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    Software Factory Elevator Story

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    To start the ball rolling, I thought I’d write down the Software Factory elevator story. People are always asking us “Can you please just quickly summarize what one is?” That’s right, boil down a 600 page book, and thousands of words in white papers and...
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    Whitehorse Class Designer

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    I had promised last week that I would post some screen shots of the Whitehorse Class Designer tool. Here is one. Notice that this diagram would be familiar to anyone used to UML notation. However, it is not a UML Class Diagram, but a visualization...
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    UML and DSLs Again

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    I’m often asked by audiences, visitors to Microsoft and journalists to explain our position with respect to UML (e.g. VSLive! Interview ). Many people who read our views on model driven development, as described in these postings and other places...
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    Microsoft's Modeling Strategy

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    My team has written a document that explains Microsoft’s Modeling Strategy and addresses a number of FAQ’s we get from customers and partners. The outline is: Why Modeling? How Are DSLs Used in Model-Driven Development? What About UML? What About MDA...
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    Software Factories at OOPSLA 2005

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    OOPSLA 2005 in San Diego was a fun event. It was great to chat with lots of old friends and sit in on some interesting sessions and panels. Our team was represented at a number of events. Jack Greenfield and Steve Cook presented a one day tutorial on...
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    Windows Workflow Foundation

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    After the announcement last week of this great piece of technology, we can finally all start to talk about it. Although you can code directly against the WWF, it contains a nice example of a couple of graphical DSLs that allow the developer to declaratively...
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    Examples of Software Factories

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    I have been speaking to customers and partners recently (last week in Japan) about Software Factories and our modeling strategy in general. During those talks, the audience found it useful to see a couple of different Software Factory examples that fall...
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    SD Magazine Jolt Productivity Award 2005

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    Wow! We heard that our Software Factories book was awarded a “Productivity Award” in the General Books Category at the Software Development Magazine Jolt Awards last week. http://www.sdmagazine.com/pressroom/jolt_winners_2005.pdf This is a great honor...
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    Getting Ready for OOPSLA 2004 in Vancouver, BC.

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    I’m very much looking forward to going to OOPSLA next weekend. Microsoft will be making several major announcements around Software Factories and Domain Specific Languages at both OOPSLA and GPCE ’04 on October 24-28 in Vancouver , British Columbia ....
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    Report from OOPSLA

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    We’re into our third day here at OOPSLA. On Monday, Jack Greenfield , Steve Cook and I delivered our full-day tutorial as I described in my last posting. I think it was received well by those who attended – based on chats we had with those who shared...
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    Software Factories & DSLs

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    A couple of interesting items have appeared recently that will be of interest to folks following our stories on Software Factories and DSL’s. I had posted earlier some examples of Software Factories that generated quite a bit of comment from readers....
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    Model Based Software Development Tools from Microsoft

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    Hello, My name is Keith Short , and I’m an Architect in the Visual Studio Enterprise Tools Group. I’m responsible for driving Microsoft’s model based development tools initiative. Some of you may have seen the first evidence of...
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    Recent Postings by Enterprise Tools Architects

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    I’ve been lax with my blog for the last two months. I plan to do better this year! During the last two months, we have of course shipped Visual Studio 2005 so our modeling tools for developers and architects finally are in the hands of customers. This...
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    On Definitions

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    In Steve Cook’s interview, Steve gives a great one sentence definition of a Software Factory. I realize I should have provided a one sentence definition as part of my “elevator story” posted earlier. I was inspired by Steve’s statement to dig out an earlier...
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    Steve Cook Interview

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    Back off three weeks vacation always causes severe "re-entry" problems! But digging myself out of the email stack I noticed Steve Cook has posted a very good interview with Roy Osherove on Software Factories and DSLs. You can download the interview as...
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    Restarting My Blog

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    It’s been a long time since I wrote to my blog. This posting is my restart. One of the reasons I’ve been so quiet is that I’ve been involved in some start up projects here at Microsoft that we are not yet ready to blog about. These have taken quite a...
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    New Website for Software Factories

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    Although I have been lax at blogging again this last month, the team has been extremely busy with the various efforts around Software Factories. In the course of the last few weeks we have opened a new public portal that will become the focus of all activities...
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    Steve Cook on Software Factories and DSLs

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    Steve Cook , my colleague based in Cambridge , UK , has just posted a very interesting interview with journalist Matt Nicholson: http://dnjonline.com/article.aspx?ID=mar05_stevecook It comes complete with a rather fetching picture of Steve at his desk...
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    DSL's and MDA

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    Well, the last two weeks have been quite busy. Earlier this week I was at the Microsoft Western Region Strategic Architects Forum - a gathering of top Architects from a couple of hundred companies invited by Microsoft to discuss enterprise architecture...
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    A Lot of Deadlines ...

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    It’s been pretty crazy around here since I got back from vacation. Apart from the re-entry problems you expect after being away for three weeks, we ran into a problem with the publication of the Software Factories book. The manuscript was just about to...
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    Oslo and the DSL Toolkit

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    I’ve received a number of questions concerning the relationship of Oslo to the Visual Studio DSL Toolkit. Comments have varied from the sublime (see David Ing’s comment on his blog “ My best guess is that the DSL Toolkit is research road kill in front...
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    Cruising in Desolation Sound and the Software Factories Article

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    It's been a busy week getting ready for my family vacation. Next week for three weeks, my family plus a group of other boating families are taking off for three weeks of motor cruising in Desolation Sound, B.C. This area is about 200 nautical miles from...
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    A Book for Bill

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    My last posting concerned availability (or otherwise) of the Software Factory book on Amazon. We know the book has been printed, since Jack and I are now proud owners of two of the first three copies hot off the press. As I mentioned in a previous posting...
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    Whitehorse is Part of the Newly Announced Visual 2005 Studio Team System!

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    Well, I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last posting. I will try to do better from now. I have been traveling in Europe and tied up at work, but no excuses are really good enough. This week I am in San Diego at the Tech·Ed 2004...
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    Delay at Amazon.com

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    I've received a large number of unpublished feedback items asking why Amazon is still showing the Software Factories book as unavailable. Apparently it is available from sites such as bn.com and buy.com and John Wiley & Sons tell us they're investigating...
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