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A Developers Guide to Servers. What you need to know but were afraid to ask.
Servers are the backbone of enterprise computing today, most websites for example run on either Apache or IIS and will be running on a server of some description. Perhaps because of servers ubiquity it is easy to become complacent about them especially as they are rarely seen but understanding what a server can offer you and it's limitations will definitely help with software development. Servers on the whole are built more of the practicality side than for the esthetics, there is no need to make ......

Posted On Saturday, January 24, 2009 12:24 PM

What is Live Mesh?
Live Mesh seems like a simple thing, perhaps that is the point? But what 'Mesh offers me is of great personal value in that it gives me is a little part of my day back and one less complication in my life. So what is so great about it? Well I can work on documents, blog posts, spreadsheets, any file, from work or working from home, seamlessly without having to transport them via USB key or emailing them to a home or work account and run the gauntlet of quotas and cumbersome filters. Live Mesh is ......

Posted On Thursday, August 21, 2008 3:26 PM

Why Developers & Testers will LOVE Vmware's Lab Manager
Vmware currently is going through the wars. A change of CEO, a plunging share-price and a competitor getting alot of attention with their new product, that being Microsoft with Hyper-V. However, I just don't get it!? ESX Enterprise is still out in front in terms of features and pricing is very competitive. Any organisation performing their own unbiased product comparison evaluations is going to be hard pushed to discount Vmware's flagship product. The killer feature for many is ofcourse Vmotion that ......

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2008 9:02 PM

Microsoft *may* lift the VM Licensing Restriction on the 19th August.
The word on the mean streets of Rumoursville town is that Microsoft is going to lift the licensing restriction where currently software is licensed to a physical device. Why? With technologies such as VMotion and XenMotion, a VM is moved around a farm automatically to where it can make the best use of available resources such as CPU and memory. With Microsoft products you are required to license all the physical machines that the software is likely to run on, this isn't just Windows but SQL Server, ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 6:57 PM

Which Enterprise Architecture Methodology do you use?
There is a bewildering array of Enterprise Architecture methodologies so it will be of great interest to me to find out which one people are actually using, if at all. So to find out, I have put together a pick poll so please take the two minutes and leave your choice. You get a chance to select up to 3 options because I suspect that people are using a combination of more than once approach, rather than following one prescriptively. This is purely for interest purposes, I'm not going to use this ......

Posted On Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:24 AM

SQL Server 2008 RTM is available now on MSDN
Need I say more? And to save time here is the link to MSDN Subscriptions Pages ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 8:50 PM

Internet Explorer or Firefox?
The question being asked today is do you prefer Internet Explorer or Firefox? to mark the launch of Firefox v3. Well I have both installed on this machine, both patched and uptodate but shockingly I'm not in-love with either program. I don't find browsers sexy. OK, so I liked tab's that for me is the single biggest innovation in the last few years but I was using those in IE before Firefox went mainstream. What about security, what about compatibility and adherence to standards? Security is important ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:21 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Data has a life and a death but should it?
I have this belief that understanding how to manage time is an essential task of Enterprise Architecture but oddly this is a principle that isn't spoken about much, if at all. Oddly some Enterprise Architecture software tools only seem to provide time management tools for software support life cycles. Hence a previous post that went in some way to start the debate with a mindmap to capture and categorise the elements that Enterprise Architecture would be interested in. After reviewing this mindmap ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 12:53 AM

Lite EA is renamed Coherent EA
John Wu is a good guy. Out of respect for Fenix Theuerkorn and his work on Lightweight Enterprise Architecture, John has decided to rename his EA Methodology from LiteEA To Coherent EA. Coherent EA is a actually a better, more descriptive name for John’s work IMHO and as a regular contributor to the ITToolbox conversations his methodology has the benefit of faster development from genuine experience than most of the others I could mention. I certainly have benefited from Coherent EA in the past and ......

Posted On Monday, July 21, 2008 9:57 PM

Farnborough Airshow 2008
Today I managed to sneak into the Farnborough Airshow under a trade pass to sample the delights of this bi-annual event without the public crowds of the great unwashed in my continuing search for innovation. After all, the defences, aviation and IT industries are joined at their respective hips as innovations in one are keenly felt in the others. Take for example the Eurofighter Typhoon Cockpit, it is pretty uncomplicated and has far fewer switches and buttons than most jet fighters. Pretty amazing ......

Posted On Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:11 PM

The Open Groups SOA Ontology
The Open Group has recently released a draft version of a SOA ontology. The Open Group has always had a mandate to help boundaryless information flow and the ontology (specification of conceptualisation) for SOA is a demonstration of just that. The ontology is written in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) defined by the World-Wide Web Consortium and this for me is what makes it a hurdle to learn as it's not an intuitive meta-language but then is any? Perhaps if it wasn't for the graphical tools we would ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:51 PM

Why Developers and Testers will LOVE VMLogix LabManager MORE !
VMLogix LabManager is in same space as VMware Lab Manager what I reviewed recently. However, its key differentiators is around automation – enabling developers, testers and IT Pro staff to entirely automate the process of setting up synchronized multi-machine deployment (including the software stacks in the virtual machines) no matter what virtualisation technology. Yes, VMLogix LabManager is virtualisation platform agnostic! So if you decided on VMware, Hyper-V or Citrix you will still be able to ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:12 PM

Western Spaghetti

... is the latest short film from PES who are the makers of the excellent film Game Over! which I very much enjoyed and I hope you will to.

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:06 PM

A successful approach to SOA: Change one thing
Many of us did it, made one New Year Resolutions to many at the Millennium and didn’t managed to succeed in any of them. I tried to give up smoking, losing a bit of weight, drinking less beer, save up to buy a house and learning to drive. A lot of change there, to much infact, so unsurprisingly I failed. A common story. 8 years later, all those things on the list are (more or less) achieved and how I did that was by concentrating on fixing one thing at a time. Again unsurprisingly, psychologists ......

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2008 3:31 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Microsoft Architecture Journal Reader
Microsoft have release a really cool tool for downloading and reading the Architecture Journal magazine offline. The new reader is a locally installed application that enables you to read every issue of the Journal into a searchable and easy-to-read form. The application synchronizes with our content management services so that you'll automatically have access to the latest Journal issues without needing to download PDF files or checking online. Please note the tool is still in Beta so there is bound ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:56 PM

Avoid SOA becoming a ‘SO What?’
Analysts, vendors and end users alike appear united in their enthusiasm for SOA. Recently the Butler Group tells us that only 3% of organisations have rejected SOA. In a recent survey by systems integrator Griffiths Waite found that 2008 is a critical year for SOA implementation, with 15% of organisations already running SOA but a much larger 38% progressing towards it. Of the 47% still “contemplating” it, Giffiths Waite says “evidence suggests these will [start to] move into strategising and planning”. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:30 PM

Swearing at Work is Good for Business!
It comes as no surprise to me but swearing at work is good according to a study by researcher at the University of East Anglia, UK (UAE) "The study found regular use of profanity to express and reinforce solidarity among staff, enabling them to express their feelings, such as frustration, and develop social relationships. The results of the study, Swearing at work and permissive leadership culture: when anti-social becomes social and incivility is acceptable, are published in the current issue of ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:51 PM

Front Page of Channel 9
Ian, Barry, my wife and I are featured in a C9 video thats currently on the front page of Channel 9. C9's Charles is behind the camera. The video was recorded in August during Charles visit to the UK. The video has a simple bit of London sight-seeing at the start, then a good old drunken tech debate where we all put the C9 world to rights. It is funny and embarrassing, we cover topics such as C9's Eagle, WGA, bondage and squeeky voices! It's all good fun, I really hope you enjoy it. The permie link ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 7:22 PM

Loosen the grip of SOA Principles at your Peril
Recently, I was involved in a SOA review for an organisation (obviously, I do not wish to name names) It was pretty clear that they hadn’t actually adhered to many of the key SOA Design Principles that are, Standardized Service Contracts Service Loose Coupling Service Abstraction Service Reusability Service Autonomy Service Statelessness Service Discoverability Service Composability Service-Orientation and Interoperability Much of the SOA was built using a single vendors technologies many corners ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:21 PM

Get Answers from Your Peers
I have been subscribing to TechTarget emails for sometime because of the low signal to noise ratio covering a broad technology spectrum that is important to me as I'm keen to hear from more than just a few vendors so it comes as no surprise that IT Knowledge Exchange (ITKE) was recently voted one of the 10 Great Media Web Sites. ITKE is on of those dead-handy site that I keep in the 'Favourites' when I want to find an answer. It's not so good for Microsoft .Net Development questions, better off going ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 10:23 PM

New Alpha version of MSDN Enchanced Search is now available
... from here. It's actually kind of cool as it allows the user to search the MSDN Blogs and forums and also the CodeZone as well as articles on MSDN. The really cool part is that you can subscribe to you query as an RSS feed! Being an Alpha it does have a few bugs, so feedback please. The feedback link is on the bottom of the right hand frame or here. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 8:23 AM

The World's first Blog Worm!

Last funny for today!


Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:25 PM

The first problem with Enterprise Architecture is the name!
Job titles are often effortless in their descriptiveness. Project Manager, Business Analyst, System Tester and .Net Developer are good examples because the subject is concise and the predicate modifies successfully, all meaning some semblance of what a person does can be derived from it. However with 'Enterprise Architecture' and 'Enterprise Architect' it’s not entirely obvious what the position is and what someone holding that position does, inevitably leading to the need for further description ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:32 PM

IBM Lotus Symphony's pricing is going to make companies switch from Microsoft Office
IBM are offering $25,000 for 20,000 users to have unlimited remote support for a year, the product itself is free just like OpenOffice which Symphony grew from, that's $1.25 per user. According to Directions, Microsoft Office costs, licence and support, $151per user for 20,000 users, however Microsoft will discount depending on what else is purchased. I don't have to do the sums for you, the difference between the pricing could pay for a migration project which could be tempting for companies looking ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 9:16 PM

Who needs a Wii !?

I just had to post this video as I was so impressed! My Wii is looking old and crude.

Posted On Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:50 PM

Am I an Armchair Architect?
According to James McGovern, I probably am! Why? Because I don’t code … very often. I don’t sit in an Ivory tower either making up my dictions via, Visio & Powerpoint. I think the key to being a good Architect is taking responsibility for designing a technical solution for business requirement with those who are going to built it, implement it, look after it and use it. Making good technical decisions often means getting your hands dirty and trying afew things out, if that is writing code or ......

Posted On Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:32 PM

Can Developers Work Inside Virtual Environments?
As I've been helping out with VMware I wanted to consider the old question of whether developers really could work inside virtual environments? As we know virtual environments can help maximise under utilised resources, CPU, RAM, diskspace and save on space, power, HVAC and TCO with centralised support and maintenance. Another main advantage of virtualised environments that is particularly attract to many developers is the ability to remote work which is a requirement that has become far more common ......

Posted On Monday, June 23, 2008 7:35 PM

'So what is Enterprise Architecture?' ... why can't we agree on a definition and the risk if we can't.
Ask almost any Enterprise Architect and more seriously anyone who has to work with Enterprise Architects, what Enterprise Architecture is? and I guarantee you will get a great number of differing responses. Yes, obviously you will get a number that that only describe their individual relationship and won't fully encompass the role but then again will they know the rest of what an Enterprise Architect can do? ... and if they don't know and they are a manager could they make a mistake and create another ......

