UK ISV releases Open Source large file transfer solution – nice work!

One of the ISVs I work with is Memba. Memba last year started to beta a file transfer platform to publish, share, send and transfer very large files over the Internet – Velodoc. From that work they went on to create Velodoc XP Edition, a downgraded version of Velodoc without repository and without security which…


Whiteboard drawing skills… I am slowly getting them back :-)

Something odd happened in 2007. I seemed to spend most of the year talking or "projecting" – and very little time standing in front of a whiteboard working through issues and architectures with ISVs. As a result my whiteboard work was getting more and more scruffy. I am pleased to say 2008 has started with…


Links for Architect Forum IIS7 Session

Today I delivered an overview of IIS7 at the Architect Forum held at our offices in Reading. I promised I would share a few of the links I mentioned during the session. Main IIS7 site Summary of how are using IIS7 and more recent webcast Request Filtering in IIS7 and the alternative for IIS6/5/4…


After an overview of Windows Server 2008 and the expected impact?

Then check out this short paper created by IDC This IDC study provides a review of the new features and functionality in Microsoft Windows Server 2008, along with an assessment of the market conditions it will launch into.


Windows Server 2008 Prices Announced

Well – US$ prices anyway. I will have a dig for UK. Details can be found at The headline stuff: Pricing for all Windows Server 2008 products will be increasing by approximately 1 percent for all distribution channels. Estimated MSRP* are listed by each version below: Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client…


Three new IIS7 screencasts

Last week we had a 3 day Windows Server 2008 Tech Reviewers Workshop.  One of the presenters has taken three of the demos presented and released them as new screencasts on Channel9.   Each screencast has an accompanying demo script for easy redelivery. Nice work. · Installing PHP Applications on IIS7 · Failed Request Tracing on…


A subtle change – we like PHP :-)

When I started working with UK developers many years back, one of my focus areas was ASP vs PHP. 10 years on from those days and both technologies are very successful with huge fans of each technology (ASP becoming the much more powerful ASP.NET). But on IIS, the favourite is by far ASP.NET. On Unix/Linux…


Windows Server 2008 Developer Center is now live

You can find it over at We are currently working on getting some refreshed content up to the site – but for the moment it represents a great starting place before moving on to other sites such as We have also made public the initial version of the Developer Story for Windows Server 2008. The…


Links and answers from Developing Great Server Applications, Oct 17th

On Wednesday delivered a day briefing on developing server applications with IIS7, WCF, WF, MSMQ as well as a swift look at Designing For Operations. The “official” followup email should happen in the next few days with details of how to download the decks and code. In the meantime, here are the important links. P.S. I…