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    If Building Architects had to work like Software Architects

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    Jorgen Thyme, a .NET architect out of Denmark, recently forwarded a painfully humorous email: Dear Mr. Architect, Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere...
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    More Thoughts on SOA and the SO Design Tenets

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    SOA is an architectural approach to creating systems built from autonomous services. With SOA, integration becomes forethought rather than afterthought - the end solution is likely to be composed of services developed in different programming languages...
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    Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

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    Haven’t seen this posted anywhere just yet so I thought I’d park it here.  Enjoy. Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peeks at the desktop...
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    An Abstract SOA Reference Model

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    A fluffy draft on a fluffy topic - feedback and flames encouraged... ---- While a well planned and executed SOA undertaking can help organizations realize greater responsiveness in a changing marketplace, not all service-oriented efforts have been successful...
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    What is Modern Architecture?

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    Note: I'm in the process of moving to an awesome new blogging platform by the insanely great Dave Winer . If you blog I highly encourage you to look into Fargo . My new blog can be found at http://looselycoupledthinking.com . I'm hearing the term ...
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    Copying the Silverlight community menu

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    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...
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    HL7 Advanced Web Services Profiles

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    HL7 is an ANSI-accredited Standards Organization that develops interface requirements for health care organizations. Last September the following profiles were submitted by Microsoft to HL7: Security Profile as DSTU : based on WS-Security (pdf), WS-SecureConversation...
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    Just Say No to 2.0

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    Just Say No to 2.0...
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    TechEd Day 2: A Workflow Manifesto

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    I gave another talk yesterday, this one called "A Workflow Manifesto". The objective of this talk was to get people thinking about other ways in which they could use workflow (since workflow has historically focused only on human-oriented workflow). I...
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    Most carpenters could easily design a house...

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    Joe McKendrick (usually spot-on) must not have gotten enough sleep last night when he states “….most developers could easily jump into the architect role.” At least he observes that developers are smart people.
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    BPEL != BPM

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    Interesting perspective on SOA and BPM here from Joe , but positioning BPEL as BPM is just wrong. BPM encompasses much more than simple service orchestration. It’s good to see the human element addressed here - there is some interesting work going on...
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    Principles of Service Delivery: Internet Scale Computing

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    I originally planned to gradually share this draft paper with you all one section at a time, but I'm too impatient for that. Below is the full draft - its in two formats: PDF and DOCX. Have a look and let us know what you think. PDF version ...
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    SOA Message?

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    SearchWebServices published an article this week wondering if Microsoft "gets" SOA. I think you know my opinion on this but I'm interested in hearing yours. What do you think is Microsoft's SOA message? Feedback/flames/etc are highly encouraged...
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    Yet Another Acronym

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    We've been discussing FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) related to new technologies for almost a decade. Now its time for FUD 2.0 - except we're going to call it FUDGE (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt around Governance in the Enterprise) because nobody doesn...
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    SOA in the Real World now available

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    The book I previewed here a few weeks back is now available in both PDF and XPS formats. Enjoy!
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    Moving the SOA Goalposts

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    SOA is about loosely coupled system integration . Sorry, I meant to say that SOA is about enabling loosely coupled business processes . On the other hand SOA is about reuse , except that its actually not about reuse . Hang on a minute, SOA is...
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    How do you define "Composite Applications"?

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    While we're all puzzling over how to define SOA let's throw another term into the mix. The term Composite Applications is getting a lot of attention these days. The problem, like SOA, is that there seems to be many differerent opinions on what Composite...
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    Microwave Mentality

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    The IT industry's short attention span does more harm than good....
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    The SOA Elephant

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    SOA is like that old fable from India about the blind men and the elephant - everyone describes it a bit differently (analyst definitions are omitted because I want to focus on implementations, not forecasts or speculations): To IBM SOA appears to be...
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    On product code names...

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    Whitehorse and Yukon are product code names for the graphical designer in Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 . Today I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Whitehorse, Yukon is a real city . Stephen Downes posted some great photos from a recent...
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    Because you wouldn't use a screwdriver on a nail...

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    I spoke at the CMG 2006 conference in Reno last week (I gave a presentation on SOA and appeared on a SOA panel). While at the conference I was confronted by a BPM-type who had lots of questions about BPEL. After some discussion I finally got the guy to...
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    Getting User Context in Silverlight 2

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    I recently completed work on an internal Silverlight app. The project was a blast – it really reminded me of how coding could be fun again . One of the surprising gaps I found in Sliverlight was the inability to get the current user context (e.g. determine...
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    UX is not UI

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    Many people seem to confuse UX (User Experience) with UI (User Interface).  These are very different things and confusing the two are likely to result in unhappy users.  Many people who “design UX” seem to spend the bulk of their time focusing...
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    Here We Go Again...

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    Despite the fact that there is no one size fits all approach for SOA, Burton Group seems to be insisting that in the future everyone will use REST for SOA (although they were at a Web conference when they made this statement). I'll buy the argument...
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    Jason Bloomberg nails it (again!)

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    Jason on SCA: "This is more about vendor politics than it is about technology or architecture." Good on ya, mate! :) Note: The actual; quote in the article is "This is more about vendor politics and it is about technology or architecture." but that...
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