Sunday, February 15, 2009

Next Europe VAN - 25th February 2009

After a bit of discussion Jan and I have decided that for now it seems to make sense to run the Europe VAN every two weeks, we have discussed having more open discussions on alternate weeks but we'll have to see if there is an appetite for that.

Seb has agreed to do the next one on REST and his OpenRasta framework.

Start Time: Wednesday Feb 25, 2009 7:00 PM GMT

End Time: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 09:00 PM GMT

Attendee URL: (Live Meeting)  

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Europe VAN - DDD with Greg Young (9th Feb)

The delayed first E-VAN is on now with Greg Young, discussing DDD and CQS. The URL is: (Live Meeting).

NOTE: This one was a success and Greg did a superb job explaining DDD and messaging, really enjoyable stuff.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

P&P Guidance - Positive Progress

I put up a post a while back about the P&P REST guidance which I considered to be quite flawed. The reaction from the P&P team was superb and Greg Young, Sebastien Lambla and myself immediately got involved in an e-mail exchange with them regarding this and other guidance.

They've shown they are incredibly open to feedback and we're still involved in this exchange but it looks like the result may be changes to the existing article and/or new articles.

One thing I hadn't realized before this started is that P&P actually have three different sites:

  1. Guide –
  2. Knowledge Base –
  3. Community Site –

The community site is quite open so even if our examples use open source frameworks they can still be published on it. I'm therefore planning on writing one example using WCF, NHibernate and Castle where the two primary areas covered will be:

  1. REST - Although the current example says its using REST I think this is arguable.
  2. Domain Model - I'll be using DDD patterns but I've tried to explain that DDD isn't always appropriate (e.g. if you don't have access to domain experts). Regardless I'm obviously a big fan of object-oriented domain models and the barrier to entry is so low with modern ORM's that I think its a no-brainer to use one in the example.

I'm not saying I've chosen the best technologies, in particular using WCF is highly questionable, but since I'm not trying to say this is the "best" way to do things I'm comfortable with the choices especially as I'd expect other guidance to be given over other approaches (perhaps using an MVC style approach).

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Monday, February 02, 2009

First Europe VAN

The first Europe VAN went off without a hitch and was an amazing success. Ha, yeah sorry about that.

Good news is next one is BOUND to be better and we are trying again very soon. Next time we'll come armed with a backup plan too, possibly involving one us loading up the Dark Knight DVD so we can all watch it for an hour or two.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

First Europe VAN

Just a reminder that the first Europe VAN is tomorrow:

Start Time: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 7:00 PM GMT

End Time: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 09:00 PM GMT

Attendee URL: (Live Meeting)

Greg Young has been kind enough to agree to speak and I'm hopeful it'll go well as we've had a couple of dry runs so it's looking good, even if I was perturbed to found out Jan speaks better English than me.

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