Bill Gibson's Blog

Thoughts on building SQL Server Data Tools

October, 2005

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    Developer? Architect? All hail the Devarchitect!

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    No doubt you know that Microsoft is very persona driven. A persona is a fictitous person that embodies the characteristics of a class of user - useful to us when working through product usage scenarios. Mort is probably the most famous of Microsoft's...
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    Top-down System Design Article posted

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    I have posted an article on top-down system design using the System Designer. This describes and illustrates a little-known technique for defining systems and applications top-down.
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    Understanding SDM: Systems and the Four Layer Model

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    The Whitehorse Distributed System Designers are based on SDM - the System Definition Model. SDM offers a simple model for representing computer systems that can help in many parts of the design, deployment and management space. I'll try over an occasional...
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    Application Designer: copying endpoints vs. creating them from WSDL

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    There are two ways you can copy the specification of a Web service endpoint using Application Designer, which vary in subtle ways that you can leverage. You can simply use copy/paste - see my earlier post , or, if the source application has been implemented...
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    Where are all the class libraries?

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    I’m often asked why class libraries aren’t supported on an application diagram. At first glance the diagram seems like it should support visualizing all aspects of application structure. In Whitehorse we use the term application loosely to talk about...
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    Yes, you can use copy and paste on the Application Designer

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    This came up in a discussion with some MVPs the other day - they didn't realize you can use copy and paste on the design surface. It's actually pretty darn useful and worth a few comments. If you copy and paste an application then we copy the entire application...
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    Why the name, Whitehorse?

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    A little bit of trivia. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory in Canada. That made sense as a name back in the days when the group's mission was largely SQL Server data tools. Times changed and our mission changed but the name stuck. Whitehorse...
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    Out of the gate...

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    Hi - I'm Bill Gibson, a senior program manager on the Whitehorse team. I want to use this blog to share some insights and observations from the world of Whitehorse. In case you missed it, Whitehorse is the internal project name for the Distributed System...
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    Going dark...

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    I've not lost enthusiasm for this blogging thing, its just that I've been asked to convert some of my blog entries into MSDN TechNotes and write others afresh to accompany the Visual Studio launch, so I've been busy with notes/articles in work on the...
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    Does Application Designer support operations defined on interfaces?

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    Another question that keeps cropping up is whether we support viewing and editing Web service operations when these are defined on interfaces. It usually comes up in the form of the question, I've built a Web service and defined the operations using attributes...
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