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IBM Software Architect Kit
The IBM Software Architect Kit is a nice set of goodies that introduces the world of software architecture. Grady Booch takes you through a series of podcasts that explains the past, present and future with a set of documentation that covers the world of software architecture according to IBM at reasonable high level. As I've said before I'm not really a raving fan of Grady Booch but I respect his massive contribution to the discipline. You will require an IBM ID to access the kit ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 1:41 PM

The Inbox is the electronic equivalent of a messy pile of paper
Colin and Richard have both recently commented on email, so here’s my 2p The problem with email is that it equates to an electronic pile of paper, cluttered, un-ordered, random and messy. It’s easy to miss something key, even nowadays spam uses the importance flag. The advantage with RSS isn’t so much the technology but how it is applied, with an RSS feed it is categorised by you in your aggregator from the very beginning. Yes it is possible to create a rule that places emails into ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 8:25 AM

ClipCode 'Gang of Four' Patterns and a recap on what is a DSL?
I thought it would only be a matter of time before the patterns from the Gang of Four appeared in Microsoft's DSL design tool add-in for Visual Studio 2005 . ClipCode has done just that. So, what is a DSL? A picture can says a thousand words and this is why greater understanding is achieved with diagrams. As you can imagine, an icon or graphic can have a different meaning depending on the group, company or industry, i.e. 'the domain' you work in. It is difficult to have a diagramming system that ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:41 PM

The Infragistics Controls
Richard has posted over the weekend about his recent experiences with the Infragistics grid control and the memory leakages his team has experienced ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2006 6:56 AM

My DDD3 session proposal
In this day and age keeping up with that is going on is an art in itself. Yes, there is blogs, articles, webcasts, on-line teaching, podcasts and vlogs, all pretty cool if you really have the time but nothing beats someone examining it to you in person. This is why DDD days are great! So, I’ve been thinking for sometime now what would be a good DDD session? Well one of the elements of my role is explaining to people of all areas of my business the benefits of a particular technology or technological ......

Posted On Sunday, February 19, 2006 9:29 AM

MSN Search Changes & Scobles Brrreeeport
MSN Search has made some changes to it's interface and it's search algorithm. I have to admit that I prefer MSN simply because when I type in Dave Oliver into MSN Search this blog comes out on top when I type Dave Oliver into Google, this blog doesn't. A good way to choose your search engine, well it's as good as any other way I say! :-) Whilst I'm on the subject of search engines, I've been watching Robert Scobles Brrreeeport report experiment with some interest. It has highlighted that search engines ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 11:59 AM

Database matters.
Arguably one of the most common things you will do in SQL Server stored proc's after writing SELECT, INSERT, UDPATE & DELETE statements is to retrieve the new record ID of the row of data that has just been inserted. For sometime now the most popular way to do this is @@IDENTITY, but @@IDENTITY does have a flaw and that is it will return the ID of the last record created anywhere in the database, so if another process is inserting a record somewhere else, you could receive that ID instead. With ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 8:41 AM

Microsoft Office 2007 & What is Microsoft Office Groove?
Office 12 will be named Microsoft Office 2007 on release. The official release date is still tba but is expected late 2006. The Microsoft Office 2007 fact sheet can be found here. One of the interesting additions to the Office suite is Microsoft Office Groove. Groove is all about people collaboration. Increasing people need to work as a team, but the teams boundaries could be geographical, organization or disconnected. The Groove.Net site products overview page explains it better than I can, "What's ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:57 AM

SXIP & Identity 2.0
Security and identity are problems that the Internet just hasn't cracked. The problem is no one organisation has a user identity mechanism that everyone else will agree to use, so the consumer is the loser as he or she has to put the same piece of personal data into multiple websites over and over again. Microsoft did think they had the answer with the passport system, this was nice and simple in my opinion, but today only Microsoft sites really use it and this is because some viewed it as expensive ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:53 PM

MSDN Magazines RSS feeds
The MSDN Magazine website now supports RSS feeds so you can keep up to date with new articles. It's pretty straight forward, you can select the feed you require by three different category drop-downs, Technology, Column or Author. The page in question can be found here. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:00 AM

Next London Girl Geek Dinner, March 14th
Katy Pearce has organised the next London Girl Geek Dinner The guest speaker for the evening will be Cory Doctorow. Usual rules apply, guys need to bring a girl, this way then event keeps a nice balance. I'm going with Sarah and no I'm not her secret admirer. 1) I'm married to the lovely Louise 2) My admiration for Sarah (although platonic) is no secret. FULL DETAILS:DATE : Tuesday, March 14th 2006, 8pmWHERE: Pitcher and Piano 68 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY Map HOW MUCH: £15 cos the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:49 AM

Yahoo Design Pattern Library
Yahoo has created a design pattern library in their developer section and can be found here. Sadly no code drops to accompany the design patterns but it's a good start. Nice one Yahoo! I hope MSN and Google will follow suit. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:14 AM

DDD3 dates have changed!
DDD3 is being held on the 3rd June @ Microsoft, Reading, UK The reason why the date has been changed from the 10th was because of a certain football game and Craig Murphy being a Metallica fan! Don't forget to register here. P.S. Should I put my name down as a speaker ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:32 AM

.Net Enterprise Library 2.0 is available
I noticed that a new version of the Enterprise library for .Net 2.0 and is available for download here. The Key changes are, Configuration now built on System.Configuration • Configuration Application Block no longer exists • Easier to use blocks with or without configuration files Instrumentation configurable is disabled by default Much improved Logging Application Block • Flexibility and performance Simpler and more powerful Data Access Application Block • Use with OLE-DB, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:10 AM

The C9 Collage

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See if you can find yourself.

