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If you're building web apps, this will just take 2 minutes

... to fill out this survey about what guidance you think is most needed when it comes to building web apps. This includes front end design and development (html, css, javascript/jquery, canvas, svg)...

Symposium give-aways

As someone who has spoken at quite a few events over the past 10 years, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what goes into running a conference. With less than 2 weeks before the start of t...

Symposium Agenda RC1

Of course when it comes to conference agendas, they're really released incrementally as the sessions happen, but we think the agenda in place now is pretty darn close. Click the image to get a better...

Symposium Progress Report

We've been making some great progress on the Symposium ... so I guess you could call this a progress report. I wrote most of this up as a response to an email asking if this event was focused on ISVs ...

Symposium planning and registration are in full swing

We have enjoyed the patterns & practices Summit for many years now. And each year it seems like we try something new. This year we’re combining some new ideas with a name change. And I&rsquo...

My App Arch deck from the China Summit

This is a deck I created for the China p&p Summit. I'm posting this because I spent some extra time creating each of the 5 application type diagrams (from the Application Architecture Guide) in Po...

Data Access Guidance

A few of us in patterns & practices, with some help from our partners on the Data Platform team have been working on some guidance to help .NET customers build data access layers (DALs). Weve bee...

What's the deal between Devs and DBAs?

As part of this Data Access Guidance project I'm workin on (which I'll blog more about soon), we're having a discussion with our advisors about the contention between the influence a Developer has on ...

EntLib is listening ... be heard now to influence the next rev

Grigori, the PM for Enterprise Library, just posted version 5's tentative backlog stories and is giving you the chance to influence the priority of the stories. So don't waste anymore time here, ...

On the subject of Software Factories ...

Overview As many of you know, the patterns & practices team has been involved in Software Factories for a number of years now. As a team who is responsible for a number of Factories and the techn...

A Data Access Discussion at the Summit

I spoke this morning at the patterns & practices Summit about data access. As I described this morning, I've mostly been working in the area of Web Services for the past number of years and d...

On coupling and dependencies

For my whole software development career Ive been focused on the enterprise app dev space. (I did try to join the Zune team at one point, but thats the topic of another post ;) While some people baulk...

Pair doc writing

That's write folks! (haha) Just minutes ago I heard through the wall what I've come to recognize as "productivity in action" and I thought it might be valuable to capture and share with yo...

WCF Security Guidance

If you're looking for pragmatic guidace for securing your WCF services, look no further. The WCF Security project has been posting how-to documents and videos on its community site. Now is the perfec...

Using MessageContracts and DataContracts

Users of the Service Factory often ask about the rationale behind the required use of MessageContracts even though the use of MessageContracts aren't mandated by WCF. I've answered this question in ot...

Influence MSF guidance

My colleague, Andrew Delin, is making the process of developing software real for development teams. However, he doesn't want to do it in a vacuum. If you think you know anything about development pro...

Service Factory Customization Workshop

Microsoft Main Campus (Building 20)July 30th Aug 1st 2007Redmond, WA Description Many software factories being built today use a number of different technologies, which include the Guidance Automatio...

A time for reflection and assessment

Wow, it's hard to believe it has been almost a year since the patterns & practices team released our first software factories. Remember when the early customer previews were called ...

First Service Factory v3 Community Drop

Okay, we're off and running now. Earlier today I posted the first of many community drops for Service Factory v3 - don't let "build 19" fool you - this is the first one. It took us longer than expec...

Now Available: Aaron's new Service Factory article on MSDN

Steven just told me that Aaron Skonnard's latest Service Factory article about the December release was just published through his Service Station column in the MSDN Magazine. Talk...

... come and get yer Service Factory!

That's right ladies and gentlemen, the December release of the Web Service Software Factory and a VB.NET version is now available for your consumption, modification, and production pleasures :) ...

Installing Software Factories on Vista

I noticed Tom blogged about this a couple of days ago, and of course he is correct, but I just wanted to mention the approach I've been taking since it has been working so well for me. The specific po...

Handcrafting WCF-friendly WSDLs

It's 10:15 pm and I'm still in the office, but I really think I should get this entry posted before I head home - or it won't ever get posted. I was supposed to be working on my demo for my Service Fa...

Written Guidance. Necessary?

In my last post I mentioned that we are having a lot of hallway discussions lately. Another topic that is getting a lot of airtime lately is written guidance. As you know, the patterns & practice...

It's all about community!

There have been a lot of hallway conversations on the p&p team lately and the state of our community infrastructure is one of the popular subjects. Customer feedback influences our guidance more t...

WCF Guidance Packages now available for consumption

If you've been following the Service Factory project, you'll know that we had to put the WCF guidance on hold for a little while as we were getting the ASMX Service Factory released. Well ever since i...

