Ron Jacobs

Windows Workflow Foundation

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    ARCast TV - Project Web21C @ British Telecom

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    While I was in Barcelona I met up with a group of ARCast listeners from bt.com. These guys are really great and have been doing great work as well. We created a video episode of ARCast about their project. What will the telco of the future look like?...
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    The youngest developer I've ever met

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    Arfa Karim Randhawa is one of the most mature 11 year old girls you are ever going to meet. And not only that, she is the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional - a title that allowed her to meet Bill Gates and President Musaraf at just 10 years old...
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    What do you think about ARCast?

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    Over the past 2 years I've received many wonderful email messages from listeners. Of course many times I've badly mispronounced the names as people have written to me so this year I decided to try something new. When I'm out traveling around I'm going...
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    Enter the debate – “Loosey Goosey” an Anti-Pattern?

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    2 years ago I created the first version of my Patterns and Anti-Patterns for SOA presentation. Since then I have presented this content around the world in many different countries over 50 times. It has been the top-rated architecture session at many...
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    The ARCast Top 20 for FY07

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    Ever wonder what ARCast episodes are hot? Well forget about those measly numbers you see on Skyscrapr and Channel9 for page views. ARCast is downloaded by a lot more people than you think. Ready for the real numbers? Episode ...
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    Tell me what you think about ARCast - www.arcastsurvey.net

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    Since most people listen to ARCast while on the go (in the car, on the train, jogging etc.) I wanted to make it easy for you to remember the survey URL so I registered the domain www.arcastsurvey.net and pointed it at the survey. Already I've had a number...
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    Take the ARCast listener survey

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    Today I posted the ARCast listener survey in an attempt to learn how we can make the show better. If you listen to ARCast , please take the survey . If you have not listened to the show... what are you waiting for? Check it out at http://www.arcast.net
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    CBA Case Study Videos Completed

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    Over the weekend I finished the final video in the case study. This is the one with the operations team discussing how they manage and monitor this mission critical application used by 30,000 users in 1800 locations across Australia. This is truly an...
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    More video case studies on the way

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    The response to the CBA case study has been simply overwhelming. The first video has many thousands of downloads and now I have 2 more finished. You can see them (along with some other case study videos) at http://www.ronjacobs.com/lwcs/ComSee.htm ...
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    Video Case Study - CommSee Project - Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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    CommSee is a simply amazing application written by the team at CBA. This application is visually stunning, architecturally interesting and on top of that it has delivered solid business value to the bank stakeholders, users and customers. Wouldn't you...
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    Who is in charge - us or the machines?

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    I can't believe what I just heard... I have been dealing with an online service which sells an annual subscription to their site. Microsoft finance prefers that I pay for such services by using a corporate PO. In this world of online credit card transactions...
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    Patterns and Anti-Patterns for SOA

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    Good news – my top-rated architecture session from Tech-Ed US is now available online for anyone who wants to listen to it along with synchronized slides. Check it out at http://teched.internetbroadcast.net/ARC/ARC215_files/Default.htm
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    Architecture Design Question of the Week

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    Here is the scenario... Every day you get a text file with a number of financial records in a fixed length format. Your job is to identify any new or changed records from the previous day and be able to produce an output file in the same format containing...
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    Want to be a podcaster?

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    From time to time people will ask me about podcasting because I am the host of ARCast ; our podcast for Architects and so today I thought I would answer one of these questions in the blog for all to see. Q: Have you got any tips about podcasting? ...
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    Question of the Week - Validation Code Reuse

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    Last Friday while out on the ARCast Down Under Tour in Perth Australia someone came up to me with a question about sharing code between the client and server side in an SOA. I have to admit that after 2 weeks on the road with constant presentations I...
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    Blogging from Word 2007

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    I was just doing some ARCast show episodes and I hit File/New (or the equivalent) in Word 2007 and I found they had a template for blog posts. I just had to check this out so I registered my blog and jotted this down to see if it works. I must admit this...
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    Add Accessibility to the list of User Experience

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    Accessibility is a necessary skill for designing the user experience. This has to do with how accessible your software is to people with special needs such as those with impaired vision, hearing or limited motor skills. Making your software accessible...
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    Architecting the User Experience

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    Ok everybody... get your thinking caps on. I’m working on developing a new module for our train@skyscrapr architecture training courses. Today we are asking this question What are the essential baseline skills an architect needs to have for architecting...
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    SPARK something!

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    Greetings from Las Vegas – the American playground for adults. If there was ever a place that gives me the creeps – this is it. So much vice and so little virtue around here… But I digress. You don’t read this blog to hear me wax poetic about vice and...
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    Autonomous Services - closer than ever

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    Remember the 4 tenets of Service Orientation? It was in the fall of 2004 when we first got wind of these principles which would define the way that the Indigo team thought about building service oriented applications. The tenets are Boundaries are...
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    My friend... the legend.

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    A few years back some marketing folks here in Redmond ran a promotion titled Software Legends. I remember it well because I took a photo with the cardboard cutouts of guys like Chris Sells, Juval Lowy and Billy Hollis at Tech-Ed Europe in Barcelona. I...
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    Complain enough and…you get to be in charge!

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    Be honest now… you’ve complained about TechEd haven’t you? You’ve said the sessions were too shallow or too deep. You’ve said they are filled with marketing fluff instead of the real meat that you wanted. Ok… I’ve complained too and now I’m a part of...
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    Topics Maps / ARCast Acquired ArcTalk

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    Topic Maps – What a concept! Topic maps… never heard of them? Well neither had I until I my show prep for ARCast led me to an article titled “ An Introduction to Topic Maps ” by Kal Ahmed and Graham Moore written for the Microsoft Architect Journal...
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    ArcTalk - Bring It On!

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    Over the last year I've had a lot of fun doing webcasts and podcasts known as patterns & practices Live! However since I have moved on from being a product manager on the patterns & practices team to being an architect evangelist my scope has...
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    Contending for Canada Tour Day 2

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    Ok – Day 1 wasn’t much... I just got on the plane and got myself to Toronto . I did have a very nice extra long workout in the evening to make up for the many calories I will be consuming this week. Today I presented my favorite talk “Patterns for...
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