Posted On Friday, June 6, 2008 4:06 PM

We Are Recruiting !
Roles in Perth, Scotland Business Analyst Support Analyst/Programmers for Home Services systems Roles in Basingstoke, England Analyst/Programmers for Energy Sales systems with C#.Net or PL/SQL skills Roles in Havant, England Project Managers Business Analysts Senior Analyst/Programmers with ORACLE skills Analyst/Programmers with ORACLE skills Analyst/Programmers with ORACLE E Business Suite skills Lead Systems Designers IT Security Engineers Database Administrators (DBAs) ORACLE or SQL Server skills ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 2:21 PM

What's on Sky?
A few weeks ago 'Fluffy' was just an egg sitting in a make-shift nest behind my satellite TV dish. I checked this morning to find the egg had hatched and Fluffy the chick happily squeaking for his/her breakfast. OK, you can go Ahhhh now ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:15 PM

Young at heart
Look guys, I would rather be 4, then 35 or 40! (link) Sarah and Barry apparently went though a lot of both to arrange special surprises for me. (link) Gosh I'm such an ungrateful git! Tomorrow is the C9 Geek and Greet, (Still places if you're interested) I wonder what 'tom foolery' I can expect from the resident practical jokers in the usual Geek suspects ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 7:32 PM

ClustrMaps sidebar tool
Thanks to Mr C for point me towards this one. What is a ClustrMaps ? Well you can see one on my sidebar! Basically it displays the rough location of where visitors from my site have come from. Coool huh! The service is free to users under 1000 daily visits. ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 12:35 PM

Enterprise Architecture is a Joke
Jeff Schneider over at Momentumsi has stirred up some EA’s with his post Why Enterprise Architecture is a Joke in particular John McGovern with this post which Jeff Schneider replied to with this. In Jeff's post, point 3 hit home the most ... "3. Silo Organizations promote Silo Funding. Many EA's never had a chance. They live in organizations that fund everything according to business silo's. Then, the EA is expected to bridge the silos with nickle and dime funding. Their inability to perform Herculean ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:19 PM

Glossary of Terms for Architects
Graham Berrisford has set aside part of his website with a project to create a Glossary of Terms for Enterprise and Solution Architects. I think this is a simple and fantastic idea as discovering what words and acronyms mean is actually a pain in the neck. Yes, Wikipedia is great but sometimes a simple sentence rather than a full page of explanation is all that is required. Also, acronyms like 'MDA' have several meanings depending on context so it is handy to have a resource that is from the Architects ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 10:51 PM

One more reason problem that causes the 'Service Unavailable' error from IIS.
To add to my frustrating time this week with my 1418 error when setting up Database Mirroring under SQL Server 2005. I was dogged by a continuous 'Service Unavailable' message when trying to load a ASP.NET page under IIS running under Windows 2003 R2. Typically 'Service Unavailable' is a nice catch all message that doesn't give anything away, and so it shouldn't as hackers learn about websites by generating exceptions. Diagnosing the real reason for the error is a case of reading the IIS error logs ......

Posted On Sunday, May 18, 2008 3:09 PM

SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring Setup 1418 Error
Finally after spending hours building 3 servers (to do the job of the primary, mirror and witness) and installing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise with SP2 all sitting in the same domain. I was ready to try out Database Mirroring which arguably is one of the main reason people can justify the cost of purchasing the Enterprise edition. It should be easy, fill in the wizard and bob's your uncle, your trusty database is ready for instant uninterrupted failover goodness. In my case it all fell over with the ......

Posted On Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:10 AM

Enterprise Architecture: TOGAF Certification
Recently I attended a TOGAF certification course up in merry old London town run by Architecting the Enterprise (AtE). My certification should show up in the list of other 5000 odd architects that have passed in the next few weeks. So what is TOGAF in a nutshell? Well it's a very generic architecture framework that helps build, in a non-prescriptive way, how to develop parts of an Enterprise Architecture capability. Notice the caveats, 'very generic', 'non-prescriptive', 'develop parts'. What am ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 11:38 AM

Snow over Normandy
6th April, Easter, clocks going forward and first day of spring have all past. However, now we get our first real amount of settled snow, Fantastic! Here are some of the pictures I took this morning from our bedroom window. There is something about snow that can make anything look beautiful. Anyway, the wife and I are off to ruin the pristine scene with a few snow-balls ......

Posted On Sunday, April 6, 2008 9:28 AM

Who Will Write Tomorrows Code?
The BBC's Bill Thompson in his recent blog post about the state of IT development in the UK has hit the nail on the head "Universities have seen applications for computer science degrees fall off, schools do not encourage students to do computing at GCSE and A Level and primary school children are trained as users not as programmers." Recent reports from the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) indicate that skilled migration workers, specifically ......

Posted On Thursday, April 3, 2008 8:54 AM

Connecting Women & Men
Recently my wife was at an the Connecting Women in Technology event which is born from an idea by my friend, Eileen Brown that she talks about in the this post and here. Connecting Women is about colleagues supporting each other in an industry where Women are a minority. Being anatomically different doesn't mean men can't be involved or equally supportive as events like this are ultimately about achieving balance. The main problems are ... Attract more women into the industry Combat prejudice, bullying, ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 11:15 AM

Managing your Mind. Mindmaps, a handy tool for the Enterprise Architect.
OK, so techniques for managing our time are common place such as calendars and to-do lists. But what about managing your thinking? Being an Architect is a practice, not a process, so arguable the most important tool we have is our brain as it is our central repository for knowledge and logic but it's not like a computer. Often useful information comes flowing out it, almost randomly in no particular order that's if your lucky. Sometime the brains requires some exploration and provocation to tease ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 2:46 PM

Hot Air Balloon
My good friend Richard posted and emailed me this lovely joke, it's an instant classic ... A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, 'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am.' The woman below replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north. Latitude and between 59 and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 1:28 PM

So what was Scoble crying about?
Scoble afew weeks back went a bit misty eyed after spending a day with Curtis Wong and Jonathan Fay from Microsoft research over something they showed him and hinted that he could tell all on the 27th Feb. Well TechCrunch think they have the answer with a new piece of software called the 'Desktop Telescope' for exploring the night sky with overlapping high res pictures taken from Hubble and Earth based telescopes. OK so it does sound cool! I love this kind of stuff but it does serve a limit purpose ......

Posted On Saturday, February 23, 2008 4:59 PM

Do you like or loath Gartner?
James Govern posses an interesting question I have often wondered “By nature or nurture, architects fall into two camps regarding their general attitude towards abstractions: Believers and Non-Believers.” Well James, I see your point but I don’t believe that I fall into either of those camps. I treat abstractions as a means to an end and try and keep them in context. The thing with percentages is that your organization may fit into the smaller side of the percentage divide and not in with the mainstream, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:59 PM

A Cooky Idea - Microsoft After Dark
Now this is just one of those ideas where you know that a company has too much money to spend on their marketing budget (Fantastic!). But just goes to show that I suspect that more than one person in Redmond does indeed have a sense of humour. Microsoft After Dark is an hour long video where prominent Microsoft guys have an informal question and answer session over a game of big bucks, winner takes all, competition black-jack. I suspect that the guys aren’t using their own money because there ......

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2005 4:27 PM

Thoughts on Yahoo, Microsoft and my Search Engine Frustration.
The possible purchase of Yahoo by Microsoft is purely about taking on Google. I have to say with all the privacy concerns around Google and their lack of real success outside their core business this could be a serious challenge to them. Google's advertising model works by shear mass of subscribers paying very small amounts and this is how they have made their money. If this allows Microsoft to challenge the Google brand then I think that is good for the consumer and industry. However all Search ......

Posted On Saturday, February 2, 2008 9:33 AM

How to tackle concurrency.
Just read a paper by Herb Sutter called 'The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software' and I found myself realising that this is a big issue that I felt I wanted to highlight here and how it effects development over the next few years. In a nutshell the next generation of processor are going to continue to become more powerful. The bad news is that, at least in the short term, the growth will come mostly in directions that do not take most current applications along for ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 1:55 PM

Fresh new look to GWB's front page

Our leader at GWB, Jeff Julian, has given the front-page a nice new look.

Love it Jeff !



Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 9:14 AM

Why you can't migrate from Microsoft Office even if you want to
Recently I've squirreled myself away working on a project that had an utterly predictable answer leaving me feeling, why on earth did I bother!? What am I talking about? Migrating from Microsoft Office to an alternative product like Google, Lotus Symphony, Zoho, OpenOffice or Ability. Microsoft Office has long been a mighty cash-cow in the Microsoft farm-yard for many a year now but it has a singular big weakness, the chink in the armour and that is the licensing cost. On face value it's price is ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:53 PM

Geez, please save me from my operating systems!
Recently, I installed Vista SP1 RC Public Availability Programme (here) and I was initially disappointed as on inspection it was business as usual I couldn't find any differences and I was left wondering what was all that about then? I even took the time to do timings to do a before and after on times that was important to me such as timings in a DirectX games and none of them have changed, I even re-run them again and not one difference. So what I wanted from Vista SP1 was better performance in ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 9:11 PM

Book Review: SOA Approach to Integration: by Ramesh Loganathan, Poornachandra Sarang, Frank Jennings, Matjaz Juric : Published by Packt Publishing
Selling the theory for SOA is pretty easy, the execution is harder because technically it isn't actually a very simple thing to do, let alone the changing of the structure of your IT organisation to house-keep. The book SOA Approach to Integration is aimed fairly and squarely at the Architect and Senior Developer who has the job of designing and implementing SOA technical level. The book is very resolute in keeping a strong focus on the technology and pleasantly realises that successful integration ......

Posted On Monday, December 31, 2007 6:44 PM

Merry Christmas

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.


Posted On Tuesday, December 25, 2007 10:43 AM

I watched lastnights BBC Money Programme on Facebook which you can watch on iPlayer again in the UK from here. The section of the show I found most revealing was on 1000heads who are 'digital dialogue experts' which basically means they read online conversations which can be between you and your friends to build up a picture of likes and dislikes. This information is then used in marketing. This happens across blogs and information sources were this information can be read publicly. This is why Facebook ......

Posted On Saturday, December 22, 2007 1:30 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Paul Homan
Recently I have had the pleasure to work with Paul Homan and benefit from his wealth of experience in Enterprise Architecture which is considerable. His CV is impressive having held the role of Enterprise Architect for seven years in the wild, sat on the Open Group Architecture Executive Forum and had a hand in shaping TOGAF since version 2. He *may* even be the reason why we have the infamous TOGAF crop circles. So Paul is without doubt a thought leader in the EA space. Paul has decided that it's ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 9:35 AM

Enterprise Architecture Release 0.1
Over the last few weeks I've been off the radar knuckling down to complete the first release of our Enterprise Architecture. We decided that the as our group was small what it would take a great deal of time to produce a full blown EA, so we decided to deliver very small parts frequently and often each new increment coming every 4-6 weeks. The initial release contains only the Charter and a Release Schedule, the intended audience was the IT Director and the direct reports, the purpose was to put ......

Posted On Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:04 PM

Codename "Oslo", Microsoft's next generation SOA thinking.
Oslo is the codename for technical thinking aimed specifically at simplifying designing, building, managing and scaling of service-oriented and composite applications that can span from the enterprise to the Internet. It is thought the first version of Oslo will be delivered through the next versions of our application platform products such as Microsoft Visual Studio 10, Microsoft System Center 5, BizTalk Server 6, BizTalk Services 1 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4. So, we are talking a 18 months ......

Posted On Monday, December 3, 2007 10:51 PM

Is the Open Source debate important to Enterprise Architecture?
I first started coding at the age of 10 on a Commodore Vic 20. Last week I finally un-installed Visual Studio 2003 on my laptop because I need the space and I never touch it. It was sad admitting that I don't code and my role does not require me to. If I did find myself coding then I probably shouldn't because there is so much else to do and we have more than a few guys and girls that will happily do the job and only a couple doing EA. Yep, I get the argument that a good architect should have more ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:46 PM

DDD6 (DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper) Day registration is now open ... so be quick!


Register Here !

I look forward to seeing you there.