Partial Classes & the Service Factory

I just posted the Service Factory Hands-on Labs to the community workspace and I learned something while I was putting them together. So, I'm going to do 2 things in this post. First, I'm going to do ...

Service Factory now available for download!

Before I get ahead of myself, which comes pretty easy for me J, heres the link to learn more about and download the Service Factory.   Wow, Ive been waiting 8 months to write this blog entry. Af...

Just Published: Service Factory Webcast

Ron Jacobs did a load of ARCasts at Tech-Ed in Boston this year. One of them was with Shy Cohen and I about the Service Factory. Well, I just got an email from Ron that he's gotten around to publishin...

How Teams Build Services

With all this talk of software factories, it's important that we understand the different ways teams will use them to build services. I talk to a lot of customers and, of course, there are severa...

New drop of the Web Service Software Factory available!

I could go on and on about how this new drop includes a guidance package to help you build business entities from your data model, CRUD sprocs from those same data entities and data repository cl...

Live Service Factory Webcast announcement

I'm going to do a webcast on the Web Service Software Factory in the morning (11am EST). The link below will work if you want to tune in and ask questions live and it should also work about 24 ho...

Service Factory: Editing (part 1)

For this installment, I'm illustrating 2 examples of what I call "level 1 changes" to a guidance package. These are the easiest kinds of changes that don't even require any code changes. I'm also us...

Get Connected!

Want to hear some excellent speakers talk about the architecture of connected systems ... for FREE!? Yeah, that's what I thought. So, what are you waiting for? Get over the Kirk's blog for more i...

Well spent morale money

The patterns & practices team have been selected for a pilot program that will completely renovate our workspace. The new workspace will be highly collaborative and should be done in a couple of m...

Issuing SAML tokens from an STS using WSE 3.0

I thought for sure I blogged about this ... man, that means this is like 13 days late ... geez. Well, lucky for you we're not going to pull it off the Web anytime soon. Hopefully you heard about ...

Web Service Security Webcasts/ARCasts

On Wednesday, Dwayne Taylor, Mark Fussell, Ron Jacobs, and I recorded a live MSDN Webcasts titled Securing Web Services with X.509 Certificates in WSE 3.0. This webcast is based on the Web Se...

How confident are you

If you are building connected systems, how confident are you that Microsoft is doing the right thing for you Are you confident that we're in the process of publishing the right tools and guidance that...

Prizes for best bugs

Jason is offering prizes for the best bugs found in our October CTP release of the Web Service Security Patterns. Here are the details. Help us find bugs in our October CTP! Compare your security ...

Web Service Security Patterns: October CTP Released

I'm a couple days late with this entry, but I'd be remiss for not mentioning it at all. This release is a substantial improvement over the past releases. We added even more patterns and updated the ...

What-We-Are-Up-To Webcast

I'm sitting here with Ron Jacobs, Eugenio Pace, and Tom Hollander in the MS Studios as we're getting setup to do this live webcast about what each of us is up to here in patterns & practices. Y...

Web Services Architecture Domain Model

I'm not in a position to provide any details just yet, but a couple of us on the patterns & practices team have teamed up with heavy hitters like Jason Hogg, Beat Schwegler, Christian Weyer, ...

Principles of Web Service Design

John Evdemon just published 2 articles on the principles of web service design. The first one is titled Principles of Service Design: Service Patterns and Anti-Patterns and in my opinion shou...

Web Service Security Patterns: August CTP just dropped

Just a quick note to let you know that we just posted the August CTP release of the security patterns content to the community at http://practices.gotdotnet.com/projects/sopatterns. The biggest...

Interested in secure, interoperable web services

Well, then you may want to tune into a webcast we're recording live on Thursday the 25th. You can find out more about the webcast here. Okay, to get you up to speed quickly, we have this WS-I ...

You're out of excuses

Admittedly this guide is probably late for some of you ... but others of you still have VB6 apps out there that you need to evolve, manage, and support ... wouldn't it be easier if they were .N...

Okay, I think I'm straight

I was dorkin' around with my workblog the other day and it dawned on me that I never posted about how I recently switched jobs ... everyone blogs about this ... cool, so let me tell you what I'm ...

What you can expect to find here

You may not know this, but the patterns & practices team is pretty amped about making stuff that architects and Web service developers actually need (or at least make them happ...

Microsoft Web Services and Other Distributed Technologies Developer Center

I'll just lay the canned spiel on ya: MSDN is pleased to announce the launch of the new Microsoft Web Services and Other Distributed Technologies Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/w...

Web Services Security Patterns ... finally

The patterns & practices team has been working on a set of Web service security patterns for a few months now. Until today, the content was only available to those who were invited to join the ...

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