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    30th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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    It is amazing for me to think that it has been 30 years since the ZX Spectrum was released.

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    Script Explorer Design Overview

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    In this blog post I provide a high-level overview of the design of Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell.

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    Creating a semantic “PowerShell” web

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    In this post I am drilling into our vision for a semantic web focused in and around PowerShell. In very simplistic terms, a semantic web takes the information that is typically hidden inside product documentation, blog posts, support forums and so forth – and enables that information to be defined in a predictable manner – which of course enables discovery of that information. Read on...

     

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    Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell Beta Now Available!

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    Well over a year ago our Information Experience team set out to redefine the way Microsoft delivers narrative and executable guidance to customers. We wanted to embrace prevailing trends such as the democratization of information – especially as...
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    Steve Jobs (CLI – NUI)

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    A lot has been said about Steve’s contributions, both in terms of the vast numbers of products that he has brought to market and the amazing success that has followed them. One area that has not been touched on in any of the mainstream presses, and something that I believe is much more significant has been Steve’s ability to see advances in human-computer interaction technologies and take them mainstream.

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    Help write the PowerShell Survival Guide

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    My friend Eric Battalio is leading an effort to update the Windows PowerShell Survival Guide on the TechNet Wiki. Survival Guides are essentially categorized collections of links + comments around a common theme, scenario or technology - think of them...
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    Why haven’t our Exception Management Practices evolved from the 60’s?

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    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...
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    Calling all PowerShell Users...

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    We need your help! The Information Experience (iX) team at Microsoft is looking for your help and feedback to drive new guidance experiences over the next 6 - 12 months. For those people not familiar with the iX team we are the folks responsible for deliving...
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    Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) Survival Guide

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    My friend Alik just sent me to a pointer to a Survival Guide he is working on for the Azure ACS. The survival guide is intended to help provide a standardized means of organizing topics related to a particular domain such as access control. Looks like...
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    A (Re)Introduction to Patterns

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    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...
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    The Ongoing Evolution of Integration Styles

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    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...
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    PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

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    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...
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    Why is a Pattern different from other forms of guidance?

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    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...
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    Turtle Graphics Update

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    It is that time of the year again – thanksgiving. So that of course means I need to update the version of Turtle Graphics that I posted a year ago to test out Oslo. Turtle Graphics was a Logo like programming language created in the early 1980's as a means of introducing novices and children to programming on the BBC Microcomputer. Turtle graphics helped introduce people to programming using a simple functional language that provided instant visual gratification allowing the user to move a triangular turtle across the screen using simple commands such as forward, backward, right turn and left turn....
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    SOA Symposium: SOA, Software + Services and Cloud Computing

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    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 ...
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    SOA Symposium: Understanding SOA Security Patterns

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    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...
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    SOA Patterns

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    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...
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    Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow

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    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...
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    SecPAL Parser Updated for VS2008 and F#1.9.6.16

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    I finally got around to updating the SecPAL Parser to run on the latest version of Visual Studio and F#. Development experience should be much cleaner now because F# is far better integrated into VS. If you run into any problems please post a note or...
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    A Graphical DSL for Describing SOA Applications

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    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...
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    Agent-Design Patterns for Building Distributed Service Bus Applications

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    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...
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    Are banks encouraging phone phishing attacks?

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    I recently called the support number to verify a charge on my Wells Fargo account and it surprised me when the automated teller requested that I enter my card number and then my pin number. I was always lead to believe that we should never share our pin...
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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    I did a particularly lousy job of sending out Christmas cards this year, so figured I would instead make a last ditch effort to bring some joy to the world through my blog. As you may have seen we have had a pretty interesting winter so far in Seattle...
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    Sticky Notes for Your Code

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    If your desk is anything like mine it is cluttered with millions of sticky notes, each containing some snippet of information that at some point seemed worth writing down. If you have been dreaming of the day that you can have your VS environment look...
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    Distributed Computing Patterns

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    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...
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