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March 2007 Entries

And so for my final report from the MVP summit. For the BizTalk MVPs, day four started with a Q&A session with product team members. A number of issues were discussed centred on the recurrent themes of evolving a coherent strategy across the Connected Services Division and the more effective inclusion of the MVP community into the feedback loop. From my perspective, the BizTalk MVPs must surely be a valuable, if rather under-utilised, resource for CSD. The collective wisdom and experience bought ......

Day three of the MVP summit was held at the Microsoft Campus. Things started badly with a long and slow bus ride through heavy traffic leaving me with no time for breakfast when I finally arrived at the conference centre. I boarded the shuttle for building 43 to find most of my fellow BizTalk MVPs (the ones who have been staying in downtown Seattle since the weekend) equally late, and we arrived en masse about 15 minutes into the first session. Jesus Rodriguez was on his feet presenting the forthcoming ......

Day two of the MVP summit is over. We were at the Washington State Convention & Trade Centre all day, but will be decamping to the Redmond campus tomorrow. The day started with an unscheduled bout of ‘pre-match’ chanting from the Canadian MVPs. They are an excitable crowd, and have spent much of the day ensuring that we all know which country they come from (Canada, I believe). It appears that all Canadian MVPs (with the exception, I am glad to report, of Brian Loesgen) wear identical clothing. ......

I'm in soggy Seattle at the MVP Global Summit, and, like so many of my fellow MVPs, it seems appropriate to keep some kind of daily journal - you know the form - let you know how fortunate I am to be on a big Microsoft freebie, and how unfortunate you are to, er..., not be...and, of course, get a bit of name-dropping in as well. The first round of name-dropping has nothing to do with the summit. A week ago I was at the Microsoft Architect Insight conference at the Celtic Manor outside Newport, Wales. ......

Nick Malik published a thought-provoking article on rules engines recently. You can read it at http://blogs.msdn.com/nickm... He adopts a fairly negative attitude to rules engines in general, suggesting various reasons why he considers that they are not often useful. His preferred route is to use dependency injection patterns, implementing rule logic in code components that are then ......

Over the last few weeks, I've been working on a whitepaper which SolidSoft has published today on our web site. It's been published to coincide with the Microsoft Architect Insight conference at Newport which started today. SolidSoft is one of the event sponsors, and I spent the morning delivering a workshop looking, from an architectural perspective, on the use of rules engines in business process management. It seems to me that while there is lots of guidance and information on rules processing ......