Jezz Santos

From Software Factories to Software Automation
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    Factories 201

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    Edward has started a new series of posts about factory basics called 'Factories 201' , and he has kicked that off with a post entitled "What are they (concretely)?" Which I think is such a fantastic idea to get back to grass roots, and addressing 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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    EFx Factory Futures

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    Well, its time to (officially) announce the end of further development of the EFx Factory prototype! and open a new chapter on software factories for our customers. [In actual fact, not really hot-off-the-press news, this post has been pending getting...
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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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    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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    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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    FAQ - Where are my skills going to be required with Software Factories?

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    In a previous FAQ we addressed some of the fears that our 'eager-professionals' are likely to have about the introduction of software factories into their projects and organisations. In this post I want to address one of the concerns that the expert solution...
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    Happy New Factories!

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    This post was supposed to be entitled, 'Happy New Year to Software Factories' . Which is really the message. The prediction from some of us in this field is that this year (2007) will be the year that factories actually get the momentum, exposure and...
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    FAQ - Why do I need Software Factories?

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    OK, so first off I want to address the more personal, individual aspect of this question, rather than the more broader industry angle - which can be found in many other references online and offline (books, articles and the like). These other references...
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    The How, the What and the Why - Stages of software development

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    In the last year or so I have been on a 'mission', a crusade in fact, to complete and promote a software offering that's been under way for the last 3 years. Seems like a long project, but that offering has been evolving and really the journey has been...
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    What use will factories have in our products?

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    Occasionally, I get asked by others internally at Microsoft, what role software factories are going play in their space, 'their space' as it were are server products we ship, such as: SharePoint, Exchange, BizTalk etc. Perhaps I'll start with a problem...
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    FAQ - Isn't that MDA?

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    Considering the EFx Factory and its core composability features with extensible technology-independent models, a few astute people soon get around to asking the following question: Isn't the EFx Factory just another implementation of MDA? Backgrounder...
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    Multiple or Single Architectural Models/Views?

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    This was to be a FAQ, but due to the fact that the practices around this are unproven yet, there is no definitive answer to this question, rather a discussion of approaches, issues, guidelines and raising general awareness. At the moment, there is...
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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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    FAQ - What is a Software Factory?

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    The question usually goes something like this: Define what is a Software Factory? Followed by something like this: I built a command line application/a guidance package/a script (make your choice) that code generates some useful component – is that...
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    FAQ - Round-Tripping

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    The first question I always get asked: Do you support round-tripping of the generated code your factory creates ? In other words, do you support a developer going into the generated code, modifying it in an arbitrary way, and then read back those code...
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    Software Factories FAQ

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    I often get the same basic set of FAQ questions reoccurring when discussing or demonstrating factories to technical focused folk, so much so I thought I'd do a short series on those frequently questions and answers. The idea being to share the thinking...
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    Software Factories at TechEd 2006

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    If you are attending TechEd next week in Barcelona and you are interested in talking Factories, come on over to the ' Architecture booth' in the 'Ask the Experts' area and see what's going on. We'll be there for you to ask questions and share experiences...
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    Software Factories swicki

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    We just launched a new 'swicki' for the 'Software Factories' community, as a tool to help search for information about software factories, and related technologies. http://software-factories-swicki.eurekster.com/ What is a 'swicki' ? Check out the...
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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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    Factory Authoring Approaches – the “Rogers” and the “Johns”

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    For some time now I have been analysing how the EFx factory runtime has been evolved (and why it evolved that way), and how that could be harvested and generalised for others that that could be used as a possible basis for defining some authoring tools...
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    FPM - Case Study Part 2

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    Edward and myself have made some major headway on exploring and validating some experimental tooling for the authoring factories with the 'Factory Product Model ' using the p&p Service Factory as a test case. This work is based upon learnings harvested...
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    Factory ABC's

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    Recognising the fact that: many already in the software factory space, many newcomers to the factory space, or just those trying to understand what the hell this software factory jargon is all about - we'd like to offer a simple glossary of common terms...
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    The 'Meta-Model' and its relationship to the 'Factory Schema'

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    In the previous article, I talked about the power of the factory meta-model, and why you should have one in your factory. In this article, I want to describe how the meta-model is related to the factory schema, and how that can benefit both the factory...
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