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SOA thoughts
There's been a lot of discussion on SOA lately. Two topics in particular have been turning around in my mind, web services and what to return. I go for a bike ride on most mornings and this moring some thoughts on this started to come together some time around mile 5. The two subjects are actually relatated and this is the part that I wasn't seeing at first. First, in order to called SOA, some would have you believe that the only way to implement this is by using web services. I think this is a very ......

Posted On Friday, June 18, 2004 12:59 PM

New Toys
For those of you that went to TechEd, you may have noticed the nice prize pack that AT&T was giving away. It consisted of a Motorola MPx200 Smart Phone, Sony Ericsson EDGE PC card and a new Audiovox 4100 Pocket PC Phone Edition. Well I happend to be one of the lucky winners and my new toys were delivered yesterday. I am currently a Cingular customer, so the MPx200 doesn't work, but the Audiovox did. I'm going to test drive it for a while and see I like it. I guess I can put the trusty Axim X5 ......

Posted On Friday, June 18, 2004 12:10 PM

Tactical vs Strategic Unit Testing
Steven Cohn has a post Risk Based Unit Testing in which he describes the difference between tactical vs strategic unit testing. Tactical would be along the lines of TDD in which almost every individual method and property has a test written for it. Strategic would be testing the logical business case. This level of testing would actually test several method and property calls. The point being the test isn't as concerned with each individual method call, but the end result of making several method ......

Posted On Sunday, June 6, 2004 12:52 PM

More from Roy on XP
Roy has made a “retort” to a “retort” that I posted a while back. Here is the comment that I left for Roy at his blog: On the fact that C3, even though cancelled should be considered a success. The cancellation was due to the fact that they couldn't deliver the goods. If Beck and company want to call that a success, then more power to them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, well you know the rest. On the definition of tools. Operating systems, programming languages, ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2004 11:01 AM

More on SOA...
Stephan Cohen asks is SOA really an architecture? If you think about it, it really is a good question. In his post he cites a couple of good articles on the subject that seem to support the theory that nobody “really” knows what SOA is. Based on that then the question “Is it really an architecture?” is a valid question. The one line of the entire post that rings true is this: Considering one can maintain the basic constructs of SO in an embedded, layered, or distributed system ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2004 1:18 AM

What is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
This was discussed at great length at TechEd this year. The one thing that I came away with is that nobody can agree on what the definition should be. Don't get me wrong, I actually think that this is a good thing. SOA should not be a defined, standards based “thing”. Once it reaches that point it will become less useful and more restrictive. In an earlier post I outlined an architecture that we are using. Some would look at this as being a SOA based architecture, a viewpoint that I tend ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 8:41 AM

TabletPC at TechEd

One thing that I noticed at TechEd this year was the use of TabletPCs by Microsoft employees. In just about every session I went into and all over the Cabana area TabletPCs were out and about. I saw a lot of the Toshiba convertables, but there were also several Fujitsu and Motion slates. I find that taking notes with pen just works better for me. It's hard to draw the ad-hoc class and data diagrams otherwise.

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 8:14 AM

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