A Flexible Model for Data Integration

While taking some time to peruse issue #8 of the Architecture Journal (an excellent resource, by all means), I ran into Tim Ewald's and Kim Wolk's article on "A Flexible Model for Data Integration". Pretty interesting, certainly in line with some of the service versioning stuff Tim has talked about....

VPC, Virtual Server and VMWare Server

I've been a happy user of Virtual PC for a number of years; it has made my life a lot easier and it offers a good combination of features. But, quite frankly, I've been getting fed up with it lately. There are two basic reasons why: Performance: On my laptop...

WCF, POX and Encoders

Nicholas Allen has been writing about some of the changes in the June CTP of WCF (his blog is an excellent resource, by the way), and in entry #2 he talks a bit about some changes made to better support POX style applications in WCF. I'm very happy the WCF...

Operation Executive Sponsor

I was reading yesterday (a couple months late, as usual) the March issue of Communications of the ACM, and ran into Phillip G. Armour's The Business of Software column talking about the need for an Operational Executive Sponsor to ensure success of any software development process change initiative.I can say...

AMQP Protocol Working Group

Steve Vinoski reports here on the creation of a Working Group to advance the formalization of a standard spec for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP). I think this is pretty interesting: Queuing mechanisms are an extremely powerful and very handy tool for many applications and are a great way...

WCF, Complexity and XML

Clemens has a pretty interesting post (as usual) on his recent XML is the assembly language of Web 2.0 entry. He makes a good point that the WS-* stack has grown so complicated that it's pretty hard for humans to directly grok at the XML level (i.e. at the message...

VPC, Performance and Intel 950 chipset

Lately, I've been getting a little fed up with the poor performance I was getting out of my virtual machines in Virtual PC 2004 (which I still prefer compared to using Virtual Server 2005 R2 directly). Performance was particularly bad on VPC image with SQL Server 2005, which has a...

WCF Concerns

Wallace B. McClure posted here about some of the concerns he has regarding WCF. I'm not sure I agree 100%, but he does make a pretty good point about the fact that MS is pushing WCF pretty hard as a solution to all problems, and we'll just have to see...

WPF Custom Controls, Part Deux

Robin Davies commented on my earlier post about custom controls in WPF, and he makes a pretty good point, I think, that perhaps WPF will help drive the presentation layer to have more designer involvement in the layout and presentation of rich clients, similar to how they now "own" the...

Service Orientation, Autonomy and Caching

Clemens has posted an interesting entry on the topics of Service Orientation, Service Autonomy and Caching here. It's worth reading. Several things caught my interest from Clemens' piece:The Service Orientation Principles and Autonomy: Clemens comments that he was initially confused by the meaning of the word "Autonomy" as part of...