Jezz Santos

From Software Factories to Software Automation
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    What is it with the Netherlands?

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    What is it with the Netherlands?, that just about everyone I know in the software factories domain in Europe (excluding all Microsoft folks) comes from the sunny Netherlands! I am amazed - and a little envious, to be fair! I have to give the guys credit...
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    Announcing VSPAT – ‘Pattern Toolkit Builder’

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    I am very proud to announce the first public release of the ‘Pattern Toolkit Builder’ extension for Visual Studio 2010. This new toolset and approach will revolutionize the way individuals and organizations: design, build and deploy their...
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    The 'Oh shit!' email rule

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    I don't normally do these kinds of posts on this blog, since I like to keep it very technology focused on factories, but I just had to share this - hoping it could help yourself avoid some of the stoopid mistakes like the ones I've made over the last...
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    The Construction Analogy

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    Whenever anyone asks what I am working on these days, I have trouble conveying the value that guidance automation and software factories are bringing to our industry - and getting the penny to drop in those who enquire. I find that even seasoned, experienced...
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    What is a Factory Schema?

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    So one thing I am starting to see in my journey deep into factories is the difficulty most people are having in understanding what exactly is a ‘factory schema’? I mean what does it actually look like? I remember, not so long ago in fact, when I first...
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    Authoring XML using DSL's

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    Recently, a good colleague of mine (you know who you are Tim), asked me what steps he should take to build an XML authoring solution based upon existing XSD schemas they already have in their company. The objective was to create XML file instances (of...
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    DSL Editor PowerToy - New Release

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    We released the next milestone of the DSL Editor PowerToy today on CodePlex. "A means to add multiple editors to your DSL, either hosted in a tool-window, or replace the graphical designer of your DSL" The idea of this release is to provide the...
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    FAQ - How does EFx Factory differ from the Web Service Factory?

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    Naturally, I get asked this all the time. What are the differences between the 'EFx Factory' and software factories such as the 'Web Service Software Factory' from patterns & practices? [Now, I do need to say this, I do work closely with the patterns...
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    Factory Schemas

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    I recently decided to do a series of articles on factory schemas. It has become obvious over the last while that the factory schema has enormous power both as a means to describe a factory and its content, a means to describe the factory itself and...
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    Building Software Factories - Factories 201

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    Factories 201 Series - Building Software Factories What are they (concretely)? (Edward) When would you build one? (Jezz) What do I tell my Manager? (Edward) How long will it take? (Jezz) What would you build? (Jezz) With what would...
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    Software Factory Verticalization (Specialization)

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    I have been meaning to write this post about software factory verticalization for some time now. I actually started this post at the start of the year, but we've been busy writing a number of MSDN white papers recently which have gotten in the way, which...
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    TechEd Europe 2007

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    For those big into Software Factories in Europe - it is TechEd Developers in Barcelona again! (November 7th) There are a few sessions on factories, including ours " ARC 301 - Build Your Own Software Factory " Software factories are emerging...
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    Pattern Automation – heard of it?

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    Not a lot has changed in general with software development the last few years with respect to re-delivering proven software solutions more economically and consistently. Whilst agile and lean processes and XP practices have been monumental in given developers...
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    Design & Manufacturing

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    Just a recent observation. Agile vs. Formal processes in the context of factories - any confusion there? It's pretty much a given these days in software engineering we accept that we have been misled over the last couple of decades into believing that...
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    Lest We Forget

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    Just a quick study note. Now this could be my short post I have so desperately wanted to write for sometime! It dawned on me today that we may be losing sight of the big picture here. I am picking that a great number of people are confused by all this...
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    Building Software Factories Series

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    MSDN has (finally) published the first part of our series on "Building Software Factories" on MSDN. Just a little worried that some of this content is now a little out of date considering we wrote it more than 6 months ago based upon our blog...
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    Packaging & Building Software Factories Series

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    We are happy to announce our latest white papers on Software Factory implementation. There is a small mini-series on the MSDN Architecture Center called " Packaging & Building Software Factories ". There are two parts to the series: Part...
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    Re: Breaking the Cycle of Failed Development Projects

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    Tom is back in the field again after an honourable stint at patterns & practices, and asks in his post “Breaking the Cycle of Failed Development Projects” , “....While it is strange going back to the world of consulting, I'm sure my tenure with the...
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    The Next Missing Technology?

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    When describing what a software factory is concretely and technically how to build one on the .NET platform, it's quite common to list the toolkits/technologies you need to use to get one. For some time, that list of foundation technologies has been...
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    Challenges - How do you generate your artefacts?

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    One of the challenges I am investigating more right now (at the pattern level) is the coalescing of artefacts from multiple parties on a model in a software factory (or domain modelling context. i.e. from a DSL). The parties in question could be different...
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    Tagged...

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    Thanks Edward for tagging me and introducing me to this blogging game. Now I have to tell some 5 things personal about my life that you couldn't possibly know. Not really the forum I had intended to discuss 'real life'. But so's not to party-poop, and...
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    A Use for the Factory Schema

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    Now that you know how to define your schema ( ‘Defining a Factory Schema’ ), and what it looks like to the factory builder, I am going to illustrate to you how the schema could provide the one thing we are all missing in our factories today – integrated...
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    The Vicious Software Development Cycle

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    A while back I was forced to justify, in plain terms, why partners and customers require, and should adopt, an application framework like EFx or any automated guidance for that matter. After all, adopting this kind of offering (some see as an intrusion...
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    Variability - What is it, and when to use it?

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    'FAQ - What is a Software Factory?' described what a 'product line' is, and discussed how the variants of the product line are basically defined. In this article, we want to dig a little deeper into what is variability, and how you define your product...
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    Meta-this and Meta-that

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    Now, I don't know about you, but after you have had your head around factories and modelling for a while, especially if designing features and tools for them, you would have encountered this term 'meta' a lot. And if so, then you have bound to have come...
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