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    VSTS 2005, DSL, and Software Architecture

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    Jack Greenfield has posted a comprehensive response to Tad Anderson .
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    Modelling in the run time

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    Don Box says "In my mind, the only way this stuff will get traction is if we change the runtimes to work in terms of higher-order expressions. Otherwise we're stuck in the 1980's CASE world where box-and-arrows and code were like matter and anti-matter...
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    More on throwing models away

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    Juha-Pekka has responded to Grady. I note that Grady is also quoted in the full panel transcript as saying "I actually don't throw away all my models; I keep the good ones, the ones that represent the significant (costly to change) design decisions."...
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    Case studies for domain-specific modelling

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    Grady Booch says he was misquoted by Juha-Pekka Tolvanen , and spun by Harry and me , about throwing UML models away. He says you should keep some of them. He doesn't say which ones, though. Grady asks for some references for domain-specific modelling...
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    DSL Tools in India

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    George Mathew, from our team, will be attending the VS Launch events in Mumbai on the 13 th , Pune on the 14 th and Chennai on the 15 th of this month. If you are at any of these events, please look him up.
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    Another blogger on the team!

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    George is now blogging with a post about a forthcoming feature in our template processor.
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    ArcTalk

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    Hear Ron Jacobs interview me about modelling, DSLs and such on ArcTalk at http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ArcTalk
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    New DSL Tools available now

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    You can get the latest version of DSL Tools from http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/workshop/DSLTools/ . It works with the released version of VS2005, and contains new features for model validation and DSL deployment.
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    Throwing UML models away

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    Harry Pierson points out a very interesting post from Juha-Pekka Tolvanen reporting on Grady Booch's OOPSLA panel comments about throwing UML models away. Are we achieving a consensus?
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    Channel 9 podcast on model-driven development

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    Steven Kelly is one of the participants in Harry Pierson's latest podcast on model-driven development. Another of the participants is Bran Selic, whom Harry introduces as "Brian". I've known Bran for a long time, since we wrote the joint IBM/ObjecTime...
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    Bill Gibson is blogging

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    Bill is an expert on our model-driven tools for designing and deploying applications and systems, and a key thought leader in our group.
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    More on Meta/Domain

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    I first came across the term Metaclass around 1980 in the context of a programming language - Smalltalk, in fact. In dynamic OO programming languages like Smalltalk, CLOS, etc a Metaclass is a class whose instances are classes. That makes good sense to...
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    JAOO

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    I'll be flying to Aarhus for JAOO this evening. On Thursday, Alan Wills and I will be giving a tutorial about Software Factories .
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    Workflow model strengths

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    Dave Green, WWF architect has a very nice blog posting about what is enabled by modelling workflow in a Domain Specific Language: Visualization, Expressiveness, Execution, Monitoring, Transformation and Composition. These same advantages apply to many...
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    Getting rid of Meta ...

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    We’re currently doing a major cleanup and revision of the APIs of the DSL Tools. An aspect of this is a systematic renaming so that the API is a better match to the concepts we are dealing with. One thing we decided to do is get rid of the Meta… prefix...
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    September preview of DSL Tools

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    The September preview of the DSL Tools is now available. This version has samples to help you start with various popular styles of modelling: class diagrams, activity diagrams, and use case diagrams. You can use these as starting points for your own designers...
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    Anthony's blog

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    Anthony Bloesch has started blogging. He is one of the original creators of the DSL tools; now he's working on metadata and databases. Highly recommended.
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    Back from holidays

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    I just got back to the office from a very enjoyable family holiday in Greece. I have lots to catch up on - a backlog of email, annual reviews, making plans for tutorials at conferences over the next couple of months (JAOO, MODELS and OOPSLA), catching...
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    Jobs available

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    The Database Developer Tools team based in Redmond is hiring developers, testers and program managers. We are looking for people experienced in building developer tools. This is a great opportunity to work on a V1. Experience with database development...
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    Interviewed about SFs and DSLs

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    Roy Osherove has published an interview that he did with me at TechEd Europe.
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    Back from Amsterdam

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    I'm back in the office now from a very energizing TechEd in Amsterdam. My overall impression is that a small but significant proportion of our audience really "gets it" about software factories and DSLs. This is measured by some extremely positive feedback...
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    Any questions for the TechEd Software Factories panel session?

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    This Friday at TechEd Gareth and I are on a panel session entitled "Software Factories: How and When?" together with Eric Lee, Ted Neward and Maarten Mullender. If any blog-readers are at the conference and would like to presubmit any questions for this...
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    TechEd Europe

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    Next week several of us will be at TechEd in Amsterdam. I'll be giving a talk on "Building and Using a Software Factory" together with Annie Matthewman: we're going to demonstrate using GAT together with the DSL Tools to build a simple smart client application...
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    UML & Design World

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    Last week I spent at UML & Design World . I did several sessions. Monday: I co-led a tutorial with Jack Greenfield on Software Factories. Monday: I moderated a panel session on "Approaches to Model Driven Development", with Jack Greenfield ...
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    Language Workbenches article

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    Martin Fowler has written a nice article about Language Workbenches , which discusses several related initiatives including Intentional Software, Software Factories and MDA. It's well worth reading.
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