As Harry Pierson points out (Keith with an OOPSLA Preview), Keith Short is looking forward to OOPSLA 2004 (Getting Ready for OOPSLA 2004 in Vancouver, BC.). There's even an OOPSLA 2004 Wiki over on Socialtext. OOPSLA is co-located with a couple of other conferences this year: GPCE 2004 and ISMM 2004. Don't forget to sign-up for the tutorials:
Software Factories & DSL's
Steve Cook explains the difference between packages and software factories (Software Factories and Packages). Meanwhile, Dave Welsh recently had the opportunity to discuss software factories and DSL's with OMG's Richard Soley (Financial Services & SWIFT, ISO, Web Services, Domain Specific Languages and Software Factories). As Dave predicts, I think OOPSLA will bring a lot of attention to DSL's and Software Factories. "You ain't seen nothin' yet."
There was some buzz recently over an article that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor (Endangered species: US programmers), which opined that US programmers are going the way of the dodo. Michael Lehman wrote a post to his blog that offers some evidence and sentiment to the contrary (Programmers as a Endagered Species... Hah!), which brings the discussion to the subject of Software Factories. Richard Tallent to discuss this aspect on his blog (Software Factories: Solution for Outsourcing?), which attracts comments from Michael Lehman and Jack Greenfield.
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Shaun Laurens is sharing his knowledge with articles on SOA from the real world (Service Oriented Architecture - updated).
But Shaun's company is not alone with SOA success. According to this eWeek article (SOAs Hit High Note for Recording Firm) by Darryl Taft, EMI Group PLC (home to many record companies, such as EMI, Capitol and Virgin) is using SOA to save $$$. And the technology of choice? .NET of course. :)
JS Greenwood positions SOA and Agile as being complimentary principles (SOA Design with Agile methodologies).
Josh Lee (Financial Services Guy) makes a compelling argument that Bionicle is a better metaphor for connected systems than its sister product, LEGO (The Connector Metaphor). BTW, those "little nubs" on the top of LEGO bricks are called studs.
Visual Studio Team System
This week Carl Franklin's .NET Rocks! has some Microsoft evangelists on the show to discuss Visual Studio 2005 (This week on DotNetRocks - The Whidbey Show). During the course of the show, they also get an opportunity to discuss Team System. Brendan Tompkins may be a bit skeptical of what Team System will accomplish, but it's good to hear that he'll give it a try just the same (I'm a Slight Team System Skeptic).
Peter Jones is getting ready for his dose of Visual Studio 2005 in Sydney, Australia (VS.Net 2005 Training). It's really cool to hear that the Team System portion is where he plans to focus his attention. November in Sydney - rough gig.
Of course, the biggest challenge with the most recent release of Team System has been the installation of Team Foundation. We've received a lot of great feedback that will help make each future release better still. Mickey Gousset is pursuing the perfect install, too:
Extending Team System
Another Visual Studio partner has announced support for Visual Studio Team System:
Upcoming Events (New Events)
Want to hear more about Team System? Here are some upcoming events where Visual Studio Team System is on the agenda:
Got an event you'd like me to include here? Contact me.