Putting the User back into SOA – my first ARCast!

After the US NAF (National Architect Forum) last month, I sat down with Ron Jacobs to record my very first ARCast.  The topic was “Putting the User back into SOA” – you can listen to it here.


Architecture Journal – now in 8 languages!

Issue #7 of the Architecture Journal is now available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Simplifed Chinese, Japanese and Korean).  To access these in PDF format, visit http://www.architecturejournal.net and select the lanuage from the top menu.  Enjoy.


Microsoft at JavaOne 2006

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was at JavaOne last year – it seems like only yesterday I was getting my picture at Duke’s 10 year birthday!  (only kidding, of course :-)) Although I’m not in San Francisco for this year’s conference, Microsoft do have a couple of sessions and a booth on the…


Cliff Atkinson / Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson is my new hero.  For those that don’t know, Cliff put together an MS Press book called Beyond Bullet Points.  In the book, he describes a new way of compiling and putting together presentations using PowerPoint (without bullet points!).  I used this style in a recent keynote I did at the US NAF…


Iron Architect at TechEd US 2006

Coming to TechEd US this year?  Think you are a pretty good architect?  Think you are the best architect at the conference? Now you can prove it by entering our “Iron Architect” competition as part of the Architecture Track.  You’ll get the chance to work on a solution to a real life problem and submit…


Getting Things Done – Command Line Processor

I’ve been doing a ton of work recently around user experience (UX) – and the importance of UX for architects.  One thing that has become apparent is context for user interfaces – often the prettiest, most glamorous user experience does not lead to the best user experience.   I got thinking about this in the…


PhotoMontage in Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer

I’ve been playing around with the “photo montage” effect in Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer.  This effect lets you stitch together multiple photos to form one image – all done automatically.  Here’s an image I created with 9 separate photos from my hotel window in Shinjuku (Japan) last week. (Click on the image for more detail)