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Oh! And another thing

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In my last post, I talked about Windows Live Writer and how it’s becoming a compelling blogging client.  The great thing is the plug-in community.  There’s a wide variety of plug-ins for Windows Live Writer that extend the out-of-the-(virtual)-box functionality.  For instance, I used Paste From Visual Studio to insert code.  I’d prefer to be able to install the plug-ins from within Live Writer, instead of running an msi.  And there’s a concern about the trustworthiness of the third party plug-ins that could be addressed.  But these issues don’t detract from what is a very good experience.

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July 14, 2007 at 8:15 pm

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Windows Live Writer Beta 2

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The last 2 articles I’ve posted have been authored in Windows Live Writer Beta 2.  I have to say that this is becoming a very good blogging client.  There’s a ton of features and it integrates very well with WordPress.  So well, in fact, that there’s an article on the site about it here.

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July 14, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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Certified

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According to this article, Matt Deacon is suggesting that a single unified architect certification be created.  On the face of it, this seems like a good idea.  The challenge that has to be overcome first is a single unified view of what an architect does.  And if we can get to that view – which may include definitions of different types of architect – we’ll have moved architecture as a discipline a good way forward.  Which has to be a good thing.  As it stands now, I hold an ISEB Certificate in Architecture – which is predicated on a particular view of what architects do.  How it stacks up against other certifications – Microsoft’s, Sun’s, TOGAF’s, BEA’s etc. – is a matter of opinion and debate.  Personally, I prefer the TOGAF, Microsoft and ISEB approach which emphasize what I consider to be architectural skills as opposed to platform/vendor specific specialisms.

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July 11, 2007 at 10:20 pm

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Pub-sub with ActiveMQ

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I’ve just added an article about publish-subscribe with ActiveMQ and NMS.  Read it here.

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July 7, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Software versioning goes to Hollywood

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This week I’ve noticed posters for the new Die Hard movie.  In Europe it’s called Die Hard 4.0 (looks like its called Live Free Or Die Hard in the US.)  Interesting to see films adopt a software versioning strategy for their numbering.  I’m wondering if the director’s cut will be called Die Hard 4.1.  Of course, the sensible among us won’t go to see it until Die Hard 4.5 SP1 is released.

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July 7, 2007 at 9:09 am

Posted in General, Software

What’s buzzing?

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Via the Multimedia Evangelist, I found the Omgili Buzz Graphs.  This tool allows you to compare the buzz about a few terms.  There’s an option to embed a dynamic graph in your website, should you want to.  There’s more info on the Omgili Blog.  Now, who or what to compare…

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July 4, 2007 at 8:25 pm

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Free feeding

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Having signed up for Feedburner recently, I read this post on the Feedburner blog with interest.  More for free.  Can’t argue with that.

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July 4, 2007 at 7:47 am

Posted in Software, Tools