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    Pat Sings To Mr. CIO Guy

    In addition to being a history buff and architecture expert, Pat likes to sing - typically parody songs of his own creation. He's written many, but we actually broke down and got a license for Don McLean's classic " American Pie ". Pat performed his version...
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    Evolutionary Computation and Dinner

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    Julie, Patrick and I had dinner with my cousin David Schaffer tonight. David is a research fellow for Phillips and is an expert on genetic algorithms. He was one of the founding members of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation...
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    New SOA Section on Arch Center

    By now, everyone has seen the big news - VS2005 Beta 1 , Express versions and the new VS2005 Dev Center . I'm provisioning a new VPC to install it on. I'd love to move to VS2005 for all my dev work, but I'm writing a few apps that need to be working in...
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    TechEd Sessions Online

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    Streaming producer presenations from TechEd US have been posted. However, the streaming presenation site has the same lack-of-url-addressability issue that TechEd Breakout session list had. Is it so hard to just post a simple HTML file with a list of...
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    Pat and John Are Blogging Again

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    I keep bugging Greg about better folder hierarchy support in NewsGator . While I have some news feeds directly under my news folder ( Don Box , Dilbert , my dad ) I categorize most of my feeds into subfolders. One subfolder is for MSFT architects - my...
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    Keith on Software Factories

    Sure has been quiet around here. Standard end of the fiscal year craziness. Plus, I had some dogfood issue w/ XP SP2 RC1, Office 2003 SP1 beta and NewsGator. Upgrading to XP SP2 RC2 seems to have solved the problem. Regardless of the cause, I'm way behind...
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    DevHawk on TheServerSide.net

    TSS.net just published a new Tech Talk , this time with yours truly. Tech Talks are interviews with “.NET luminaries” (their name). Previous talks on TSS.net include Pat and Simon from my team as well as others such as Don Box and Scott Guthrie...
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    New Architecture Bloggers

    We've updated the Architecture Center blog page . We added John Evdemon (who I already blogged ), Stuart Kent and Alan Cameron Wills . Stuart and Alan work on the Enterprise Frameworks and Tools team which is producing the VS2005 modeling tools formerly...
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    Software Factories @ OOPSLA

    If you were intrigued by my Software Factories post last week , you might want to consider attending OOPSLA '04 . It's in Vancouver this year, making it an easy trip from Seattle for me. There's going to be an all-day tutorial on Using Domain Specific...
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    Are There Too Many WS-* Standards? I Don't Think So...

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    My father said the other day that there are too many WS-* specifications. I've seen similar opinions expressed all over the web. I don't agree that there are too many - they are just too visible, at least for now. If you check out the WS-Security spec...
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    New Blogger from the Team-Formerly-Known-As-NEAT

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    It's been a while - and a team name change - but another one of my teammates has made the leap into the blogosphere. John Evdemon is a member of our vertical industry architecture team focusing on near and long term web service solutions as well as regulatory...
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    Software Factories Coming Soon

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    Now that Tech·Ed is over, I've got some time for things like playing Xbox, yard work and reading. I just finished The Footsteps of God (not bad, but not great - fine for airplane reading below 10,000 feet and after my battery died). On the technical...
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    Intro to VSTS

    One of the big announcements at Tech·Ed was the Visual Studio Team System , a set of lifecycle management tools for architects , developers , project managers and testers . Check out this episode of MSDN TV introducing the Team System that was shot...
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    Tech·Ed Wrap-Up

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    It's been days, but I'm finally getting around to posting my Tech·Ed wrap-up. I had a great time as a speaker, track owner and attendee. My Data in SOA talk ended up with an 8.0 score and our track overall scored a 7.5. Not bad for our first time...
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    Tech·Ed Day 4

    My session yesterday went very well. Current score is 7.95 which makes it the second highest session from the track so far - John's Realizing SOA session currently scores an 8.17 and there are several other sessions in the high 7's. It's very interesting...
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    TechEd Days 2 & 3

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    After the first two days left me in a daze, I've been taking it as easy as I can. Most of my time during the day has been spent in the cabaña where the couches are very comfy. Of course, time in the cabaña isn't exactly "taking it easy" - we...
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    TechEd Days 0 & 1

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    I wasn't kidding about the calm before TechEd - I've been slammed for the last 36 hours - hence the lack of posts. Between 11,000+ attendees, our Road Rally and having to fill in for Pat, I'm only just now getting a chance to blog, 36 hours after TechEd...
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    The Calm Before The TechEd

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    Sorry it's been so quiet around here. And I just had a meeting with a few days ago with Sara Williams where we talked, among many other things, about the need to blog regularly... I've been heads down on final TechEd prep. I'm fairly certain that I...
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    Road Rally Reminder

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    TechEd is almost upon us - just over one week to go. We had our last track owner meeting yesterday. I'm chasing down speakers for slides (I actually have some already!) and figuring out what seems like a million final details for our track cabana. In...
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    Endangered Middle-Tier, Revisited

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    Since this blog is now being syndicated on Architecture Center, I thought I should repost links to a recent pair of entries I wrote entitled " Is the Middle-Tier Endangered? " and " The Endangered Middle-Tier, Part 2 ". The basic premise of the posts...
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    Unlikely Source on Architecture

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    I just finished reading this great book on architecture. It talks about governance, optimizing ROI, the importance of precision measurements, the opportunity found in inefficiency and how that inefficiency is often perpetuated by "conventional wisdom...
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    Architect Road Rally @ TechEd

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    Among my other duties, I am co-ower of the architecture track at this year's TechEd . We've got a great track lined up, including two new sessions from Pat Helland in his Metropolis series. You can see an earlier version of the original Metropolis session...
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    Temporary New Home

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    Welcome to the temporary home of DevHawk. I'm guessing (hoping?) many of the people who read my blog regularly also monitor the MSDN blog feed and will notice that I am back online here. My friend who hosts DevHawk for me out of the kindness of his heart...
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