Describing a software architect by the patterns he uses…

Jack Greenfield sent an email around that described the architect from the perspective of the patterns an architect uses: The basic working methods of the architects are covered by a limited set of very generic patterns:- Viewpoint hopping, looking at the problem and (potential) solutions from many points of view, see section 4.2.- Decomposition, breaking…

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Encrypted Config Sections…

One of the limitations of our designers is that it does not support encrypted appSettings entries. After talking to customers, however, we have realized that this it is not a common scenario to encrypt the config sections during design and that it is usually done at deployment time. In fact, an advantage of the new…

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I’m a Mort when it comes to DSL tools!

Senior members in our team have suggested that PM team should start using the DSL tools to prototype some of the new architecture models/designers that are being proposed. Consequently, I’ve been laboring away on my DSLs for the last few days and  Pedro’s been a great help. However, there are two things that I (WARNING: Controversial…

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You are what you read…

There are a few books that you have to had read to have an intelligent conversation with Bill Gibson, Jack Greenfield, and David Trowbridge, aside from Jack and Keith’s Software Factories book. While these change from month to month, for the topic dejure, the following books were recently recommened to me by David. 1. Objects, Components,…


Powertools for Distributed System Designers

Dmitriy Vayasura released an add-in with a whole bunch of Class Designer/Distributed System Designer power tools last year on GotDotNet: http://www.gotdotnet.com/workspaces/workspace.aspx?id=fe72608b-2b28-4cc1-9866-ea6f805f45f3 I’m wondering if anyone is specifically using the Distributed System Designer part of the power tools. If so, I would really appreciate it if you could add a comment or email me about the features you are…


Workflow for using the Distributed System Designers

I just discovered a cool workflow for how to use the Distributed System Designer. http://dotnet.org.za/photos/willy/images/50063/original.aspx Cheers, Ali

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Mark Groves and Top-down Design

Mark just posted a blog about top-down design here: http://spaces.msn.com/mgroves/blog/cns!43AFE059FDA652E!1179.entry This is so typical of Microsoft. Mark came in and said, “Show me the value!” and after throwing various TechNotes/Documentation at Mark, including those on Shadow Applications and Agile Development, Mark was asked to make it better so that others like him get it. Therefore, please…


Most excellent architectural resource…

Jeff Tash has created an excellent repository of architecture resources here: www.ITscout.org/Architecture. Note that this is not the IASA Taxonomy. Ali

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Describing a reference model for SOA…

I got an email from Nichole last week about a talk that she was going to give on the OASIS Reference Model for SOA this Wednesday (tommorow) on the Microsoft campus. See: http://www.iasahome.org/iasaweb/appmanager/home/chapterdetail?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=chapterdetail_meetings&chapterdetail_meeting_portletid=15401&chapterdetail_meeting_portletchannel=3216 As this was the first time that I had heard of the reference model, I decided to read through it. Fortunately, I found nothing…

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