Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Impact

It's a platform, a playbook, and a language for application architecture.


At a high level, that's how I think about our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide and Application Architecture KB.

The work has become a focal point both internally and externally as a playbook for the Microsoft application platform.  It’s less of a guide, and more of a platform.  Essentially, we’ve framed out a durable, evolvable backdrop for application architecture that we can build on in terms of products, tooling, services and experiences.  I get daily/weekly mails from folks inside and outside the company that want to align their efforts with the frames and approach. 

I think of the frames as collection of hot spots.  The frames help cut through information overload and provide a common mental model.  They also help identify hot spots in architecture and design that are opportunities for improvement.  They also help map existing bodies of pattern work to relevant decisions that shape applications.

Here's a few data points that I think highlight the impact:

  • As of today, we’re the #5 and #9 position in terms of downloads out of 7,328 projects.
  • As of today, we're #9 and #16 in terms of page views out of 7,328 projects on CodePlex.
  • Grady Booch says we’ve defined a language for describing our classes of applications.  See Grady Booch on the Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0.
Comments (8)
  1. shirjan says:

    Dear sir i have the problem of File Replication between Domain Controller and Additional Domain Controller i manullay restart FRS services many time but again it do not replicated with each other hope to guide me


  2. Jack Niu says:

    Yes, it is very useful. Thank your for sharing!

    It give us lots of best practise on how to design an architecture on Microsoft’s tech.

  3. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Jack

    Thank you.  I hope it serves you well.

  4. Ed Burns says:

    I love it! Just what I have been looking for. Great Job and keep up the good work.

  5. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Ed

    Thank you!

  6. One of the questions I get asked is how did we execute our patterns & practices Application Architecture

  7. Today marks 100,000 downloads of our Microsoft patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide

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