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The message from TechEd
Without question the message from TechEd this year was services. How to migrate services, how to make services, how to use data in services etc etc etc. However, a comment was made in the BOF session I hosted that has me thinking. The question came up that since his organization is trying to move to service based architecture, he has found that the design of the application is changing. Instead of having a nice pluimp object model, he said he now is just pumping messages around. His problem was that ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 4:09 AM

Pragmatic Architecture BOF
I hosted the Pragmatic Architecture BOF session last night and it turned out to be a really great session. There was some great discussion about when and if SOA is the correct answer, how to deal with upper management on determining the right way to implement and architecture and how does an architect stay current on the technologies. It was satisfying for me to know that others are struggling wioth the same questions that we are regarding the "right thing" to do.

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 1:44 PM

SOA and OASIS
I read in SD Times today that OASIS is going to define SOA for us. From the article: Just what is and what is not part of a service-oriented architecture is the subject of the latest work the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is pursuing Another quote: Writing a specialization of SOA for electronic business was going to get difficult because a generalized definition of SOA didn’t exist They are comparing this process to describing the parts of a car. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 3:21 AM

BOF Session Accepted
My TechEd BOF session Pragmatic Architecture has been accepted. It's currently scheduled for Wed, June 8th at 7:45. I am really looking forward to this. Application, system and enterprise architecture are taken for granted way to often. It's not about SOA, agile, TDD etc etc etc, it's all about doing the “Right Thing”. Hope to see many of you there to take part in the discussion.

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:06 PM

Pragmatic Architecture
Over the past couple of years I have been noticing a trend that concerns me somewhat. Developers and architects have been designing application architectures based on buzz-words instead of based on the requirements of the user or the system. SOA is a prime example of this. I look around our enterprise and I see hundreds of systems. Some would say that I need to hook some of these systems together (many do talk to each other) using a service based architecture. Now if I look really REALLY close at ......

Posted On Friday, March 4, 2005 8:04 PM

Moving to v2.0
I have seen a couple of posts recently about moving code bases to v2.0 of the .NET framework when it becomes available. One that caught my eye was by Sahil. Two things struck me about the post. First the title, “.NET 1.1 Folks Please Take Note”. Aren't we all 1.1 folks at the moment. Last I looked there wasn't a go live license available yet. But more to the point is the comment about making sure your current code will work with 2.0. In the exchange of comments he made the statement to ......

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2005 6:46 PM

Rocky does it again
Haven't been posting much lately due to deadlines by publishers, project managers and being the coach of my son's hockey team, but Rocky Lhotka has once again hit the nail on the head. Maybe because I'm one of the object-oriented guys he talks about. I absolutely hate datasets floating around in an application. Bottom line is that the traction that SOA has at the moment will pass when everyone realizes that most business software developed today doesn't really gain anything from it ......

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:32 PM

Migrating Architectures
James Greenwood has a post that raises an interesting question. His premise is that having a good architecture can actually be bad since it makes it difficult to justify migrating to new architecture. Now there is a bit more to his post then that, but this is an interesting point. When I do the architect role, the goal is to develop something that will pass the test of time. So, do I architect in the capabilities to migrate to the next sexy architecture of the day? Of course not. How can I if I don't ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 12:40 AM

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

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

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