IASA Launches

The International Association of Software Architects (IASA) launched its official website today.    See www.iasarchitects.org/.   IASA is a vendor agnostic, non-profit organization focused on defining and supporting the professional duties of IT architects.   Congratulations Paul!

Another Architecture Podcast

Ron Jacob’s ArcTalk kicks off with Steve Cook, architect for the Enterprise Frameworks and Tools team.  Ron and Steve discuss software factories, domain specific languages and what this means for you. Subscribe here.      Get the podcast here.

New ARCast available

My team’s latest podcast is now available.  The topic is model-driven development and includes a mix of architects from Microsoft, IBM Rational and others.  Subscribe here.  

"Office Open XML will meet our new standards for acceptable open formats"

MA reverses itself on adopting Microsoft Office Open XML format. You can get a sneak peek at Office Open XML format here. Update: Sun’s Carl Cargill urges MA to rethink its opinion. Cargill raises a rather interesting point (according to ComputerWorld) – (emphasis mine): Cargill said it would be a “mistake” for Massachusetts to support…


John Vlissides – gone but not forgotten

I just learned that John Vlissides passed away on Thanksgiving Day.   John was one of the infamous “Gang of Four” that wrote the original classic on Design Patterns.  I was lucky enough to meet him at a conference years ago – he was both brilliant and extremely personable (a rare combination in this industry).    There is…

Are you using or planning to use BPEL?

SOA Bitpipe has revived their BPEL poll.   The results are interesting: Apparently 25% of those polled are currently using BPEL.  Are these production systems or prototypes?  Given the state of the spec I’d be a bit leery about deploying BPEL in a production environment at this moment in time.  25% are planning to use BPEL in…

Styles and Scenarios

I believe there are three styles of workflow: Sequential State Machines Rule-based (Data-Driven) These styles are not mutually exclusive and are quite likely to intersect with one another (e.g. a State within a State Machine may contain a sequential workflow that uses business rules).  There are some pretty good guidelines for which to use when…

Pub/Sub using RSS?

SSE defines new XML elements that add replication information to items in an RSS feed and so implement bidirectional RSS. That is two endpoints can mutually publish and subscribe to each other’s RSS feed, when changes are made in one endpoint, they are propagated to the other and vice versa.   These new XML elements…

WinFX Runtime components now available

  WinFX Runtime Components: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E5376297-DA10-4FC3-967D-38C96F767FC4&displaylang=en   WinFX SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A118D5F-21E7-4A3E-82D9-F30C6CE3F63D&displaylang=en   VS2005 Extensions for WinFX Runtime Components: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2202A637-2B68-40C0-B3AE-9235D60F42C4&displaylang=en   VS2005 Extensions for Windows WorkFlow: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=589E23DD-503E-4179-9858-D080C669F8B9&displaylang=en   WinFX RC Nov CTP “Readme”: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/support/relnotes/winfxnovctp/default.aspx