Posted On Wednesday, October 24, 2007 2:24 PM

Enterprise Architecture Roles
It’s pretty clear that ‘Enterprise Architecture’ and ‘Enterprise Architect’ is considerably more than one role. As such the practice of EA isn’t very efficient because it is a ‘jack of multiple disciplines and master of none’. Naturally specialisms will occur to make up for inefficiencies and will then continue to adapt and evolve. During this process I can also see a consensus on what these new roles will be called and a broad definition and responsibilities, this will occur as we try to find people ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:41 PM

Enterprise Architecture: liteEA
Every now and again you come across a real gem of a find and is one of them! It's pretty obvious that John Chi-Zong Wu has spent quite a considerable amount of time putting together this amazing EA resource! The book section is the most impressive, it literally is a 'how-to' on EA and I've only scratched the surface and it's already been very useful! Do you know what I find surprising? The site counter has only 2369 visits! Which means this is pretty much an undiscovered resource that ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2007 5:01 PM

Enterprise Architecture and Customer 2.0
Microsoft's Nick Malik has written a thought provoking piece on understanding the customer and how EA should rise to the challenge of aligning Business and IT be focusing on the customer needs. Essentially, I agree with the sentiment whoever i disagree on a couple of huge monster key points ... 1) I don't believe that the average customer is that tech-savvy! Yep, they dabble and it's enough to get by, but code up mash-ups ... are you joking? Seriously? I can see how Microsoft's vision of the world ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2007 3:54 PM

Next round of Enterprise Architecture Practice v Process Slanging Match!
I've just caught up the latest installment in the " 'To Process' or 'Not To Process' " debate that has become a blogger slanging match between James McGovern, Robert McIlree and James Robertson played out in the comments sections and blog posts. To summarise the debate has moved on from whether EA is just a set of processes or whether it's a practice. My pitch was that it's actually both and applied appropriately. So a debate about direction and ethos. So a pointless opportunity for procrastination? ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:27 PM

Suggestions for Business Focused Social Networks like Linked-In.
I like many people now use Linked-In as my primary source of business contact information, it’s not ideal as I am concern about my privacy and am I really feeding some kind of great big marketing machine? However it is fantastically useful for keeping track of people as they move around. One of the primary reasons why you have a person as a business contact in the first place is because of the role they currently occupy. When that person moves roles, your link to that role has been lost. A classic ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 3:43 PM

Where have all the vendor agnostic BI firms gone?
BI has always been a rich vain of the IT industry. Rich because there was so much excellent competition. The really cool thing about many BI products was that they effectively could bolt onto most of the popular databases so it was pretty straight forward to chop and change and to also build your capability into one tool! The larger IT vendors however where not leaders in the BI space. The leader were the specialists, the experts. Now sadly the bigger BI vendors and market leaders are nearly all ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:21 AM

What goes into version 1 of an Enterprise Architecture?
It is becoming common practice to build up the content of an Enterprise Architecture over time. Because an EA is highly dependent on feedback to grow it takes a lot of continued time and investment to constantly refine the content of an EA so it grows into being a genuinely useful and ingrained into the organisation. The best tactic is to engulf the organisation with EA overtime. It is a long game not a ‘Pot-Noodle’. Therefore a sensible approach would be to version as an effort to change control. ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 2:24 PM

Enterprise Architecture: To process or not to process
John McGovern and Robert Mcilree have fired off the latest salvo in one of EA's biggest and most maddening debates. In short the debate is about whether Enterprise Architecture is a process or practice? Maddening? Why! Because common sense has the answer and I'm surprised at the heavy weights in EA not realising that. Toyota is often hailed as the example of how processes have got the company to be a world leader in automobile manufacture. RBS and ODP diagrams that document processes and the processes ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:31 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Foundation of Execution
I first came across the phase “Foundation of Execution” after reading the book Enterprise Architecture as Strategy, Harvard Business School Press which was recommended by my colleague Andrew Galletly. Foundation of Execution simply means the automation of routine business tasks. Doing this allows people to concentrate on improving the business rather than just purely running it. Does this sound obvious? Well yes! So often the link between a good company and a bad one is this realisation and agressively ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 3:42 PM

SOA and REST, the interoperability conundrum
Rich Seeley recently interviewed John Michelsen, chief scientist at iTKO Inc who said ... "the service-oriented architecture (SOA) testing and governance provider, believes developers do not have to chose between Web-oriented architecture (WOA) based on a simple Representational State Transfer (REST) approach and SOA following the WS-* standards. "It's not an either/or question," he says in the following interview from Integration World 2007 this week in Orlando, Florida. However, he does argue that ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 5:16 PM

Statistics on Microsoft Internal IT
Thanks to James McGovern for the original posting of these statistics. Thank you Microsoft for the transparency. Microsoft internal IT: 600k connected devices 10,000 Servers 3 Datacenters 1 operations center 11% is virtualized in Microsoft Datacenters 330 of 385 servers run Windows Server 2008 (RC0) plus all 85 servers 11 clustered systems 30,000 users in Redmond domain (50,000 with vendors) NAP reporting 140K clients, 90 clients deferred mode The Redmond Active Directory domain is ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 10:34 PM

Agile Enterprise Architecture
Last week I was lucky enough to meet Charles Edwards of ProcessWave Limited who introduced me to an Open Source project that he is collaborating on called Agile EA. In a nutshell, Agile EA isn’t another EA methodology but a set of best practices and processes put together from experiences in the field. Agile EA has influences from many EA methodologies but takes its biggest steer from TOGAF 8.1 and is organised and executed in a SCRUM agile development approach. It’s very accessible from the highly ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 3:04 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Architecture by Conversation
Aloof Schipperke (Aloof Architecture) has hit the nail of the head, where is the conversation? “As I continued to ponder the topic, I came up with a list which reflects part of the problem. • Projects are not conversations • Meetings are not conversations • Presentations are not conversations • Email storms are not conversations Hmm... Too bad we're talking about the lynchpins of modern business.” So, we have newer smarter ways of having a one-sided conversation. I remember many years back I sat ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:41 PM

Isn't it time we got this sorted?
If the IT industry had a school report it would say ‘Must Try Harder’ and that’s simply because we haven’t worked hard enough to sort out perceptions. Let me give you an example, how often do you hear comments from your help-desk saying “Have you tried switching you PC off and on again?” Isn’t it about time we got this sorted? Even the perception? Now I know that a lot of things can make this sort of thing happen, well for my mind its just laziness why we haven’t sort out all the reasons yet! Another ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3:04 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Thoughts on IT & Business Alignment
Thank you James McGovern for creating a post out of the comments left on your blog. Now I'm going to add a bit more meat to the bones. The age old battle between Formalism (Creating a system of rules that can determine the outcome of any case, without reference to external norms) and Hermeneutics (interpretation and understanding of social events by analysing their meanings to the human participants and their culture) is played out everyday in businesses, board-room and bus-stops all over the world ......

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 9:15 PM

My take on what Enterprise Architecture is?
So what is Enterprise Architecture (or EA for short) ? Before you reach for the Wikipedia definition which will just leave your brain hurting, try this on for size as your elevator pitch: "Enterprise Architecture is the practice of applying methods for describing current and future technology and supporting practices to align them with your organisation's core goals and strategic direction." Yep, you guessed it, Enterprise Architecture is about Strategy and that's it in a nutshell. As usual in the ......

Posted On Saturday, September 1, 2007 7:20 PM

Living with Foot & Mouth
It's funny how life continues here. The horse and sheep are still where they were yesterday and the day before oblivious to anything other than the meal under their feet. The cockerel is still sounding out his territory to all who can hear but the noise of the gentle lowing of cattle has gone. Living in short walking distance of the Prides farm and very much inside the protection zone of the recent outbreak has brought into sharp focus that Lou and I very much recent ex-townies that are now living ......

Posted On Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:14 PM

Don't bet the farm on AJAX if you don't have to.
The post is a cautionary tail of the latest episode of common sense versus cool. AJAX is a great technology that allows webpages to have much richer content. Google Maps was the turning point for this technology as it brought the technology to the attention of the Technorati that has enjoyed a superficial level of hype ever since because it is encompassed as the lynch-pin of Web 2.0. The key part of AJAX is Javascript which is a language that all mainstream browsers, no matter what operating system, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:50 PM

Lumps and Bumps
Last week I had a serious accident in my car. The good news is that I was very lucky to just have a lump on my head, bumps and bruises and a fractured pelvis. I won't be jumping and skipping for a while but I feel happy, healthy and extremely lucky. The staff at the Surrey County Hospital were fantastic! I can't thank them enough for looking after me and looking after my wife and family and keeping them informed of everything that was happening. Obviously, things aren't 100% right with me and it's ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 5:37 AM

Introducing Biztalk.Net Services, far reaching implications on SOA?
I have been watching the channel 9 video on Biztalk.Net Services. I have to say I’m pretty excited about this project and the reason why will become apparent later on in this post. BizTalk.NET Services ( ) is an experimental project (it’s at CTP currently) that extends WCF and is all about generic, secure connectivity. It’s a free download so fill your boots! The project has come about from the result of customer feedback where many have asked “how do I notify client applications ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 4:00 PM

TechEd 2007: SQL Server 2008 codename Katmai
One of the announcements that came out of this years TechEd which I'm particularly excited about is the announcement of the next version of SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 improvements are based on 4 pillars. 1) Mission Critical Using the new Database Mirroring feature to seamlessly increase the reliability of applications. Simplifies the recovery of applications from storage failures along with providing the ability to add system resources like CPU and memory without affecting applications. 2) Not Just ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 8:25 PM

Jaw Dropping SeaDragon & PhotoSynth demo from this years TED

The great thing about working in IT is that something comes along once in a while that is truly amazing and this demo of SeaDragon & PhotoSynth by Blaise Aguera y Arcas at this years TED is one of them. Forget iPhones and whatever this is awesome! I'm blown away!

The potential is making my head hurt! Kudos Microsoft!

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:35 PM

Apple’s Safari Browser for Windows is in the wild!
Yesterday, Steve Job as part of his keynote at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) announced a version of the Apple Safari Browser for Windows. Job’s was honest and admitted that 4.9% of the market is currently Safari and he would like to increase that amount. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Mac has a larger share of the PC market than 4.9% so many Mac users must be using something other than Safari and to hazard a guess I bet it’s Firefox. So I see the release of the ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:35 PM

Channel 8 rumor mill
Hot in the heals of Fridays beta release of Channel 9 version 4 are rumors that there will be a new MSDN channel 9 style forum called Channel 8 but this site will perhaps be aimed more specifically at students. Students do not particular get a rough ride on Channel 9 as many make a great contribution but it can't be all that cool for students to hang-out with a bunch of old techies like us, perhaps the reason for the site? Attracting more students in an effort to support them better, why not! After ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2007 3:44 AM

The HTC Touch P3450 (Elf) is serious competition for the Apple iPhone
I like the idea of the Apple iPhone, I think that anything that pushes innovation in this market space is great. However the HTC Touch P3450 (Elf) is serious competition for the iPhone mainly because of the interface. This video from BBC demonstrates the HTC Touch's user interface. You can order the device today if you wish. Sadly the iPhone is not yet available to purchase in the UK yet but there is massive interest. Of course the device is a Smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 which means connecting ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 5:04 PM

Scottish DDD Day? Why not!
DDD is held in Reading and it is a great event but it does have a capacity and is sadly oversubscribed. One possible answer is to have regional DDD's this way more developers have more of an opportunity to experience the delights of DDD. I'm all in favor of this and more than happy to show my support as I can see this as a great way for Microsoft UK development community action to continue to grow. Join the debate here on fellow Geekswithblogs member David Chistiansen and here on Channel 9 ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 2:08 PM

Silverlight Group Manager speaking at Bracknell VBUG!

Microsoft's Tim Sneath the group manager for Silverlight and WPF technical evangelism team based in Redmond will be doing a presentation on Silverlight on Wednesday 13th June at Bracknell VBUG.

Venue: Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9SE

Times: 18:30 - 21:00 (19:00 start)

Not a session to miss!

