Enterprise Library 3.0 – December 2006 CTP

New CTP version of Enterprise Library, new community web site: http://www.codeplex.com/entlib December 2006 CTP of Enterprise Library 3.0. Includes: A partial implementation of the Validation Application Block The Application Block Software Factory Visual Studio-integrated config tool DAAB enhancements By the way, Denis (with kaba.com e-mail): the message you sent me through this blog has an…


How you use patterns – Survey

Via Dragos Manolescu: In the patterns & practices (p&p) group at Microsoft we have been using software patterns for several years. I’m working with a couple of colleagues on gauging how the folks employing the guidance coming out of p&p (such as guides, application blocks, software factories and reference implementations) have, are, and will be…


Saasy site on SaaS

If you are interested in Software as a Service concepts bookmark this link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/saas/ with content authored by subject matter experts Gianpaolo Carraro & Fred Chong.  


Test – ignore

Trying out new Windows Live Writer…

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Meet you at TechEd Boston!

I’ll be in TechEd Boston all next week with my patterns & practices colleagues: Jason Hogg, Ed Jezierski, Peter Provost, Alan Ridlehoover and Don Smith. Use TechEd Connect to contact me or just send me an e-mail if you want to talk. And of course, don’t miss our sessions 😉 DEV205 Patterns and Practices for…


Visit to Argentina

Last week I was invited to Argentina to work for a couple for days with a local customer and Microsoft Consulting Services in SouthCone region (that’s Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia). A really great project and another example of how patterns & practices assets are being used in the “real world”. (in this case…


An Apology to all our Community Members

As a product manager, I’m responsible, among other things, for the relationship between our Customers and my Team. As such, I’d like to apologize for the problems experienced during the last days with our Community sites hosted on GotDotNet.   I know that generally speaking your experience with our community sites is less than satisfactory….


Agile Software Development

Lately, there has been an increasing interest in applying agile methods for software development. Practices like test driven development (TDD), continuous integration (CI), highly iterative development cycles, daily team meetings, use of wikis, and others are some of the techniques that support what has been called an agile process. My team (patterns & practices) has…

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We are hiring!

If you think you can contribute to patterns & practices success check out these two new openings for a Technical Product Manager and for a Marketing Manager. You can click the links to read the full job descriptions. The Technical Product Manager role (that’s what I am) is about being the main interface between the customer and the…


50 years ago…

… a great machine was born: the VW Karmann Ghia. A perfect combination of german mechanics and italian design:   Driving my Karmann daily is a great experience. It lacks all the ammenities of most modern cars: doesn’t have AC, power steering, suspension is a little bit rough, etc. but it feels very good.  

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