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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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    Another Model Blogger

    Gareth Jones is another blogger from the VS modeling team. He's got some great posts on using OneNote as a shared whiteboard and the use of color-coding in modeling . Given the fact that a popular use of modelling today is for sketching , it's interesting...
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    More Architect Bloggers

    Two new architect bloggers to report. Javed Sikander is an architect on the Architecture Strategy Team focusing on RFID. He links to a pair of articles about Microsoft and RFID plus provides his thoughts on why RFID is a big deal. David Solivan is an...
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    Roger Sessions on WS-*

    Roger Sessions , noted architectural guru, author and Microsoft Architect MVP, has posted his latest newsletter on the WS-* family of specs. In typical Roger fashion, he decides to give them his own name - WS-SCRAM with SCRAM standing for "Secure, Coordinated...
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    New SSB Library and Community Site

    A couple of weeks ago, Paul Murphy pointed me at a SSB Wrapper Class that's included in one of the SQL 2005 Beta 2 sample apps. That prompted an email from the SSB dev lead with a much better SSB library that they had written. You can get that library...
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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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    TechEd Session Triage

    One of the reasons blogging has been a little light around here recently is because I was prepping for the TechEd Session Triage. Basically, all the track owners figure out what sessions they want on their own then come together for an entire afternoon...
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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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    DSL Toolkit Known Issues

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    Jochen just posted a list of known issues for the Dec 04 CTP release of the DSL Toolkit . I have not had enough time to play with this. Anyone know where I can get 3-4 more hours a day? :)
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    DSL Toolkit Walkthru

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    Jochen and Stuart both blogged that the walkthrus for the December release of the DSL toolkit are now available for download. Given the relative lack of documentation, this is a good thing.
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    QOTD: Paul Preiss

    "Architecture is about how you decide not what you decide" Thanks for the kind words Paul.
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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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    Sounds of Silence

    I came back from the far east and got buried by email and meetings. Plus my stupid HP laptop is still stupid - now the both the built in wireless and the PCMCIA card slot are not working correctly so I can't get on wireless. Amazing how quickly the ability...
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    Other MSFT Bloggers at OOPSLA

    Some other 'softies blogging OOPSLA: Keith Short talks about the DSL Tutorial and apologizes for our keynote demo. Steve Cook talks about the MDA panel and says the keynote demo "wasn't such a great idea" Stuart Kent describes the DSL Toolkit...
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    Good IASA Meeting

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    Last night's IASA meeting went very well. I always take it as a good sign when community get-togethers end because building security kicks you out 45 minutes after you were supposed to be done. About 25 people showed up and were treated to food, free...
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    TechEd Sessions Posted

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    I think TechEd 2005 is shaping up to be awesome again this year. They just posted the list of sessions (well, most of the sessions anyway). I can't link directly to the architecture sessions, but you can filter the list to show just one track at a time...
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    Architect User Group Meeting Tonight

    It's late notice, but tonight is the inaugural meeting of the Puget Sound chapter of the International Association of Software Architects . Steven Houglum, MS architect evangelist for the Pacific NW, is presenting on SOA and Software Factories. The meeting...
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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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    JOURNAL 3

    I know I'm on vacation, but I had to blog this. The third issue of Architects JOURNAL is online. The first article from J3 is about Software Factories. It's is the first of a four part series. You can check out the second article in the series from our...
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    Presenting Software Factories

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    I presented Software Factories for the first time today and I think I did a pretty good job. We had some architects were in town from a new managed SI partner and they wanted to discuss modeling. They are (were?) an IBM partner, so they're a big WebSphere...
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    Building DSLs in VS

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    Last night, after the Turing Lecture, we hosted a FlashBoF on "DSL's in Visual Studio". Stuart answered a bunch of questions and gave a much more detailed demonstration of the new DSL Toolkit than we could show during the keynote. Here's what I learned...
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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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    Software Factories at OOPSLA

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    Keith blogged about his hectic days since he returned from vacation. Getting a book published, preparing for a BillG review, you know all the usual stuff. :) I keep waiting for my hardcopy of Software Factories , and Keith wrote that it should hit...
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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 Architect Bloggers

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    Two new architect bloggers to note. Jim Clark is a business architect on the Architecture Strategy Team. Jim spends a lot of time with what he calls "Red River" - identification and definition of business architectures, ontologies and environments that...
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