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 12:19 PM

Is the future of SOA is REST?
What makes me quite annoyed is grand statements such as the title to this post. It is true that REST is getting more exposure these days and it being primarily a connectivity technology i.e. a web service it's not unlikely that SOA and REST will inevitable get linked together. The Burton group has stuck it's neck out and said that yes REST is the future of SOA. Funnily enough today at work I was talking with some colleagues about REST and one raised a good point, where are the working examples? So ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:22 PM

New version of Windows Live Writer (Beta 2) is out!
If you are like me, you will use Live Writer a lot to blog with. I think it's a great tool. I especially like the new Beta 2 which has got in-document spell-checking which the previous version didn't which is a huge boon for me because my spelling is rubbish. One small draw back, can I have an British English dictionary please? It does have a new kind of Vista feel about it which is perhaps just the colour scheme but is still a lovely and simple, uncluttered and straightforward freebie tool to use. ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:51 PM

DDD5 Agenda is now live
The DDD5 agenda is now live here. Oliver Sturm and Ian Cooper are both doing two sessions, one of them is together and it's a double, so guys after that you're gonna need a beer! Chris, Barry and Dave my fellow NxtGenUG boyz have sessions on top tips on securing the web, an introduction into .Net 3.0 Cardspace and XSLT Xtreme, an advanced session on XSLT. Alan is presenting his session on Object Thinking, this will be the session that gets everyone talking ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:10 AM

UK Developer! Developer! Developer! 5 ... Booking Now Open

It's free. It's on Saturday, 30th June. It's at Microsoft UK HQ Reading (TVP).

See you there!

I believe an agenda will be up shortly.

Update: Thanks Alan for the date correction.

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2007 8:25 AM

Making sence of all those Crazy Web Service Standards
I spoke recently about Astoria as a possible answer to the snowballing standards of the WS-I. Anyway, I decided to look into this a bit more and I found this perfect article written by Michele Leroux Bustamante of IDesign, entitled "Making sence of all those Crazy Web Service Standards" that will happily explain the new standards with handy diagrams and bite-sized explanations ......

Posted On Friday, May 18, 2007 5:43 AM

Mix 07: Codename "Astoria", data services for Microsoft Silverlight
Lots of buzz came out of Mix 07 about Silverlight which was undoubtedly the star of the show but one of the other announcements caught the attention of my colleague Big Al on an experimental web data service technology grandly codenamed "Astoria". Now I am a fan of WS-I Web Services, I think that any technology that can gain that kind of ubiquitous acceptance across the whole industry, including all the major players is some achievement, however I can understand the argument that accuses the WS-I ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 9:43 AM

Microsoft Abstract SOA Reference Model and SOI codenamed Alchemy
No I haven't been in hiding but as the proverb says 'there is no rest for the wicked', so I must have been very bad. Anyway, I have a new house which has meant tarting up the old one and work has been ultra hectic but our websites for a well known travel brand are going live one at a time. Anyway, I hoping from a nice summer to get stuck into some good tech. Microsoft has also been busy, it is becoming crystal clears days where Redmond is heading with Service Oriented Architecture. For example John ......

Posted On Thursday, May 3, 2007 4:14 PM

NxtGenUG Fest 07 is unique and important as it’s about the future, not just Technology but of the Community.
Developer Developer Developer Days have been a great success for the UK Microsoft development community, because it is a community event run by the community for the community. But credit where credit is due, this event would not be possible without the support of a generous sponsor. NxtGenUG Fest 07 is an ambitious community event; the aim is to create an event that is the best it can be with a strong theme about looking into the future. To have truly world class speakers and presentations about ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 10:35 PM

BPEL in Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
One of the key parts of a SOA’s is the Business Process Logic Layer. One of the key technologies in this layer is Windows Workflow Foundation, one the key things that was missing from WF was support for BPEL so this called into question Microsoft commitment to the XML standard. Anyway, I’m happy to report that BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation March CTP is available able from MSDN Download. With this add-on you will be able to import and export BPEL from WF. Remember it is still in CTP so is officially ......

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:43 PM

The Commodore Brand Sparks a Nostalgic Return.
Announced at this years Cebit the brand name Commodore has risen from the ashes to title a range of some rather high speced PC's. These machines are aimed fairly and squarely at the PC gamer. Amongst the distinguishing features of these PC's is the option to chose a different piece of art-work for your case called a 'C-Kin'. The art-work is very contemporary in style and ranges from recent game-titles to street art from simply garish to - not '3' bad. The PC's themselves have the highest speced graphics ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 12:57 AM

Is EDA the new SOA ?
Is EDA or Event Driven Architecture set to supercede SOA ? Well John Bates, VP of Apama Products and researcher at Cambridge University has stuck his neck out and said yes in a recent interview with SearchWebServices Rich Seeley. Ok, so what is EDA firstly ? Well Wikipedia definition says, " Event Driven Architecture (EDA) is a software architecture pattern promoting the production, detection, consumption of and reaction to events. An event can be defined as "a significant change in state"[1]. For ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2007 4:16 PM

See Woking Destroyed !

See Woking utterly annihilated by invaders from Mars !

All I can say is, it's a pitty they missed the Lightbox.

Hmmm, I think I'm in a minority saying I like living here.



Posted On Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:08 PM

Tonight's NxtGenUG session on Biztalk & Vista was Fantastic!
I've just come back from a brilliant evening with the Oxford chapter of NxtGenUG. So why do I think it was brilliant/fantastic? These phrases are banded around so loosely these days, well I quantify my statement. Take Biztalk for example, not many developers out there get really what Biztalk does and there aren't enough hours in the day to learn. Unless a developer has a specific reason they aren't really going to look it up. But when you do start looking into Biztalk all to quickly you find yourself ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 10:30 PM

NxtGenUG Fest 07 ... another really cool UK Community developer event !
News is coming out of NxtGenUg HQ that another top-draw developer event run by the UK community is going to happen this year. (if DDD and WebDD weren't enough!)It is called Fest 07 and the web site is up now HERE.Date: 23rd May 2007Location: TVP, ReadingAlready confirmed speakers are,Rafal Lukawiecki - was voted top TechED speaker for about 7 years runningRichard Costall & Dave McMahon - swag & cabbagesDaniel Moth - Microsoft DP group - the man who gets to "play" with the latest and greatest ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 1:11 PM

Samsung Ultra edition II phones ... the slimmest phones ever?

As a quick diversion have a look at the spec for the Ultra edition 5.9 (U100) here.

105.5 x 50 x 5.9 mm now that is amazing!

Posted On Monday, February 12, 2007 9:58 PM

Securing Vista: Virus Bulletin's list
After Fridays post I decided to do some more digging around and find out if anyone independent has performed an authoritative test. Of course there are the usual magazines but rather surprisingly I hadn't found one yet that had made any major comparisons yet. However, I found Virus Bulletin Magazine which is "a regular source of intelligence about computer viruses, their prevention, detection and removal, and how to recover programs and data following an attack." The magazine is British based and ......

Posted On Sunday, February 11, 2007 5:04 PM

Live Labs PhotoSynth

Introducing Photosynth


This is totally awesome !

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 8:53 PM

Vista is RTM
Jim Allchin breaks the news on this C9 Video. According to MSDN, it will be available on subscriber downloads with in 7 days and downloads will be down between 7pm and 9pm PST on Friday so it doesn't take a genius to work out when Vista will be available. I’ve had RC1 and RC2 in VMWare instances and they have worked just fine, so I think I will take the plunge and be an early adopter and run it as my base OS. My new laptop qualifies for the Vista upgrade but sadly I will have to wait till January ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 10:25 AM

Yahoo Pipes drains my patience but is full of potential!
Ug I have just spend a few infuriating hours playing with Yahoo latest utility, Yahoo Pipes. Tim O’Reilly said this was a milestone in the History of the Internet. (Ug isn’t he the same bloke that coined the phrase ‘Web 2.0'? Ug, what does that mean?) In a nutshell Yahoo Pipes is a utility that lets you build your own custom searches, it allows you to aggregate search-engines searches and RSS into one stream of output. So for example, if I wanted to see all what had been posted about ‘Girl Geek ......

Posted On Sunday, February 18, 2007 6:16 PM

Securing Vista Part 2: NTL, Telewest, Virgin.Net and now Virgin Media
This is the second in the series of posts (the first being here) that lets you know about my journey in finding security software for Windows Vista. Well it seems NTL, Telewest & Virgin.Net have all joined forces and are now Virgin Media this happened after ntl:Telewest purchased Vigrin Mobile for £1 billion last year and have chosen to merge under the stronger brand. Virgin Media offer cable & ADSL broadband, land & mobile phone, cable and mobile TV (using the HTC Monet) Virgin Media ......

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 11:16 PM

The Wow starts now ... Toshiba Vista Drivers!
After a lot of speculation it seems that Toshiba are finally producing drivers for Windows Vista. The message given thus far from Toshiba has been, "when we're ready", which seems rather odd when considering that Toshiba are actually selling machines with Vista pre-installed, hmmm what drivers are they using? Another odd matter is that the drivers are only available currently from the US Toshiba site here, so I would take this as a note of caution which is that main reason I haven't installed any ......

Posted On Saturday, February 3, 2007 11:22 AM

Securing Vista ... with NTL NetGuard, AVG Grisoft, Sophos, Trend, Panda, OneCare and Avast!
Now I have Vista installed I want to protect my installation with some decent security software. NTL NetGuard the free Internet Security software for NTL subscribers which is made by Radial Point is actually very good and meets my needs very well but during installation under Vista an Error 1321!? appears. After speaking to NTL technical support it seems they will support Vista eventually but the operative couldn’t supply me with any dates. Jan 30th I suggested! Another reminder that I would have ......

Posted On Sunday, January 21, 2007 5:57 PM

The Wikipedia Explorer and mistaken Google hacks.
I have been playing with this fascinating little tools for hours now! Wikipedia explorer is a wonderful free tool for viewing and navigating around articles in Wikipedia. It’s strength is it’s ability to graphically show relationships between articles on Wikipedia and hoping from one article to another which is a lovely way to surf around. I picked on my own home town, Woking in the UK and jumped from link to link and found this lovely picture of the Alien Martian Tripod heading towards the Lastminute ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 8:53 PM

What is SOA Governance?
For sometime now I have been working on a few papers on the subject of SOA. This is the first, my definitive definition of what is SOA Governance. 'SOA Governance' is perhaps the hotest of topics in the SOA world currently but it seems that almost everyone with an opinion has a different definition of what it is and how to do it. I have attempted with this post to distill these definitions into one document which you can take away and use as part of a policy statement to help you with your SOA's ......

Posted On Sunday, February 4, 2007 6:31 PM

Just call me Mr Card-Shark!
I’m loving this new Texas Hold’em Poker games that comes with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Anyone else a Card-Shark? Then post your best score up on your blog. Also, have you seen the prizes on the Windows Vista site? They are really amazing ! So, I thought I would enter, why not? It just means watching three short videos and then you can enter to win. Anyway, it seems that everyone had a great time a yesterdays WebDD, I didn't get to go because I felt rougher than old boots in the end which ......

Posted On Sunday, February 4, 2007 12:01 PM

Oxford NxtGenUG: Introduction to Biztalk
Biztalk is a fantastic piece of software but many I.T. professionals haven't had an opportunity to see it and understand what it can do. Our next session at NxtGenUG is going to one of our best yet as it will be topical with a nugget by Tim Leung about Microsoft latest operating system, Vista, and the main presentation will be Ben Goeltz, 'The Business of Biztalk' which went down extremely well at the Birmingham chapter in November. I can also report that we are now completely and utter SWWWWAAAGGGEDDDD ......

