March, 2007

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    What makes a good Architect?

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    So, about a week ago I posted an article about our ArcReady & ArcCouncil events. This got me to thinking, what really does make a good architect? Every organization is different for sure, but I believe that there are some common skills that an architect must possess. You have to have a good understanding of technology and how it all fits together. Not a deep understanding per se, just a broad technical understanding. For instance, you need to know enough about WCF and how and where it can be...
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    Day 3 Dispatch from Convergence

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    Continuing my coverage of integration related talks, I popped in on the CRM Analytics session yesterday. There’s quite a bit that can be done with a base analytics platform, but there are even more compelling scenarios built around predictive analysis. In the demo I saw, CRM opportunities were assigned an “attractiveness” measure based upon the “relationship profitability” computed for each customer in the CRM database. By assigning attributes on the opportunity and correlating those to existing...
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    CTO Summit Redux

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    Well, another fiscal year, another ISV CTO Summit. Here are some completely random thoughts about the event as I sequester myself around the one of the few remaining power outlets in the black hole of airline travel that is otherwise known as O'Hare Airport. At this year's summit, we were treated to: Blue laptop gelpacks with copies of Vista Ultimate courtesy Larry "Mr. Vista" Gregory A few hours of billiards courtesy Warren "8-ball" Wilbee An illegal drive down memory lane courtesy Ashish...
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    Creating MSDN Style Help from your Source Code

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    I stumbled across some information on "Sandcastle" this morning. Sandcastle creates documentation for any managed class library. There is a lot of good information on the Sandcastle teams blog . For internal documentation, or for documenting your APIs that you are exposing to allow your customers to integrate with your software I think you will find this an interesting product. The latest release is the March CTP which you can download here. And you can read the announcment around the March CTP...
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    Visual Studio "Orcas" March 2007 CTP Available

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    For those of you digging into our dev tools, you might want to take a look at the latest public builds of Orcas. The preview is available as Virtual PC image, and major technologies therein include: LINQ ADO.NET enhancements WPF Form Designer ("Cider") enhancements Much more stuff You can find this up on http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B533619A-0008-4DD6-9ED1-47D482683C78&displaylang=en I'll be kicking the tires on all this as soon as I get...
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    Invitation to East Region Partner Council - Waltham, MA - 4/9/2007

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    In the East Region, Bob Familiar and Chris Bowen periodically host events for software architects on the Microsoft platform. Below is Bob's personal invitation to the event, which is scheduled for the full day and comes complete with dinner and a movie (minus the movie.) Please attend if you can, and hope to see you there. jmp INVITATION – Partner Council, April 9 th , 2007 Web 2.0, AJAX and Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere! partnerCouncil Our next meeting is on April...
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    ISV Web Seminar Debugging Series 2/2: Debugging a Crashing Application

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    I'm going to be hosting a webcast on April 24th on Debugging Crashing Applications. This is a follow-up to my first webcast on the Microsoft Debugging Tools for Windows Package. The webcast will begin at 10am Pacific time and last for 1 hour. Here's a description of the event: Description: When it comes to developing applications, debugging is one essential step. During the development process you can debug the code to your heart's content; but what happens once you sell your application? What...
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    Cool New Windows Vista Gadgets

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    Microsoft just released a few cool new gadgets for your Windows Vista Sidebar. Live Search Gadget You can now search directly from the Sidebar. This gadget uses web services to retrieve the search results and displays them in the gadget. Live Search Traffic Gadget This gadget uses web services to display real-time traffic conditions in your area. Support for major metropolitan areas is available. Take a look and try them out.
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    Off to Dynamicsland...

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    For those of you who are Dynamics inclined, I'll be heading out to Convergence to hear plans for our CRM and ERP product lines (AX, GP, NAV, and SL.) For those of you who aren't familiar with our Dynamics products, you might be surprised to hear that we have robust offerings in the CRM and ERP markets that are the subject of considerable on-going investment, research, and development within Microsoft. When these products meet the broader platform, there's quite a bit about each that remains...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista

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    The final release of the VS 2005 update for Windows Vista is available for download . Windows Vista improves overall quality, security, and reliability from previous versions of Windows. While there were many investments to ensure backward compatibility of applications running on Windows Vista but an impact on Visual Studio 2005 could not be fully contained. The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista addresses areas of Visual Studio impacted by Vista enhancements. Please download...
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    Day 1 Dispatch from Convergence

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    Well, I made it to the conference… Convergence has a different feel to it than the TechEds or the PDCs I’ve attended. For one thing, the attendees seem to be much more international, and for another thing, there seems to be a much better gender balance here. Also, the community here seems to be tighter-knitted than most, with many long time Convergence veterans returning for what’s become an annual event for them. After reading through the event syllabus, I decided that I would attend as many...
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    Day 2 Dispatch from Convergence

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    Covergence is an aptly-named conference, especially this year’s edition. Today, we announced several Dynamics related products, including Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office. This technology will bring business data in our ERP and CRM products to the places where they’re most often used – the Microsoft Office suite of applications. I would encourage you to check out Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office as well as the Dynamics SNAP add-ins to get a good sense of what’s possible where Dynamics meets...
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