"...as a service" a Web2.0 hype problem.

Beside the big and loud announcement of VS2008 SP1 Beta, what is a great Service Pack, there is also an announcement from Microsoft Research... Microsoft WorldWide Telescope. While reading about this, I ran into some strange Web2.0 things. It started by this sentence [see quote] on the WWT site which triggered my observation...  WorldWide Telescope as a service... That's strange, when it comes from Microsoft it should be called "Software plus Services", but when you read the complete sentence... Microsoft Research is releasing WorldWide Telescope as a service free of charge to the astronomy and education communities as a tribute to Gray... The focus isn't on the "as a service" part... [More]

Rosario - Create Sequence Diagram from Binary

A follow-up on the "Rosario - Create Sequence Diagram from Existing Code" post... To have real fun I analyzed the "Insert Into Active Diagram..." command . First I analyzed the "ReverseEngineerMethodCommand" method, which can be found in the "StructuralDesignersCommands" assembly in Visual Studio's "PrivateAssemblies" folder. This ended in 100% CPU and a deadlock of Visual Studio, probably to much method calls to classes and depth in there. Anyway, when I analyzed the "CreateLifelineCommandImplementation" It didn't crash and a nice sequence diagram was created. [see image]. I must go and buy an A0 printer or a video-wall to get a nice overview...  Zooming will give use more insight..... [More]

Rosario - Activity Diagrams, TestCases and Camano

Just want to point you [readers] to Rob's posts according to Team Architect's activity diagrams and the work he did to generated Test Cases from it... Test cases directly generated from Activity Diagrams! Test cases generated from Activity Diagrams part II   This fit's perfectly in this "Testing in the Lifecycle [ALM]... a focus on automation" story..! Very interesting work with just a CTP ... He also made a post according the use of Camano [On-the-fly testing with Camano].

Rosario - Create Sequence Diagram from Existing Code

Located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands, Rosario Resort & Spa has long been a favorite destination for travelers seeking relaxation and unparalleled beauty in the Pacific Northwest. Anyway, lets look at some other kind of "relaxation and unparalleled beauty", create Sequence Diagram from Existing Code. The scenario this feature supports is the same as the physical class diagram and the Architectural Explorer, help people understand and evaluating a implementation / architecture of existing code by visualizing it. The dependency matrix visualizes dependencies between artifacts, the physical class diagram visualizes the static relations between objects an... [More]

Live Mesh, The Emperor's New Groove...

Just watch Walt Disney's Dumbo with Abel and in the previews there was this... I had to think about Ray Ozzie and Live Mesh... I'm not the only one when you read the comments in this post "Ray Ozzie delivers with Live Mesh" from Scobleizer: Sounds “groove-y.”Groove++ ? Mesh is Groove scaled up   I agree, at first look this looks like something related to Groove. I always liked the underlying Groove platform although the top layer ruined it. This could end up being a great transport for applications that are usually but not always online. Really hoping they deliver on the Mac and device support! Groovy. I can’t wait to see if Ray has the wherewithall to start cutting some of the MS... [More]

Rosario - Architecture Explorer's Dependency Matrix

Pretty graphs... what do they mean?   A quote from: Using Dependency Models to Manage Complex Software Architecture.[PDF]   An approach to managing the architecture of large software systems is presented. Dependencies are extracted from the code by a conventional static analysis, and shown in a tabular form known as the ‘Dependency Structure Matrix’ (DSM). A variety of algorithms are available to help organize the matrix in a form that reflects the architecture and highlights patterns and problematic dependencies.[Neeraj Sangal, Ev Jordan Lattix, Inc. and Vineet Sinha, Daniel Jackson Massachusetts Institute of Technology.] How must I read them?Actually very simple, see figure 1: ... [More]

SaaS, Offline SaaS, S+S does it offers what we need..?

I wanted to post this blog for a while now, as a follow up for the previous one about S+S and SaaS. Actually I was thinking about skipping it, just because it got too long and I did wrote it as an exercise for some other work. Anyway, with the release / announcement of Live Mesh the topic is news everywhere so I decided to post it anyway… happy reading, it’s really long ;-)   Cloud Level.Everybody works together in a seamless collaborative way and is able to work from every place in the world, unleashing the creativity and innovation of the individual and the crowd [Collective Intelligence], all this enabled by Cloud Computing, S+S, SaaS, Web2.0 and SOA technologies. [ Picture taken la... [More]

UML, the Most Wanted Feature in Team Architect...

One of the problems I have found in VSTS 2005 is the lack of modeling tools for the Software Architect.[Modeling and Tools Forum, UML/Modeling Tools you are using? Replies: 20 ] I am in a looot of problem..I want to make sequence diagram from an existing C# code..[Modeling and Tools Forum, how to create sequence diagram from c#, Replies: 15] First, I agree with your observation, Tad, about the lack of support for the Software Architect in VSTS 2005. We did indeed focus on the System Architect not the Software Architect. We had limited resources to allocate to architecture tools, and felt it was more important to support Microsoft’s drive toward connected systems for the 2005 release. [Jack... [More]

"why we need offline capabilities" deprecated

To reasoning "why we need offline capabilities", I often used the "middle of nowhere" example. This one is deprecated today. I got a message from friends, who immigrated to Zambia to start working in Kasanka National Park, that they uploaded this video to YouTube [Filmpje] while they where counting 30.000 animals in the middle of nowhere... Now I know this... it's going to be time to bring them a visit

Heroes Happen

Just before my traveling time they made this small video about our case study in Belgium. Strange to look at this while I'm already deep-diving in Rosario... and also again very strange to see my self on screen talking. Anyway, take a good look.. you don't see me that often with a tie

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