Don Smith

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  • Blog Post: If you're building web apps, this will just take 2 minutes

    ... to fill out this survey about what guidance you think is most needed when it comes to building web apps. This includes front end design and development (html, css, javascript/jquery, canvas, svg), Back end dev (asp.net mvc, dependency management, repositories, domain model), And exposing...
  • Blog Post: Symposium give-aways

    As someone who has spoken at quite a few events over the past 10 years, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what goes into running a conference. With less than 2 weeks before the start of the Symposium, I can already appreciate how ignorant I was. Fortunately, I've been a speaker and attendee...
  • Blog Post: Symposium Agenda RC1

    Of course when it comes to conference agendas, they're really released incrementally as the sessions happen, but we think the agenda in place now is pretty darn close. Click the image to get a better look at it. You can also see it on the Symposium's schedule page . We're pretty excited Don...
  • Blog Post: Symposium Progress Report

    We've been making some great progress on the Symposium ... so I guess you could call this a progress report. I wrote most of this up as a response to an email asking if this event was focused on ISVs and if it would be recorded. I ended up answering these questions a quite a few more ... so I thought...
  • Blog Post: Symposium planning and registration are in full swing

    We have enjoyed the patterns & practices Summit for many years now. And each year it seems like we try something new. This year we’re combining some new ideas with a name change. And I’ve been spending a ton of time lately preparing for what we intend to be another great week. Not all...
  • Blog Post: Updating the factories to VS2010

    This is just a quick post to let you know that I just posted an update over on the p&p team blog . Since this effort spans GAT/GAX and 3 factories, it makes more sense to post the updates there instead of here. Sorry for any confusion. Feel free to ping me if you have any questions. I'll still be...
  • Blog Post: Data Access Guidance

    A few of us in patterns & practices , with some help from our partners on the Data Platform team have been working on some guidance to help .NET customers build data access layers (DALs). We’ve been hearing for a while that data access on the .NET platform is not intuitive and this confusion is related...
  • Blog Post: What's the deal between Devs and DBAs?

    As part of this Data Access Guidance project I'm workin on (which I'll blog more about soon), we're having a discussion with our advisors about the contention between the influence a Developer has on an enterprise solution and the influence a DBA has on the same solution. Because one of the deliverables...
  • Blog Post: Using MessageContracts and DataContracts

    Users of the Service Factory often ask about the rationale behind the required use of MessageContracts even though the use of MessageContracts aren't mandated by WCF. I've answered this question in other venues, but it seemed like a good thing to put here in case I need to point others to it in the future...
  • Blog Post: Pretty Impressive Management

    I was pretty impressed by something my manager did recently. I've shared it with a few other people, but I think this is noteworthy enough for a blog entry. My hopes are that other mangers will be equally impressed and carry out similar acts. My manager (we'll call him Shaun ... since that's his name...
  • Blog Post: Roger joins the fray ... w00t!

    My good friend Roger Lamb has just joined the blogsphere and I assure you that if you are interested in anything remotely related to Sharepoint, you'll want to subscribe now. Check out his first post . You see how I just did that? How I increased your expectation, and thus, his commitment around his...
  • Blog Post: Influence MSF guidance

    My colleague, Andrew Delin, is making the process of developing software real for development teams. However, he doesn't want to do it in a vacuum. If you think you know anything about development processes, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you. http://blogs.msdn.com/processblog/archive/2007/09/25/so...
  • Blog Post: A time for reflection and assessment

    Wow, it's hard to believe it has been almost a year since the patterns & practices team released our first software factories. Remember when the early customer previews were called Baseline Architecture Toolkits? Oh, the nostalgia :) We could have had so much fun with the BAT acronym ... haha. ...
  • Blog Post: First Service Factory v3 Community Drop

    Okay, we're off and running now. Earlier today I posted the first of many community drops for Service Factory v3 - don't let "build 19" fool you - this is the first one. It took us longer than expected to get this one out the door, but we're all set now. I suspect the first question you have is "...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Aaron's new Service Factory article on MSDN

    Steven just told me that Aaron Skonnard's latest Service Factory article about the December release was just published through his Service Station column in the MSDN Magazine . Talk about timing ... sweet. Even though it was written and finished before we locked down the code, it is still very accurate...
  • Blog Post: ... come and get yer Service Factory!

    That's right ladies and gentlemen, the December release of the Web Service Software Factory and a VB.NET version is now available for your consumption, modification, and production pleasures :) Okay, I'm just going to do 3 things in this post since I know there will be many more to follow: Lay...
  • Blog Post: Emerging Guidance

    Versioning Web Services Introduction Versioning Concepts Relationship Scenarios Principles and Motivations A Versioning Strategy Summary Introduction Most software systems evolve over time, and it is always challenging to manage the associated complexity of their evolution. When...
  • Blog Post: Handcrafting WCF-friendly WSDLs

    It's 10:15 pm and I'm still in the office, but I really think I should get this entry posted before I head home - or it won't ever get posted. I was supposed to be working on my demo for my Service Factory session at the SOA Conference tomorrow, but I got side-tracked early in the day when I started...
  • Blog Post: Written Guidance. Necessary?

    In my last post I mentioned that we are having a lot of hallway discussions lately. Another topic that is getting a lot of airtime lately is written guidance. As you know, the patterns & practices team has been producing written guidance since the team was created. Over the years we've evolved the...
  • Blog Post: It's all about community!

    There have been a lot of hallway conversations on the p&p team lately and the state of our community infrastructure is one of the popular subjects. Customer feedback influences our guidance more than anything else ... period ... and since our communities are one of the primary ways we interact with...
  • Blog Post: WCF Guidance Packages now available for consumption

    If you've been following the Service Factory project , you'll know that we had to put the WCF guidance on hold for a little while as we were getting the ASMX Service Factory released . Well ever since it was released, we've been working on getting caught up on the WCF guidance. This actually took longer...
  • Blog Post: Partial Classes & the Service Factory

    I just posted the Service Factory Hands-on Labs to the community workspace and I learned something while I was putting them together. So, I'm going to do 2 things in this post. First, I'm going to do a little cheerleading for partial classes, then I'll talk about an issue Service Factory currently has...
  • Blog Post: Service Factory now available for download!

    Before I get ahead of myself, which comes pretty easy for me J , here’s the link to learn more about and download the Service Factory . Wow, I’ve been waiting 8 months to write this blog entry. After months of planning, arguing, development, sleep deprivation, testing, writing, and making sure all...
  • Blog Post: Just Published: Service Factory ARCast

    Ron Jacobs did a load of ARCasts at Tech-Ed in Boston this year. One of them was with Shy Cohen and I about the Service Factory . Well, I just got an email from Ron that he's gotten around to publishing it on Skyscrapr . I can't imagine how many of these things he has queued up that he still has to publish...
  • Blog Post: Service Architecture Concept Model

    I'm posting this because I'm interested in your thoughts about it. IMPORTANT: This is just a concept illustration. I'm not encouraging anyone to accept and begin using the nomenclature used. This is just the result of a conversation Tom and Ed and I had today about how this illustration might...
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