The Open Source Heretic

Today’s open source class is opened with an article on based on an interview with Larry McVoy.  Read the required readings for today’s class, and then discuss amongst yourselves…

Here are a couple of quotes from the article to get discussion rolling…

  • “Open source software is like handing you a doctor’s bag and the architectural plans for a hospital and saying, ‘Hey dude, if you have a heart attack, here are all the tools you need–and it’s free,'” McVoy says. “I’d rather pay someone to take care of me.”


  • “One problem with the services model is that it is based on the idea that you are giving customers crap–because if you give them software that works, what is the point of service?” McVoy says. “The other problem is that the services model doesn’t generate enough revenue to support the creation of the next generation of innovative products. Red Hat has been around for a long time–for a decade now. Yet try to name one significant thing–one innovative product–that has come out of Red Hat.”

Commerce Server at Tech Ed 2005

If you are going to Tech Ed 2005 this year (mmm… can I really attend Tech Ed 2005 any other year?) and if you are interested in Microsoft Commerce Server, you will have a treat ahead of you.  Some great sessions are planned and the wraps are coming off of the next version of Commerce Server. 

Tech-Ed 2005 Home Page

Breakout Sessions:

CSI231 – Commerce Server 2006 and Beyond: In-Depth Look (Ryan Donovan)

CSI 332 – Connected Commerce: ERP and Trading Partner Integration with CS2006 and BizTalk Server 2006 (Caesar Samsi)

CSI302 – Securely and Reliably Deploying Connected Commerce Infrastructure  (Max Akbar)

Hands-on Labs:

CSI05  Commerce Server 2006: Merchandizing and Marketing

CSI06  Commerce Server 2006: People and Process

CSI07  Commerce Server 2006: Connected Commerce

CSI08  Commerce Server 2006: Customization and Extensibility

CSI12  Commerce Server 2006: Upgrading to Commerce Server 2006

Partner Cabana Sessions:

Next Generation e-Commerce framework combining Commerce Server, BizTalk Server & MBS into one powerful e-commerce platform (Jean-Yves Martineau, Cactus)

Smart Catalog for Commerce Server (Richard Vosylius, Endeavor Commerce)

Alternate Interfaces for Commerce Server (Daniel Sanscartier, Nurun inc.)




BizTalk 2004 Certification Exam

The BizTalk Server 2004 exam from MS Learning is now available.  This exam was beta-tested back in January of 2005 and has been tweaked into this format.  For my customers in the Pacific Northwest, let me know when you pass this test – special prizes for you!  The content of this exam covers all aspects of BizTalk Server fromthe installation of BizTalk Server to designing, implementing and deploying a BizTalk Server solution.  Some of the questions will be knowledge based and will come from BizTalk Server training content, while the majority of the questions on the exam are task-based questions, which specifically test your hands on experience with BizTalk Server.

Preparation Guide for Exam 74-135

MSL Exam Registration Site

Go forth, Learn, and Prosper!

Santa Monica and the Waz

Marty is throwing another BizTalk party (read: Deep Dive Training) and his heir apparent in the SoCal office is leading the class, Richard Seroter.  This is a BizTalk training class targeted towards partners and BizTalk implementers where Marty and Richard are providing 2 weeks of content in 5 – 14 hour days. 

MS and Sun playing nice again

Friday’s announcement about Sun and Microsoft Interoperability was interesting to me for the announcement about the Single Sign On (SSO) agreement.  We’ve had mixed proposals (the WS-* specs from Microsoft and the Liberty specs from Sun) for a while now, and have had to keep promising that a resolution would come.  Now it has been announced, int he form of two draft specifications: Web Single Sign-On Metadata Exchange (Web SSO MEX) Protocol and Web Single Sign-On Interoperability Profile (Web SSO Interop profile).  I still think it would have been nice to have a spec titled WS-Liberty…