Architect Council


“Cloud computing will supersede traditional IT”, “SOA will enable business agility”, “my way or the highway”, etc. We’ve all heard this type of proclamations before, as many look to the “next big things” in technology to exact sweeping changes and solve many issues; truth is, technologies and tools aren’t as instrumental in influencing progress, as the design and discipline in applying them to specific issues. When used appropriately, technologies and tools can be powerful enablers that bring about change.

One of the things we hear a lot working with the community is a desire for more guidance about how to use the technology instead of just talking about features and functions.  To address this, our team has put together a series of live webcasts on June 9th – 11th which will focus on guidance and patterns for some of today’s hottest topics.


DAY 1 - June 9, 2009 at Noon PST
Patterns for Moving to the Cloud
Larry Clarkin & Wade Wegner
Everything that you read these days seems to suggest that you should be moving to the cloud. But where do you start? Which applications and services should you be moving? How do you build the bridge between on-premises and the cloud? And more importantly, what should you be looking out for along the way? In this session, learn architectural patterns and factors for moving to the cloud. Based on real-world projects, the session explores building block services, patterns for exposing applications, and challenges involving identity, data federation, and management. This session provides the tools and knowledge to determine whether cloud computing is right for you, and where to start.

DAY 2 - June 10, 2009 at Noon PST
Building Silverlight & WPF Applications with Prism (View Recording | Download Slides)
David Hill
Prism provides guidance, via design patterns, to help you build robust, flexible and modular Silverlight and WPF applications. These patterns support unit testing, separation of concerns, loose coupling and the ability to share application logic between Silverlight and WPF applications. Prism includes source code for the library itself, extensive documentation, and a sample application that shows how the patterns work together in a real-world application. It also includes a Visual Studio add-in to help you easily share code between WPF and Silverlight. This session provides an overview of Prism, and shows how you can use Prism to design and build composite Silverlight applications.


DAY 3 - June 11, 2009 at Noon PST
Patterns for Parallel Computing (View Recording | Download Slides)
David Chou
With recent advances in cloud computing, service-oriented architectures, distributed computing, server virtualization, multi-core processors, etc., we are now seeing parallel computing techniques being implemented across the spectrum, and towards mainstream applications such as internet-scale web applications, massive data processing, graphics rendering, etc. But the myriad of choices also present a number of questions on when and how to utilize parallel computing. This session explores the architectural patterns and trade-offs between different forms of parallel computing, approaches for utilizing them to improve application performance and optimize use of existing infrastructure, and how concurrency can be applied towards day-to-day enterprise information processing needs.



  • 11:45 AM (PST) - Open for Dial-in
  • 12:00 PM (PST) - Day's Content
  • 12:50 PM (PST) - Q&A
  • 01:00 PM (PST) - Raffle and Close


To view the recordings, please click on the link below for each day:

These are available for streaming in WMV and the Live Meeting Player (which requires a separate install, but provides a premium viewing experience because it enables the viewer to traverse the slides to the particular content they want to view). The content is also available for download in both formats.


Larry Clarkin - Architect, Microsoft
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Wade Wegner - Architect, Microsoft
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David Hill – Architect Patterns & Practices Team, Microsoft
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David Chou – Architect, Microsoft
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