Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

November, 2009

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    Architect Council | 2010: A Cloud Odyssey

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    The forecast for 2010 is looking very cloudy, with every technology company delivering some type of cloud offering, and analysts estimating that almost everyone will try some form of cloud computing. But from a practical stand point, how should organizations leverage cloud computing effectively? Is it to simply host existing and legacy assets somewhere else, or to create next-generation applications that enable differentiated capabilities? In addition, what role does SOA play in the age of cloud computing? And does this impact the way we manage and interact with data?

    Facilitated by Microsoft, the premise of this half-day event is to provide an open forum where architects can meet to discuss technologies and insights with peers. This forum will provide first-hand experiences and best practices intended to help the community to collectively discover and generate knowledge. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, share and network with your peers and other thought leaders.

    Event Summary

    • Provide a clear and profound understanding of Microsoft’s cloud strategy and roadmap, and latest updates on the Windows Azure Platform
    • Discuss the state of SOA, and its relevance in the age of cloud computing
    • Review case studies and models of cloud usage, and examine approaches to build next-generation capabilities leveraging the cloud
    • Explore trade-offs, best practices, and guidance on today’s myriad of data storage options
    • Explain the differences and patterns of using various data interaction frameworks

    Who Should Attend

    Technology and business stakeholders, including CTOs, CIOs, VPs, Directors, Program and Product Managers, Architects, Lead Engineers, and IT Managers

    When & Where

    12/01/09: Irvine, CA

    12/02/09: Los Angeles, CA

    12/03/09: Phoenix, AZ

    12/08/09: Mountain View, CA

    12/09/09: San Francisco, CA

    12/10/09: Seattle, WA

    12/15/09: Denver, CO

    How to Attend

    This is a FREE event; only an online registration is required. Please follow the links on the event page at http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/council-2009q4.aspx

     

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    Best Party at PDC09! Free Registration!

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    The Underground @ PDC 2009
    CONGA ROOM | L.A. LIVE
    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 | 7:00PM to 1:00AM

    See the future of Developer Technology at The Underground @ PDC 2009, sponsored by INETA, Microsoft and local Southern California partners.

    The Underground will showcase the vision and roadmap of Microsoft’s Developer Platform and highlight newly released technical strategy & announcements direct from The Professional Developers Conference by Microsoft leaders and local community luminaries. Located at the world famous Conga Room in the new downtown Los Angeles’ entertainment district – L.A. LIVE, come to one of the hottest salsa destinations and experience the hip, exciting, authentic Latin Sabor!

    Don't miss:

    • Feature Keynote, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform
    • Newly released PDC 2009 announcements & technology roadmap
    • Network with hundreds of local developers, architects, designers & community
    • Signature savory pan Latin cusine & cocktails provided by the legendary Wolfgang Puck Catering
    • Chance to win prizes including: Windows Mobile Devices, XBOX System, Zune HDs & More

    To register, visit http://undergroundatpdc.com/eventReg.aspx and use RSVP code: “wcqjrw”. Hope to see you there!

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    Architect Cafe | November 2009 Series | Online Webcasts

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    November 24, 2009 at 11:00am – 12:30pm PST
    An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3
    Tim Heuer
    Many .NET developers are becoming more and more interested in the Rich Internet Application development space, and in particular Silverlight.  In this session we will step back from a detailed implementation technology and take a higher level look at Silverlight from the architect’s perspective.  We will discuss the types of applications where Silverlight makes sense and some scenarios where Silverlight may not be the appropriate technology.  We will also delve into some of the architectural decisions that the architect must consider when writing applications for this platform and where some of the tradeoffs may lie.

    Link to Register:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032432980&Culture=en-US

    November 25, 2009, 11:00am – 12:30pm PST
    Cloud-computing architecture – designing multi-tenant applications on Windows Azure
    Joseph Hofstader
    Cloud computing is one of the hottest topics in information technology today.  With all the confusion surrounding acronyms ending in ‘aas’ like Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) it can be intimidating for even seasoned IT professionals.  This presentation will briefly discuss the different types of cloud platforms and then address one of the key business scenarios for the cloud: Software as a Service.
    Software as a Service is a business model for making applications available over the Internet.  One of the key tenets of SaaS is multi-tenancy, or software designed to be used by multiple parties.  Designing SaaS applications touches on many of the technologies that comprise the Azure platform: Processing, Storage, Workflow, Database and most importantly security.   This presentation will discuss how each of technologies can be utilized to define a flexible architecture for multi-tenant solutions.

    Link to Register: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032432981&Culture=en-US

    For session recordings and content from the November 2009 series, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/cafe-2009-11.aspx.

    For information on other events part of the Architect Cafe series, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/architect-cafe.aspx.

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    Dolly Parton and IE8 Web Slices

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    Yes, it really is Dolly Parton, one of the most honored country performers of all time! In conjunction with the international release of her new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added a Silverlight-based IE8 web slice to her web site, www.dollypartonmusic.net. Dolly has even created a video about IE8 web slices.

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    Dolly’s web slice provides access to these content:

    • Video Diary – see Dolly’s latest thoughts on video, with the beauty of Silverlight
    • News – see the latest news, fan club announcements, and Dollyisms (like "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”)
    • Buy Now – view the latest deal from Dolly’s online store, Trinkets & Treasures

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    This is a great example of leveraging Web-oriented technologies to improve connections with visitors. IE8 Web Slices represent one way to add sticky content for users even when they’re not viewing the website directly. And based on our observations, these out-of-browser content channels can significantly improve user retention and return visits to the websites.

    In addition, IE8 Web Slices are actually pretty simple to create; all based on existing technologies, such as RSS, HTML, XML, etc. Real briefly -

    Implementation:

    • Enabled by adding HTML annotations
    • Use a combination of hAtom Microformat and WebSlice format
    • Refresh interval configurable via “ttl” (Time-to-Live) property
    • Supports page-level and individual feed integration
    • Supports HTTP authentication and persistent cookies

    Sample HTML Annotations:

    <div class="hslice" id="1">
      <p class="entry-title">Item - $66.00</p>
      <div class="entry-content">high bidder: buyer1
      …
      </div>
    </div>

    To find out more, visit:

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    Architect Cafe | December 2009 Series | Online Webcasts

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    December 22, 2009 at 11:00am – 12:30pm PST
    Securing REST-Based Services with Access Control Service
    Michele Leroux Bustamante
    The Access Control Service (ACS), part of Windows Azure platform AppFabric, makes it easy to secure REST-based services using a simple set of standard protocols. In addition to enabling secure calls to REST-based services from any client, the ACS uniquely makes it possible to secure calls from client-side script, and enables federation scenarios with REST-based services. This webcast will provide a tour of ACS features and demonstrate scenarios where the ACS can be employed to secure REST-based WCF services and other web resources. You’ll learn how to configure ACS, learn how to request a token from the ACS, and learn how applications and services can authorize access based on the ACS token.

    Link to Registerhttp://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032435379&Culture=en-US

    For session recordings and content from the December 2009 series, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/cafe-2009-12.aspx.

    For information on other events part of the Architect Cafe series, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/architect-cafe.aspx.

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