I found a few more places where people are talking about the stuff I work on as part of my day job. First, Mary Jo Foley has a really good article on Whitehorse. I was impressed because she correctly linked the Whitehorse distributed application designer (or whatever they call it these days) with the System Definition Model. More accurately, she very wisely used Stephen Forte‘s blog entry about his keynote to make the connection. That’s solid reporting in my book and more importantly Mary Jo put me on to Forte’s RSS feed. Yet another blog where I can keep track of what is being said publicly about Whitehorse and the System Definition Model. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to try and blog about something you think is massively cool by only linking to what other people say.
Oh, and I disagree with the part in Mary Jo’s article where she describes the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) as Microsoft’s “utility-computing products/strategy”. I suppose it could be viewed that way but DSI seems like so much more than just “utility-computing” to me. Of course, I’ve written as much in a previous blog entry.
Anyway, for those of you lucky enough to be on the short list (it was a very short list) and received an invitation to the Dynamic Systems Initiative Design Review in San Francisco next week, you’ll get to bang out a couple System Definition Models with me in a hands on lab. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the last couple days cleaning up our examples and going over the presentations in preparation for the big event. It has been a nice break from just fixing bugs. Also, I’ve never played “code monkey” (the affectionate term our team uses for the guy or gal that writes code at the podium while another person [usually a PM] walks through the high-level points waving his or her hands at the projected code) for a big presentation like this before so next week should be a lot fun. Unfortunately, the whole Design Review is under NDA so I still won’t be able to blog about anything in detail, yet.
Hey, if you are attending the Design Review and you read my blog, swing by after the presentation and say “Hi!” I’d love to meet some of you in person.