Hanging in There for the Holidays…

Just an update on how things are going personally… It’s been more than 3-1/2 months since my wife, Michelle, passed away and things are settling into a new normal.  It is very hard to be without her but I am very, very grateful for the wonderful family that I have.  I’ve been living with my…

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A Difficult Year and a Difficult Blog Entry to Write…

To all of my friends, It has been a very difficult year for me at home and I have been postponing and procrastinating writing this blog entry.  Yet, I have had a hard time conceiving of adding to my blog until this is written. First of all, my mother passed away at age 82 last…

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Why I hate the phrase “Long Running Transactions”…

I always talk about “Long Running Work” and steadfastly avoid “Long Running Transactions”…  My preference is to use the word “transaction” to mean an atomic operation that occurs at a single service within a second or so.  I mean the ACID (Atomic Consistent Isolated Durable) transactions that usually involve holding locks and that we transaction…

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At the Microsoft Global Briefing in Atlanta…

Again, always busy… I had only 5 days at home and then I was off again, this time to Atlanta for the Microsoft Global Briefing where all the Microsofties from the field gather once a year. Since this event is in Atlanta and my Aunt Peggy lives in the little town of Fayetteville, Tennessee, I…

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Announcing www.PatHelland.com and a bit about TechEd in Amsterdam

Howdy, Everyone! I am just back from an 8 day trip to Amsterdam where I gave 6 sessions (and helped with one more).  It was an exhausting trip with little sleep and I am happy to say I actually saw a bit of the beautiful city of Amsterdam on Saturday before coming home Sunday morning. …

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Upcoming talks at TechEd EMEA in Amsterdam…

Sorry about the long delay in blogging… I was supposed to present at TechEd SanDiego a few weeks ago but my mother passed away on May 19th…  We will all miss her, especially my 84 year old father who is quite lonely now… I wanted to tell everyone that I am working on getting a…

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Metropolis Article on MSDN…

Sorry for the long quiet… family medical stuff… lots of travel… lots of excuses…  I’ll try to do better… Looks like I got an MSDN front page for an article I wrote that was published in Journal a few weeks ago.  I got asked to post the following ad for JOURNAL: “The new homepage for…

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Wow! Lots of commentary (mostly on the Night Sky post).

I have had an amazing amount of commentary to get back to people on…  At first, I was traveling and then busy with family stuff… then I looked and there were a lot of good (and some very long) discussions that had arisen.  I am only part way through creating detailed answers for these but…

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Comments on JohnCJ’s comments of 3/26/04

One of the blog comments I received was:   re: More Discussion of SOA is like the Night Sky… 3/26/2004 5:03 PM John Cavnar-Johnson   Re:  http://blogs.msdn.com/pathelland/archive/2004/03/22/94000.aspx#97068   This was a really cool discussion that I thought was insightful.  I wanted to make a special blog entry with some summary points (mostly reiterating JohnCJ’s which align…

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More Discussion of SOA is like the Night Sky…

I received some thoughtful commentary from someone named John and I thought I would share his comments and some of my responses with you all.  I’m still trying to get used to Blogging and don’t know how to give better attribution to John than his first name.  Here goes:   Sender: John ====================================   re:…

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