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8 Mar 2011
Comparing Architectural Options
Often when I speak with people that are planning a new solution they have a few different products or platforms in mind. To compare these options, most try something like a “capability matrix” (which goes by many names). Roughly these end up looking like this; Feature ...
10 Aug 2010
jQuery + MVC = Progressive Enhancement
14 May 2010
This week I hosted an interactive session at the Architect Insight Conference with my colleague Josh Twist ... if you were there thanks for being so interactive! We really enjoyed it and found it useful so I hope you did too. One concept that I mentioned during the session was an approach I use to...
13 Apr 2010
I was working on a Proof of Concept recently that needed to support loosely coupled Ajax components. The idea is a common one – components need to be able to hook into an existing page without detailed knowledge of how the page works, and immediately start responding appropriately. This is basically...
9 Mar 2010
Packaging UI Components in MVC
Something I get asked by most customers starting out with ASP.NET MVC is how they should package, group, factor, and reuse their UI components. We're all used to thinking about User Controls, Custom Controls, and other Web Forms approaches. But rest assured, MVC provides a wealth of options. The thoughts...
16 Feb 2010
22 Dec 2009
Monitor your ASP.NET Cache API Behaviour
Recently I was working on diagnosing a performance issue with a customer’s web site with a colleague (this is one of our favourite engagement types so if you need some help let me know J), and we found that items were being trimmed very regularly from the ASP.NET Cache, causing excessive back-end work...
3 Dec 2009
Performance, Scalability, and Stability
I spend quite a lot of time nowadays advising on architecting applications to be scalable, recommending performance testing approaches and processes, and being called in to help an organisation remediate problems with an existing application. It’s one of my favourite sides to the job. But in spite...
1 Sep 2009
Auditing Data Changes in the Entity Framework: Part 2
In my previous post I described the basic concept behind my auditing approach using the Entity Framework, and covered some of the problems I encountered. This post focuses on the solution I went with; do feel free to comment if you have any thoughts. Audit Lifecycle To get to the root of my requirements...
15 Jun 2009
Auditing Data Changes in the Entity Framework: Part 1
If you’ve read my last post on Types of Auditing , you should be primed for this one; I’m looking at a way to do Data Operation Auditing in the Entity Framework. That is, I want to track who changes which tables & columns , when , and in what way . Why does this specifically apply to the Entity...
22 May 2009
Using ASP.NET Dynamic Data in an existing Web Site
One of the tasks I used to hate when building a new system was adding admin pages to allow simple create/update functionality for lookup data. For example, maintaining a simple list of Products. It takes ages to write, and is very boring – even if you write templates to generate code it consumes a lot...
11 May 2009
Project and File References Revisited
Most .NET developers and architects are familiar with various approaches to Visual Studio solution design: Single Solution Partitioned Solution Multiple Solutions Multiple Partitioned Solutions "What? Haven't heard of "Multiple Partitioned Solutions" before. Did you just make...
20 Feb 2009
Design: Architecture Frame Considerations (Part 2)
In this second instalment we are going to review another set of frames. This guideline should help you to understand what is involved on each one of them as well as considerations and known patterns. You can find the first part following this link. The second part looks like this: The following...
13 Feb 2009
Design: Architecture Frame Considerations (Part 1)
At Microsoft we are working hard in putting together the different components that are involved deciding the architecture approach. One of these components is the architecture frame, which together with the architecture style and application type creates the architectural baseline for modern design....
14 Jan 2009
WCSF Application Architecture 7: Remote Logic with WCF Services
This article is 7th part of the WCSF Application Architecture series by Simon Ince; WCSF Application Architecture 1: Introduction WCSF Application Architecture 2: Application Controller WCSF Application Architecture 3: Model View Presenter WCSF Application Architecture 4: Environment...
5 Dec 2008
WCSF Application Architecture 6: Structuring Modules
This article is 6th part of the WCSF Application Architecture series by Simon Ince; · WCSF Application Architecture 1: Introduction · WCSF Application Architecture 2: Application Controller · WCSF Application Architecture 3: Model View Presenter · WCSF Application Architecture 4: Environment...
28 Nov 2008
.NET Application Architecture Guide - Application Types, Architectural Styles and Architecture Frames
First post on the blog by Mehran, in this post he gives us a guide to .NET Application Architecture. If you have been using the .NET Framework since its first version, you may remember the Application Architecture for .NET guide, which was published back in 2002. Most of the subjects covered in this...
26 Nov 2008
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