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Murray Gordon Flash a-ah! Savior of the universe... June 2008 Entries
ADO .NET Entity Framework and the Spark that brought in the Heavyweights
I came across the "ADO .NET Entity Framework Vote of No Confidence" at today and thought this was something worth commenting on. Background I happen to find out about this petition in my regular read of "Never In Doubt", Ward Bell from IdeaBlade's blog. Ward Bell is, in my opinion, one of the leading experts in Object Relational Mapping and the Entity Framework. I have summarized some key information from him and the other ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:18 PM

Resources to help justify Team System for your Organization
We recently put this list of resources together for an ISV. Here's some great info, if you are in the process of evaluating or trying to bring Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) into your organization. These links provide great support when you are creating a cost benefit analysis. All of my ISV's have gone through this process in order to get management to approve a new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution. Cost Benefit Analysis – ROI, Case Studies, ALM Best Practices, ALM Assessment Etc.. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:21 PM

7 Deadly Mistakes of ISV SaaS Offerings
Pier1 is one of Microsoft's NXT Partners (specialized in S+S). They are offering a FREE webinar on Software + Services. Though the event has passed, you can still check out the recording. As some of you might know, an estimated 25 percent of all software is expected to be delivered as a Service (i.e. SaaS) in the next few years. Peer 1 (one of Microsoft’s leading managed services provider) offered a FREE webinar with industry-leading SaaS speakers Tuesday (6/24) at 11:00 am (pacific time). Though ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:46 AM

Attacks on sites worldwide are on the rise
Here's a great blog post on the US ISV Developer Evangelism Team blog that talks about Best Practices Security Tools that help ISV's Protect Against Web Attacks. You can also check out the following link, to learn more about how you can protect your Web site from SQL Injection: Microsoft Security Advisory (954462): Rise in SQL Injection Attacks Exploiting Unverified User Data. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:52 PM

The ISV Developer Community Presents: Composite Rich Internet Applications
I conducted a Webcast last week on Thursday, June 19th 2008, with Gunther Lenz. Some of you might have been able to make it. We had a great turnout for the event. Here's the info... Webcast Title: "Composite Rich Internet Applications" You can check out the Course Details at the following link: Course Description: Join Microsoft’s Murray Gordon and Gunther Lenz for an informative webinar on the Composite Rich Internet Applications. ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:56 PM

Best of luck to Doug Turnure in Seattle!
For those of you in the Southeast who spend a lot of time at local .NET Community Events, thought I would let you know that Glen Gordon will be taking over Doug Turnure. Doug Turnure has accepted a job offer in Redmond. It will be his job to provide all the DPE (Developer Platform Evangelism) folks with content to present. Huge job, but he's definitely up to the challenge. If any of you have attended a .NET University event and enjoyed it, then you'll be happy to know that .NET U was Doug's baby. ......

Posted On Monday, June 23, 2008 4:56 PM

New journal and a new forum "The Architect Role"
There’s a Microsoft Architecture Journal available, and this time looks like the team wanted to generate some synergy with the community. They launched a new forum, whose subject is the Journal topic: The Architect Role Instead of the regular discussions on topics such SOA, design approaches, platform comparison, etc, this forum is a place to talk about the soft skills an architect must observe. Definitely check it out. It's a nice change to the typical flow of the MSDN Forums ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 9:05 AM

SQL Server Data Services and LitwareHR
As many of you know, Microsoft has been working on a new version of LitwareHR that uses SQL Server Data Services instead of SQL Server as the store. This was first presented in MIX by SSDS Architect Nigel Ellis (see session here). Microsoft hasn't released the code, as SSDS is not widely available to the public yet. Those of you familiar with LitwareHR will also notice that Microsoft updated it’s look & feel with a more modern UI. Eugenio Pace has written a series of blog posts that describe ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 8:25 AM

Applying Agile practices in still-waterfall processes
Here's an interesting article Diego Dagum from Microsoft turned me on to. Some of you will probably identify with with it because it talks about the difficulties in promoting Agile processes inside long-life organizations (ancient financial institutions or other companies with a culture already hardened along decades) The author also proposes mitigating alternatives in order to take the best of Agile processes. He enlist some supporting tools based on Java projects (as the article was also written ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 7:42 AM

Distributed Caching Architecture = Codename "Velocity"
Microsoft project code named "Velocity" provides a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data. By using cache, your application performance can improve significantly by avoiding unnecessary calls to the data source. By using distributed cache, your application can scale to match an increasing demand with increasing throughput. "Velocity" distributed cache is provided in the form of a cache cluster, simplifying your application code by managing the complexities of load balancing ......

Posted On Sunday, June 15, 2008 6:53 PM

CodePlex Process Template for TFS
I recently had a couple ISV's that wanted to leverage Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) together to implement their own internal CodePlex ( My ISV's wanted to be able to share code between disparate development groups, have discussions, and ultimately drive reuse of valuable solutions to software related problems. CodePlex is great for the community, but it's not targeted at users within an organization. Being that CodePlex is implemented ......

Posted On Sunday, June 15, 2008 4:52 PM

BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Timeline and Features
If you are interested in using BizTalk Server with the launch wave of 2008 products like the latest .NET Framework, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, you will need to wait just a little longer. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will be following just after the 2008 wave of releases. This updated version of BizTalk Server will be designed for the latest versions of Windows Server, the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server. Along with support for the 2008 wave of products, the ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:50 AM

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