Roger joins the fray … w00t!

My good friend Roger Lamb has just joined the blogsphere and I assure you that if you are interested in anything remotely related to Sharepoint, you’ll want to subscribe now. Check out his first post. You see how I just did that? How I increased your expectation, and thus, his commitment around his blog? Isn’t the…


Influence MSF guidance

My colleague, Andrew Delin, is making the process of developing software real for development teams. However, he doesn’t want to do it in a vacuum. If you think you know anything about development processes, I’m sure he’d love to hear from you. Thanks.


A time for reflection and assessment

Wow, it’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since the patterns & practices team released our first software factories. Remember when the early customer previews were called Baseline Architecture Toolkits? Oh, the nostalgia 🙂 We could have had so much fun with the BAT acronym … haha. So that means now is a perfect time to…


First Service Factory v3 Community Drop

Okay, we’re off and running now. Earlier today I posted the first of many community drops for Service Factory v3 – don’t let “build 19” fool you – this is the first one. It took us longer than expected to get this one out the door, but we’re all set now. I suspect the first question…


Now Available: Aaron’s new Service Factory article on MSDN

Steven just told me that Aaron Skonnard’s latest Service Factory article about the December release was just published through his Service Station column in the MSDN Magazine. Talk about timing … sweet.  Even though it was written and finished before we locked down the code, it is still very accurate and comprehensive. I mean, it’s Aaron … what else would you expect?! There…


… come and get yer Service Factory!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the December release of the Web Service Software Factory and a VB.NET version is now available for your consumption, modification, and production pleasures 🙂 Okay, I’m just going to do 3 things in this post since I know there will be many more to follow: Lay some links on ya. For downloading…


Emerging Guidance

Versioning Web Services Introduction Versioning Concepts Relationship Scenarios Principles and Motivations A Versioning Strategy Summary Introduction Most software systems evolve over time, and it is always challenging to manage the associated complexity of their evolution. When the relationships between the parts of the software system become less coupled, the complexity increases because they can then…


Handcrafting WCF-friendly WSDLs

It’s 10:15 pm and I’m still in the office, but I really think I should get this entry posted before I head home – or it won’t ever get posted. I was supposed to be working on my demo for my Service Factory session at the SOA Conference tomorrow, but I got side-tracked early in…


Written Guidance. Necessary?

In my last post I mentioned that we are having a lot of hallway discussions lately. Another topic that is getting a lot of airtime lately is written guidance. As you know, the patterns & practices team has been producing written guidance since the team was created. Over the years we’ve evolved the the code-based…


It’s all about community!

There have been a lot of hallway conversations on the p&p team lately and the state of our community infrastructure is one of the popular subjects. Customer feedback influences our guidance more than anything else … period … and since our communities are one of the primary ways we interact with customers, you can imagine…