WS-* and the Hype Cycle

There’s a persistent theme talked up by WS-*ophobes that it’s all just a fad, rapidly sliding down toward the “Trough of Dilillusionment” in the Gartner Hype Cycle. I’ve come to the opposite conclusion after six weeks back in the web services world.  The WS technologies are taking hold, deep down in the infrastructure, doing the…

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The Secret of LINQ Design

A team within Microsoft ran an “app week” recently to build applications that implement customer scenarios using a variety of LINQ technologies.  The feedback on LINQ to XML was uniformly positive. The participants were not XML geeks, but more like our target audience: developers who come across XML now and then and need to deal…

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Accelerating Evolution: LINQ News from Mix 2007

There is a lot of interesting (and once confidential) stuff that came out of the Mix conference this week. Jon Udell’s  “Watching Anders Hejlsberg reinvent the relationship between programs and data” … offers an enthusiastic summary: A lot of the time, when we use the web, we’re effectively performing joins among data sources. You visit one…

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Reporting for duty on WS-Deathstar

After an enjoyable and extremely educational 2 1/2 years on the core XML team in SQL Data Programmability at Microsoft, I’ve moved to a position in the Connected Systems Division’s Interoperability unit.  Responsibilities include representing Microsoft on the W3C, helping with web services standards partnerships, and generally helping the world understand the method behind the apparent WS-Madness,…

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