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INauseous() Shawn Cicoria - Solution Architect, Craftsman and Artisan - INauseous() - Main Blog Here: www.Cicoria.com August 2007 Entries
Some consistency from IBM and Microsoft on ESB as a way of achieving SOA
Bobby Wolf basically points out, which many realists that have worked with ESBs, MOM, Services (SOAP) have already figured out - that an ESB is just a tool and not the answer to having a Mature SOA. Just as Web Services (SOAP over HTTP) has been viewed incorrectly as SOA on it's own merits, ESB's are also just part of the picture. Before you start putting all these frameworks, tools, components in place, take a step back and understand the business domain first. As Mr. Wolf points out, and what I ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:38 AM

Who's watching the Shop? - Monster site pilfered more than once and they finally woke up...
This is a bit unsettling? How many other "Company" have no idea if the personal information of their clients, users, partners are being taken. The following is taken from an email sent to Monster.com users in regards to the recent uncovering of what turns out to be a serial issue with their security, quite lax apparently, for the site. The Company has determined that this incident is not the first time Monster's database has been the target of criminal activity. Due to the significant amount of uncertainty ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:59 AM

Google's entry into "SmartClient" - offline client ability
So, I was looking at Google Reader and noticed a link in the upper right - Offline (new).. What's that? Turns out, Google has a project called "Gears" that provides Javascript hooks that will interface with a few locally running services: Cache, DB, and asynchronous thread pool. This is great, cross platform too. It's SmartClient (and no, MSFT didn't invent the term as far as I know) in essence that it also provides offline capability. You'll still need to deal with updates, etc. Google Gears: Enabling ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 29, 2007 7:24 AM

Consuming WCF Services from COM using C++
A little while back Martin sent me a question on some of the examples in Chapter 10 of our book (Pro WCF). The point of the question was how to dynamically consume a WCF services (late bind) from C++ using COM. The root of the capability lies in the moniker implementation, which is provided for inside of System.ServiceModel.ComInte... There's a series of types, attribute type as well, that the ServiceModel framework will build up the COM client along with the interfaces based upon a "GetObject" ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 9:28 PM

Additional Stuff on Integrating WCF Services with COM+
In my (along with Chris Peiris) MSDN article (Integrating WCF Services with COM+), there were a few things I wanted to change, but given the edit review cycle, I decided to wait until it was published and just blog about some additional concepts. What follows are just a couple of extra pictures that give a view of how WCF ServiceModel.ComIntegration works in regards to calling COM+ Components from WCF Clients. Let's take a little step back to COM+ and COM+ Applications. There are 2 types of COM Applications ......

Posted On Monday, August 27, 2007 6:05 PM

Dia - inspired by Visio...
Check this out. If you're still using UML based techniques for some part of your process Dia provides support Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing ......

Posted On Monday, August 27, 2007 8:43 AM

Skype Failure and The Microsoft connection clarified - Getting to the Root Cause of Failure
Well yesterday's bad reporting is clarified by the Skype team. As for the root cause the Skype team squarely assumes the responsibility and doesn't point any fingers at other vendors for issues they just didn't test or code for in the scenario. From the blog: We don’t blame anyone but ourselves. The Microsoft Update patches were merely a catalyst — a trigger — for a series of events that led to the disruption of Skype, not the root cause of it. And Microsoft has been very helpful and supportive throughout. ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:13 AM

Windows breaks Skype
This is just bad reporting. They blame too many login attempts resulting from windows update causing reboots. Are they kidding? So, too many users logging on causing Skype to crash is Microsoft's fault now? Bad reporting with sensationalistic headlines that diverts the cause from the real issue. Windows breaks Skype - 21 Aug 2007 - NZ Herald: Technology News from New Zealand and around the World ......

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 6:04 PM

MSDN Article Finally Out - Integrating WCF Services with COM+
Well, an article, whose content was mostly taken from the WCF Book, is finally published on MSDN. It took quite a long time from "acceptance" to appearance. I believe it was back in February 2007 that it was finalized from a content perspective. Since then, I haven't heard much till today. There were lots of updates that given the editing and review process, I held off on so it wouldn't be delayed. I'll now take the time and publish up on my blog - mostly more information on the different hosting ......

Posted On Friday, August 17, 2007 7:26 AM

Taking MSDN Documentation on the Road w/ out installing MSDN Library...
I found this tool from an article in Code Magazine. Package This uses the MSDN Content Service Web Services to first give you a list of MSDN or TechNet categories, then you can just click and download, and generate either HxS or CHM files. If you don't want to install the entire MSDN library this tools allows you to store it in a CHM, which is what I chose. This way, I have the WCF section in a nice CHM package ......

Posted On Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:57 AM

Old Company Getting Some Bad, Perhaps Wrong Press?
My old company Avanade is getting some really bad press, along with Accenture - Rocky Failed to Connect CSTARS... The only question, whose version of the truth do you want to believe? In the article you certainly see a string of other failed Solution Development efforts, one common theme is Accenture, although SAP and another un-named team for another. I'm sure there are others. Just that this article pulls out this set of failures. In reality the project failed because of the people on the project ......

Posted On Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:31 AM

UN Website Hacked using simple SQL Injection
This is what happens when you skimp on resources for projects, take shortcuts, and frankly, hire amateurs. So many times I've shown up on projects and client sites, take a quick look at the code, then see how vulnerable a site is with injection attacks. In NYC there's a system in place run by the Government that has this vulnerability to this day. I informed the owners of the system of the presence, but they shrugged it off. At that point it was all CYA on notification about the issue as I was there ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 10:11 AM

WCF LOB Adapter SDK - WCFLOBASDK - Lot's of words, but lot's of help...
The BizTalk server team has released the aforementioned tool to facilitate the development of "Adapters" (not just BTS, but general WCF) for creation of WCF extensions to consume existing service interfaces. Mostly, it facilities building well structured classes that meet the WCF extensions requirements. Clearly, you still need to code up the actual interfaces, connection code handling, etc. This SDK is usable without BizTalk and can be used to create interfaces to existing systems. Then, expose ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 10:00 AM

FireFox and Limited (2 at a time) Http Downloads
I've mostly switched to FireFox based upon it's speed and in comparison to IE it's a heck of a lot less clunky. However downloading files is limited, by default to 2 connections per server. Although the general W3C spec on HTTP downloads (or in actuality) 3 simultaneous connections to a server from a client, I feel the need to violate that rule. Thankfully, it's easy to change in FireFox. From the address bar, enter "about:config". Then filter down to you see (or just scroll) to the setting network.http.max-persistent... ......

Posted On Sunday, August 12, 2007 1:40 PM

The Reality of Software Development Methodologies
Scott Berkun posts a few nice acronyms for some of the realities of teams and the process they follow during development. One term that I've used in the past and find useful in the myriad of acronyms is Application Solution Specialist == ASS Scott posts a few more, such as ADD == Asshole Driven Development, etc.... scottberkun.com » Blog Archive » Asshole driven development ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 3:46 PM

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