Distributed Agile Development Patterns & Practices Guide

Microsoft Patterns and Practices (P&P) has released set of guidance today, Distributed Agile Development (white paper) and the Agile Development Showcase. Abstract Distributed development is a fact of life for many teams. Unfortunately most agile methodologies or approaches assume that the team is located in a single team room. Until recently there has been little…


Just Released: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide

Microsoft patterns & practices announced today the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide (BETA 1)   Quick Links – Codeplex site: http://codeplex.com/TestingGuidance – Project announcement: http://www.codeplex.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=TestingGuidance&DownloadId=40458 – Community Forum: http://www.codeplex.com/TestingGuidance/Thread/List.aspx Common Scenarios – How to Plan for Acceptance Testing – What Kinds of Acceptance Tests to Run…


Ray Ozzie’s Azure Keynote Overview

In case you missed it, you can see a clip of Ray Ozzie giving an overview of Azure. If you want more recorded sessions you can see all the keynote videos here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/pdc/default.mspx Technorati Tags: Azure,Cloud Computing,S+S,SaaS Share this post :


Oslo Roundup

I have talked a little bit about Oslo in the past (Oslo Sneak Peak) but not too much given the launch at PDC. At the conference the proverbial "cat is out of the bag". It all started with the “Lap Around Oslo” session yesterday. If you missed the conference you can watch the recorded session…


Office Web Applications

There hasn’t been a shortage of announcements this year at PDC. The next big one besides Windows 7 is the new "Office Web Applications" live services. The Office team will be delivering the five most popular Office applications as light weight browser based versions that include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Folks at PDC got…


Microsoft Azure Services Platform

Another announcement at PDC today from Ray Ozzie was the Azure Services Platform. This is an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications…


Windows Live ID now supports OpenID Identity Framework

It looks like the Windows Live product teams are giving some love to OpenID with committed support open authentication standards. There is no doubt that the OpenID specification has matured and has an increased use in the industry. Announced at PDC and beginning today, Windows Live ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital…


Hacking an Election, Really?

Watching the news last week and over the weekend it is almost humorous to see the spin going on about the voting system issues (Sequioa AVC Advantage). It is almost discouraging people from trusting the voting system and technology all up. it concerning for me as an architect to see this happen. I am wondering…


Interview with GM for the Microsoft Cloud Services Data Center

This is a great web cast for all those infrastructure architects out there wondering what happens behind the scenes in gigantic data centers at Microsoft. These are the same data centers that surface all of the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) and Live applications such as: Live Mail, Messenger, Office Live, Red dog, etc. Lewis…


Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference 2009

The annual Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference 2009 continues again this year with some really exciting features for three days dedicated to customer needs. The conference is the event for customers to receive detailed guidance on Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management. SOA & BPM span the enterprise, from developers building new services;…