Soma Provides Catalog of Development Tools

S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division, has provided a catalog of developer tools that have been released or updated in the past few months. The catalog includes 36 links to products. You’ll find the catalog at his blog at Deliverling Ongoing Value. He writes, “I thought it would be a fun exercise to catalog many…


Getting Started with Oslo Using ‘M’

A community technology preview was released for Microsoft project code named “Oslo” in January and now there are some great places to learn about how to get started using it. The whole idea of modeling helps you describe the problem you are solving closer to the world that your users need, rather than in code constructs. ”Oslo”…


Model-driven Development Platform ‘Oslo’ Gets Community Preview Update

The Microsoft “Oslo” team has updated the community technology preview (CTP) and release its software developer kit (SDK). Oslo provides you with tools, SDK, and experience to help you and your users model data and processes. “Oslo” is the code name for the Microsoft’s next generation application development platform. The goal of “Oslo” is to…


Developers Share Tips, Best Practices on Visual Studio Extensibility at Microsoft VSX Developer Conference

Come join the first open developer conference focused on Visual Studio extensibility. The Microsoft VSX Developer Conference is September 15 -16 in Redmond, Washington. Whether beginner or expert, you’ll learn tips and tricks, best practices, and meet 1:1 with developers and architects. Visual Studio is an open, extensible platform that can be customized for everything…


Attend Focus Groups at TechEd

For those of you attending TechEd (a whole bunch!), there are two focus groups you should consider attending.  There are more details available here, attendance is limited so navigate to that URL for more information if they are of interest: S+S Blueprints Focus Group (max 20 attendees) Orange County Convention Center N329 Thursday June 5, 1:00 PM -…


Mythbuster — Software Factories for ISVs

In this post I address, and clarify, the top 5 myths that I often hear about Software Factories, especially in regards to small software development projects and organizations! When talking to friends, colleagues, and customers about Software Factories within smaller companies, I often hear very similar objections why Software Factories seem not relevant to them….


Is there a Business Case for Software Factories?

Why software factories? This is a question that I frequently get asked  when introducing the Software Factories paradigm. While it seems obvious that increased reuse, higher level of abstraction, and increased automation provide advantages to today’s text-based software-development efforts, it is not enough to justify the necessary upfront investment to upper management and other stakeholders. Therefore,…


Are Software Factories relevant (for ISV’s)?

I would guess, that as an architect the answer to such a general question would be “it depends”. Obviously Software Factories are no “silver bullet”, but they might have the potential to elevate software development to the next maturity level, at least in certain scenarios. How do I get to this conclusion? Well, let me exlain…… After working…