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  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: What has been your experience with UML?

    Visual Studio 2010 will add UML 2.1.1 based modelling tools and diagrams. Many of us have dabbled with UML over the years. For my part I have been trained in it and trained people in the pragmatic application of UML – but have only used it a handful of times in the last 3 years. What are your experiences...
  • Blog Post: Are you an ISV in the UK who could benefit from a free design review with Microsoft?

    You may recall that my previous role was working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to help them explore and adopt the latest technologies from Microsoft. In that role I introduced something called a Technology Roadmap Review . Many years on and we have a more public offering for UK ISVs ...
  • Blog Post: And the winner is… LINQ to Entities and the ADO.NET Entity Framework

    In 2001 we first demonstrated Object Relational Mapping (ORM) technology for .NET – ObjectSpaces . However it has taken 6+ years to get to the point where we have released an ORM. Actually we released two. The release of Visual Studio 2008 in November 2007 gave us our first shipping ORM – LINQ to SQL...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: Will you take a dependency on 3rd party controls or libraries?

    We seem to have a small hiccup with the polling software we normally use in the UK MSDN Flash . Zoho polls to the rescue… I am interested in whether you will happily take a dependency on software developed by a company other than Microsoft as part of your application – whether that be visual controls...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Deciding between LINQ to SQL and LINQ to Entities

    I keep getting asked this one. I have my own way of answering which ultimately ends up with “LINQ to Entities is the right choice for majority of scenarios, just expect a little pain”. In slightly more detail: If you only care about SQL Server AND you have complete control of the “shape” of the db schema...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Entity Framework and large databases – fine with 400 tables/views?

    I keep talking about Entity Framework and I keep getting asked about large databases. I have a stock answer based on work by an early adopter and some other stuff – but I kept meaning to try this out myself. I was about to give it a whirl when I decided to do a quick search (as TBH I am pressed for time...
  • Blog Post: 10 years on – is software development getting any better?

    The last 10 years have been exciting if you are a developer. Lots of new programming languages, lots of new IDEs, lots of new tools, lots of new approaches, lots of new apis but … as an industry are we developing software any better than we were 10 years back?I have been at Microsoft for 12 years and...
  • Blog Post: Wow – a concept map of “everything”

    I was just skimming in FeedDemon and spotted this post by Udi on concept maps . Nasty at first glance – but have fun following the concepts around… I particularly liked the distance between TX and OLTP :-) What is really scary – is there is so much not on this. We live in a complicated world… Anyway...
  • Blog Post: Software Practice Advancement Autumn Series of lectures

    For the last 3 years I have been lucky enough to present/attend the SPA conference . SPA (Software Practice Advancement) is doing an Autumn series of 5 talks in London starting in September. Looks to be an interesting mix which I thought would be worth sharing. Developer Tools and Environments Kevin...
  • Blog Post: Three good reads on REST

    Since 2002 (and .NET Framework 1.0) many of us have digging into Web Services based on SOAP, WSDL and the WS-* specification universe. In 2005 I started to get concerned about the complexity that WS-* was bringing, when ultimately in many scenarios I just wanted to "get something from A to B"...
  • Blog Post: Building a "brand new application" - WPF, ADO.NET Data Services, LINQ to Entities with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    At the end of June I run workshops with 2 ISVs both looking to completely re-develop their applications. One is entirely VB6, the other a combination of VB6 with C++. The beauty of "starting from scratch" with a one to two year development plan is you can take a hard look at the latest technologies...
  • Blog Post: A glimpse inside our new Data Centers

    Caught my eye. An article on our new $550million Data Centers. Handy when your strategy is Software + Services (lots of them!) :-) http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=208403723
  • Blog Post: Free Mini-SPA July 11th in the UK

    No, not something you sit down in and be pampered. Well technically you do... SPA2008 is a great multi day conference and each year they take the best sessions and make them into a free 1 day taster. Highly recommended (if you fancy a chance to mingle with plenty of none .NET folks and ponder on things...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 questions in my last year working with ISV early adopters

    As I get ready to transition role, I find myself increasingly thinking "what happened in the last 12 months that would be useful to take into the next 12 months". One of the great bits about my current role is I spend a lot of time 1:1 in day long, two day long, three day long engagements talking...
  • Blog Post: Software Architect 2008 - links from my session

    This week I presented at Software Architect 2008 and I promised to share relevant links. Here goes. The three demos I showed were of the following technologies SQL Server Data Services ADO.NET Data Services ADO.NET Entity Framework I also showed Silverlight 2.0 demonstrators Woodgrove Banking http:/...
  • Blog Post: Maybe see you at Software Architect 2008?

    This week I am presenting at Software Architect 2008 on the Wednesday . I really enjoyed presenting/attending this conference last year and I am looking forward to spending most of the next 3 days at the conference. If you should see me around, do say hi. I do look like this - I still have this shirt...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 4.0 - May release

    I have mixed emotions about the Enterprise Library. When I was last doing development (a few years back) I concluded it was: Big. Which meant it took a lot of time and effort to understand and benefit from it. Inconsistent. The library was a "collection" of code samples and approaches with...
  • Blog Post: UK ISV interested in a half day 1:1 technology review?

    Something we have been looking at recently is taking an approach we use frequently with our managed ISVs and make it more broadly available - with a twist. I am speaking of technology reviews - half day 1:1 technical sessions. During a technology review we try to build a detailed picture of how an ISV...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing WCF - summary of resources

    I have gathered together some useful resources in one place to cover of the interesting topic of how to load balance requests to a service implemented using WCF - in response to a request from a UK ISV doing some interesting .NET 3.0/3.5 work. Frankly I wish I could have a) found a lot more or b) found...
  • Blog Post: Slides for SPA2008

    Just a swift link to my slides on "Does Architecture Help?"
  • Blog Post: .NET adoption is coming along rather nicely - thanks folks!

    2008 has included a number of conversations with ISVs along the lines of "We are currently Java but we think .NET might be a better choice for us. Can you help?" and "We are currently using old technology X and are considering changing to Java or .NET. Please tell us more about .NET"...
  • Blog Post: UK Events - Architect Insight Conference and Windows HPC Server

    Two UK events that may be of interest to ISVs. Architect Insight Conference 2008 - April The Architect Insight Conference 2008 registration site is now open. This is the third year of the conference and this year we move venue from Wales to England. I spoke at and attended the first two (and blogged...
  • Blog Post: Making Windows HPC Server 2008 feel more concrete

    I thought a few pics from the technical overview document would make Windows HPC Server feel more real to folks brand new to this area. This post complements my introduction to Windows HPC Server 2008 . A typical Windows HPC Server 2008 Network The Administration Console - start page The Administration...
  • Blog Post: Links for Architect Forum IIS7 Session

    Today I delivered an overview of IIS7 at the Architect Forum held at our offices in Reading. I promised I would share a few of the links I mentioned during the session. Main IIS7 site Summary of how Microsoft.com are using IIS7 and more recent webcast Request Filtering in IIS7 and the alternative for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Oslo - simplification of SOA and BPM

    On October 30th we announced Oslo . This is a very positive statement of commitment and direction for companies that have identified SOA and BPM as a critical element of their future. Oslo is not one product, it is a set of products across a number of releases. You can think of it as a “quest” to make...
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