Arch Frame Posted to CodePlex

Today we posted our Arch Frame to CodePlex.  Wednesdays are ship days (I don’t ship on Fridays.)  The App Arch Frame is a collection of hot spots you hit when building line of business (LOB) applications.  The key to the buckets is that they organize actionable principles, patterns, and practices.  They also help us overlay…

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Architecture Frame

As part of our patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 project, we’ve put together an arch frame.  The arch frame is simply a collection of hot spots.  These aren’t just any hot spot though.  These hot spots represent key engineering decisions, anti-patterns, and opportunities for improved designs for more effective technical architectures.  This Arch…

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The Story of the Engineering Practices Frame

I shared the story of our patterns & practices Engineering Practices Frame on Shaping Software.  In a nutshell, the Engineering Practices Frame is a set of categories to organize software development knowledge.  The idea behind the frame is to help collect and share principles, patterns, and practices for life cycle activities and artifacts.  It’s meant…

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Scenario Frames for Presentation, Business, Data, and Services

As part of our App Arch Guide 2.0 project, we’re creating scenario frames to organize customer problems into meaningful lists.   These particular frames are an elaboration of our App Arch Meta Model.  This helps scope our guidance.   We also use them to test effectiveness.  The value of the guidance is the value of the problems…

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App Arch Meta-Frame

As part of the App Arch Guidance project, we’ve created an organizing frame to help think about application architecture: Anatomy of the App Arch Meta FrameYou can see from the figure, we have a few parts that work together: Scenarios – You can’t evaluate an architecture in a vacuum.  Scenarios are the backdrop and the…

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Web Services Security Frame

The key to making principles, patterns, and practices more effective is to have an organizing frame.  While working on our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project, we created the Web Services Security Frame for just such a purpose.  We use the frame throughout the guidance to organize threats, attacks, vulnerabilities and countermeasures, as well…

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Life Frame

What is your life frame?  What are the key buckets in your life that you need to balance across?  If you have a frame, you can balance your life through thick and through thin.  If you have a life frame, you can more thoughtfully allocate your time and energy for maximum results.  More importantly, when…

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The Change Frame

How do you improve your results?  How do you consistently increase your success?  Have you ever wondered why somebody’s *advice* was useless for you at the time?  Maybe, they were giving you ideas to change your thinking when what you really needed was better techniques.  Have you ever spun your wheels and churned all your…

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Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server

Our Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server are available on CodePlex.  We have Scenario Frames for the following: Build Project Management Reporting Source Control We use scenario frames for several things: Mapping out the problem space Performing scenario evaluations to evaluate platform, tools, and guidance Designing products Scoping work The real power of a scenario…

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Performance Frame - v2

The Performance Frame helps you organize and prioritize performance knowledge. Category Key Considerations Caching Per user, application-wide, data volatility. Communication Transport mechanism, boundaries, remote interface design, round trips, serialization, bandwidth. Concurrency Transactions, locks, threading, queuing. Coupling / Cohesion Loose coupling, high cohesion among components and layers. Data Access Schema design; Paging; Hierarchies; Indexes; Amount of…

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