Posted On Saturday, January 20, 2007 10:20 PM

NxtGenUG Business Intelligence Presentation Links
As promised here is a list of the links from my presentation on Business Intelligence at Wednesday's NxtGenUG meeting. Microsoft’s BI website - Microsoft Office BI website - SQL Server 2005 Samples and Sample Databases (December 2006) - Office PerformancePoint ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 5:23 PM

A Lastminute Decision
After nearly 5 years I'm leaving Scottish & Southern Energy PLC. At the beginning of next month I will start in a new position at It's fair to say that I didn't actually go looking for a new job, it found me, they made me an offer I would have found difficult to refuse. The added bonus is that it's 20 mins walk from my house which is big difference to my current 90 miles a day of travel to and from work. All this said and done I have to say that I am a little sad that I will be ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 8:03 PM

You do iPhone?
So I’ve just caught up with all the hype about the new Apple iPhone and even the Geek in me isn’t really biting. I’m not blindly in love with Apple so that’s one reason, I did own a Mac at one time, my wife has a Nano, so I’m not anti-Apple either. My view on Apple is they sit at the same level as Dell or HP in my thinking. Apple has a great skill in being able to capture and distil the features that the average Joe (Tech or otherwise) really wants, then create a design that is neat, consistent, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:27 PM

5 things you didn't know about me!
Yep, I got tagged, ug! 1) I gave my wife a hamster ball for Christmas without a hamster, I told her that we where going to find out what it feels like to be a hamster ... in water! 2) I like prawns but they don't like me. 3) I like skydiving indoors! 4) I used to sing 'badly' in a choir. 5) I used to 'Fox-Hunt' with cars ... and no furry animals ever got hurt. I'm going to tag C9 & GWB ......

Posted On Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:05 PM

Which Superhero are you ?
Your results:You are The Flash The Flash 85% Spider-Man 80% Iron Man 70% Robin 60% Green Lantern 55% Superman 50% Batman 40% Supergirl 40% Catwoman 40% Wonder Woman 30% Hulk 20% Fast, athletic and flirtatious. Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz... Well I would rather be Spiderman, but the Flash will do ......

Posted On Sunday, January 7, 2007 4:19 PM

Pictures on Flickr
One of my hobbies, a part from this blog, is taking photos. My joint Birthday and Christmas present (I wish I was born in the Summer ) was this. Anyway, I've uploaded some of my Christmas snaps up on to Flickr so please feel free to have a look. Here are a frew ... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 6, 2007 10:48 PM

Vista and Toshiba Satellite P100
Ok, I've been lucky enough to get a copy of Vista Ultimate RTM. Firstly the disclaimer, trying any of the suggestions in this post is taken at your own risk. If you have data you want to keep ... back it up! And don't try this on a system that doesn't first pass the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor test. I had installed many Vista Beta's under VMWare on my machine and they had worked but hadn't exactly been fast enough to be really useable or try features I wanted to check such as Aero so I decided ......

Posted On Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:55 PM

Services are like Lego ?
There are common analogies used in I.T. and in Architecture there is a rather popular one and that is drawing a comparison between building applications and constructing Lego models.ZapThink have written an interesting article that explores whether this is actually a wise thing to do specifically in the context of service orientation ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 8:00 AM

Are Web Serivices turning into Bloatware ?
Pete Lacey in his post here has raised some very good points that are worth discussing.For my take I think we are stuck between a rock and a hard place, we need an interoperability standard that does all the good stuff like security and transactions, but simple? I know that technologies like Microsoft's WCF has gone along way to abstract the developer away from the fun to be had at the WS-* level but is this the right answer ? And I am still hearing story's that Java et al can't access Web Services ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:45 PM

EVO (Exchange/Office 2007 & Vista) Business Launch
I was at Eileen Brown’s EVO Launch, sorry, Exchange, Vista and Office Launch, (yeah who are we kidding EVO is less of a mouthful, I even caught our HP account manager saying 'EVO' to) and I have to say it was a pretty impressive day mainly because most of the content was demo based, hardly a PowerPoint in sight, just used to link the sessions together, this is an amazing achievement! The day was split into four sections that where themed based such as ‘security and value to the business’, ‘simplicity ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:15 PM

Where have I been hiding ?
I haven't blogged for a few weeks and there are perfectly good reasons for that, Firstly, I've been playing with all the new technologies such as WF, WCF, Office 2007 and Vista. Vista was fun getting it to work on my Toshiba P100 laptop, but thanks to I have a fully functioning Nvidia 7600 Go graphics card and Aero is running just sweet and DirectX games are just fine (infact I think they run quicker!) However these are not officially supported drivers so use them at ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 4:48 PM

Microsoft has missed a trick with SOA
UPDATE : Now Microsoft have fixed this issue I pointed out from the orginal post, you will now be safely redirected to ... nice one Microsoft and thanks for listening! now try ... Not even a redirect! ... A big trick missed here. This is just another demonstration of how the product teams and tech guys are building ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 3:12 PM

Having a conversation
I have finished watching a very interesting video on Channel 9 called '5 on 9'. The video is literally five guys from Microsoft debate the I.T. topics of the day and I found this very refreshing as it was very real, unscripted, no ego's just five people having a conversation. There was structure as Rory picked the topics and time-box the debate, just enough control to keep things ticking a long. What struck me was that we in the community should be doing something like this! Now, I know that Ian, ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 10:09 PM

30 November is the launch date for Vista and Office 2007
... according to the BBC, the full story can be found here. I'm not sure however what date both Office 2007 and Vista will appear on MSDN subscriber downloads, but Microsoft have promised it should be appear there first. I will keep you posted when I hear any more information. Well done Microsoft ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 8:54 PM

Developer Days Registration is now open !
DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper (DDD4) Event ID: 1032315483 To register for the UK developer event of the year click here ! ... but be quick because the 300 hundred places go quicker than Robbie tickets ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 9:16 AM

Snake-Oil Oriented Architecture
Bless Grady Booch! Love him or hate him you can't keep him down! Just only a few weeks after open heart surgery he has posted another classic! This time Grady has decided to take a few pot-shots at SOA picking fairly and squarely on the hype. Well to be honest Grady, IBM doesn't actually get away scott-free when it comes to SOA marketing hype, the 'middleware' campaign over the summer springs to mind. Anyway, I for once pretty much agree with him on this one, infact I touched on this a few months ......

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 4:00 PM

The Architect's Link Page
Recently, I purchased two new URL's http://www.EnterpriseArchit... & http://www.EnterpriseArchit... these URL's are linked to this blog from the moment, but this is not my long term aim! What I would like to do is turn these two pages into link pages to other Technical/Solutions/Enterprise Architects blogs and sites. I'm also happy to setup email redirects as well so you can have a more appropriate email address for our profession. My intention is to also continue to purchase other ......

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 10:42 AM

AppSense: Managing Virtual Environments
Virtual Environments are very much in vogue right now because of the obvious advantages they bring in getting the most out of your hardware investment, infact having a large server these days running just one single OS does seem such a waste. There is a down-side, the most common problem encountered with virtual environments is resource hogging. How do you prevent a virtual server or especially a virtual application from stealing all your processor time and/or memory? With environments such as Citrix, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:37 AM

The Evolving SOA Strategies of IBM and Microsoft
All, This is a fantastic paper from ARM Research that sums-up the current state of play in the SOA market with IBM and Microsoft here. I am constantly frustrated why Microsoft doesn't shout from the roof-tops that it has a compelling SOA solutions. I believe Microsoft infact has the most complete end-to-end tool-set for SOA. The article states that the reason is "Microsoft believes that eventual backlash to all the hype around SOA shifts focus away from the real benefits that SOA can bring, so it ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 1:51 PM

Anti-Pattern: 'Big Ball of Mug'
Thanks to Grady Booch for point this out. "A Big Ball of Mud is a haphazardly structured, sprawling, sloppy, duct-tape-and-baling-wire, spaghetti-code jungle. These systems show unmistakable signs of unregulated growth, and repeated, expedient repair. Information is shared promiscuously among distant elements of the system, often to the point where nearly all the important information becomes global or duplicated. The overall structure of the system may never have been well defined. If it was, it ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 10:51 AM

More SOA challenges
At this moment in time I am really getting into the challenges of our SOA implementation. It is clear that we are not going to be able to achieve all we would like to in this phase of the project as there are more important things to get done in the times scales. The Data Search Façade One of the elements of the project is that two important pieces of data reside in multiple systems. What the existing legacy application does is to search each of these system in turn until it finds a match, then ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 6:52 PM

NxtGenUG Extravaganza !!
Remember the date: 1st November Remember the place: Oxford, Research Machines ... and the time: 7 - 9 pm (no-doubt with beers afterwards, rude not to!) This marks the first session of the Oxford chapter of NxtGenUG ! NxtGenUG, (Next Generation User Group) is a non-profit user group for Microsoft Technologies. It is a community event, setup and run by the community for the community, so please take part! This is a chance to be in a new user group chapter at the beginning ! Barry Dorans will be doing ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 11:27 AM

DDD4 Presentation Voting is now open!

Click me to go to the voting!

The voting is now open. Oliver Sturm has a few session, so has Mr Dorans.

Other news coming in is that there is a risk of an European Channel 9 Geek Meet, I'll keep you posted.

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 8:05 PM

More SOA tips from the real world
Back to Earth after my Channel 9 video. In this post I want to discuss some of my recent experiences implementing SOA. It’s important to take everyone with you. SOA is a Sea-Change in the way programs are developed and implemented in an organisation. The concept of an ‘Application’ is very much redefined. It’s so important that the reason why are communicated not only to key stake-holder in business, but everyone in the I.T department, specially those that are at the coal ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:59 PM

Money for innovative thinking !
Did you know your company can receive significant tax credits if it does R & D, and especially if it’s an SME? The UK Government has run the Research and Development Tax Credit scheme since April 2001 which offers 150% rate of enhanced deduction from SME’s and 125% rate of enhanced deduction for large companies. A large company being in this context one that employs more than 250 people has an annual turnover of €50M or a balance sheet of €43M. There has already been 17,000 ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:52 AM

Domain Specific Languages Toolkit Version 1
I’ve been catching up on my blog reading so forgive me if this is old news but I think it is very cool indeed, and that is the DSL Tool kit version 1 is available and is part of the new Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 3 which can be downloaded from here. If your are not quite up to speed with what DSL, or Domain Specific Languages are there is no better place to start than here which is a URL you will want to add to favourites. ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 7:54 PM

DDD4 (Developer Days) is announced !
Make a space in your diary! Yep, I will be there by hook or by crock for this one. If any of you fancy having a go at speaking submit a session proposal here. Do you think I should submit one ......

Posted On Saturday, September 16, 2006 7:43 PM

Our biggest challenge: Climate Change
?As some of you may know I work for an Energy Company.Every day I am reminded that climate change is real and is the greatest challenge of our time.Recent events in the UK has put climate change at the top of the political agenda.It is very important that we all do our part and it's the small things that make a difference. If we all lower our carbon footprint it will make a difference.http://www.carbo... if you aren't going to use your computer tonight switch it right off please. Does ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 10:36 PM

Microsofts Open Specification Promise or OSP
I’ve been catching up on my news since coming back from holidays and I found this little gem. Microsoft has made a rather low-key statement which it has entitling the OSP or Open Specification Promise, basically what the statement says is that Microsoft will not pursue you for legal recompense for patent infringement for many of their core web services technologies. This for me and anyone involved in the SOA world is a big deal. This is fantastic news for SOA as it basically means that Microsoft ......

Posted On Saturday, September 16, 2006 7:08 PM

SOA 2.0 is evil and my 200th post!
I don’t usually like to be blunt as a general rules these days as you can imagine that a whack over the head can often offend but in the case of SOA 2.0 I’m willing to let this rule slide. Oracle and Gartner are starting to talk about a term called SOA 2.0. In a nutshell SOA 2.0 is SOA + EDA or Event Driven Architecture. The natural progression of service is towards an event driven model but this does not necessarily mean that this is an upgrade to SOA. EDA can happily fit inside SOA ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 2:51 PM

Off the Grid
Over the last few weeks I’ve been on leave enjoying a much deserved rest if I do say so myself. This year the wife and I decided to not get on a plane and head for foreign climbs purely because neither of us fancied facing the new airport security restrictions and the weather here has been amazingly good so why not have a holiday at home in the UK? I ask you, where is the fun in not being able to take 100 weight of books, booze, food and that cool gadget you’ve just brought from Dixon ......

