Modeling Tools Wishlist…

Ron Jacobs, a MVP, has created a Wiki for a DSD wish list. Here’s the location: https://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.ModelingTools Ali

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Mechanical Turk and Artificial Artificial Intelligence….

Mturk is the latest buzz these days — developers using web services to create human tasks. As unique as the mturk seems, this is in fact been what workflow systems have been doing for years. BizTalk does this to some extent (athough in my opinion it’s strength is really its EAI). Ultimus,  another workflow system, also does…

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VB and the DSD…

As I was watching Soma’s Channel9 video (https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=134059), I felt reassured that our decision to make VB the default language (if all languages are installed) for applications on our design surface was validated. Choosing a language is a personal choice. Therefore when we had to make the decision to default to a particular language for…

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Now that we’ve shipped V1, what’s going on?

Now that we’ve shipped. I wanted to provide transperency into what we’re doing in the group. The top three initiatives are: Introspection This is what I call the introspective phase of the software lifecycle (MQ), where we’re analyzing the mistakes we made in the last ship cycle and are trying to improve our processes, strategy,…

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Shipping Whitehorse…

We finally shipped! This is the first time I have shipped anything at Microsoft and as one of the last Program Managers responsible for shipping the product I am really proud to be a part of this team.  There many memories that I will forever keep with me about the last ship cycle. My most favorite…

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Devarchitect and personas…

Even prior to Bill Gibson’s blog on the devarchitect,  my own thoughts on personas have been that they are very useful abstractions that help us focus us on the target user and hence prioritize features accordingly. It is essential that we create those abstractions correctly. Consequently, Bill’s hypothesis of the devarchiect can have serious implications…

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Check out Bill Gibson’s Blog!

Bill’s a senior PM on our team and I’m happy that he’s finally joined the bandwagon and started blogging. Check out: http://blogs.msdn.com/billgibson/ Ali

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Macrovision InstallShield and VSTA…

Finally! We just went public with Installsheild as a key strategic partner during the PDC. I’ve been so exicited by this development that I really had to really control myself from leaking this one out… During BobMu’s keynote demo, we demonstrated VSTA’s integration with Macrovision installsheild and the ability to deploy the latest application updates to servers from the…

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What is an application?

‘Application’ seems to be one of the most overused terms in the industry today. During our usabilty studies, the use of the word tended to confuse people as they had their own concept of the term. Therefore, when I saw a great explanation of the term from Bill in one of his vision documents I only felt…

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