May 2006

Monthly Archive

May 2006 IASA Puget Sound Chapter Meeting

Posted by on 18 May 2006 | Tagged as: IASA

On May 31, 2006, the Puget Sound IASA will be welcoming a presentation from Steve Swartz on the topic of “The WCF aka 'Indigo'”. The meeting will be at the following time and location:

6:30pm – 9:00 pm
15700 NE 39th St
Building 43, Room 1560
Redmond, WA 98052

More details at This meeting is open to the public so please bring your friends and colleagues.

A Line in the Sand

Posted by on 18 May 2006 | Tagged as: Software Architecture

I can‘t agree more with the views expressed in Avinash Nicklas Chan Kumar Malik‘s blog entry 'Just say “no” to your architect'. Too many times I have seen the reach of “The Architecture Group“ overextended into the details of product development. Overstepping the bounds in these cases resulted in issues such as:

  • Bringing down the morale of the team
  • Wasting time in discussions about the “best“ way to implement a feature
  • Overlooking a more elegant solution because the architect did not listen
  • And in the end, a lack of respect for “The Architecture Group”

As software architects, it is our responsibility to not only make the most appropriate choices based on technology, vendor, and cost. We must also take into account the experience of existing resources, business vision, configuration management and operations. This is a difficult balance to achieve and requires a broad knowledge base to pull from. It becomes more difficult when you throw implementation into the mix or lose the respect of the development teams.

The Maven Jini Project has Moved

Posted by on 11 May 2006 | Tagged as: Jini/JavaSpaces

A very exciting announcement was sent to the JINI-USERS mailing list on April 12th which I hope will rejuvenate Jini technology. One of the items mentioned was the possible incubation of Jini/JavaSpaces as an Apache project. In my humble opinion, I see this as a great move for Jini technology. Jini has lived in a world where many were not sure about the licensing and Sun‘s support of the product in marketing and financial terms. I think that Sun has done a great job over the past couple of years in working with the Jini community which lead to this point.

Another item mentioned was the need for relocating the projects which lived on the web site. This means that I have to move the Maven Jini plugin from it's old location. I made the move last night and am awaiting approval from the administration for the project. It is already up and running at

If you are using the Maven Jini plugin, let me know if and how it has worked out for you. Also, send me any things that you would like to see in the plugin. Thanks.