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  • Blog Post: Why haven’t our Exception Management Practices evolved from the 60’s?

    It is amazing to think how much has changed over the last decade or so – evolution of the cloud, broad adoption of natural user interfaces and general acceptance of agile development techniques – just to name a few. But one thing that causes me no end of frustration is that during this entire period...
  • Blog Post: A (Re)Introduction to Patterns

    A couple of people have asked me why I haven't responded to this initial post on the SE Insight site. Partially it was because I recently changed teams and this has just meant that I am crazy busy at the moment. One of the top asks was for a list of good pattern guides - so I figured I would repost this...
  • Blog Post: The Ongoing Evolution of Integration Styles

    Over the last couple of months I have been working on a Reference Architecture to support the design of modern Distributed Applications - now increasingly being referred to as Composite Applications. I am going to post a number of blogs over the coming weeks to share some of the learnings / highlights...
  • Blog Post: PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

    I grew up in both Australia and New Zealand - a long way from the US and the UK where home computing markets were just starting to develop in the late 70's and early 80's. Unlike most kids at the time I was very fortunate because my father Robert Hogg worked for Control Data Corp (CDC) and was responsible...
  • Blog Post: Why is a Pattern different from other forms of guidance?

    The Microsoft Solution Engineering Team in which I work has just started its own blog - so I wrote my first post on the subject of reintroducing patterns and the qualities associated with a good pattern. Here is an abstract from the blog post... Why is a pattern different from other forms of guidance...
  • Blog Post: SOA Symposium: SOA, Software + Services and Cloud Computing

    I am presenting a discussion on SOA, S+S and Cloud computing later today at SOA Symposium . I have included the abstract for the talk and the slides that will be used in the presentation for anyone interested. Organizations evaluating Software + Services and Cloud Computing offerings must first...
  • Blog Post: SOA Symposium: Understanding SOA Security Patterns

    I presented a discussion on SOA Security Patterns at the SOA Symposium today in Rotterdam. The abstract fro the talk is included below and the PPT is attached for anyone interested. Service-oriented solutions are distributed applications and therefore rely on many of the established security controls...
  • Blog Post: SOA Patterns

    About a 18 months ago Thomas Erl approached a group of us at Microsoft if we could review the SOA Patterns work he was doing. Whilst doing the review I observed that the book was lacking any patterns describing how to think about security within SOA applications. We talked and decided to add two whole...
  • Blog Post: Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow

    Diegon Dagum has just sent out the release note for the latest edition of the Microsoft Architecture Journal. It includes a bunch of really interesting papers including one that myself and a group of my colleagues from Worldwide Services put together summarizing key design considerations for Software...
  • Blog Post: A Graphical DSL for Describing SOA Applications

    Last October we ran a SOA workshop in Redmond, with the goal being to have members of the MCS field, global practices and other customer facing organizations discuss scenarios and patterns that they see on a regular basis. Having run several of these workshops in the psat, one challenge that is hard...
  • Blog Post: Agent-Design Patterns for Building Distributed Service Bus Applications

    Another blog that is several months late, but as usual, better late than never. I am currently preparing my presentation for tomorrow's Real World SOA: Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference I finally made the time to read Danny Garber's paper on Agent-Design Patterns and it was well worth the...
  • Blog Post: Distributed Computing Patterns

    This one is a little late to press, but for those who haven't already seen it the Architecture Journal recently published an article on Distributed Computing Patterns that myself, Joshy Joseph, Dmitri Ossipov, Massimo Mascaro and Danny Garber wrote. You can find the article here .
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Improving Web Services Security: Now Available!

    Over the last 12 months we have had a lot of people who used the Web Service Security - Scenarios, Patterns and Implementation Guidance ask us where the implementation guidance for WCF was. Great news. JD Meier, Jason Taylor, Prashant Bansode and Rob Boucher and the rest of his P&P team have just...
  • Blog Post: Released: Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition

    I just saw an announcement from Don that the P&P folks have just released the third version of the Web Service Software Factory - entitled The Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition. I know these guys have been working hard on this for along time now so this is really great news... And you...
  • Blog Post: The Great Debate: Patterns vs Tooling

    With well over 250 attendees this years P&P Summit is the best attended I have seen so far. I was fortunate to participate in two presentations - the first talk was on SecPAL which I believe was well received, and the second was a discussion with myself, Dragos Manolescu , Wojtek Kozaczynski and...
  • Blog Post: IEEE Special on Software Patterns

    I remember reading an article by Grady Booch a couple of years ago (I can't find it now) where he acknowledged that object oriented programming had not delivered many of the promises around object reuse that people had expected, however one of the unexpected benefits to object oriented programming (in...
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