Jezz Santos

From Software Factories to Software Automation
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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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    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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    Factories 201 - How long will it take?

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    Previous posts in the Factory 201 series: What are they (concretely)? (Edward) When would you build one? (Jezz) What do I tell my Manager? (Edward) In the previous posts we have set a good context for embarking on software factory development. Much of...
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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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    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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    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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    Factories 201 - When would you build one?

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    Read this post to find out what the context for these 'Factories 201' posts is. Following on from Edward's post "Factories 201 - What are they (concretely)?", I am going to contribute what I think is the next question in the logical sequence hopefully...
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    What is Enterprise Framework?

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    Here is the definition according to the Microsoft internal Glossary Service we have: A Microsoft collection of tools, including code and templates, used to develop enterprise line of business applications and services. Enterprise Framework was build...
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    Toy Aircraft, Motorbikes & Software Factories

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    Recently, I did an interview about factories for an online magazine (InfoQ) who were asking me to explain what factories were all about. (Here I am thinking everyone knew already!) To help explain building them I wanted to use a practical analogy....
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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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    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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    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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    Factories 201- How would you build it?

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    Previous posts in the Factory 201 series: 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 you build it? (Edward) Now that...
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    The Web Service Software Factory (Service BAT)

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    Very recently p&p announced the 'Web Service Software Factory' (formerly the 'Service BAT') to the public community ( official announcement here ). The name is still not nailed down yet, but its drawing in close. A number of us in the community...
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    The Factory 'Meta-Model'

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    Hopefully in previous posts I have been able to help de-mystify what exactly the factory schema is and how you should be thinking about it. If you are still confused about how to build a factory and how to create the factory schema, you are not alone...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Factories are - 'Big In Japan'

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    Edward and I have just finished delivering another TechEd, in Japan this time, on 'Building Your Own Software Factory'. It has been a very good trip with certainly some interesting experiences. It's the first time we have delivered this session with live...
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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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    Building DSL Enhancing PowerToys - Good Practices

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    If you are building DSL's and you haven't heard yet, we released the Editor PowerToy last month. The current release is only a small step towards the vision we have for the PowerToy that will deliver a very powerful capability to provide additional customized...
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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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    Factories 201 - What would you build?

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    Previous posts in the Factory 201 series: What are they (concretely)? (Edward) When would you build one? (Jezz) What do I tell my Manager? (Edward) How long will it take? (Jezz) We have seen what a factory is in concrete terms, we have seen what conditions...
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    File | New | 'Blank Problem' (Part II)

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    So, we have now had a pretty thorough look at what a factory schema is in a number of previous articles , and now how it can be used from both the factory builder’s perspective and also the factory user’s perspective. In this article, I wanted to dig...
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