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Book Review: Service-Oriented Architecture
Service-Oriented Architecture By Thomas Erl 2 stars (out of 5) This book might be best described as SOA for managers. Most of the book covers high level concepts. In some parts everything is presented as an abstraction, leaving the reader to wonder what the connection with the real world is. Even as a book focused on a high level overview this book doesn't work. This should have been a 300 page book. Who has time to put up with an extra 400 pages? If your interest is in actually implementing something, ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 1:51 PM

Windows Live Writer Works (Mostly)
My previous post, A Primer on Using Custom Windows Performance Counters with .NET, was written using Windows Live Writer. On the whole, I'm pleased. Writing text was like using Word without all the "please buy an upgrade" features Microsoft has thrown in over the years. The big disappointment was pasting in code. If you paste in WYSIWYG mode, it correctly replaces < and > with entity references, BUT, it also strips all the leading spaces. You can go to HTML mode and manually enter <PRE> ......

Posted On Sunday, August 20, 2006 10:36 AM

A Primer on Using Custom Windows Performance Counters with .NET
Introduction One of the features of Microsoft Windows is performance counters. A performance counter is just an integer managed by Windows; it can be added to, subtracted from, and have its value set. Windows comes with many of these to count things like disk I/Os performed. You can read these, but not change them. You can also create custom performance counters, which can be both read and changed. Custom performance counters can be used to instrument applications, e. g., number of order received, ......

Posted On Sunday, August 20, 2006 9:53 AM

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