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VSLive! Pat Helland

Pat Helland, Senior Principal Engineer of Amazon, gave a talk titled Programming for Scalability. Very good speaker. He went through the evolution to his views of building highly scalable systems and is now an apostate of the ACID, distributed transactions, single serializability scope-religion.

He walked through his approach to designing databases for high scalability from the start so applications don’t need to be rewritten when data-partitioning becomes inevitable.

He didn’t speak about Amazon in particular, but these are the kinds of things he works on there.

While this talk was quite high-level and following the “SOA and messaging” mantra, it was very practical too. If you ever get a chance to hear him talk, take it.

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VSLive! David Chappell

Not the sonic-software Dave Chappell, but the one of Chappell & Associates on Building Modern Software: Services, Workflow, Integration.

Exuberant speaker. Ex-funk pianist.

Walked through service-orientation as the current default enterprise architecture; and how the new Microsoft technologies underly this architecture: WCF, WF, and BizTalk.

This was a good overview of these issues (but, I wish I could get to the Digipede VPN from here . . . ).

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VSLive! San Francisco

I will be attending VSLive! next week in San Francisco.

I probably spend most of my time in sessions on WCF, WF and Atlas; but haven’t quite decided yet.

If you plan to be there and want to meet up, contact me through this blog or at robert at digipede dot net.

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