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Ted Neward sneaks a glance at his cohorts during their monthly meeting. Some of the architects look eager and excited, others appear skeptical, still others are downright disgusted. This is the third discussion in as many months on a user-interface technology, and no matter what the technology -- WPF, Flex, AJAX, rich clients, even traditional Web applications using HTML -- it always seems to be accompanied by claims of being the "wave of the future."
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At the MSDN Health Industry Center you can find architecture guidance and technical material for CIOs, CTOs and Software Architects in the health industry. This industry center covers information relevant to healthcare provider organizations as well as Health and Human Services agencies for state, local and federal/national governments.
In this paper, we will discuss the enterprise grade Capgemini Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF), the Capgemini Development and Architectural Framework (CDAF) Architectural Reference Model, and the associated toolset for the Microsoft technology stack, including the Messaging and Service Framework (MeSH). Even if you don't use these tools or methodologies, we hope this article will at least be thought-provoking and get a few more of us thinking along these lines.
This article describes some of the coupling issues that arise when service providers change parts of their contract, particularly document schemas, and two well-understood strategies -- adding schema extension points and performing "just enough" validation of received messages -- for mitigating such issues.
This guide provides detailed description for performing functional tests on Enterprise Library components. Functional tests include design reviews, code reviews, and automated testing. The guide also describes how to test the components to determine whether they follow globalization and security best practices in addition to meeting performance and scalability requirements.
LitwareHR is a fictitious HR application providing recruitment-management software delivered as a service. The most important aspect of this application is not what the application does, but how it does it. Using the latest Microsoft technologies such as .NET Framework 3.0 and SQL Server 2005, LitwareHR implements single-instance multi-tenancy patterns. The goals of LitwareHR are to be the embodiment of our SaaS architecture guidance and to demonstrate how to use Microsoft technologies in the creation of SaaS solutions.
Architects and developers can use the Web Client Software Factory to quickly incorporate many of the proven practices and patterns of building Web client applications. These practices and patterns have been identified during the development of many Web client applications and their components. By using the software factory, architects and developers can focus their efforts on business opportunities and create Web applications that effectively address the needs of their organizations.
Join Microsoft on 5-6 March 2007 at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Gwent for a two-day architectural retreat designed for senior enterprise, solutions and infrastructure architects, plus CTOs and senior IT decision makers.
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