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ArcReady - Architecting for Scalable and Usable Web Applications


Please join us at ArcReady. ArcReady is a quarterly event held in local cities. The event is geared for aspiring and experienced architects. The sessions cover information an architect needs to know, regardless of your platform. This event is FREE, and is a great way to network with your peers.

A light breakfast will be provided.

What are we going to talk about? Read on fair friend....

As Enterprises and Software Vendors start to develop more and more applications on the Internet there is an increasing importance to architect these applications for both growth and for the optimal user experience. Software + Services allows you to develop fantastic applications, but there are pitfalls with architecting the applications in the wrong way.

Our Central Region Architect Evangelists will lead us through two great discussions on scaling web applications and creating the best possible user experience.

Session 1: Architecting for Scalable Web Applications

In this session we will explore the patterns that typical applications follow as their scalability needs grow due to increased demand. We will also discuss best practices from companies that have gone up the scalability curve like Amazon.com, MySpace and Flickr. We will discuss the common bottlenecks that prevent scalability as well as how to tackle tough issues like state management in a application that is scaled across servers and even data centers. We will also discuss the “scale later” philosophy and how it should be accompanied by a solid plan to scale your applications.

Session 2: Architecting for Usable Web Applications

In this session we will discuss how to architect your application with the user in mind. We have more choices than ever before for developing applications (Traditional Web Apps, AJAX, RIA technologies like Flex and Microsoft Silverlight and even smart clients) and picking the technology is only part of the solution. The architecture of the application must be designed correctly to provide a pleasing user experience and (potentially) to add new and interesting clients in the future.

Join Us for This Free Event.
  • Columbus - 4/29/2008
  • Kansas City - 4/29/2008
  • Cleveland - 4/30/2008
  • St. Louis - 5/01/2008
  • Austin - 5/06/2008
  • Southfield/Detroit - 5/7/2008
  • Minneapolis - 5/08/2008
  • Indianapolis - 05/13/2008
  • Downers Grove - 5/14/2008
  • Milwaukee - 05/15/2008
  • Houston - 05/15/2008
  • Nashville - 05/20/2008
  • Dallas - 05/20/2008
  • Cincinnati - 05/21/2008
  • Soft Skillz in Dayton


    The meeting last night went very well. This is one of the few decks I have put together in a while where I am really happy with the visual aspects of it.

    I received a lot of positive feedback about the talk, and I am glad so many people enjoyed it.

    I will be shortening it for the Central Ohio Day of .NET, which is on April 19th. Get on the wait list now to get a spot.

    Thanks for everyone coming out, it was a lot of fun.


    Here is the link to the power point file. It is BIG, and will take time to download.

    Here is a link to my SkyDrive folder, which might make it easier to download: http://snurl.com/22rl4.

    ASP.NET MVC Source Code now available


    I know this news is a little stale, but I wanted to let people know the ASP.NET team has published their MVC source code on CodePlex. The team will regularly drop the source code to the CodePlex project on a regular basis.

    There are details on how to build the source, and some walkthroughs over at his Gu'ness' blog.

    So, if you are really interested in MVC, and want to dig into the internals, have fun!

    Speaking on Soft Skillz in Dayton


    This Wednesday I will be speaking at the Dayton .NET Users Group about Soft Skillz.

    As I have transitioned from Quick Solutions to Microsoft, I have taken  the time to reflect on my past career. In a drastic change from always talking about the latest buzzword or framework, I thought we would talk about some of the things that make us better at our careers. Things such as career development, managing your manager, understanding how to get training, discovering the right way to sell that latest cool technology to your boss who doesn't understand anything other than Excel and Project.  We will talk about the skills and wisdom you need to be happy and successful.

    I hope to see you all there!

    Hero's Happen Here launches

    Over the past several weeks there have been a series of launch events covering :

    * Windows Server 2008

    * Visual Studio 2008

    * SQL Server 2008

    Jeff and I have been having a blast going to each event (Cleveland, Detroit, and Columbus), and talking with all of the developers and architects. Jeff and I have really gotten our schtick down. Hopefully, he will start using the new 'runat=server' reserved words.  We have found this really helps the updatepanel performance! :)

    If you haven't been to a launch yet, or what to watch the virtual sessions, go to www.heroshappenhere.com. I will be in Nashville,TN on May 1st, and Louisville, KY on May 22nd. I hope to see you there. If there is enough interest, we can organize an after party somewhere.

    If you go, you get a full copy of Vista Ultimate, Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008! That is an awesome bundle.