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:32 PM

Software Architecture Links Page

Bredemeyer Consulting have created this very handy and frequently updated links page on all things to do with Software Architecture. One to add to the favourites.

 

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:23 PM

VB 9.0 (LINQ & XML) Preview is available for download
I find it really exciting that Microsoft are investing so much still into Visual Basic. VB.Net 2005 has only been out a since November and we are already talking about the next version. Visual Basic 9 is actually going to be a very exciting language as it incorporates LINQ, if you don't know what link is I'll let Don Box and Anders Hejlsberg explain from their whitepaper that can be found here. "After two decades, the industry has reached a stable point in the evolution of object oriented programming ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 5:55 PM

Big Day for NTL! 100mb broadband & mobile TV
NTL are indeed pushing the boundaries today in the UK, they have announced a 100mb broadband trial with a partner called ARRIS. NTL have also announced mobile TV pilot with Microsoft and Virgin Mobile. It would seem that NTL are indeed again the comms company to watch in the UK, but I'm still hearing horror stories about the customer service but my recent personal experience was nothing but positive ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 1:28 PM

Microsoft Architect Insight Conference
The Microsoft Architect Insight Conference is being held in Newport, Gwent on the 22-23 March. The list of speakers is very impressive, practically a who's who of the leading lights of Architecture and they are, Dr Ivar Jacobson Martin Fowler – Chief Scientist, Thoughtworks Andrew Herbert – Director, Microsoft UK Research Centre Paul Preiss – President, IASA David Sprott – CEO & Principal Analyst, CBDI This is not an event I want to miss, but as usual getting my Boss to ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 7:52 AM

No More Delphi?
So Borland has decided to make some changes. One of them is to take a long hard look at Dephi's future. The full story can be found here. EDIT: change from the orginal post ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 6:47 PM

Virtually Colin is Blogging & Free VMWare.
What Colin doesn't know about VMWare isn't worth knowing after all it's only going to be a matter of time before server are build with a virtualisation product as standard because without one a whole server to run one OS will seem such a waste! So, if I was you Colin's new blog is going to be one to watch and an opportunity to get with the learning curve. And as VMWare Server entry level product is now free, so what are you waiting for? Colin's blog is here here. Free VMWare server is available here, ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:14 PM

Sarah has the hump
I noticed that Sarah has got the hump about the 'meme's at MOMO. Personally, I've always thought that marketing guys really need tech as much as we need marketing guys to get the message out. Microsoft has Evangelist which is a sort of 30%/70% toward tech split and so they get it and there fore are cool, the guys at MOMO are missing the trick, so it's a my wag is bigger than your wag contest. They are forgetting the first rule of marketing, your need to be near the skin to feel the pulse! I have ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:59 PM

Want to speak at DDD3?
Ever fancied standing in front of your peers and presenting a subject you know really well? Here's your chance, DDD3 is looking for speaker in the community, so apply here here. So if you don't fancy being in a pub at lunchtime watching the England v Paraguay game this will be the place to be!(Hmmm how can you tell my loyalties are tied?) ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:47 PM

New Alpha version of MSDN Enchanced Search is now available
... from here. It's actually kind of cool as it allows the user to search the MSDN Blogs and forums and also the CodeZone as well as articles on MSDN. The really cool part is that you can subscribe to you query as an RSS feed! Being an Alpha it does have a few bugs, so feedback please. The feedback link is on the bottom of the right hand frame or here. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 8:23 AM

The World's first Blog Worm!

Last funny for today!

Blog.Worm

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:25 PM

Dead Fish Can't Swim But They Can Float Down a Waterfall!
For all those supporters of the Waterfall methodology here is the conference just for you!http://www.waterfall200... Register for Waterfall 2006 We're sorry but registration is not yet ready. Our software developers have a really wonderful design. They're almost done entering it into it a UML tool. They've told us not to worry and that finishing it will be "trivial" because "all that's left is the coding." We're not sure what features will be on the registration pages because the developers haven't ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:21 PM

Blog Tag
Ug! Channel 9's Blowdart aka Barry Dorans blog tagged me, so here goes …Four jobs I've had: Technical Architect .Net Developer Soldier Pizza Delivery Scooter Boy Four movies I can watch over and over: Aliens Dr No Human Traffic Withnail and I Four places I've lived: Woking London Munich Aldershot Four TV shows I love: Battlestar Galactica (new version) Lost Black Books My Name is Earl Four places I've vacationed Lake Como Blue Mountains Venice Florence Four of my favourite dishes Anything with ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 6:06 PM

IBM introduce a free version of DB2
IBM recently introduced a free version of its DB2 database called DB2 Express-C, a move designed to win software developers over to its products. The database is essentially the same as there commercial product but is limited to a single dual core processor and a memory limit of 4GB. IBM's decision to add a free database to its lineup is really keeping up with the Jones follows moves by its largest rivals in the database business, Oracle and Microsoft. With the release of SQL Server 2005 in November ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:34 AM

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