Posted On Thursday, September 14, 2006 8:29 PM

One of the most important parts of life is understanding when it's going to end.
In this post I’m going to discuss a possible solution to a common problem and that is how do to initiate a renewal process to replace an old system without initating one of the existing major change drivers. System renewal and end of life are the life blood of I.T. Our whole business thrives on change. But change is costly, time consuming, complex, problematic and uncomfortable. It’s one of mankind’s ultimate ironies, we are good at adapting to change but we don’t like it. ......

Posted On Saturday, July 29, 2006 10:20 AM

CoolCommands for Visual Studio 2005

Gaston Milano and friends have been busy writing some handy little tools for Visual Studio 2005.

Blog entry here, download here.

Posted On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 11:27 AM

IBM Software Architect Kit
The IBM Software Architect Kit is a nice set of goodies that introduces the world of software architecture. Grady Booch takes you through a series of podcasts that explains the past, present and future with a set of documentation that covers the world of software architecture according to IBM at reasonable high level. As I've said before I'm not really a raving fan of Grady Booch but I respect his massive contribution to the discipline. You will require an IBM ID to access the kit ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 1:41 PM

MSN Search Changes & Scobles Brrreeeport
MSN Search has made some changes to it's interface and it's search algorithm. I have to admit that I prefer MSN simply because when I type in Dave Oliver into MSN Search this blog comes out on top when I type Dave Oliver into Google, this blog doesn't. A good way to choose your search engine, well it's as good as any other way I say! :-) Whilst I'm on the subject of search engines, I've been watching Robert Scobles Brrreeeport report experiment with some interest. It has highlighted that search engines ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 11:59 AM

Are you considering hosting your ESB on a Mainframe?
It is a logical, reasonable and best practice stance to examine getting the most out of assets that are already at your disposal especially if there is an emphasis of reduce costs which is one of the driving factors for selecting SOA in the first place. With SOA one of the most emotive technical issues to tackle is where to host the ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) as there is an attraction to examining hosting the ESB on existing hardware, a mainframe would seem an obvious choice. In this post I will ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 8:24 AM

SOA Implementation Architecture Scenario using Microsoft Technologies
In this post I will be taking a high level look at what a possible SOA implementation architecture scenario and what it might look like giving an indication of what technologies are involved. This example scenario is a SOA implementation for call-centres using Microsoft Technologies, some you may have heard of, and others that are sadly as yet unsung. A few things to note, I haven’t come across a medium to large organisation that doesn’t use Citrix for the UI deployment so this is why ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 4:42 PM

No Xbox 360 for Dave O
I recently received a very polite letter from the shop I order my Xbox 360 saying they had cancelled my order. The reason being is that they had only a hand-full of machines and they believed that the supply problems would continue for sometime, so rather than get embroiled in a protracted customer relations exercise they have decided to 'cut-bait'. So it's every person for themselves. So I'm without Xbox 360 and not likely to see one this side of Christmas perhaps even later because you can bet ......

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 11:40 AM

SOA Logical Model
In the next two posts we are going to discuss SOA which as you may know if you read this blog regularly is a pet subject of mine. I’ve encounter many a good person that is fully aware of SOA and its much hyped benefits but this doesn’t help them visualise it, hence these posts which are for you good people. The logical model is my interpretation of SOA, it may not be everyone’s interpretation, so if it’s not I would love to hear from you. The SOA logical model has 6 layers, Existing Systems, Data ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 11:29 AM

Who will replace Robert Scoble?
At the weekend I heard that Robert Scoble has decided to leave Microsoft to join a start-up in Silicon valley, PodTech.Net. Robert was the human face and ambassador for Microsoft that did so much for their image, he did it by tapping into the 'real Microsoft' which many us really didn't know existed, the legions of hard-working people that passionately believe in what they are doing that never really recieve much in the way of recognition, these people are the real creators and innovators, Robert ......

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 6:46 AM

Tech Ed 2006 Rumour Mill
Speaking of Team System the rumour mill has told me that Microsoft have a few announcements about this at Tech Ed. Now it doesn't take a genius to work out that Team System is about groups that are involved in the development life cycle and not all these groups are catered for in Team System yet. There are a few glaring omission's. Microsoft has made a serious commitment to Team System, the amount of money spent on it is staggering and is clearly a long term investiment. I believe it's goal will ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 4:22 PM

Visual Studio Team System Licensing Rant
I'm not a fan of the new licensing model for MSDN and Team Studio. It's not about being to complicated, which it is, it's about the increase in price. MSDN Universal as it's name state's had all the Microsoft software in the package, the equivalent to my mind is Team Suite. Except that MSDN universal has been down-graded to MSDN Premium subscription. Team Suite works out to be double the price of MSDN Universal. Ok, so it still cheaper than the opposition, but not by much! Take for example Serena, ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 4:13 PM

Architects! Reach for the SkyScrapr!
Microsoft has, with very little fan-fare, launched another site specifically aimed at Architects called The differences being it is aimed specifically at Solution, Infrastructure, Strategic & Industry Architects which to be fair aren't areas that Microsoft has covered much before. The site has afew articles, blogs and links to podcasts with a novel new feature called the 'Archipedia' is to provide plain english definitions of architectural topics such as for example 'What is ......

Posted On Friday, May 26, 2006 12:53 PM

Girl Geeks are Cool!
Tuesday night I was lucky enough to attend the 6th London Girl Geek dinner held at the Polar Bear which is literally a stones throw from Leicester Square tube. The host was Ms Blow and the guest speaker was Celia Francis, CEO of WeeWorld. This time round it was a smaller, more intimate affair than some of the previous events. In a way it was nicer as I had a golden opportunity to have a chat with almost everyone at the event. I believe that there were a lot of absentees, so all I can say is that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:41 AM

“It's not a question of whether we'll open source Java, now the question is how”
“It's not a question of whether we'll open source Java, now the question is how” said Sun’s new chief executive Jonathan Schwartz at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. Sun so far has resisted calls to release the code over concerns for fragmentation and forking, pressure from IBM and BEA has perhaps finally encouraged a change of heart. However this isn’t going to stop Sun from moving forward and developing Java itself, ‘Mustang’ is expected later this year ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:50 AM

How do we defeat our ego's?
As we all know the development cycle at many a code shop is floored and there has been a number of methodologies and initiatives to help us get over some of the core problems. The simple fact is that I believe that a great deal of the problems in the development cycle or more uncomfortably closer to home. I alluded to this in a previous post ‘Software design and why developers suck at it !’ but to but it bluntly, it’s our attitude towards our work and the other people (other than ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 4:53 PM

Intellisense in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 editors
As normal service has resumed and I’m blogging again (admittedly I’m not going to blog about absolutely everything) here is a wonderful little utility I found on my travels for adding Intellisense to editor in SQL Server. It’s called promptSQL from Red Gate. I really love how Intellisense makes me more productive (i.e. lazy) in Visual Studio and I was wondering about its rather obvious admission from SQL Server 2005 Management Studio, missing a trick strings to mind. Anyway for ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 12:30 PM

QTEK 9100 / I-Mate k-Jam / HTC Wizard feedback from ordinary users
In this post I would like to share some the comments about the QTEK 9100/I-Mate k-Jam/HTC Wizard devices that I’ve had in the field since mid February. The feedback is from ordinary users where I.T. isn’t their primary function. Some of them have used Palm-Pilots in the past, for many this is there first experience at a Microsoft platform based devices. I should also explain that my organisation has both Lotus Domino and Exchange thanks to mergers and acquisitions, so many users use Lotus ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 7:31 AM

'SOA will be the dominate technology issue in the IT market'
... was the conclusion of a recent IDC Research survey, entitled 'FROM PILOT TO PAYOFF: SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE HITS ITS STRIDE' which can be found here.Top Survey Insights• Between 2005 and 2006, SOA adoption accelerated – with increases in pilot program, departmental, and enterprise-wide deployments.• SOA spending increased, while funding for traditional architectures dropped.• SOA momentum will continue to build, as most companies consider SOA a critical short- and ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:59 PM

Software design and why developers suck at it !
I’ve been on holiday recently and my sun-lounger reading of choice amongst all the usual best-seller guff was Alan Cooper’s The Inmates Are Running the Asylum which came highly recommended from a good friend of mine. To be perfectly honest, the book has altered my world view of the development cycle and our issues. So what I want to discuss here is one of the issues that came out of the book and that issue is us, the developers! In short, if you haven’t read the book (and I highly ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:54 PM

Can Microsoft be Cool?
? Google has it, Apple's got enough to bottle and give away.What am I talking about? It's Coolness.Coolness that most fickle and allusive of all sort after qualities, sells. Admittedly it's no guarantee of success or even profit but it it desirable and certainly an aid to help your product fly off the shelves.So is Microsoft cool? Only amongst the die-hards and apologists perhaps, but not the man in the street. IMHO Microsoft's image is pretty cheesie. The video about if Microsoft designed the iPod ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:49 PM

Someone (they didn't leave a name) recently suggested I should stay off the coffee before I start talking about SOA, hence the picture (thanks for the use of), fellow GWB'er Chris Williams also suggested I should get things off my chest, so here goes. I’m sick of SOA and the state of affairs it’s in now. SOA is suffering from a very major credibility issue that threatens to kill off the term and therefore I fear the ideal. Ironically, the cause of the problem is the very ......

Posted On Friday, April 21, 2006 1:15 PM

What am I going to do with my blog?
I've had this wonderful blog for sometime and I've come to a crossroads with it. I should imagine I'm just like many other bloggers that reach a point where you ask yourself telling questions and the ones I am asking myself are .. Why am I blogging? Enjoyment? Self-Promotion? Getting in touch with others? What is the focus of my site? Who are the people that read my site? Is keeping the blog uptodate taking over? I feel sometimes I'm just regurgitation news, admittedly sometimes with my own spin ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:55 AM

The Lovely Eilieen is on C9 !
My friend, the lovely Eileen has been captured in glorious technicolor here on C9. If you are going to watch any C9 video this year watch this one because Eileen has had a fascinating life so far. I'm not going to creep any more about her cos she'll hate me for it, needless to say good for you Eileen ......

Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:50 AM

On the mend.

As some of you may know I’ve been ill. Happily now I’m on the mend and part of my recovery is getting my blog back up to speed.

Thanks to everyone who sent kind notes and cards.

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 9:15 AM

The Inbox is the electronic equivalent of a messy pile of paper
Colin and Richard have both recently commented on email, so here’s my 2p The problem with email is that it equates to an electronic pile of paper, cluttered, un-ordered, random and messy. It’s easy to miss something key, even nowadays spam uses the importance flag. The advantage with RSS isn’t so much the technology but how it is applied, with an RSS feed it is categorised by you in your aggregator from the very beginning. Yes it is possible to create a rule that places emails into ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 8:25 AM

ClipCode 'Gang of Four' Patterns and a recap on what is a DSL?
I thought it would only be a matter of time before the patterns from the Gang of Four appeared in Microsoft's DSL design tool add-in for Visual Studio 2005 . ClipCode has done just that. So, what is a DSL? A picture can says a thousand words and this is why greater understanding is achieved with diagrams. As you can imagine, an icon or graphic can have a different meaning depending on the group, company or industry, i.e. 'the domain' you work in. It is difficult to have a diagramming system that ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:41 PM

The Infragistics Controls
Richard has posted over the weekend about his recent experiences with the Infragistics grid control and the memory leakages his team has experienced ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2006 6:56 AM

My DDD3 session proposal
In this day and age keeping up with that is going on is an art in itself. Yes, there is blogs, articles, webcasts, on-line teaching, podcasts and vlogs, all pretty cool if you really have the time but nothing beats someone examining it to you in person. This is why DDD days are great! So, I’ve been thinking for sometime now what would be a good DDD session? Well one of the elements of my role is explaining to people of all areas of my business the benefits of a particular technology or technological ......

