2007.12.04 MSDN PowerSeries Event in Irvine, CA

I had the opportunity to present at the MSDN PowerSeries event in Irvine, on Software + Services, Windows Live Platform, and the Office Platform. It was a tough act to follow after Lynn Langit’s morning session, but the audience was great and allowed me to talk about these topics at an architecture level and not…

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Describing Web Platform Stack

Context In an earlier blog post I talked about "Web as a Platform" (in Web 2.0’s context) and briefly described a layered and componentized perspective in looking at the Web platform in general. And I thought it would be more clarifying to illustrate what a Web platform stack might look like, so this post is…

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Popfly as a Web Platform

Primer Microsoft Popfly (www.popfly.com), currently in beta since October 2007, is a web site and tool to help people create and share web sites, mashups, and other kinds of experiences. This service, in my opinion, is a really interesting and innovative product Microsoft has delivered this year. From an architect’s perspective, Popfly can be considered…

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Web 2.0 – A Platform Perspective

Background & Primer "Web as a Platform" has been a much discussed topic since Tim O’Reilly used it as a tagline in the first Web 2.0 conference back in October of 2004, then described in more detail in a 2005 article, and the subsequent "Mind Map" graphic: Since then many interpretations of the "Web platform"…

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MSDN "PowerSeries" Event on Software plus Services (S+S), Windows Live, and Office Application Platform

December 4, 2007 – Irvine, California The emerging technology macro-trend today is the convergence of the Web and physical worlds, often referred to as the disappearing boundaries between the on-line and off-line worlds. This trend underscores a shift from using web browsers on personal computers as the only way to connect on-line, to a model…

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Thoughts from the WebbyConnect Summit

I had the opportunity to attend the WebbyConnect Summit on October 3-5 at Laguna Beach. It was a series of non-technical panel discussions on the various growing trends on the Web, and their social and cultural impacts, especially with respect to the media and internet industries. Topics discussed include: Web as an essential media channel…

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SOA Security – Enterprise Architecture Perspective

This week I had the opportunity to speak at the IT Architect Regional Conference in San Diego, on the subject of architecting enterprise SOA security. It is an interesting event, with speakers from Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, TIBCO, Fair Issac, and many other organizations. We even gave away a brand new XBox 360 and a Zune!…

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Southern California ArcCouncil Events – November 2007

The next set of SoCal Architect Councils is a “plain old technology briefing” covering the upcoming versions of Visual Studio, Windows Server, and SQL Server. This event will be held in San Diego on November 28th and Irvine on November 29th. Please register for the location that works best for you. The event starts at…

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Silverlight at Break.com

Break.com, a popular online video destination (August 2007 stats were approximately 500M video clips, 17M unique users/month, and 1.3M unique users/day who consume 15M videos/day), best characterized as a channel catered to guys aged 18-35, worked with BLITZ agency to launch a "spatial search" application built using Silverlight 1.0. It is an interesting visualization of…

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Microsoft releasing the source code for the .NET Framework libraries

ANNOUNCEMENT – 2007.10.03: Microsoft is releasing the source code for .NET Framework libraries under the Microsoft Reference License.  This license allows viewing of source code, but not modification or redistribution. The source code will be downloadable and viewable by anyone who accepts the license agreement.  Microsoft will introduce a capability in Visual Studio 2008 to…

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