I’ve been spending a lot of time recently looking at DSLs. That’s not on purpose, it’s just happened that way as I’ve been to a number of different conferences, such as Central Ohio Day of .NET where Jay Wren was talking about Boo and DSLs. I’ve also been in on a lot of discussions with Joe O’Brien and others about them. From Martin Fowler – “The basic idea of a » read more.
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I love it when the community steps up and really shows me something new. This past weekend I attended Central Ohio Day of .NET. This was one of the first events in a while that I’ve been to where I was just a participant. It was refreshing. As always, they did a fantastic job putting on the event and pulling together top notch speakers and content to really put together » read more.
Since Larry Clarkin and I wrote the Enterprise Mashups article in the Architecture Journal, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about mashups and what they are. To that end, I thought I’d put my neck out and lay down a public definition. A mashup is an application that pulls together data from different sources and puts that with functionality that didn’t know about each other previously to provide a » read more.
John Hopkins (who needs to blog more) wrote a fantastic article on how to run a community based conference. John is speaking from experience as he’s successfully run the Day of .NET two years in a row and he’s been on the board at CodeMash. I was on the organizing committee for both of these as well and can tell you that what John speaks is gospel. I’m not going » read more.
I have been at MIX and SxSW the last two weeks. Or rather, I used SxSW as an excuse to come down for Whurley and Giavonni‘s BarcampAustin. It was amazing – I’ve never seen a barcamp done that well. Austin, the city, declared the day BarCamp day. It was cool. I did have a near death experience though and the guys at Viewzi.tv caught it all on film… From Whurley » read more.
Ray Ozzie kicked off the MIX keynote by talking about the fantastic new things that have happened at Microsoft in the past year that are really re-engineering the DNA at Microsft from the acquisition of Aquantitive to the fantastic internal work with Silverlight 2.0 and IE8. As an employee in the trenches, it’s often hard to keep focus on that big picture and remember that the company is aggressively self » read more.
I’m going to MIX! And hope to see you there but it’s sold out so if you’re not already coming, I’ll see you next year. For those of you who are lucky enough to have tickets, we’ve got a lot of stuff going on and I’m actually involved in helping run what I think will be the coolest part… Drew Robbins successfully lobbied for an Open Space at MIX. Then » read more.
Continuing my thoughts from when Dan Hounshell asked me what’s my territory in response to my announcement about taking on the RIA Architect Evangelist Roll. I started thinking about the Virtual Earth map overlay and thinking it’s really not rich enough. So I thought I’d spend 15 minutes or so and slap together a Silverlight visualization of the Central Region… Much of the map I cribbed from the Silverlight Airlines » read more.
Dan Hounshell asked me what’s my territory in response to my announcement about taking on the RIA Architect Evangelist Roll. I thought about just typing out the response, but then I realized that that would be very un-RIA of me and it would, as many standard HTML pages do, fail to really help people visualize where I’m working. The first one that I thought of was a Virtual Earth map » read more.
It really couldn’t come at a better time with MIX and SxSW coming up so soon. I’m moving into a new role as the Central Region Rich Internet Application Architect Evangelist. I’m leaving the Heartland in the VERY capable hands of Brian Prince. (See his announcement called Farewell) So, what does that mean? I’m going to be broadening my geography and focusing in on a technology stack. I’ll be covering » read more.