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  • Blog Post: Copying the Silverlight community menu

    I'm building out a website using Silverlight. The more I learn about Silverlight the more I love it - I haven't had this much fun writing code in a long time. This is seriously addicting stuff . One of the things that frustrated me is that many of the Silverlight 2 samples were not very useful. How...
  • Blog Post: Free XSLT Profiler

    Today the XML Editor team released the XSLT Profiler Addin for VS 2008 , a quick and reliable performance analysis profiler tool that assists in the development and debugging of XSLT documents. The XSLT Profiler allows developers to measure, evaluate, and target performance-related problems in XSLT code...
  • Blog Post: Say What?

    Interesting perspective from Randy Heffner (Forrester) in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine: Perhaps Randy is unaware of our work on XML , SOAP and the Web Services Workshops that led to the WS-* specifications . The quote above seems to be inspired by current OASIS activities associated...
  • Blog Post: SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

    The 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference will be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. Customers and partners can learn about Microsoft’s current and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process...
  • Blog Post: SOA in the Real World now available

    The book I previewed here a few weeks back is now available in both PDF and XPS formats. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Shutting down the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee

    The WS-BPEL TC has its last conference call next week. It's taken over three years of effort but the spec and schemas are finally done . A non-normative Primer and FAQ are also available. (The final version of the Primer will be published after our last call next week.) Thanks to the entire Technical...
  • Blog Post: Help influence the future of BPEL on the Microsoft platform

    Apparently over 3,000 people have downloaded the BPEL Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) . Now it's your turn to tell us what you love or hate about the implementation. To do this you'll need to sign up for a Windows Live ID first. Once you have your Live ID...
  • Blog Post: BPEL Primer - work in progress

    The WS-BPEL Primer is a non-normative doc that will be finished by 5/14 (at the latest). A draft of the work in progress is publicly accessible here (doc format): http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/23470/wsbpel-primer-draft_April_11.doc . Feedback is always welcome! I expect to post...
  • Blog Post: WS-BPEL 2.0 Approved as an OASIS Standard

    I am happy to state that BPEL is finally approved as an official OASIS standard. Its been a long time coming (just short of four years) but its finally done. The official press release is here (and below). (BTW, Jack is not part of the official press release and I'm not sure if he's planning to use...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld covers BPEL

    The article is fairly favorable and provides a fairly quick overview of the BPEL 2.0 spec. Here's some of what's new in BPEL 2.0: New activity types if-then-else replaces BPEL4WS 1.1 “switch” repeatUntil Validate forEach with completion conditions extensionActivity Variable...
  • Blog Post: Happy Friday! BPEL for WF is now available!

    The first Community Technology Preview of BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d0daf00-f689-4e61-88e6-cbe6f668e6a3&displaylang=en The CTP supports BPEL 1.1. A later release is planned that will support WS-BPEL 2.0. I had...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming BPEL strategic and technical webcasts

    These are sponsored by OASIS, not Microsoft: WS-BPEL is central for defining SOA business processes. Members of the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee will present this free webinar that will help business analysts and managers to better understand the technology and business value offered by this cornerstone...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's commitment to BPEL 2.0

    If you haven't already heard about it , Microsoft will soon be releasing a BPEL 1.1 activity library for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). The activities will enable you to build workflows that can be losslessly exported to BPEL 1.1. Also included is a BPEL import/export tool. This tool enables you to...
  • Blog Post: Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

    From the Java Developer's Journal. I guess I should feel guilty for appearing in JDJ now that I work for Microsoft. Nah - Sys-Con is a great bunch of guys (I got to know many of them when I was editor of XML Journal ). Thanks Jeremy !
  • Blog Post: Setting Your Sail for 2007

    E.F. Schumacher, a well-known British economist, once wrote: "I cannot predict the wind but I can have my sail ready". With that thought in mind here are ten predictions and hopes to help get your sails ready for 2007: 1. The WS-BPEL 2.0 specification will finally be approved as an OASIS standard. Adoption...
  • Blog Post: Last Call

    Here's a quick reminder that the last call for comments on the WS-BPEL 2.0 spec is rapidaly approaching (November 9th). The WS-BPEL 2.0 spec it is available in PDF , DOC and XHTML formats. A RDDL document is also available that includes links to all relevant resources (including the WS-BPEL 2.0 schemas...
  • Blog Post: XML Cup

    Every year, IDEAlliance awards the XML Cup to one or more people who have made a major contribution to XML. I've seen Jean Paoli's and its quite an impressive award. In a recent call for nominations I suggested Charles Goldfarb, Ed Mosher and Ray Lorie . Without their pioneering work XML would simply...
  • Blog Post: Hammer Time

    The apparent backlash (if you can call it that) against WS-BPEL 2.0 has begun. I knew things were going to get interesting when I heard Dave Linthicum's SOA Podcast mention BPEL getting " hammered " by both the press and the blogosphere. There are a variety of reasons for the "hammering", some justified...
  • Blog Post: WS-BPEL 2.0 Enters Public Review

    The WS-BPEL 2.0 Specification entered Public Review on 10 September 2006. Public Review for WS-BPEL 2.0 ends 09 November 2006. Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=wsbpel...
  • Blog Post: RDDL Ready

    I just posted the RDDL for the OASIS BPEL 2.0  spec.   Does anyone have a RDDL validator? I haven't been able to find one.   If you are new to RDDL you can learn more about it at here .
  • Blog Post: Public Review and Public Apologies

    Good news and bad news: Good News: The BPEL TC approved going to Public Review yesterday so look for an announcement soon. Bad News: One of the new requirements for OASIS Standardization is an XHTML version of the spec. I was testing different ways to generate XHTML out of the Word...
  • Blog Post: No more issues (for now)

    I never thought I'd see this day happen. The world-famous BPEL Issues List is 100% closed with no open issues (the list hadn't yet been updated at the time I posted this blog entry). At this rate we should be ready for Public Review by the end of the month. Once the Public Review begins you'll be...
  • Blog Post: OASIS WS-BPEL TC closing in on Public Review

    We're finally getting there. Its been a three year effort but its almost complete. You can access the latest committee draft here: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/19511/wsbpel-specification-draft-Aug01-2006.htm .
  • Blog Post: WS-* Specs and Status at a glance

    Below is a slide from an internal event I spoke at last week. Thanks to Jorgen for summarizing the status of these specs. This "status" slide is current as of 8/2/2006.
  • Blog Post: BizTalk and WF - Which To Use When?

    This came up a lot during my meetings at TechEd so I thought I would re-post some of the stuff I was saying here.  Feedback and flames are, as always, highly encouraged.   When Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) was first announced at the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) many...
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