Ron Jacobs

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    My Quest: Architecture

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    I’ve had a long career in software. Nearly 20 years now during which I have been an enterprise developer, a premier support for developers rep, an ISV developer, a dev lead, a technical evangelist, a program manager and finally a product manager. ...
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    PDC2005 .NET invades the platform (finally!)

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    5 years ago at the June 2000 PDC we told the world about .NET for the first time. It has been a long road with some strange detours but it is truly amazing to look back on this road. At the time I was a new program manager on the COM+ team. Our team spanned...
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    Composite UI Application Block - today is the day

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    Today is the day… I can’t put it off any longer – I have to dive in and learn about the CAB. “What?” You say “You don’t know the CAB!” Hey… I’ve been busy. I thought I would keep a journal of notes on my experience in learning this – maybe...
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    TechEd 2005 Reflections

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    What can I say? TechEd 2005 in Orlando was a great event. I really enjoyed getting to meet many of you who regularly listen to the webcasts and podcasts. I had a great time and even appeared in a podcast video shot while I was giving a cabana talk after...
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    Generating the Data Tier

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    Recently a couple of MVPs from Mexico sent me a tool that they created called the DataTierGenerator for Enterprise Library. This thing is pretty cool so yesterday afternoon I decided to give it a spin. I was thoroughly impressed! It does a terrific job...
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    Dynamic configuration of data access block

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    It seems that about 3 times a week I get a question like this... "How do I use the Data Access Block with connection information that is not known until runtime?" Well next week I'm going to answer that question in our Ask p&p webcast but I...
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    SQLScript.NET

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    How many times have you created a project and you needed to insure that a SQL Script was run to create a database as a part of the installation? I haven't found any good way to get this done so one afternoon I decided to create a library that could do...
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    On the road again...

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    Ok, I really intended on blogging every day while on this extended trip. The only problem is that when I am on the road I get very busy! Now here I am sometime after midnight in London. I know I really should be asleep by now but my body still wants to...
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    Brazil: Day 1

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    After flying all day yesterday and all night tonight I left the plane to a beautful and warm day here in Brazil. The morning mist rolled down the lush green hillsides surrounding Sao Paulo. I plugged in the GPS on my laptop and tracked our position on...
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    Why am I still at the office?

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    That's what my family wants to know... Well, what can I say - it seems like we are all working longer these days. I'm working hard to get ready for the Enterprise Library Applied webcast tomorrow and I posted another podcast with tales from the Delta...
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    Inside the Delta Lounge with the Enterprise Library Dev team

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    Ever wonder about how our dev team works? A few months back, the conference room across from my office was literally taken over and crammed full of developers and testers working on Enterprise Library. I know most of you think that everyone has their...
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    Blog Spam!

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    This is getting downright annoying... As if the spammers haven't already done enough damage to the internet, now they are attacking my blog! Yep - this really annoying dude keeps posting replies to my blog entries with links to his stupid website with...
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    Record setting webcast!

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    Wohoo! The first webcast in the Entlib series set a record for our team with 564 people participating! You guys are awesome! There were so many questions we couldn't even begin to keep up. Then today we did the configuration webcast including another...
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    Enterprise Library Webcast Series

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    Wow - Putting together a webcast series is a lot of work. I just finished the slides for configuration and data acess and I think you are really going to like what you see. I hope you will join us for the webcasts. The podcasts are really doing well....
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    Podcasts here we come!

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    There are some things that are just plain old fun... Take webcasts for example. I have had a ball doing the patterns & practices live webcasts every Thursday. So much fun in fact that I have now become the regular host for the show. Yes...I said show...
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    VSLive Reflections

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    As I write this I’m riding BART on my way to SFO to fly back to Seattle . I spent two days here in San Francisco where I had a chance to meet and talk with a number of fascinating people. The theme of this trip is Enterprise Library and the excitement...
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    Hello World - its Enterprise Library

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    Now would be a good time to start my day...if I were in London where it is 10:46 GMT but here I am at 2:46 wide awake writing my blog. I'm sorry I can't help it but I am really pumped about Enterprise Library and the great work that Tom, Bill, Scott,...
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    Exception Handling & Metadata

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    Metadata is a funny thing... In an effort to make the complex simple we often go down this road of building a generic-meta-data-driven-solution-thingy and end up shooting ourselves in the foot. For example, COM+ has support for transactional semantics...
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    Looking for some people in cyberspace...

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    I'm working on this project that I can't say much about yet, but I need to find some people who are not responding to the email address I have for them. I know the hassles of SPAM make it such that many people are having to change email accounts quite...
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    Some more thinking about open source projects

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    Wow - any time you mention open source, you touch a nerve don't you... First off - just because I work for Microsoft doesn't mean that I am against open source. In fact, I work in a team that builds class libraries and shares the source with the community...
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    Judging the quality of open source projects

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    It seems to me that people who want to use open source projects have a big problem. Several problems actually, but perhaps the most insidious of these is quality. How do you know if that really cool project you heard about is good quality design and code...
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    Getting into Wiki...

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    Now that I work with the "Father" of wikis, I decided that I really ought to get into working with one. So I am the proud owner of the SOA wiki on the internal Microsoft wiki site. I must admit that so far the progress is a little slow in figuring out...
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    How much would you pay?

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    Everybody wants something for nothing, but we all know that this is not realistic. Architects know that their job is one of evaluating trade-offs. Often developers get into the trap of thinking that performance is the only thing that matters and if this...
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    Committed to guidance

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    One of the really great things from TechEd was to hear Andy Lees tell the world that Microsoft was committed to providing architectural guidance for common scenarios. I mean, how great is that? Especially when it is my job to get that done. The problem...
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    Reflections of TechEd 2004

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    I'm sitting here in the San Diego airport waiting to go standby on the next flight to Seattle and reflecting over a wonderful TechEd. This morning we did the p&p live webcast from TechEd and we had no idea what we were going to talk about so we just...
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