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Is Remoting Dead?
There have been a lot of threads lately on various discussion lists and blogs, such as this one, grappling with the future of Remoting with WCF coming down the pike. To explain my position, I first have to tell you my rule of software projects - “Every project sucks, except the one you are about to start.” We usually start projects with enthusiasm, eager to learn new technologies, convinced that this time we'll get the methodology and project management right and and the project will ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 7:05 PM

Winning developers over to the BizTalk way
A few of us who evangelize BizTalk have noticed that it is sometimes tough to get developers excited about BizTalk. In general, the BizTalk class at a developer conference or event, e.g. VSLive, will not be the biggest draw. I think there are several reasons why this is: General lack of knowledge and understanding of exactly what BizTalk does. The name probably doesn't convey what it does very well. Microsoft Enterprise Integration Server might have been a better name (but its too close to Host Integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5:58 AM

Looks like we got ourselves a convoy
That's right a BizTalk convoy. I don't mean like a bunch of messages being handled by a single orchestration. I mean like a bunch of people who realize they are going in the same direction and are a force to be dealt with. The inaugural meeting of the NYC Connected Systems User Group (www.nyccsug.org) was a roaring success. Only in NYC can you get 50 people out to the first meeting of a user group with only a month of publicizing. It was exciting to see the clear interest in Enterprise Integration ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 2:29 PM

Drinking from a firehose
Is it just me getting old, or is it getting harder and harder to keep up these days? From an industry point of view, it seems to me that the waves of new technology keep coming faster than ever, but the adoption rate isn't quite what it used to be. Maybe it never was what I thought it was. I guess I always enjoyed trying to stay on the cutting edge and wrote off people that didn't as lazy or no fun. It just seems that post the dotcom bust, companies are a lot more cautious about taking on new technologies. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:12 PM

Is BizTalk Dead?
Ok, so I have a theme going and thought I might as well run with it. I promise this is the last "Is x Dead?" post. Of course BizTalk isn't dead. But it is going to change in the next couple of years. What I am talking about here is "Oslo", the recently announced, next-generation distributed computing vision from Microsoft. Oslo takes SOA to the Internet I was out at the SOA conference last week where Microsoft first publicly shared the vision that they are code-naming Oslo. There is a great story ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 2:20 PM

Is BizTalk Dead?
Ok, so I have a theme going and thought I might as well run with it. I promise this is the last "Is x Dead?" post. Of course BizTalk isn't dead. But it is going to change in the next couple of years. What I am talking about here is "Oslo", the recently announced, next-generation distributed computing vision from Microsoft. Oslo takes SOA to the Internet I was out at the SOA conference last week where Microsoft first publicly shared the vision that they are code-naming Oslo. There is a great story ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 2:12 PM

Is Kent's blog dead?
I've been busy, but obviously not blogging. My last blog entry was May 2006! Since then I've: Continued to lead the Enterprise Integration Practice at twentysix New York (http://www.26ny.com/index.... - we've built up a team of BizTalk talent that is second to none. We have 7 certified BizTalk consultants: Jeff Bolton and Joe Tsai were from the farm team; Seong-moh Yang, Alex Star, Shashi Raina, and Juan Suero were brought in as free agents. And I am the player/coach. Seriously, it's great working ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 10:48 AM

(Non) Trivial Pursuit - Taking the 74-135 BizTalk 2004 Partner Competency Exam
I just took (and passed!) the 74-135 Developing E-Business Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Partner Competency Exam. This exam has a bit of a reputation of being hard, probably because BizTalk has such a broad range of technologies packaged together and because there are no Transcender-type practice exams to be had. A search on the internet for how to prepare for this exam will leave you frustrated. The answer is basically: “Know the product inside and out and have lots of real-life ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:01 AM

A season for every trick under heaven
When pontificating on subjects like SOA, one has usually has to decide which side of the fence to stand on: Unqualified, wild-eyed, bandwagon-riding enthusiasm. This usually involves pronouncements that the new paradigm will make computing infinitely easier and more fun, that it should universally and immediately be adopted for all new development and most if not all legacy systems should immediately be re-written because the new paradigm renders them hopelessly obsolete. In addition any developer ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 28, 2005 8:54 AM

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