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  • Blog Post: Articles on Software Factories

    I recently published an article on using software factories in supply chains for Methods and Tools . Also, many people have asked about the article I wrote about factories vs. MDA for the Perspectives of the IASA.
  • Blog Post: Views and Patterns in VSTS

    Recently, some of our partners asked how best VSTS allows the architect to define architectural views, such as the 4+1 views , and how VSTS supports ready made architectural styles and design patterns, such as MVC, and the patterns from Microsoft Patterns and Practices. Both questions are best answered...
  • Blog Post: Performance Analysis and Prediction

    Irfan Idrees wrote with the observation that while performance analysis and prediction are of critical importance for software developers, the rigorous approaches prevalent in the marketplace have not been widely accepted in the community. Irfan then asked how software factories deal with this issue...
  • Blog Post: Ad Hoc and Systematic Reuse

    In the software factories book , we explain that systematic reuse is effective, but ad hoc reuse is not. Ad hoc reuse is the “Field of Dreams” approach… “If we build it, they will come”. Great line for a movie, but it doesn’t work well in the real world of software development. Systematic reuse...
  • Blog Post: Some Inaccurate Statements About Software Factories

    The CEO of 6th Sense Analytics recently published an article containing some inaccurate statements about Software Factories. The article asserts that SFs are about making developers into battery chickens who squeeze out code. On the contrary, SFs are designed to automate the rote and menial...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Interview and Podcasts

    Here’s an update about Software Factories on ARCast , the podcast series on the Architecture Resource Center . Last month, five panelists (counting myself) recorded three shows on model driven development. It's been quite successful, with the largest number of downloads to date in the series. You can...
  • Blog Post: RE: VSTS 2005, DSL, and Software Architecture

    This is a response to a blog posting by Tad Anderson, and the pointer to it on the MSDN Architecture General forum. First, I agree with your observation, Tad, about the lack of support for the Software Architect in VSTS 2005. We did indeed focus on the System Architect not the Software Architect....
  • Blog Post: Moving to Software Factories

    Here’s an excerpt from an article that Keith and I wrote some time ago. Total global demand for software will grow by an order of magnitude over the next decade, driven by new forces in the global economy like the growing role of software in social infrastructure, by new application types like...
  • Blog Post: Software Factories Applied

    Keith Short , Mauro Regio and I have agreed to write a new book called Software Factories Applied. Our goal is to write a short book for practitioners that complements the theoretical foundation established in the original Software Factories book by showing how to build a software factory using currently...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2005 Recap

    Keith Short has already written a post that provides an overview our activities at OOPSLA 2005 . Here is a compendium of my activities at the conference. On Sunday, 10/16, I hosted a full day tutorial on Software Factories with Steve Cook . On Monday, 10/17, Steve and I hosted a full day...
  • Blog Post: Putting The Cart Where It Belongs

    In this posting, I continue addressing issues in the recent blog posting by Grady Booch . As I noted in my previous posting , the debate up to this point has been about the suitability of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) as a medium for model driven development. However, that is not really the question...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Domain Specific Languages, Reprise

    Two weeks ago, Grady Booch posted a blog entry titled “Microsoft and Domain Specific Languages”. The posting is part of a running debate between Grady, and my colleagues at Microsoft Steve Cook and Alan Wills . While there are several points in the posting on which Grady and I disagree, which I will...
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