simon.says

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May, 2004

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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. Null dates.

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    One Web services interoperability issue that I have been investigating recently has to do with using null DateTime values between .NET and Java. Here's the problem: System.DateTime in the CLR is considered a value type, where as the equivalent in Java...
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    WIN325 - Microsoft and Interoperability

    I'm exhausted. I have just completed WIN325 - Microsoft and Interoperability, which was great fun, but two sessions in one day is tiring. The session was well attended, and David's demo was a hit (from the initial evaluations). I'm currently sitting...
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    Photos from TechEd

    Check out the photos that I snapped today. Here is a picture of the Java interop booth. Kevin Wittkopf (left) and Arvindra Sehmi (right) were manning the booth when I was there. ...and talking of architecture, here's a snap of the architecture at the...
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    Annoying Web Observation of the Week. Click to Enlarge.

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    Ok, this happens far too frequently for me: I'm shopping for stuff on the Web. I click on a product. The product has a picture. Underneath the picture is text that says 'Click to Enlarge'. I click on the text. A new window opens. It shows exactly the...
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    Arrived at TechEd

    I finally made it to TechEd 2004 shortly after 3pm this afternoon. Although it feels like I've walked tens of miles today (the San Diego conference center is huge), there is definitely a great buzz here. Firstly, I spent some time at the Architecture...
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    TechEd 2004 - Booth #21

    Interested in Java and/or interoperability? Attending TechEd this year? If so, head across to Booth #21 in the pavillion. Meet Brian Keller, Kevin Wittkopf, and Ted Neward. More about the booth in this post from Brian.
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    Race against the Microsoft Architects!

    Want to be in on some pre-Tech Ed fun this year? If so, wanna come and race the Microsoft architects? (Ok, so it's remote control racing, but that can be just as fun<g>). Join fellow community architects at 6pm on the 23rd May, enjoy remote control...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. What's wrong with this?

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    This week's tip is in two parts. First comes the question: Scenario: You are creating your first Web service. You have been told to create a service that accepts a price (which for this example can be a float) and return a boolean. You are working...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. What's wrong with this?

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    So, what was wrong with the approach in the last post? Firstly, we started by creating the method first. Although this seems natural to most developers, by doing this we are explicitly defining the datatypes in the method before thinking about how...
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    Emergence and SOA

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    I've just finished reading this book: Emergence: The connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software by Steven Johnson. This is an interested read into the concepts of Emergence and how systems evolve without dictorial control or direction. I wish...
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    Web Services, Web services or web services?

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    I'm using the word 'Web Services' in the middle of a sentence... I've found the capitalization seems to vary by person, industry, topic and/or vendor. Which is the correct sentence? Business has benefited from our Web Services strategy. B usiness...
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    DEVC35 - Web Services Interoperability

    I have just finished presenting cabana session DEVC35 at TechEd. Despite an early start and a party at the zoo last night (which I didn't go to!), the session was well attended, peaking at around 50 people. Due to the layout of the area however, a microphone...
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    TechEd 2004 - Day 1

    I don't arrive in San Diego until Wednesday, but I guess there's nothing to stop me blogging between now and then<g>. If you haven't heard, TechEd 2004 officially kicked off today in San Diego. One highlight from Steve Ballmer's keynote was the...
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