The International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is the most important event that covers the full range of Product Line Engineering in software-intensive products. Its 15th incarnation will take place in the Munich City Center from August 21st to August 26th.
Richard Pawson of Naked Objects offers brief history of the framework and introduction to Naked Objects for .NET. Naked objects can be seen as Domain Driven Design taken to the extreme. With proper annotation, this framework can automatically generate a matching presentation layer in Java or .NET.
IT has consistently failed to deliver expected value time and time again. According to Ian Thomas, Industrialization (componentization, specialization) may be a solution for supporting software agility and reliability in the new business environment.
There has been few comments on Microsoft's Oslo announcement. In general they are positive but people are worried about the timeline and complexity of the project. Very few people commented on the in-the-cloud services that complement Oslo.
In this InfoQ interview Jezz Santos talks about the Microsoft Software Factory Initiative. Jezz talks about his view of Software Factories and describes how they will change the way we develop software today. He also explains the anatomy of a Software Factory and how Software Factories relate to Domain-Specific Languages.
Don Smith announces the first community drop of the Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) v3. The factory supports a model-driven approach for designing and implementing web services. WCF service contracts and data contracts can now be modeled in a visual Domain-Specific Language (DSL).
Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) are an architectural hotspot. Microsoft supports DSLs within the Software Factory Initiative and provides a means to incorporate them into the software development process via the Visual Studio 2005 SDK. Although there is quite some information available on the topic, for the most part, DSLs remain an abstract architectural concept.
Edward Bakker and Jezz Santos have been writing about Software Factories, providing a complete set of concise guidelines. The Microsoft Software Factories and DSL initiatives have caused many discussions. Today, Microsoft provides tools such as the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX), the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT), and the Domain-Specific Language Tools (DSL Tools).