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    Which Abstractions Matter?

    I've been following the ongoing discussion about typing systems in programming languages between Ted Neward and Stu Halloway with great interest. Given that I believe Code is Model , I'm eager to mine knowledge from successful tools to apply at higher...
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    The Irrelevant Semantics of Compiled XAML

    From newly converted ARC MVP Sam Gentile , I found this interesting post from Drew Marsh about how XAML is compiled: XAML is indeed a language, but it is never compiled into C# or IL... The truth is, it's not "compiled" at all. If anything you can...
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    Code is Model

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    In the foreword to Architecture Journal 3 , I wrote the following: Abstraction is the architect's key tool for dealing with complexity. We've seen the evolution of architectural abstractions techniques such as models and patterns; however, we have...
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    Ted on C# 3.0

    I just discovered Ted Neward's blog has moved. In catching up, I found this great post on the new features of C# 3.0 . Even though I had read thru the C# 3.0 spec , Ted's explanation was much easier to read. FYI, speaking of Ted, I'll be speaking at...
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    MVP Summit Wrap Up Thoughts

    It's hard to believe it October already. The last three weeks have been jam packed, starting with PDC 05 , then a variety of meetings culminating with the company meeting the following week, then the 2005 MVP Global Summit last week. This was the first...
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    DevHawk on C9

    I'm sure it will get lost in the massive tide of C9 videos sure to come out of PDC, but Scoble posted an interview he did with me a few months ago. Check it out.
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    Portability without Productivity

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    I said this was going to be a slow week, so I dug out something I wrote while I was on paternity leave. I was saving it for a rainy day, which is pretty silly since if it was raining I wouldn't mind staying indoors and writing long posts about levels...
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    Blah Blah Architecture

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    If you heard my PDC05 Buzzcast but just can't get enough of my voice, check out Architect MVP Mario Cardinal 's Blah Blah Architecture podcast . I spent some time with Mario at TechEd talking about the Architecture Resource Center , why we designed it...
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    Architecture Innovation?

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    So if architecture is the connection between business and technology, where does innovation fit? Microsoft has been pushing an idea of " integrated innovation " for several years now, but that's primarily around technology innovation: [T]he mission...
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    PDC05 Architecture Symposium Buzzcast

    Michael cornered me on Tuesday to record a PDC05 Buzzcast with Mike Burner about the Architecture Symposium . At PDC03, the Architecture Symposium was one of the more popular and successful aspects of the overall confernece (though it was marred by a...
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    Believe Me, You're Not Architecting

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    So I said yesterday that I'm talking about architecture, not architects. However, today I am going to discuss the word architect and the dramatic misuse of the word I see pretty regularly. Or at least, I see now because Paul Preiss of IASA mentioned it...
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    Comments Turned Off

    Note, I'm turning of comments on my MSDN blog. Believe me, I want to hear from you. However, I want to get all my comments in one place. If you see something here that you like or don't like, please leave me a comment at http://devhawk.net
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    Architecture at the Intersection

    Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz left a comment yesterday disagreeing with my characterization of engineering vs. architecture problems: I can't say I totally agree that it is the software architect's role to come up with the list of functional requirements....
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    What is Architecture?

    So since one of my jobs is to change how we evangelize architecture, I thought it might be good to get some clarity around that term. I doubt there's a word more varied in definition in this industry than architecture. I often joke is that we call both...
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    I Said I'd Be Back

    So my time off ended a month ago, but I haven't blogged significantly in over two months. New kid + new job + new house will do that to you. However, I spent the time this morning upgrading DevHawk to the new 1.8 version of dasBlog and I'm ready to jump...
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    Dad getting some link love

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    After a six month silence, Dad posted about what he called Business Oriented Architecture (BOA?) : If I had to guess what a service oriented architecture will eventually look like, I would guess that it would reflect the business architecture –...
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    Real World GAT - NUnit Converter

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    Jim Newkirk has released an alpha version of a utility to convert NUnit tests to VSTS tests . What he doesn't mention in the post is that he's using GAT to integrate this conversion functionality into VS05. Basically this conversion is an "unbounded recipe...
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    My Next Job

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    So after doing community and marketing for the Architecture Strategy Team in the last two years, I'm changing roles on the team again. I'm going to work for John deVadoss as a solution architect. In other words, I'm going to actually do architecture work...
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    More TechEd 05 ARC Track Changes

    As per yesterday's update, here are the latest changes to the ARC track for those in Orlando ARC304R - We're repeating the Smart Client Architecture talk Thursday at 5pm in room S 220 E. Note, this repeat session will only feature Billy Hollis as...
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    TechEd 05 ARC Track Additions

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    For those of you that are in Orlando, there are a couple of ARC track additions and other items of note: ARC305R - We're repeating Scott Hansleman's Code Generation talk again Wednesday at 5:30pm in room S220E ARCC17 - The TBA ARC Cabana Session...
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    TechEd ARC Announcement Roundup

    Of course, TechEd is a big time for product announcements, new websites (like ARC ) and other assorted new stuff. Here's a roundup of stuff I've been tracking: TechEd is the first time we're talking about the new Architect Certification in earnest...
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    TechEd 05 Day One - This One's for Chris Sells

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    Back in November, we published a series of articles about Software Factories . As excited as I am by the concept, Chris Sells really brought me back to earth with this post: I've been reading each of the Software Factories articles with great interest...
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    TechEd 05 - Day Zero

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    The calm before the storm, as they say... Things have been quiet around here between new baby & final TechEd prep. I think we're in pretty good shape, though we'll see how we look tomorrow. One good piece of news is that Dick Carlson , who manages...
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    TechEd Utility Player

    So we're one week out on TechEd. This time next week, the final prep will be done and we'll be ready to let this thing fly. Some of the core team goes down this week, though as a track owner, I'm not really needed on site until Sunday. What a difference...
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    Finally, The New DSL Toolkit CTP

    The May CTP of the DSL Toolkit is finally here, as per Jochen's blog . The big new feature is compatibility with VS05 Beta 2, but according to Jochen this CTP also includes: New features for the model explorer and property browser in the generated...
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