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AppFabric lands in VBUG (Bracknell)

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Hot on the heels of my previous talk on AppFabric at SBUG, I will be reprising the talk, but with more of a Workflow Services slant at VBUG in Bracknell on Feb 15th 2010.

A big thanks to all who attended the SBUG talk and cool to see the large Avanade contingent comprising many familiar facesĀ  šŸ™‚ . It was an interesting conversation on BizTalk and AppFabric. I will be posting more content on those topics here soon. I’ve sent the slides to Mike Stephenson and they should be available on the SBUG site soon.

I hope to be able to do more of a hands on demo of Workflow Services at the VBUG event (but that depends on Windows Virtual PC behaving properly). Still, it should be a good evening. Again, lots of known folk at VBUG and hope to see a good crowd.

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February 1, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Speaking on AppFabric @ SBUG

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I’m delighted to be delivering my first presentation for the UK SOA/BPM User Group next week on the topic of Windows Server AppFabric (formerly code-named “Dublin”). The link to register is hereĀ and the page will be updated with the abstract shortly.

The tight integration between WCF and WF 4.0Ā  and the hosting support in AppFabric is looking very promising now and will definitely provide a good platform for solutions which dont requireĀ BizTalk and, where BizTalk is already available, can work well alongside and integrate withĀ it.Ā Ā  We’ll look at some scenarios where there may be overlap and how to approach the solution in such cases. Sure there will be some good discussions !

I know Yossi will be there šŸ™‚ . Looking forward to catching up with some of the other UK / London gang as well.

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January 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Speaking at VBUG (Bracknell)

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I will be presenting an introductory session to Biztalk 2006 R2 (and spending some time on the WCF adapters) at the local chapter of VBUG in Bracknell.Ā Of course, we will also spend a little while discussing the impact of Oslo and Dublin and the factors to keep in mind when choosing your integration technologies.

Despite the fact that it has been around for ages and has IMO a lot of visibility, it seems that BizTalk Server still remains a sort of niche product with a lot of developers totally unfamiliar with it and what it could give them. The last time I presented on Biztalk,WCF and WF at the VBUG conferenceĀ  in 2008, we found that a significant numberĀ of the audience didn’t know anything at all aboutĀ BizTalk and from discussing with contacts in other countries as well, it seems that its a familar situation šŸ˜¦ . Well, anyway, I hope I can do something in my ownĀ small way towards rectifying that.

So if you’re in the area and Biztalk is unfamiliar territory why not check it out?

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February 22, 2009 at 8:56 PM