Blog Posts from March 2005 (page 1 of 5)

Class Designer Demo

There’s a great demo on Channel 9 of the new Class Designer for Visual Studio 2005. Note, as per the CD team blog, Class Designer is available in the standard, professional and team systems editions of VS2005. (i.e. everything but express). More info on the differences between the products in the VS05 product line are available on the VS05 web site.

KoolAid Drinker

I love this. Except Scott, didn’t you mean to say “I’m an architect MVP”?

Crupi Blog

I met John Crupi – CTO of Sun’s Enterprise Web Service Practice – at OOPSLA last year. Very cool guy. I hadn’t realized he started blogging last month until Steve Vinoski linked to him. There seems to be some disagreement regarding using a top-down approach to SOA. Steve writes that SOA, like other “real-world development” is usually a mix of top-down and bottom-up. John writes that SOA is about a business driven architecture instead of an IT driven architecture. I liked this quote:

“[W]e cannot do SOA without a mutual effort between IT and the BU. Gone are the days of throwing the requirements over the fence and hoping it hits. Not only do these two groups have to work together, they have distinct roles and responsibilities. Basically, the BU runs the show and owns the business drivers, use-cases and processes. IT implements the BU requirements and owns the service definitions.  It’s unfortunate that we really do have to refer to this as a “shift”, because we should be doing this anyway. But, the reality is that IT and BU typical function as disparate groups and rarely work together to have the business use-cases drive the process and service definition.”

John Evdemon made two points  relevant to this issue several months ago:

  • SOA does not enable or ensure the alignment of IT and business. The IT industry has been promising this for decades – there is no silver bullet for aligning IT and business. Alignment of IT and business is an organizational issue that will not be resolved by an architectural design philosophy alone.

  • Service Orientation will happen in your organization in one of two possible ways: chaotically (typical approach) or in a disciplined manner. The path your organization takes (and the cost of later fixing that path) is up to you.

I’m with John on this one. Traditional approaches to new problems are rarely successful.

DSL Toolkit Team Roundup

Talk about transparency: Pretty much everyone involved in the DSL toolkit is blogging. Keith, Jack, Steve, Stuart, Gareth, Alan and Jochen. Plus, I bug these guys on email alot and they always have answers. A couple of recent items from these folks:

  • Steve was interviewed by DNJ Online about Software Factories. I didn’t get to read this until yesterday afternoon, but I had to present the Microsoft Technology Roadmap at the Executive Briefing Center yesterday morning. We started talking about factories and one of the things that came up was the massive value of partial classes. Steve hit on this in his interview as well. As cool as yield, anonmous delegates and especially generics are, I now consider partial classes the most important new langugage feature in .NET 2.0. Funny, as it was probably the easiest to build.
  • Gareth blogged about a very strange bug in the March CTP release involving the letter ‘A’ and a slightly hacky technique for dealing with blank files. He also talks about the model serialization format. Sounds like they’ll be fixing both down the road a bit.
  • Stuart confirmed that there will be a version of the DSL Toolkit for Beta 2 of VS05 “a small number of weeks” after it ships. He’s also talks about some of the features in the next drop: better code generation and better support for containment hierarchies (i.e. classes contain fields and methods).
  • Keith blogged a software factories elevator pitch and then refined the definition of a software factory into a single sentence.

Great Support from Napster on the Bleeding Edge

As I have written several times on this blog, I am using Napster 2 Go with my Creative Nomad Zen Micro. Unfortunately, the N2G compatible firmware from Creative is still in beta. Everyone in a while…not sure what the repro steps are…the Zen Micro would lose all the N2G music licenses. They’ve released new firmware (2.11.02) that is supposed to solve this problem.

However, while the new firmware will eliminate this from happening in the future, it doesn’t help you with songs that have lost their license. So you have to delete them off the device and reload them. Simple enough to do w/ WMP10. However, the music you download from N2G has a set of license restrictions, including a limit for the number of times you can transfer it to a portable device per month. I think the limit is three. I’ve reset my device a few times experimenting with it, so about half my N2G songs had reached their limit. Major bummer.

However, I dropped a quick email to the folks at Napster and the next time I synced my device, suddenly all the songs had their transfer count reset. So I was able to resync even the songs that didn’t work before. I had figured I wouldn’t get those songs back until next month, so I decided to download some other stuff to tide me over. Having the older songs transfer was a very pleasant surprise.

Bravo Napster Support!