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    Concurrency: Next New Major Language Feature?

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    Several people have pointed out Herb Sutter's great article on concurrency entitled The Free Lunch Is Over . When I blogged last week about new possible features of "full-grown" OO languages I mentioned dynamic typing but I didn't think about concurrency...
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    Introducing the Guidance Automation Toolkit

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    We had a good crowd for today's webcast - including my dad as it turns out. The session was on packaging design and architecture guidance for Visual Studio. In the session, Tom and Wojtek announced the newest p&p deliverable - the Guidance Automation...
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    Booch on DSLs (Round 3)

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    Steve Cook responded to Grady Booch's latest comments on software factories and DSLs, which was in turn a response to an entry by Alan Wills. It's obvious that Booch is never going to agree with the DSL approach, but there are a couple of fascinating...
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    Reading Is Fundamental (To Forming An Educated Opinion)

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    So while I was on vacation, my trusty teammates plus our cohorts @ MSDN published JOURNAL 3 on Architecture Center . The first article from JOURNAL 3 is called The Case for Software Factories by Jack Greenfield, co-author of the Software Factories book...
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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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    Back in All Blacks

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    So I'm back from vacation and ready to head into work tomorrow. I'm almost over jet lag, but Patrick still thinks his bedtime is his afternoon nap. I slept thru the Tri Nations match yesterday morning, where the New Zealand All Blacks , my new-favorite...
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    By Request: My Response To Booch's Doubts

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    Mac asked me to respond to Booch's doubts about DSLs in his blog. This is at least the second time Booch expressed his skepticism about DSLs, having also done so back in May. The upshot of Booch's argument is that the semantics across all stakeholder...
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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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    PatternShare

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    About fourteen months ago, David Trowbridge of patterns & practices introduced me to a guy working in their testing group named Larry Brader. David is one of the primary authors of p&p's Enterprise Solution Patterns and Integration Patterns books...
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    Gurpreet on Enterprise Architecture

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    I just finished my Data in SOA talk for TechEd Malaysia. The room was very hot and the session was right after lunch - not exactly optimal conditions. I did OK - could have been better. Between time in hotels and on airplanes with nothing to do but code...
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    OOPSLA Day 0

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    Day 0 is almost done. Like yesterday, it's been quiet, but the foot traffic by the booth is improving. I missed the afternoon of the DSL Tutorial tracking down a shipment of JOURNALs that we are handing out at the conference. Martin Fowler stopped by...
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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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    Modeling vs. Visualization

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    Javier got me thinking when he left a comment to my square peg model post. I'll get to intended semantics of class diagrams in another post, but I wanted respond to the latter part of the following comment: I suppose you are assuming that the Class...
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    Starting in on SQL Service Broker

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    Since Norman joined the team a few months ago, I’m no longer in firefighter mode. For about six months my team was short a marketing manager and I ended up picking up a bunch of extra duties. For example, I took over as TechEd architect track owner...
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    New Features For "Full-Grown" OO Languages?

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    After seeing it on TSS.net, I checked out the X-develop product website. X-develop is a new multi-language cross-platform IDE that supports both .NET languages like VB.NET, C# and J# as well as Java. It includes support for all the .NET 2.0 features like...
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    MDA And Software Factories - Separated At Birth?

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    Tonight I went to the monthly meeting of the local chapter of IASA . I should have also blogged this before the meeting, but I forgot. Sorry about that if you live near the Microsoft campus and wanted to go. Next meeting is on 3/30, so mark your calendars...
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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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    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 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 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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    Architecture Center Banner

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    For TechEd, we got a big banner to hang in the lunch room to advertise Architecture Center . When we got it back, we hung it in the atrium of building 18 - our new home. Looks pretty cool, doesn't it? In the pic, from left to right, are my boss Adam Denning...
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    More MSFT Architect Bloggers + a Standard Rant

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    We keep getting more and more field architects and architecture strategy team members blogging. Remember, I keep a list (I am becoming the Scoble of Microsoft Architecture). Anna Liu is a field architect evangelist who presented at TechEd Australia (but...
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    Moving On...

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    It's not the biggest job change news this week (or the day ), but after three years on Architecture Strategy and six years total as an evangelist, I'm moving on to a new role. After six years, I decided it was time for me to put my money where my mouth...
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    Architect on the Edge

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    So for the fourth time in seven months, I have a new manager. Way way way back and the end of June, I left marketing to be a solution architect . In doing so, I traded in Norman for John as my manager. Things were looking shiny but then Microsoft had...
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    Another Team Blogger

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    Actually, I don't think he's “officially” part of the team 'til next week, but Josh Lee has already started a blog about his new job on the Architecture Strategy team. Josh is “The FinServ Guy”, and is a member of the IFX Forum...
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