Microsoft Tag – Snap. Blink. Wow!

Sometimes there’s just a really cool idea worth mentioning. I hope this Mobile Tagging concept takes off because with server redirects from the info stored in the high capacity colour barcode tag, the possibilities seem endless and loose associative coupling between tag and function means the target scenarios can be really flexible. “Microsoft Tag creates…

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TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers – Introducing the Windows Embedded track

Catherine Heller, Technical Evangelist on my team, has been working hard to put together a great Windows Embedded track at TechEd EMEA 2008: Developers in Barcelona, Spain | 10-14 November, 2008. She’s provided a comprehensive write up of the track on her Blog – “We believe there’s a huge opportunity for developers in this space,…

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Architecture Journal #17 – Article on Distributed Embedded Systems

I’ve been working on Distributed Embedded Systems and related communications technology recently so for the “Distributed Computing”, Issue #17, of the Microsoft Architecture Journal I wrote a paper on the subject. My Aim was to open up – ‘expose’ – this very exciting field to the “traditional” distributed systems community. As the industry moves from…

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JAOO 2008 Presentation

In a previous post I listed all the Microsoft folks presenting at JAOO 2008. Well that event has successfully come and gone this week and I’m pleased to share my presentation with the community. My talk went pretty well and I achieved my objective to explain the relevance of Distributed Embedded Systems to traditional distributed…

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ARCast.TV – Nice Example of CCR Adoption in the Enterprise

Over on ARCast.TV, Bob Familiar interviews Stephen Tarmey of Tyco Software House on how he discovered the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) in the Robotics Studio SDK and used it to implement a high-throughput asynchronous messaging I/O pattern. This is a very common problem scenario that a number of enterprises are discovering can be solved…

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Microsoft folks at JAOO Conference, Sep 28 – Oct 3, 2008 Aarhus, Denmark

Many of my colleagues and I will be presenting at the very popular JAOO Conference in a couple of weeks time. Although I can only be there for one day for my own session, I’m really looking forward to it. There’s a buzz at JAOO that is rarely matched in other developer conferences. “JAOO Aarhus…

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Gorgeous Fractals with VPL and Distributed DSS Services

I think Angel is fast becoming one of VPL’s biggest fans. After discussing some ideas with him about simple Map-Reduce scenarios for his agent toolkit and a grid system that I’m building, he went ahead and did it. Check out his distributed Mandelbrot fractal generator. Gorgeous results. A bit over-engineered as a fractal calculator, but…


Using the Visual Programming Language (VPL) as a Deployment Tool

When building applications using CCR, DSS and VPL one doesn’t need to know a priori the precise order of data and message flows between services. Many of the VPL examples provided with the MRDS show services already ‘wired’ up which can give the impression that one needs to know this information and design one’s set…


Aspiring Architect Series – 2008

My mate Mohammad Akif in Microsoft Canada is doing a sterling job helping folks aspiring to become Software Architects by providing a gentle introduction to common methodologies and software architectures. Visit his Blog to see the full list of upcoming Webcasts in the Aspiring Architect Series – 2008! These will run, one every day, from…


CCR/DSS Use Cases in the Enterprise

I’m often asked what Enterprise customers are using CCR/DSS in serious, i.e. pretty significant, production deployments. I’m not at liberty to disclose the names of our customers without their permission – a few will be made public soon – but I can say there are quite a lot of application domains where this technology is…

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