FabrikamJets Example Updated to AppFabric Access Control V1

I just finished migrating the FabrikamJets example from the CTP to V1 of AppFabric Access Control. There were two changes that made an update necessary: 1) V1 uses version 0.9 of the WRAP protocol, instead of version 0.8, and 2) the issuer name generated by V1 is the base URI of the STS endpoint for…


It’s a wrap… WRAP v0.9 to be precise…

I just finished migrating the integration between Microsoft Codename “Dallas” and Microsoft AppFabric Access Control from WRAP v0.8 to WRAP v0.9. What? You haven’t heard of the Web Resource Authorization Protocol (WRAP)? Well, you’re really missing out. But, not to worry, you can catch up pretty quickly with the cognoscenti by reading the specificiation. Or, you’re in too…


Fabrikam Jets – Integrating Codename "Dallas" with AppFabric Access Control

I recently posted a screencast of an integration between Microsoft AppFabric Access Control and Microsoft Codename “Dallas” here on Channel 9. This was my first project in CST, and took about three weeks to implement. Producing the screencast and packaging the code as an example, soon to be posted on Microsoft Code Gallery, took another…


A New Team, A New Mission

Just over a month ago, I moved from p&p to the Cloud Services Team (CST), which is part of the Business Platform Division (BPD) of the Server and Tools Business (STB), reporting to John Shewchuk. CST is responsible for SQL Azure, Windows Azure platform AppFabric, Microsoft Codename “Dallas”, and many other cloud platform technologies. It’s a talented…


Software Factories Focus Groups at Tech Ed 2008 in Orlando

Michael Lehman, creator of two factory based initiatives, S+S Blueprints and Project Glidepath, will be hosting a pair of focus groups at Tech Ed 2008, discussing his work with S+S Blueprints, and the relationship between S+S Blueprints and Software Factories. To attend, register via the post on Michael’s blog.


Articles on Software Factories

I recently published an article on using software factories in supply chains for Methods and Tools. Also, many people have asked about the article I wrote about factories vs. MDA for the Perspectives of the IASA.

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Views and Patterns in VSTS

Recently, some of our partners asked how best VSTS allows the architect to define architectural views, such as the 4+1 views, and how VSTS supports ready made architectural styles and design patterns, such as MVC, and the patterns from Microsoft Patterns and Practices. Both questions are best answered in terms of our Software Factory strategy….

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Performance Analysis and Prediction

Irfan Idrees wrote with the observation that while performance analysis and prediction are of critical importance for software developers, the rigorous approaches prevalent in the marketplace have not been widely accepted in the community. Irfan then asked how software factories deal with this issue.   Software factories provide leverage by reducing the amount of variability…


Ad Hoc and Systematic Reuse

In the software factories book, we explain that systematic reuse is effective, but ad hoc reuse is not. Ad hoc reuse is the “Field of Dreams” approach… “If we build it, they will come”. Great line for a movie, but it doesn’t work well in the real world of software development. Systematic reuse relies on…

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Some Inaccurate Statements About Software Factories

The CEO of 6th Sense Analytics recently published an article containing some inaccurate statements about Software Factories. The article asserts that SFs are about making developers into battery chickens who squeeze out code. On the contrary, SFs are designed to automate the rote and menial tasks that make developers feel like battery chickens, freeing up…

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