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PowerShell a constant in a changing world
I've been programming for about 20 years now some of my friends have been at it for over 30. I have read many, many manuals and yes it's not my favourite past time. So 10 years ago I made a promise to myself to try and only learn about products which have long life times. I immediately gave up programming GUIs and concentrated on back end development as I decided that these products (Oracle, MQ Series, SQL Server, BizTalk and later WCF, WF) have longer life times and smaller incremental changes than ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:02 AM

Windows Metro: The hardest Hello World example I have ever seen :P Contrast that with Hello World in assembler on Windows:.386.model flat, stdcalloption casemap :noneextrn MessageBoxA@16 : PROCextrn ExitProcess@4 : HelloWorld db "Hello World!", 0.codestart: lea eax, HelloWorld mov ebx, 0 push ebx push eax push eax push ebx call MessageBoxA@16 push ebx call ExitProcess@4end start ......

Posted On Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:04 AM

Developers need to understand interfaces, interfaces, interfaces!
I come across this problem a lot. I often get work to fix problems that largely stem from bad interface design. Architects know how important interfaces are whether they be WSDL, C# interfaces, stored procedure parameters etc. Developers in my experience should get a grip on this stuff. Once you have some requirements spending some quality time working out what your interface is important. Developers need to hammer this into their skulls, it's pritty simple. This isn't an exhaustive post but try ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:36 AM

I'm back
I haven’t posted much for a while but after 3 years as a Solution Architect I’m back to my old role designing and developing SOA Frameworks and Management Platforms.
So you may be hearing a bit more from me in the future.

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:03 PM

More Geek Humour - What Da
Simon an architect I work with was talking to a developer this morning. The conversation went as so… Simon: Are you sure you want to use FTP to transfer this data I’m not sure it will be fast enough Developer: Well FTP is faster than TCPIP Simon (to himself): I have now entered the twilight zone ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2007 1:08 AM

Geek Humour - Do you want to call me ... do you really want to call me
We finally got an EJB Web Service today from a Trading Partner the interface looked something like this ... public Asset ReturnAsset(bool ReturnAsset) We surmised that due to cronic shortages of quality developers they have finally begun to teach chimpanzees Java, not bad for a chimp. Also liked this newsgroup thread Simon found yesterday ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:18 PM

Screen Shots Missing
I just noticed that in GeeksWithBlogs move to SubText some of my old screen shots have been lost, I'll fix these as soon as I get time.

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:08 PM

Goodbye Synergy hello London
I haven't posted for a while I've just finished work on a Banks SOA framework written with extensive use of WCF (which is very very extensible!). Started work implementing their Kiwisaver group investments initiative in BizTalk 2006 R2. We were one of the first out of the blocks in utilising the R2 WCF adapter (could be a bit more configurable), the WCF interceptor and AS2 adapter (interesting BAM continuations). Then after 3 years I decided to leave Synergy and go freelance for a while before moving ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:33 PM

Business Process Integration & Workflow Conference
Firstly I haven’t blogged for a while as I’ve been hard at work down in Wellington. Two of us implemented a credit card issuing and re-issuing integration app (5 partners) in just under six weeks. We were very impressed with the speed of developing in BizTalk which enabled the achievement of this deadline, finally a real RAD tool. So having a wee breather before I'm off to Redmond to Microsoft’s BPI & Workflow Conference with some other integration folks from Synergy I'm really ......

Posted On Thursday, September 22, 2005 8:40 PM

The Death Bell for .Net Remoting
We attended a .Net User Group last night the .Net evangelist gave us quite an in depth overview of Web Service Extensions 2.0, 3.0, the history of WSI Web Service Interoperability Organisation (the guys who come up with the standards) and a sneak preview of Indigo. Indigo looked very cool, quite a nice vision by Microsoft 3 lines of declarative code to enable queuing, transactions and security i.e. COM+, MSMQ, WS extn’s rolled into one. Not to mention the x number of lines of configuration ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:54 AM

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