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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET May 2006 Entries
Watch What You Say ... It May Get Printed
I was going through my blog stats this morning for both this and my previous blog when I found a link that I didn't expect. It was from Visual Studio Magazine. Evidently, in a fit of insanity I had written a letter to the editor back in March about the battles between VB and C-type languages. A) I forgot I have even written it. B) I never thought it would get published(duh). C) Reading it now I have to say “Did I really write that”? The things I wrote in this letter to the editor make ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:26 AM

Catastrophe Projects - Looking in the Mirror
I have had this sample chapter sitting on my desktop for a couple of weeks now. Tonight I decided it was time to read it or close it. Thankfully I chose to read it. By the definition of this book, “Catastrophe Disentanglement: Getting Software Projects Back on Track”, the project that I am currently on is a catastrophe. Sure we keep knocking out bugs, but at the same time they keep adding more and more functionality and extensions to the project. As this chapter suggest I think it is ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:34 AM

Technology at Disney
I just got back from a much needed vacation with my family in Florida. While we were there we visited all of the Disney theme parks and there were a number of cool technology usages that I noted. The first was right as you came into any of the parks. Your park pass is encoded with a magnetic strip like a credit card. Any one with an adult pass had to put their card through the turnstile scanner and then insert their hand into a device at the top of the turnstile. I'm not sure what this was for as ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 8:57 AM

Chicago IASA Chapter
For those of you who have not heard of it, IASA is the International Association of Software Architects. It is dedicated to the goals of networking, knowledge, advocacy and ethics in the practice of IT Architects. On Friday I had lunch with Bhaskar Chakrabarti who is the head of the Chicago Chapter. It sounds like things are getting ready to fire up. He is looking to have the first official meeting in July or August and hopes to have a well recognized speaker for the event. If you are in Chicago ......

Posted On Sunday, May 14, 2006 2:29 AM

ASP.NET Web Application Project Released
For those who are missing the ability to treat your ASP.NET applications in VS2005 as projects rather than individual files this release from Microsoft is for you.  If you want all the details and then some check out Scott Guthrie's post.

Posted On Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:37 AM

CSLA.NET Gets a New Forum
For those who don't subscribe to Rocky's blog, he just announced that the MSN group is being replaced by a new Community Server forum. There has been an extremely active community around his books for a number of years. If you have any interest or questions about the framework I would recommend that you join this forum ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 3:04 PM

Ron Jacob's Noodle Project
This isn't exactly new. I had heard Ron talk about the fact that he was starting a video series in one of his ARCast episodes. I found a link to his Noodle Project on another post this morning. I like the architecture content of the video and I like the artistic features of it. I just don't think I like the two together. We will have to see how it evolves as he puts out more show. I suspect they may eventually show up on the Channel9 site or MSDN ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 10:37 AM

[Updated] Enterprise Library 2.0 Hands on Labs Available
This one is of interest to me especially since I am getting closer to finishing my second chapter for the Enterprise Library book. I can't vouch for the Hands on Labs yet, since I just finished installing it, but they should be cool. Check it out. Enterprise Library 2.0 Hands on Labs Update: I took a quick look around and found that this is a great place to start for those who don't know the Enterprise Library. It isn't going to impress any advanced users, but it is still very cool ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 12:46 AM

Why Performance and Scalable is Required Reading
We are in the middle of addressing some production issues at my current client. One of them involves an ASP.NET application which is slow to respond at times and other times does not seem to respond at all. The fun part is that there is nothing from the application side which is giving us a clue as to what is going on. This has been going on for a while and people are starting to get frustrated, so it was decided to call the experts from Microsoft. So we start having conference calls and the MS representatives ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 11:12 AM

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