Saturday, April 22, 2006

Which tool for the job?

BizTalk, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation (Indigo), Connected Services Framework... enough already. We've got the message that software systems are now all about knitting together web services and managing workflow, but how many different frameworks and tools do we need to do all this stuff?

Confusing Stuff Framework

What is the Connected Services Framework? I've been spending some time recently with those in the know (MCS Reading principally), and the good news is that I'm beginning to understand it. The bad news is that I still couldn't explain it to anyone else with any great confidence. I'm going to try and get there over the next few weeks, so if you're interested keep in touch whilst I attempt to unravel the very subtle concept that is CSF.

First off, a couple of facts about what it is not:
1. It is not (entirely) salesware. It exists. There is downloadable software, an API, and deployable code. It is currently at v2.5, with v3.0 ("Washington") coming soon.
2. It is not BizTalk, or a replacement for BizTalk.

As to what it is... that's for another time.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Welcome back

First post in nine months, and very little to report. BizTalk has gone from 2004 to 2006, Windows Workflow Foundation is nearly upon us, and everyone's talking about Web 2.0, whatever that may be.

All of which has passed me by, as I've spent most of the last nine months in meetings, fighting fires, and generally trying to keep on top of my undiminishing workload.

I'm hoping to restart posting over the next few weeks so hopefully something more useful will be appearing here soon.