Posted On Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:29 AM

Database matters.
Arguably one of the most common things you will do in SQL Server stored proc's after writing SELECT, INSERT, UDPATE & DELETE statements is to retrieve the new record ID of the row of data that has just been inserted. For sometime now the most popular way to do this is @@IDENTITY, but @@IDENTITY does have a flaw and that is it will return the ID of the last record created anywhere in the database, so if another process is inserting a record somewhere else, you could receive that ID instead. With ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 8:41 AM

Microsoft Office 2007 & What is Microsoft Office Groove?
Office 12 will be named Microsoft Office 2007 on release. The official release date is still tba but is expected late 2006. The Microsoft Office 2007 fact sheet can be found here. One of the interesting additions to the Office suite is Microsoft Office Groove. Groove is all about people collaboration. Increasing people need to work as a team, but the teams boundaries could be geographical, organization or disconnected. The Groove.Net site products overview page explains it better than I can, "What's ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:57 AM

Sarah has the hump
I noticed that Sarah has got the hump about the 'meme's at MOMO. Personally, I've always thought that marketing guys really need tech as much as we need marketing guys to get the message out. Microsoft has Evangelist which is a sort of 30%/70% toward tech split and so they get it and there fore are cool, the guys at MOMO are missing the trick, so it's a my wag is bigger than your wag contest. They are forgetting the first rule of marketing, your need to be near the skin to feel the pulse! I have ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:59 PM

SXIP & Identity 2.0
Security and identity are problems that the Internet just hasn't cracked. The problem is no one organisation has a user identity mechanism that everyone else will agree to use, so the consumer is the loser as he or she has to put the same piece of personal data into multiple websites over and over again. Microsoft did think they had the answer with the passport system, this was nice and simple in my opinion, but today only Microsoft sites really use it and this is because some viewed it as expensive ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:53 PM

MSDN Magazines RSS feeds
The MSDN Magazine website now supports RSS feeds so you can keep up to date with new articles. It's pretty straight forward, you can select the feed you require by three different category drop-downs, Technology, Column or Author. The page in question can be found here. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:00 AM

Next London Girl Geek Dinner, March 14th
Katy Pearce has organised the next London Girl Geek Dinner The guest speaker for the evening will be Cory Doctorow. Usual rules apply, guys need to bring a girl, this way then event keeps a nice balance. I'm going with Sarah and no I'm not her secret admirer. 1) I'm married to the lovely Louise 2) My admiration for Sarah (although platonic) is no secret. FULL DETAILS:DATE : Tuesday, March 14th 2006, 8pmWHERE: Pitcher and Piano 68 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY Map HOW MUCH: £15 cos the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:49 AM

Yahoo Design Pattern Library
Yahoo has created a design pattern library in their developer section and can be found here. Sadly no code drops to accompany the design patterns but it's a good start. Nice one Yahoo! I hope MSN and Google will follow suit. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:14 AM

DDD3 dates have changed!
DDD3 is being held on the 3rd June @ Microsoft, Reading, UK The reason why the date has been changed from the 10th was because of a certain football game and Craig Murphy being a Metallica fan! Don't forget to register here. P.S. Should I put my name down as a speaker ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:32 AM

.Net Enterprise Library 2.0 is available
I noticed that a new version of the Enterprise library for .Net 2.0 and is available for download here. The Key changes are, Configuration now built on System.Configuration • Configuration Application Block no longer exists • Easier to use blocks with or without configuration files Instrumentation configurable is disabled by default Much improved Logging Application Block • Flexibility and performance Simpler and more powerful Data Access Application Block • Use with OLE-DB, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:10 AM

The C9 Collage


See if you can find yourself.

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:32 PM

Software Architecture Links Page

Bredemeyer Consulting have created this very handy and frequently updated links page on all things to do with Software Architecture. One to add to the favourites.


Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:23 PM

Dead Fish Can't Swim But They Can Float Down a Waterfall!
For all those supporters of the Waterfall methodology here is the conference just for you!http://www.waterfall200... Register for Waterfall 2006 We're sorry but registration is not yet ready. Our software developers have a really wonderful design. They're almost done entering it into it a UML tool. They've told us not to worry and that finishing it will be "trivial" because "all that's left is the coding." We're not sure what features will be on the registration pages because the developers haven't ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:21 PM

VB 9.0 (LINQ & XML) Preview is available for download
I find it really exciting that Microsoft are investing so much still into Visual Basic. VB.Net 2005 has only been out a since November and we are already talking about the next version. Visual Basic 9 is actually going to be a very exciting language as it incorporates LINQ, if you don't know what link is I'll let Don Box and Anders Hejlsberg explain from their whitepaper that can be found here. "After two decades, the industry has reached a stable point in the evolution of object oriented programming ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 5:55 PM

Big Day for NTL! 100mb broadband & mobile TV
NTL are indeed pushing the boundaries today in the UK, they have announced a 100mb broadband trial with a partner called ARRIS. NTL have also announced mobile TV pilot with Microsoft and Virgin Mobile. It would seem that NTL are indeed again the comms company to watch in the UK, but I'm still hearing horror stories about the customer service but my recent personal experience was nothing but positive ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 1:28 PM

Microsoft Architect Insight Conference
The Microsoft Architect Insight Conference is being held in Newport, Gwent on the 22-23 March. The list of speakers is very impressive, practically a who's who of the leading lights of Architecture and they are, Dr Ivar Jacobson Martin Fowler – Chief Scientist, Thoughtworks Andrew Herbert – Director, Microsoft UK Research Centre Paul Preiss – President, IASA David Sprott – CEO & Principal Analyst, CBDI This is not an event I want to miss, but as usual getting my Boss to ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:52 AM

No More Delphi?
So Borland has decided to make some changes. One of them is to take a long hard look at Dephi's future. The full story can be found here. EDIT: change from the orginal post ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 6:47 PM

Virtually Colin is Blogging & Free VMWare.
What Colin doesn't know about VMWare isn't worth knowing after all it's only going to be a matter of time before server are build with a virtualisation product as standard because without one a whole server to run one OS will seem such a waste! So, if I was you Colin's new blog is going to be one to watch and an opportunity to get with the learning curve. And as VMWare Server entry level product is now free, so what are you waiting for? Colin's blog is here here. Free VMWare server is available here, ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:14 PM

Blog Tag
Ug! Channel 9's Blowdart aka Barry Dorans blog tagged me, so here goes …Four jobs I've had: Technical Architect .Net Developer Soldier Pizza Delivery Scooter Boy Four movies I can watch over and over: Aliens Dr No Human Traffic Withnail and I Four places I've lived: Woking London Munich Aldershot Four TV shows I love: Battlestar Galactica (new version) Lost Black Books My Name is Earl Four places I've vacationed Lake Como Blue Mountains Venice Florence Four of my favourite dishes Anything with ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 6:06 PM

IBM introduce a free version of DB2
IBM recently introduced a free version of its DB2 database called DB2 Express-C, a move designed to win software developers over to its products. The database is essentially the same as there commercial product but is limited to a single dual core processor and a memory limit of 4GB. IBM's decision to add a free database to its lineup is really keeping up with the Jones follows moves by its largest rivals in the database business, Oracle and Microsoft. With the release of SQL Server 2005 in November ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:34 AM

DOTNETKICKS and the best article on VB6 to VB2005 conversion
Gavin Joyce has created a great new website called The site is geared towards Microsoft development and is very much community driven were the community decides what stories are on the site with a novel twist! Members of the community can 'Kick' an article, after recieving enough kicks the article is then promoted to the front page. Simple and clever as the most popular content will appear first. The site also has a simple search engine for finding articles and a side bar that also ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:30 AM

What is Ajax?
I had promised you another post on my predictions for 2006. Well, after listening to feedback (thanks all that have emailed me) it seems that most of you would like to see a deeper dive into technologies that interest me (with diagrams) but in an easy to digest way. So, this is the first in the range of these posts. What is Ajax? Introduction Ajax or Asynchronous JavaScript And XML is a term that describes the use of a combination of existing web technologies to build rich and interactive web pages. ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 12:47 PM

New London Girl Geek Dinners website
London Girl Geek Dinners now has a website which can be found here. For all you fans of RSS (me included), the site will soon have a RSS feed. Nice one Minxy ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 11:07 AM

Oh Sexy iMacs!
God they are good looking machines! Be still me Geeking heart. I'm a bit of a late comer to the world of Macs but look at the new MacBook Pro ... you've gotta want one! I'm just a sucker for brush aluminum. (Pictures Courtesy of Engadget ) Steve Job's today at MacWorld Expo in his keynote also presented the new Intel based iMac's. They are basically the same as the existing models but with Intel duel cores so they are a darn sight faster, welcome the joys of Intel Apple! Also the iPod has finally ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 6:27 PM

Secret Bloggers
It's funny really, my organisation hasn't got an official blog or gotten around to adding RSS feeds to the site (I'm sure they will do sooner or later) but plenty of people in my organisation are beavering away with their own blogs. Here is a list of the ones I've discovered so far (I'm darn sure there are more) and as it's all personal content I'm sure our corporate communications department wouldn't get upset about any of it. But as for certain political parties, World of Warcraft players and certain ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 2:17 PM

Ultimate Portabale GPS units from Garmin. The Forerunner 205 & 305 ?
Dave Caddick's excellent original post here ... ... not forgetting then GPS you can wear on your wrist! The Forerunner 205 and the 305 unveiled at this years CES in Vas Legas. Both the products provide information in real-time to the users and help keep track of their fitness regime and goals. Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 are waterproof and come in a new design where the GPS antenna wraps around part of the wrist helping it to have a better view of the sky. GPS receiver sensitivity has been enhanced ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 5:49 PM

Oracles Multi-core processor Pricing & Licensing Policy.
"Oracle will continue to recognize each core as a separate processor; however, the processor definition has been amended as it relates to counting multi-core chips to determine the total number of processor licenses required. For the purposes of counting the number of processors that require licensing, the number of cores in a multi-core chip now shall be multiplied by a factor of .75. Previously, each core was counted as a full processor." Source: here I think this is rubbish! A processor is a processor ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:26 PM

What I would change about Google's Front Page
I'm a regular user of Google like billions of other net users. Most of my interactions with take place via the toolbar at the top of my browser but sometimes when I want to use another service I venture on to the front page of the UK version which is simple and clean. I have liked the fact that Google has resisted the temptation to sell parts of this space to advertisers. More and more these days I'm getting a bit bored of the extra click on the more » link, it would be cool if ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 3:30 PM

Need to update 7.5 million users up to 29 times a minute for less than £100,000 p.a?
Radio Tele-switching had it's 29th birthday last week. The service has been live since April 1985 and I can't help but be amazed by it. Simply put 7.5 million electricity meter's in the UK are remotely controlled by radio. The radio message is sent out by the BBC on a low frequency of Radio 4. This week I attended the RTS (Radio Tele-Switching) User Group meeting which was set up to bring this technology into the modern age as essentially it hasn't change for such a long time. For instance the kit ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 2:46 PM

London Is Zombie Capital of the World
"London is the zombie capital of the world, with approximately 150,000 PCs secretly controlled by hackers, Symantec has revealed. And the UK -- thanks mostly to the rapid growth of broadband -- is officially the worst bot-infected place on the globe. Somewhat bizarrely, the obscure city of Winsford in Cheshire is the world's second biggest hotspot for zombies, according to Symantec, followed by Seoul in Korea." The full story can be found here. I'm not actually shocked. Us Brits are utterly complacent ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 1:06 PM

Mobile Management made easy with Sybase iAnywhere's Afaria
No rest for the wicked! My first week back has meant clocking up the miles and visiting vendors and attending meetings. One of the software vendors I went to visit was Sybase at their Maidenhead office and particularly their mobility division. I would like to thank Ian Matthews and Tim Roberts for there hospitality. The day visit was a deep dive into the Afaria mobility management product. Afaria, if you have done your homework, is the pretty much the market leader in the mobility management space ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 2:05 PM

Windows experienced less vulnerability in 2005 than Linux/Unix.
Now there is lies, down right lies and statistics specially in I.T. (Oh you cynic Dave) Statistics are the major weapon of spin, so it’s interesting when a US Government agency, CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) publishes it’s stats for 2005 which can be found here. And CERT says “This bulletin provides a year-end summary of software vulnerabilities that were identified between January 2005 and December 2005. The information is presented only as a index with links to the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2006 1:26 PM

I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

I'm off to a Slovakia Bar (yummy!) on London's South Bank with Mr C and Co where we will see the New Year in and watch the fireworks over at the London Eye which is just around the corner.

