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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure App Types

    When you’re building applications, it helps to have a lay of the land so you can see the forest from the trees.  This is a quick visual tour of some whiteboard solutions and common application patterns for Windows Azure. Canonical Windows Azure Application Here is a simple and common Azure application...
  • Blog Post: Application Types (App Types) – The Early Years

    Several years back, I did an exercise in mapping out families of application architectures and application types.  It was an extensive archeological expedition. Key Goals / Outcomes There were several goals of the exercise: Identify canonical application architectures and app types Figure out a...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Final PDF of the Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, Second Edition

    A final PDF is now available for our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide, second edition.  This is our platform playbook for the Microsoft application platform. Here are the relevant links: HTML version of Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, second edition . PDF version...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: patterns & practices Application Architecture Book

    The Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd edition, is now available on Amazon and should be available on the shelf at your local bookstores soon. The PDF was downloaded ~180,000 times. This is the Microsoft platform playbook for application architecture. You can think of it as a set of blueprints...
  • Blog Post: A Language for Architecture

    My Architecture Journal article is live, A Language for Architecture .   I wrote the article to share the map of application architecture we created during our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  It's a simple language for helping you get in the ballpark...
  • Blog Post: Ray Ozzie on the Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0

    Ray Ozzie had a chance to review our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 , and this is what he had to say: “This guide is a tremendous compilation of patterns, practices, architectural styles and other principles to be used when structuring a contemporary .NET...
  • Blog Post: 100,000 Downloads of Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0

    Today marks 100,000 downloads of our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 .    That's a significant milestone.  The guide gets downloaded about 750 times a day. To help put it in perspective, here's some quick comparisons: patterns & practices...
  • Blog Post: App Arch Guide 2.0 on ASP.NET Home

    Our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide is now linked from the ASP.NET Home .  Many thanks to Joe Stagner for making this happen. You can read Scott Guthrie's foreword for the guide online. Here's the key features of the guide at a glance: a canonical application frame...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks Interview on the Application Architecture Guide 2.0

    .NET Rocks published show #426, Rob Boucher on Application Architecture Guidance .  It's an in-depth interview with Rob Boucher from our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  It's a behind the scenes look at the making of the guide and you get to know...
  • Blog Post: Application Patterns for Application Architecture

    We created an initial set of Application Patterns as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .   The purpose of the application patterns is to show a skeletal solution for common end-to-end applications.  Each application pattern includes a scenario...
  • Blog Post: Rich Client Application Pattern

    We created a Rich Client Application Pattern as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  The purpose is to show a baseline architecture based on patterns. Scenario Here's the backdrop we use for the baseline architecture: Pattern Solution Here's our pattern...
  • Blog Post: Web Service with REST Application Pattern

    We created a Web Service with REST Application Pattern as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  The purpose is to show a baseline architecture based on patterns. Scenario Here's the backdrop we use for the baseline architecture: Pattern Solution Here...
  • Blog Post: RIA Application Pattern

    We created a RIA Application Pattern as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  The purpose is to show a baseline architecture based on patterns. Scenario Here's the backdrop we use for the baseline architecture: Pattern Solution Here's our pattern overlay...
  • Blog Post: Web Application with Domain Entity Application Pattern

    We created a Web Application with Domain Entity Application Pattern as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  The purpose is to show a baseline architecture based on patterns. Scenario Here's the backdrop we use for the baseline architecture: Pattern Solution...
  • Blog Post: Web Application with Table Module Application Pattern

    We created a Web Application with Table Module Application Pattern as part of our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project .  The purpose is to show a baseline architecture based on patterns. Scenario Here's the backdrop we use for the baseline architecture: Pattern Solution...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Mobile Pocket Guide Update

    We posted a new version of our patterns & practices Mobile Application Architecture Pocket Guide.   It's a significant update from our earlier release.  Special thanks to Rob Tiffany and Rabi Satter for helping reshape and improve the guide.  Rob Tiffany is a Microsoft Mobility Architect...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Impact

    It's a platform, a playbook, and a language for application architecture. At a high level, that's how I think about our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide and Application Architecture KB . The work has become a focal point both internally and externally as a playbook for the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Grady Booch on the Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0

    Grady Booch blogged about our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 , which is our Microsoft playbook for the application platform.  It's a thoughtful post and he obviously took the time to figure out the structure of the guide.   The guide is probably particularly...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Final Release

    We released our final release of the patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0 on Codeplex.  It's the "Microsoft playbook for application architecture."  This is our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It...
  • Blog Post: Out for December

    Just a quick note -- I'm out of the office through December.  Here's what I'm up to: Improving Sources of Insight .  That's where I share my lessons learned from books, quotes and people for improving effectiveness for mind, body, career, financial, relationships, and fun. Improving Shaping...
  • Blog Post: Pocket Guide Series for Application Architecture

    Our Application Architecture Pocket Guides are available from our Application Architecture KB .  Our pocket guides are based on our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 .   We prioritized an initial set of pocket guides based on customer demand for focused content on specific topics. Pocket...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance:...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Mobile Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance...
  • Blog Post: RIA Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our RIA Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Chapters At a Glance Here’s the chapters at a glance: Ch 01 - RIA...
  • Blog Post: Rich Client Application Architecture Pocket Guide

    We posted our Rich Client Application Architecture Pocket Guide to our Application Architecture Guidance KB .  This is in response to customers who expressed interest in more modular guides as a supplement to our Application Architecture Guide 2.0. Chapters At a Glance   Here’s the chapters...
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