Market, It's Good to Be First

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    I have to admit, I love the UFC .  I can't even watch boxing anymore.  I also am hopelessly addicted to the reality show " The Ultimate Fighter " where a bunch of UFC hopefuls gather to compete for a contract.  Last season, coach...
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    Catch the PopFly

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    Microsoft PopFly , our set of Web tools for creating application mash ups, went to public beta yesterday.  I believe this toolset will grow in importance as architects see the potential for clean, lightweight, innovative functionality that can live...
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    People are building cool things with WPF

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    With WPF, Microsoft provided developers with a way to build very rich user interfaces.  I've been waiting to see how developers would use these new tools to rock our world.  One of the first apps I've seen that does a pretty good job is Ript...
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    Slashdot | Kmart Drops Blu-Ray Players

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      In the contemporary version of Betamax vs VHS, this is a blow to Blueray.  Keep in mind that if you have an XBox 360, you can get the HD-DVD player for $179.99 today.  AND, we're running a special that gives you the "Heroes"...
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    Get Live, Share Smiles, Get the Experience!

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    Yesterday, Microsoft released the latest version of Windows Live !  You may have read my posts about many of the products in this release as they were in beta.  The IM experience in Windows Live Messenger is unparalleled IMHO and the ease of...
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    Early Holiday Gift

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    All sessions, decks and transcripts from the 2007 Strategic Architecture Forum are now available to the public. So, grab your laptop, a cup of cocoa and your favorite holiday sweater and enjoy some "you" time. Day 1 Changing the World with Software...
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    More Reason To Be Jolly!

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    The price for the HD-DVD attachment for the XBox 360 has been cut AGAIN.  You can now get one of these babies for $129. Happy Holiday Season to  all! Xbox 360 HD DVD player stoops to $129 - Engadget
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    Video Series: On the Road to the 2008 FinServ DevCon

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    I just posted the first in a series of short videos leading up to our DevCons.  This one covers a special event hosted by Microsoft for Financial Services executives in Manhattan.  Future posts will talk to DevCon speakers and give sneak peeks...
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