So take care and have a lovely New Year !



Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 9:44 AM

My New Year Predictions: part1 - 64Bit and other hardware bits.
As the year comes to a close I will be taking a few guesses in a series of two posts that will outline what I think the next twelve months has in store for us in I.T. and beyond. So here is the disclaimer, none of this stuff is true! It’s just guesses and should be view as just pure entertainment, so if any of it proves to be accurate that’s just luck! So sit back and enjoy the ride into my imagination. It’s a pretty safe bet that 64bit computing will be on every hardware and software ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 5:34 PM

Merry Christmas and a very interesting New Year!
I'm going away for the next few days to spend time with my family, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Whilst I am away I will be putting the finishing touches to a few posts that will be interesting and perhaps even controversial, as I will be make my predictions for the year a head. What I can practically guanantee is that you will hear something new! Call it my late Christmas present to you for reading my blog. Take care, see you again on the 27th ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 8:18 PM

SCA or Service Component Architecture
When companies such as BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Siebel Systems, IONA and Sybase comes together it is for an important reason. There are two main reasons for this, firstly Enterprise Java Beans initially didn’t come up with the goods, it didn’t really do the job it was advertised to do and it was clunky and clumsy. Secondly, because J2EE wasn’t as good as hoped it endured a few major revisions which has made it difficult (and expensive) to get JCP certified. Ok, so there is ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 5:50 PM

IT companies 'discriminate towards women'
The story is here. Do you believe it is true for starters? I know in one organisation I worked for there wasn't an active written policy of doing this, but we were all very aware that the men to women ratio wasn't healthy as the women were literally completely out-numbered by approx 40 times. I believe the main cause is that IT isn't an obviously attractive industry for women to work in and this is the challenge that we all have to counter if we ever going to redress the balance. Is being a Geek ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 2:55 PM

On the road to 64bit: A discussion on options
Tuesday I posted about one of the pitfall of going 64bit and that was that 16bit applications wouldn’t work and because our current 32bit operating systems will happily run 16bit we may be none the wiser. One of the ‘Usual Suspect’, Mike Dimmick kindly posted in my comments, “I'm not sure if a 32-bit OS running as a guest under Virtual Server 2005 R2 or VMWare on a 64-bit host will support 16-bit code. I'd hope so. That may not help you since this is presumably a client-side ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 7:27 AM

On the road to 64bit
It really stuck home today how much 64bit is a big deal. Our strategy is to move forward to 64bit in one of our companies as its pretty much ‘brown field’ after recent acquisition. Forward thinking requires our decisions to have a little extra longevity specially if you are making a sizable investment, we want ours moneys worth, so, the ‘bang for buck’ ratio comes into play so therefore 64bit is a clear winner. So this morning I discovered two 16bit applications with 400 users. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:05 PM

Microsoft Research Singularity Operating System
Microsoft Research has released details of the new operating system it is currently working on called ‘Singularity’. “Singularity is a research project in Microsoft Research that started with the question: what would a software platform look like if it was designed from scratch with the primary goal of dependability? Singularity is working to answer this question by building on advances in programming languages and tools to develop a new system architecture and operating system ......

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 8:33 AM

Had enough of FUD!
I’m sick to the back teeth! I could scream! I could pull my hair out in great big clumps! I’m working on a large project currently that has meant watching more than a few presentations from large software vendors and it has to be said many of which have focused on the negative by casting fear, uncertainty and doubt over other vendors. This practice is as old as the hills and therefore is easy to spot and just puts me off listening to another word from a vendor’s representative. ......

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 4:46 PM

Microsoft is a Live!
I’ve had a busy week on the road, well until the gear-box on my car broke! Anyway, it gives me a chance to catch my breath and post about a few things that have caught my eye recently. Microsoft has gone all abit Live! Press announcement here. In brief, what was announced is that some new and existing product and services will align themselves under the Windows Live, Office Live or Xbox Live banner. For example MSN Messenger will become Windows Live Messenger with the next version. MSN will ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 11:59 AM

Microsoft's New Development Qualifications
Microsoft today have announces a new set of development qualifications. There are three levels of qualifications starting from Specialist level, to Professional with the third and highest level being Architect. Now it’s nice and simple to understand and I much prefer this to some meaningless acronym which I couldn’t equate to a job title or more importantly pay scale. More information can be found here. Now the qualification to become an Architect is pretty darn tough but perhaps rightly ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:28 PM

Amazing list of Free Support Links at Microsoft.

I have just stubbled across this post on the 'Industry Insiders' blog... and it's the most amazing list of links to free support on the Microsoft web-site.

A very handy post to bookmark.

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:23 PM

Microsoft goes soft on virtualization server licences.
Microsoft is seeking to simplify the software licencing for it's server products in the area of virtualization. The press release can be found here. According to this eweek article, Microsoft isn't going to be better off by the change. I'm sure they will continue to make a profit but just not as much, this will obviously make it more attractive to purchase servers with a view to virtualization. From a hardware sellers view this is a boost to them as they will obviously ship larger boxes. So a winner ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:57 PM

My 100th Post @ GWB
Well this is post number 100! I would like to thanks Jeff for having me over the last few months. I hope that I have brought a little insight into the goes on of my brain. I’m not going to change the formula of the blog all that much as some of my posts have been very popular (one with over 22,000 visits!) But what I will be doing is a bit more original content as I have plenty more in my brain to share and more opinions on today’s stories that catch my eye. For those of you who also ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 10:58 AM

Windows XP N is a flop!
“Windows XP N is a version of Windows that is unbundled from Windows Media Player. The European Commission decision prohibited Microsoft from charging more for the stripped-down operating system -- Microsoft listed the product for the same price as the full version of Windows XP.” Full story here. All I can say is that I’m not surprised! Firstly, I do agree that the EC is trying to make an even playing field and they should be applauded for that but in this instance the result was ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 10:53 AM

Excel Development Team and a mad old rant!
The Excel Development team I have started blogging here. I’m not a great fan of Excel, it overstepped its bounds of being a spreadsheet program many moons ago and now it’s an uncontrollable monster. Of course users love it and best analogy for the reason they do is that Excel could be compared to a top of the range Swiss-army knife, with so many blades and bits and bobs you couldn’t possible get around to using them all. It’s great! So you have this great tool you can take ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 5:14 PM

Office 12 will have native PDF support
Office 12 is going to have built in support for PDF’s! More info can be found here. Now this is a feature that Office really has needed for a few versions since PDF came to prominence. Many would argue that this is a little late as the world and his life have purchased a third-party solution to turn documents into PDF’s (and even back again) I can see a very lucrative market being wiped out. The ask for native PDF support has been going on for so long now that Office not having it was ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 12:18 PM

Robert Scoble has a new home ...

Anyway, whats all the fuss about OPML feeds, someone please explain?


Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 9:53 AM

A shocking account of life with IBM.
I can not personally vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of this post but it is shocking reading and if true I believe IBM would do well to respond. The sad thing is with my own personal experience of working with IBM I do not find this all to hard to believe. ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:59 PM

The Google factor, is Microsoft's crown safe?
I'm not a very good Microsoft Zealot. I always will be far more attracted by the best of breed. Google is certainly creating a lot of good publicity recently and seems to being pitched as the new great white hope to the Microsoft crown which only months ago this illustrious title went to Linux ... or was it Java .. or was it StarOffice, I forget, the irrelevance really does become a blur. I find all this talk actually very frustrating, because it doesn't really move us forward. Microsoft is where ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:40 PM

TCS launches innovation Lab for R&D in emerging technologies
Tata Consultancy Services (or TCS) are setting up a new research in emerging technologies such Grid, SOA and Collaborative Software Development. Their press announcement can be found here. I have the good fortune to work with TCS on projects within my organisation. Have no doubt that the Indian consultancies are here and are fully aware and equipped to take on today’s and tomorrows challenges. They have passion and the correct attitude. Yes it is true that not all of their developers have made ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 6:49 PM

1st Microsoft Architecture Podcast
The first edition can be found here. "Welcome to the NEW ARCast! ARCast is an ongoing podcast series created by the Architect Strategy Team with the goal of spawning insightful, enlightening and sometimes contentious conversations about the hottest topics in Architecture today. Each new series will host five Architects from the community, both internal Microsoft and external folks. Panelists are free to discuss their own personal opinions about the topics and drive conversation to an open forum built ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:42 PM

Team Foundation Server Beta 3 Available for Download on MSDN
TFS Beta 3 actually was available for download since Friday, but I've been slow on the up take this weekend. The TFS team have been working hard on making the install process easier, my advice here is simple ... 1) Use a fresh built server 2) Use a server you don't mind completely rebuilding, a good idea is to use a virtualised server but remember that Microsoft have not fully supported this option. 3) Read and understand the install process BEFORE you do it. RTFM !!!! 4) Get hold of the right versions ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:18 PM

Second UK Girl Geek Dinner Announced, 11 October, Texas Embassy, London
More info can be found here, and here. Go on girls! If your a Geek, come out of the wood work and go and have some fun. I personally would love to go, but I don't have a date, my wife is going to be on the otherside of the world and she couldn't really be called a Geek anyway. Anyway I really hope you all have a lovely time, the pod-cast for the first made it sound like a blast ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 10:15 AM

Conclusions I've drawn from the VB debate on Channel 9
As with so many of these debates we never seem to draw conclusions. I would like to take this opportunity to do that as this is an old debate and one that really needs finally putting to rest.I started this debate here on Channel 9 because this old issue hasn't really been resolved as VB does encounter a lot of FUD.A good example is that many UK companies will hire a C# developer for approx £5000 more than a VB.NET developer, this is because the HR guys have been steered by us, we have created ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 10:04 AM

I still Love VB!
I shouldn't feel ashamed! I'm not a second class developer!I've been developing for years from COBOL, C, Ada, Smalltalk, VC++ and VB is still my favourite language.Before .Net I really wanted VB to be fully OO. Like many, I got OO, I just couldn't afford to be blue-sky purest all the time when a dead-lines looming and VB has always been great for productivity.VB has taken all kinds of FUD over the years amazingly even when it became a .Net language. So how is C# better than VB? It isn't, the plain ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2005 5:48 PM

RTS is old but it still works
I’ve been on my travels today; I attended the first meeting of the RTS Users group. RTS what’s that? Well did you know that here in the UK, RTS has over 5 million users, you may be one and you may not even know it! RTS or Radio Tele-Switching is a method by which all power companies in the UK switch on and off electricity storage heaters. Basically, a radio message is sent-out via the side-bands of BBC Radio 4 which programs your meter and tells it when to switch your heating on or off. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 2:30 PM

Microsoft Architect Forum - June 16th - Connect Systems
Over the next few days I will be posting a series of my notes as I finish typing them up on some of the day’s sessions at the Microsoft Architect Forum in London, Mayfair. I will not be covering every session in detail as there just was so much, I found it hard to take it all in, being mortal and all. Anyway down to business ... The first session of the Architect Forum was Connected Systems Strategy by Anthony Saxby, Practice Manager and CTO at Microsoft, a man I have had the pleasure of meeting ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 11:02 PM

RUN FOR COVER! Sabots Shell has just landed!
Greetings Earth Men (and women ... will be PC on the blog, thanx muchly) ! I come in peace, with woow so many years of experience under my belt I should have retired or been shot by now! Welcome to the first instalment of my 'Happy Space' as Mr Robert Scoble (President elect of the Blogworld) but unlike Microsoft Marketing department you'll get the chance to answer back disagree and just plain old talk to me. This space will be all about my passions the things that make me go wooow and I hope that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 10:22 PM

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