HDNUG will be having their August meeting tomorrow, August 12, 2004, featuring Ken Cottrell, who will be speaking on service oriented architectures.  This month's tip & trick will be done by HDNUG's brave leader, Ben Levy, who will discuss "Stupid IDE Tricks".  The feature speaker is Ken Cottrell, who will discuss one of the hottest (and least understood) topics in distributed applications: Service-Oriented Architectures.  Besides the awesome speakers lined up, a little birdie told me that the grand prize for HDNUG's raffle will be a way-cool Dell Axim X30 PocketPC with built-in 802.11b wireless!

Where: Microsoft Houston Office
           2000 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
           Ste. 350
           Houston, TX 77042

When: Thursday August 12, 2004
          6:00PM - 8:30PM

Service-oriented architectures (SOAs) have gained popularity in the past year because of their capacity to allow enterprises to reuse various application components while quickly and effectively responding to ever-changing business needs. Calling SOAs the "most-important theme in modern application development," Gartner, Inc. recently predicted that 85 percent of development houses will be applying SOA design concepts within five years. In this presentation, Ken Cottrell, technical consultant at LogicLibrary, Inc., will discuss SOAs and focus on a crucial element in the success and development of an SOA--effective asset reuse. He will outline for members of the Houston .NET User Group the benefits of asset reuse in an SOA, including the advantages of today's metadata-based reuse as compared to earlier reuse strategies, including component-based engineering. Ken will also speak to some common reuse myths, take attendees through a real-world example of a large insurance company building an SOA and explain how .NET developers and architects can enhance their value to an organization through similar projects.