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    Arrived at TechEd

    I finally made it to TechEd 2004 shortly after 3pm this afternoon. Although it feels like I've walked tens of miles today (the San Diego conference center is huge), there is definitely a great buzz here. Firstly, I spent some time at the Architecture...
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    TechEd 2004 - Booth #21

    Interested in Java and/or interoperability? Attending TechEd this year? If so, head across to Booth #21 in the pavillion. Meet Brian Keller, Kevin Wittkopf, and Ted Neward. More about the booth in this post from Brian.
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    TechEd 2004 - Day 1

    I don't arrive in San Diego until Wednesday, but I guess there's nothing to stop me blogging between now and then<g>. If you haven't heard, TechEd 2004 officially kicked off today in San Diego. One highlight from Steve Ballmer's keynote was the...
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    Emergence and SOA

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    I've just finished reading this book: Emergence: The connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software by Steven Johnson. This is an interested read into the concepts of Emergence and how systems evolve without dictorial control or direction. I wish...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. What's wrong with this?

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    So, what was wrong with the approach in the last post? Firstly, we started by creating the method first. Although this seems natural to most developers, by doing this we are explicitly defining the datatypes in the method before thinking about how...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. What's wrong with this?

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    This week's tip is in two parts. First comes the question: Scenario: You are creating your first Web service. You have been told to create a service that accepts a price (which for this example can be a float) and return a boolean. You are working...
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    Annoying Web Observation of the Week. Click to Enlarge.

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    Ok, this happens far too frequently for me: I'm shopping for stuff on the Web. I click on a product. The product has a picture. Underneath the picture is text that says 'Click to Enlarge'. I click on the text. A new window opens. It shows exactly the...
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    Web Services, Web services or web services?

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    I'm using the word 'Web Services' in the middle of a sentence... I've found the capitalization seems to vary by person, industry, topic and/or vendor. Which is the correct sentence? Business has benefited from our Web Services strategy. B usiness...
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    WS Interoperability Tip of the Week. Null dates.

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    One Web services interoperability issue that I have been investigating recently has to do with using null DateTime values between .NET and Java. Here's the problem: System.DateTime in the CLR is considered a value type, where as the equivalent in Java...
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    Race against the Microsoft Architects!

    Want to be in on some pre-Tech Ed fun this year? If so, wanna come and race the Microsoft architects? (Ok, so it's remote control racing, but that can be just as fun<g>). Join fellow community architects at 6pm on the 23rd May, enjoy remote control...
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    Going to TechEd? Meet me for breakfast!

    Are you going to Tech-Ed 2004 in San Diego? If you are, and want to talk 'Web Services Interoperability' over breakfast on Thursday 27th, make sure you sign up for DEVC35. Come chat about successes (or failures!) of making Web Services Interoperability...
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    What is the Microsoft Architecture Center?

    Never heard of the Microsoft Architecture Center ? Consider it your one-stop resource for articles and news around application, enterprise and systems architecture. A great way to start is by checking out the Architecture Center Update, released every...
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    WS-What?

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    Ever wondered what WS-ActiveProfile and WS-SecureConversation are? Here is a nice wiki-based glossary of WS-* specifications, with their appropriate description: http://nagoya.apache.org/wiki/apachewiki.cgi?WebServicesSpecifications
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    Ryan checks out my book...

    Ryan Storgaard checks out my book in his blog ...
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    XBox in Japan

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    Just in case you didn't think the XBox was gaining popularity in Japan... Here's a line of people waiting to play on the streets of Akihabara.
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    MSDN Architecture Center now available as RSS Feed

    Keep up with the latest architectural guidance and content from Microsoft by subscribing to the MSDN Architecture Center RSS Feed: http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/rss.xml
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    Portable Devices: Dedicated or Multi-purpose?

    I’ve been reading a few articles over the past few weeks about dedicated vs. multi-purpose portable devices, and the pitfalls and merits of each. For example, I’ve read comments that the iPod is a better device for playing music than the PocketPC...
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    Demo Gods

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    When faced with delivering presentations, I believe we are all subject to a supernatural experience unlike any other. Although it doesn’t dramatically alter PowerPoint slides, this force has the ability to affect any demo that you give in your presentation;...
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    DevelopMentor’s Achieving Platform Interoperability: .NET and Java

    If you haven't seen this already (and you are interested in learning more about .NET and Java/J2EE Interop), DevelopMentor are running the first in their series of courses to teach best practices for interoperability between .NET and Java. The majority...
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    TechEd 2004 (San Diego, May 23rd - 28th)

    TechEd 2004 is in San Diego (May 23rd - 28th) and the agenda has recently been posted to the site . I'll be presenting on Thursday 27th in WIN325 Microsoft and Interoperability . This is a new session where I'll be exploring all of the interoperability...
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    World 66 - Where have you been?

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    Saw this on Graham's blog: World 66 is a neat site that allows you to map where you have been, lived, or where you'd like to go - I've always wanted to create a map with pushpins to show this, but never got around to doing it. Here's the places I've...
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    Pat is blogging

    If you haven't heard from Harry's blog , Pat Helland (a colleague in my team) is now blogging ! Way to go Pat! (..and way to go Harry for finally convincing Pat to start!). Sorry to hear about that coach seat from Sydney...
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    Long time, no blog...

    Yes, I admit it: It's been a long time since I blogged. Part of the reason for this has been the creation of a new interoperability set of materials that I've been working 24/7 on - the other part of the reason has to do with travel. What I have been...
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    Changing the font size in VS.NET

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    One of the repetitive tasks I always find myself doing for presentations and demos is adjusting the font size in VS.NET. I'll open the IDE, someone at the back of the room will announce that they can't read the font and then I'll spend a valuable 10 minutes...
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    Microsoft .NET and J2EE Interoperability Toolkit review by SYS-CON

    Here's a nice review of my book by Derek Ferguson from SYS-CON . Derek actually used the book for a project where he wanted to use WS-Security to provide authentication between a .NET and Java web service. I believe you can also download an excerpt...
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